2020 Chevrolet Colorado

2020 Chevrolet Colorado Review: Does It All In One

by Sebastian Cenizo

When you need to get a job done, the simplest and most efficient manner is usually the one worth pursuing. To that end, the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado exists to serve those who don't need all the frills and fuss of a premium midsize pickup. While this means that it won't compete directly with more luxurious and better-equipped rivals, it also means that you can use it for its intended purpose without guilt. Available with two cab options and two bed choices, the Colorado also offers three powertrain options. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder is the base engine and develops a measly 200 horsepower and 191 lb-ft of torque. Also available is a 3.6-liter V6 (308 hp/275 lb-ft) and a 2.8-liter turbodiesel option that offers a best-in-class towing capacity of 7,700 lbs. No manual gearbox is available anymore, with either a six- or eight-speed automatic managing power to the rear or all four wheels.

2020 Chevrolet Colorado Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2019 Colorado?

As mentioned above, the six-speed manual gearbox on the Colorado is dead as of 2020. Other changes for the new model year include the availability of the excellent Infotainment 3 Plus system with an eight-inch touchscreen and navigation. A tire-pressure monitor is also new, while a remote-locking tailgate is also available. LT models now also feature Chevy's EZ-lift tailgate as standard.

Pros and Cons

  • Available diesel engine provides best-in-class towing and highway efficiency
  • V6 engine is powerful
  • Off-road options aplenty
  • Infotainment system works a treat
  • Competitive pricing
  • Base engine is weak
  • Options add up quickly and are not particularly cheap
  • Driver assists are minimal

Colorado Exterior

The Colorado features a simple but clean design, with a large grille housing the trademark Chevy bowtie. Base models feature black mirror caps and door handles, and ride on 17-inch steel wheels, while elsewhere in the range, body-colored exterior trims are available, along with alloy wheels available in 17-, 18-, and 20-inch styles. Most of the range makes use of the smaller of these wheel sizes, with the larger designs reserved for the numerous special appearance packages that are available. The Redline Edition, for example, features a predominantly black design with red accents, and its wheels mirror that look.

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Dimensions

Dimensions vary depending on the bed and cab configuration. The long bed measures 74 inches in length with the short bed coming in at 61.7 inches.

Extended Cab models are only available with the long bed and measure 212.7 inches in length, with a wheelbase measuring 128.3 inches. ZR2 models are an exception, measuring 212.4 inches long with a wheelbase of 128.5. Height on rear-wheel-drive models is between 70.3 and 70.7 inches, with 4x4 variants slotting in that range, too. The ZR2 is a little taller, measuring 72.2 inches high. Width is 74.3 inches, with ZR2s measuring 2.4 inches wider.

Crew Cab variants are available with a short or long bed. Length measures 212.7 and 224.9 inches respectively, with wheelbase at 128.3 and 140.5 inches. Height is 70.7 inches for the rear-wheel-drive version with a short bed and 70.5 with the long bed. 4x4 variants measure 70.7 and 70.5 inches respectively. Width is the same as on the extended cab.

Maximum available payload capacity is 1,578 lbs, while 4x2 Crew Cab models with the Z82 trailering package and 2.8-liter turbodiesel engine are capable of a class-leading 7,700 lbs of trailering capacity.

The maximum ground clearance is 8.4 inches on the 4x2s, with 4x4s at as much as 8.9. Approach, departure, and breakover angles are 28.7, 25.4, and 21.5 degrees respectively.

  • Length 212.7 in
  • Wheelbase 128.3 in
  • Height 70.4 in
  • Max Width 74.3 in

Exterior Colors

A number of paint options are available for the Colorado, with Pacific Blue, Satin Steel, Silver Ice and Shadow Gray among the no-cost metallic options. Also available are Summit White and Black, with Crush and Kinetic Blue Metallic for $395 each. Red Hot is available on the WT at no charge, while the LT and higher trims have access to Cajun Red Tintcoat for $495 extra. Also available are add-ons like black bowtie emblems and body-colored grilles up front.

