General Motors introduced the Chevrolet Colorado back in the 2004 model year with the goal of gaining a solid foothold in the midsize pickup truck segment. The model quickly caught on among drivers in Glendale Heights, Bloomingdale, and beyond, thanks to its well-rounded design options, including extended cab and crew cab configurations, as well as its confident performance during fairly large jobs. If you add to that the recent model years’ increasing dedication to features and style, it’s easy to see why the Chevrolet Colorado has propelled to the forefront of the midsize pickup segment.
For drivers looking for a great deal on a pickup truck built to get the job done, the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado is a clear top choice. The 2016 Motor Trend “Truck of the Year,” the newest rendition of the Chevrolet Colorado comes available with the segment’s only turbocharged powertrain, available best-in-class towing, more available horsepower than any other small or midsize pickup, and expected best-in-class fuel economy. The new Chevrolet Colorado starts at a relatively affordable MSRP from $20,120, and you can purchase it in Base, WT, LT, and Z71 versions.
Take your pick between a standard 2.5L inline-four that makes 200 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque; a 3.6L V6 that pumps out 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque; and a new Duramax 2.8L turbocharged inline-four that makes 181 hp and a robust 369 lb-ft of torque. You can expect a maximum towing capacity of 7,700 pounds, and Chevrolet estimates an impressive 31 mpg highway from the new Duramax engine ahead of EPA tests.
The overwhelming consensus on the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado is that it is an excellent choice for shoppers thanks to its performance capabilities, advanced features, and available fuel economy.
Autoblog: “GM doesn’t just think it’s got the new best product in the segment, it is sure that it has leapfrogged the existing competition by a pretty significant margin. I’m not usually one to swallow that kind of rhetoric without contest, but the truth is that even five minutes of comparison driving should convince just about anyone.”
Edmunds: “With its refined demeanor and feature-laden interior, the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado is a very appealing option for a midsize pickup or an alternative to a full-size truck. Midsize rivals surpass it off-road, but the Colorado’s new diesel engine is a game-changer.”
Car and Driver: “The Colorado Duramax is civilized enough to drive every day and small enough to fit in most garages, and it carries a friendly sticker price as far as diesel trucks go […]. And there’s never been a truck in this size class so clearly focused on towing ability.”
The Chevrolet Colorado was redesigned in 2015, so it is seems rather unlikely that we’ll see a full redesign anytime soon. Over the last couple years, this model has made a strong impression for its outstanding performance capabilities, as well as exciting features like OnStar telematics, a 4G LTE Wi-FI hotspot, and Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system with smartphone app integration.
Some have speculated that future models of the Chevrolet Colorado could further bolster its reputation with functions like a 360-degree camera, upgraded seating, and a heated steering wheel. Regardless of what we see in the immediate future, Chevrolet has ensured this models place at the top of the segment for now.