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As a midsize truck, the Chevrolet Colorado is truly leading the segment due to its modern design, towing capacity, gas mileage and powerful performance.
When Chevy reintroduced their Colorado as a midsize truck last year, it entered the market strong. It was clear then that Chevrolet Colorado would easily outpace its competitors. And, it isn't just a game of size that wins the segment, but other value-laden features that actually make the Colorado worth considering.
Chevrolet Colorado's modern design, interior space, easy handling, powerful engine and full size towing and hauling capacity have reinvigorated interest in this truck. The Colorado has filled the gap between full size and small size trucks that has been present for years. 2016 is shaping up to be even better for the Chevrolet Colorado with as it offers an optional diesel four cylinder engine on crew cabs. It also offers connectivity with MyLink touchscreen that now supports Apple CarPlay.
Chevy Colorado offers three body styles, two bed lengths and four trim levels. There,s a two-seater and a four-seater version of the extended cab and a five-seater crew cab. The crew cab is available with a 1525mm (5'2") or a 1825mm (6'2") pick up bed while the extended cab is paired with a 1825mm (6'2") bed. The trim levels include; Base, Work Truck, LT and Z71.
The entry-level Base model is only available on the extended cab version. It features the following as standard on the model; 16-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights and daytime running lights.
Upgrading to the Work Truck models adds a list of options such as the WT Convenience package, which adds an EZ-Lift tailgate, driver-side convex spotter mirror and remote keyless entry. The Work Truck Appearance package adds 16-inch alloy wheels, chrome beltline trim, power-adjustable side mirrors and additional body-color exterior trim for the mirror housing, door handles and rear bumper. Getting the LT includes both the Convenience and Appearance Packages standard, minus the EZ-Lift tailgate, but adds 17-inch alloy wheels to the mix. The Z71 gets its own headlamps, LED daytime running lights, dark-tinted 17-inch alloy wheels and a dark metal grille trim.
The bed of the Chevrolet Colorado seems to appeal to drivers with a length shy of a full-size truck. With available bed extenders, cargo capacity for an 8-foot object becomes hassle-free. There are also a few modern features that make it such an appreciable cargo loader, such as; a corner bumper step, easy-lower tailgate and 17 tie-down spots. It can be fitted with a spray-in or a drop-in bedliner, cargo dividers, GearOn rack and carrier systems, cargo nets, tonneau covers, drop-in tool box, trailer hitches and harnesses.
Power and Performance:
There are three engines available on the Chevrolet Colorado. The entry-level engine is a 2.5 liter inline four cylinder engine that outputs 200 horsepower and 191 lb-ft of torque. This paired with a six-speed manual transmission is standard on the Base and Work Truck models. There is a six-speed automatic option as well. Direct injection and variable valve timing help achieve a good fuel consumption rating of 8.9 L/100 km.
Then there's a 3.6-liter V6 with an output of 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. It is matched with a six-speed automatic transmission. With advanced powertrain technologies, it is able to offer highway fuel consumption of 9.2 L/100 km.
Luxury trim level models include an option for a turbocharged 2.8 liter, four cylinder diesel engine with 181 horsepower and an impressive 369 lb-ft of torque. Standard pairing for this is a six-speed automatic transmission and a choice between a 2WD and 4WD. Highway fuel consumption is rated at 7.7L/100 km.
All four cylinder models have a towing capacity of 3,500 pounds, while the six cylinder powered models have a maximum towing capacity of 7,000 pounds. The diesel version of the four cylinder has a towing capacity of 7,700 pounds - making it the best among midsize trucks for towing.
With a body-on-ladder frame design, coil front suspension and electric power steering, the Chevrolet Colorado glides over bumps and offers a comfortable ride. Handling is excellent, even around bends and turns.
Interiors and Special Features:
Though it is built to be rugged, inside the Chevy Colorado you’ll find a lot of refinement in terms of upscale finishes and soft-touch aluminum-look trims. The steering wheel is beefy and gives drivers a lot of control options, while the dash is straightforward with intuitively placed gauges.
: Standard safety equipment on the Chevrolet Colorado includes; six standard airbags including front seat side impact airbags and full-length side curtain airbags, over-sized side mirrors, a rearview camera, stability and traction control systems, antilock disk brakes, trailer sway control and hill-descent assist. Upgrades such as forward-collision alert and the lane departure warning system are also available.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash-testing scores garnered the Colorado an overall rating of four stars with five stars in side impact and four stars for frontal-impact protection.
Overall, the Chevrolet Colorado is a good pick among the midsize pickup segment and can even be a good alternative to those who need a large towing capacity without the size of a fullsize truck. With the Duramax diesel engine, it is able to offer unsurpassed towing capacity and is also the most fuel-efficient midsize pick up truck in Canada - clear winner within the midsize truck segment.