Colorado Performance

To maximize towing capacity and hauling ability, you'll want the inline-four of the 2.8 Duramax turbodiesel. With 181 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, it can pull up to 7,700 lbs in 4x2 configuration. For those that want a little more speed, a 3.6-liter V6 is also available, producing 308 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. This model only gives up 700 lbs of trailering capacity. Whichever you choose, each comes with a smooth eight-speed automatic, with the exception of the base model which is only available with a six-speed auto, and the diesel that shares the same transmission. This entry-level model comes with a 2.5-liter four-pot that produces 200 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque. This is the most sluggish and least capable of the variants, while the aforementioned Duramax diesel that leads the class in towing also offers the best fuel economy. If you plan on making your Colorado a workhorse, that's the engine you'll need to maximize efficiency. The base engine and gearbox are better suited to runaround duties, while the powerful V6 is likely to be the most popular with those who like to venture off-road.

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Engine and Transmission

The base engine is a four-cylinder with 2.5-liters of capacity. It produces 200 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque, and is really quite a poor performer. Its six-speed automatic transmission is an antiquated piece of engineering and the power plant itself is disappointing. For city errands and as a commuter vehicle, it's acceptable, but never impressive. Sadly, 2019's six-speed manual is no longer available. The Duramax 2.8-liter turbodiesel four-pot is the best all-rounder in the lineup. With 181 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, it's not fast but it is capable. Paired with the same gearbox as the base model, this mill is unique to the Colorado and the GMC Canyon, with no other turbodiesel available in the segment. In rear-wheel-drive guise and with the available trailering package, the diesel is capable of pulling up to 7,700 lbs. The 3.6-liter V6 that is also available is fitted with the vastly better eight-speed auto but only produces 275 lb-ft of torque, contributing to its slightly lower 7,000 lbs towing capability. Nevertheless, it has the most power in the range by a long shot, with 308 hp. Although never alarming, acceleration in this model is impressive, with a smooth wave of power surging through the rev range.

  • Engines
    2.5-liter Inline-4 Gas, 2.8-liter Turbo Inline-4 Diesel, 3.6-liter V6, 3.6-liter V6 Gas
  • Transmissions
    6-Speed Automatic, 8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    4X4, RWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

With modern pickups needing to be more and more versatile in order to satisfy a wider audience, the days of a truck being a rugged and uncomfortable vehicle that is fit for only one purpose are gone. The Chevrolet Colorado is not a stand-out performer, but its steering and on-road handling are accurate and sharp, if a little too numb to be engaging. Comfort is also impressive, with the suspension proving good enough for long drives. On the range-topper, you even have Multimatic DSSV dampers, allowing you to maintain decent ride quality and still go bashing over rocks and rough terrain without fuss. Typically, ride comfort and overall stability is vastly improved when the load bin is filled with something weighty, but even empty, it's not something we'd complain about. The braking is average and what we'd expect for the segment, with good overall feel and response that only wanes over numerous consecutive hard stops. With a 4x4 configuration available, and off-road drive modes on higher trims, the Colorado is just as capable on the trail as it is on the road. The Z71 and ZR2 both get all-terrain tires that are noisier on the road but grippier off it, while upgraded suspension components absorb more punishment than on lesser trims.

Colorado Gas Mileage

Depending on engine and drivetrain, fuel economy varies considerably. The most economical variant is the turbodiesel paired with rear-wheel-drive. Manufacturer claims on this version are 20/30/23 mpg on the city/highway/combined cycles, with the 4x4 variant scoring 19/28/22 mpg on the same cycles, and the ZR2 4x4 with the diesel powerplant scoring 18/22/19 mpg. With a 21-gallon fuel tank, the Colorado turbodiesel has a potential mixed range of around 483 miles. The worst offender is the ZR2 3.6-liter V6 with 4x4, scoring just 16/18/17 mpg. Its range is only around 357 miles with mixed driving.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    21.0 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 20/26 mpg
* 2020 Chevrolet Colorado 2WD Extended Cab 128" Base

Colorado Interior

The Colorado's cabin is what you would expect from an affordable mid-size pickup, with chunky switches, durable plastics, and a simple layout. As you progress up the trim table, materials improve, with cloth being available in place of vinyl. Further up, synthetic leather is available, with the genuine article on top trims. The infotainment system also improves as you go up, increasing in size by an inch, but even the base touchscreen works well and responds quickly. The seats are well-padded and can even be heated on higher trims, thus adding more comfort to the simple cabin.

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Seating and Interior Space

Individual seats fill the space up front instead of the three-seater bench found on larger trucks, thus limiting the Colorado to a five-seater. A four-way power-adjustable driver's seat is standard, with a six-way driver's seat and four-way passenger adjustability available. You sit high and with a commanding view that aids visibility all round and helps one place the pickup. Despite this, taller drivers have sufficient headroom and legroom. In the back, six-foot passengers can be accommodated, but they'll be cramped. The extended cab helps remedy this, but neither headroom nor legroom is expansive, which is par for the midsize truck course.

  • Seating capacity
    2-seater
  • Front Leg Room 45.0 in
  • Front Head Room 41.4 in

Interior Colors and Materials

Interior color options and material choices aren't Mercedes-rivaling, but they're fit for purpose. The base model gets Dark Ash vinyl and an abundance of hard-wearing plastics, with the WT earning access to cloth upholstery in the same color. Jet Black cloth is also available elsewhere in the range, as is leather in the same hue. The Z71 is more premium, with some softer plastics finding their way onto the dash and doors, and contrasting brushed metal-look finishes helping break up the sea of gray. A combination of cloth and synthetic leather is also available.

Colorado Trunk and Cargo Space

The Colorado's cargo volume is impressive and among the best in its class. The short bed is surprisingly capacious, offering 41.3 cubic feet of volume. Its width is 57.8 inches across, with a length of 61.7 inches. The long bed measures 74 inches from end to end and shares the same width as that of the short bed. Thanks to its greater overall size, the long bed offers an impressive 49.9 cubic feet of volume. Payload capacity varies between 1,404 and 1,578 pounds, depending on factors including the powertrain.

In the cabin, numerous bins and pockets have been thoughtfully laid out, with the front incorporating a smartphone holder. A typical glovebox and your normal door pockets are included, while a pair of cupholders at the front and another pair at the back keep your passengers satisfied.

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Colorado Infotainment and Features

Features

The Colorado is a workaday vehicle built to fulfill the requirements of a tradesman. To help it do this, features like trailer sway control are standard across the range. A rearview camera and manual single-zone air-conditioning is also standard fare, with an HD rearview camera and features like cruise control, keyless entry, and power mirrors showing up from the LT model. The Colorado is also intended for leisure, and thus offers more impressive features as you climb the trims. Hill descent control, heated wing mirrors, automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, remote start, a trailer brake controller, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel are all available for extra financial outlay. Forward-collision warning and lane-departure warning are available too, with a teen driver function standard across the range.

Infotainment

The base infotainment system in the Chevrolet Colorado is an impressive unit. Dubbed Infotainment 3, it features a seven-inch touchscreen that is easy to navigate and quick to respond. A pair of USB ports are included, and the system incorporates Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Six speakers are standard. Further up the range, Infotainment 3 Plus adds an eight-inch touchscreen with navigation, HD Radio and SiriusXM satellite radio. Wireless charging is also available. An SD card reader, enhanced voice recognition, a Wi-Fi hotspot with a 4G LTE connection, and a seven-speaker Bose sound system are also on the options list.

Colorado Problems and Reliability

Thus far, the 2020 Colorado has been free of recalls and complaints. However, it should be noted that despite the 2019 model not being subject to any recalls, 26 complaints were recorded by the NHTSA for various faulty items including the suspension, powertrain, brakes, lights and more.

In terms of warranty, Chevrolet offers a three-year/36,000-mile bumper to bumper warranty along with a five-year/60,000-mile roadside assistance and powertrain warranty. Six years of corrosion coverage are also included.

Warranty

  • Warranty Note:
    Preliminary 2020 Warranty Note \ 
  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Note:
    Qualified Fleet Purchases: 5 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Rust-Through:
    6 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance Note:
    Qualified Fleet Purchases: 5 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Maintenance Note:
    1 Year \ 1 Visit

Colorado Safety

The 2020 Chevrolet Colorado in its various formats has scored four stars out of an available five in the NHTSA's testing. The IIHS reflected similar results, with the headlights of the pickup scoring poorly and the passenger small front overlap earning a score of Marginal. Other testing criteria saw the Colorado return a generally Good result.

US NHTSA crash test result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Key Safety Features

As standard, the Colorado is not heavily loaded with features but it still offers an acceptable spread of items. A rearview camera, a teen driver function, trailer sway control, and automatic headlights are all standard. Rear parking sensors, forward-collision warning, and lane departure warning are available, but not much else is. An HD rearview camera is an upgrade fitted to LT and higher trims, while all models benefit from dual-stage frontal, seat-mounted side-impact, and head-curtain airbags. Electronic stability control is also standard.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado a good Truck?

While its workaday charm and rugged styling are attractive, the Colorado is an expensive vehicle once you start loading the options on. However, this just means that it's versatile. The base pickup is a good starting point for runaround daily duties. Build quality is impressive, and the interior is comfortable. The suspension is good too, and the steering is more than responsive enough to be mistaken for that of a much smaller vehicle. This makes it easy to use in the city, and maneuvering it through narrow trail roads is a piece of cake too. With available off-road upgrades, it's a pickup that you can have fun with as well. Its segment-exclusive turbodiesel engine is another feather in the Colorado's cap, providing class-leading towing capacity and highly impressive fuel economy. There may be others that offer more features or a better off-road experience, but the Colorado is one of the best at blending off-road ability with comfort and hauling capacity with economy. Its load beds are also capacious. Essentially, finding a gripe with this pickup - at least one big enough to stop considering it - is practically impossible.

🚘What's the Price of the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado?

The cheapest variant of the Colorado is $22,395. This is the base model with an Extended Cab and a long bed. The Crew Cab with the short bed starts at $27,795, while the Crew Cab with the long bed is $30,095. Opting for a 4x4 drivetrain adds around $3,515 to the price, depending on the selection of your chosen model. The WT trim starts at $25,895, with the V6 engine adding $1,485 to that sticker. The LT model starts a little higher, at $28,795, while the Z71 - only available with the V6 - costs at least $36,695. The range-topping ZR2 also gets the V6 and starts at $42,495, but opting for the turbodiesel engine brings that price to $45,995. Fully loaded, the final price can knock on the door of $60,000. Each and every model is subject to a destination fee of $1,095.

2020 Chevrolet Colorado Models

Five trims make up the Colorado lineup: base, WT, LT, Z71, and ZR2.

The base model is only available with the 2.5-liter four-pot engine and 2WD. It is fitted with single-zone manual air-conditioning, a six-speaker sound system, vinyl upholstery, a rearview camera, and trailer sway control. Smartphone connectivity, a four-way power-adjustable driver's seat, and 17-inch steel wheels are standard.

WT trims add recovery hooks and has access to the 3.6-liter V6 engine as well as the 4WD option. In addition, you get a choice between vinyl or cloth upholstery and alloy wheels are standard in 17-inch sizing. 18-inch alloys are also available.

Next, the LT earns body-color bumpers and mirror caps, along with amenities like cruise control, an eight-inch touchscreen with HD Radio, keyless entry, a six-way driver's seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power mirrors, and access to navigation, with SiriusXM satellite radio as standard.

For a more upscale look and feel, the Z71 is equipped with more conveniences and features numerous off-road additions like a transfer case shield, upgraded suspension, and all-terrain tires. This model is only available as a 4x4. Also included are fog lamps, hill descent control, heated mirrors, projector headlights, remote start, and the option of leather upholstery. Rear parking sensors, automatic climate control, and heated front seats with a heated steering wheel are included too.

The ZR2 is the range-topper, offering additions like locking differentials, Multimatic DSSV dampers, a trailer brake controller, wheel arch flares, a unique hood, and standard leather upholstery. Off-road rocker panels and a black grille and bowties are also included.

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Base
2.5-liter Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$21,300
Work Truck (WT)
2.5-liter Inline-4 Gas
3.6-liter V6 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$24,800
LT
2.5-liter Inline-4 Gas
3.6-liter V6 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$27,700
Z71
3.6-liter V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$33,900
ZR2
3.6-liter V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$41,400
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Additional Packages

A number of special editions and packages are available for the Colorado. One of the most noteworthy is the Colorado ZR2 Bison. This package adds a unique grille and a special front bumper that includes winch provisions, as well as steel skid plates for the front and rear diffs, the oil pan, the transfer case, and the fuel tank. You also get special fender flares and wheels. For all this off-road ruggedness, you'll pay $5,750 extra. If you don't want to spend that much, the ZR2 Dusk Special Edition package adds gloss black wheels, an off-road sport bar, and off-road lights atop the roof. This package costs $3,215. For those who want a simpler vehicle, the WT trim has access to a package of convenience features that include keyless entry, remote locking tailgate and cruise control. This costs $530.

🚗What Chevrolet Colorado Model Should I Buy?

Depending on what you intend to use the vehicle for, your ideal Colorado could be any of those available. The base model is great for running errands, but lacks any grunt or comfort features. The WT is a little better and has access to a more powerful engine, but is still basic. At the opposite end of the spectrum, the Z71 and ZR2 are epic for off-roading but can be rather pricey. Our choice would be the mid-range LT. It's a handsome looking spec, with body-color bumpers and mirrors, and blends capability with comfort, offering a six-way power driver's seat, satellite radio, cruise control, power mirrors and the option of navigation. Available with the V6 engine too, this is a great all-rounder.

2020 Chevrolet Colorado Comparisons

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CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Chevrolet Colorado200 hp20/26 mpg$21,300
Toyota Tacoma 159 hp20/23 mpg$26,050
Ford Ranger 270 hp19/18 mpg$24,110

2020 Chevrolet Colorado vs Toyota Tacoma

Arguably one of the most-loved vehicles in this segment, the Tacoma is a seriously capable off-roading machine. However, the Tacoma is less economical and costs more, with the Toyota starting at a base price of $26,050 versus the Chevy's $21,300. The Colorado is also a better daily driver, offering smartphone integration across the range, a bigger interior, and a diesel engine not available on the Tacoma. The Colorado's base engine is also more powerful, offering 200 hp versus the Tacoma's 159, despite being smaller. It wins on torque too, with the Chevy producing 11 lb-ft more than the Toyota. It's nicer to drive on the road as well, with sharper steering and a more composed ride. Towing capability on the Chev is also unrivaled, and unless your focus is exclusively on off-roading, the Colorado will be a much more satisfying buy.

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2020 Chevrolet Colorado vs Ford Ranger

The Ford Ranger is one of the office favorites here at CarBuzz, as is reflected by its Buzz score of 8.8. It's a little pricier in base form than the Tacoma, starting at $24,410, but its turbocharged EcoBoost engine produces 270 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. It's also equipped with a brilliant eight-speed automatic across the range, and its interior feels more premium than that of the Toyota. The infotainment system in the Ford is starting to show its age with delayed responses versus the Chevy's excellent setup, but other than that, the Ranger's cabin is a nicer place to sit. Nevertheless, the Ranger is old for America, with a version of the pickup that has been available abroad for a few years now only just being released in the States. The available diesel engine of the Chevrolet is also hard to ignore, and its capability and no-frills simplicity mean that the Colorado is a better option for most buyers.

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