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2019 Chevrolet Colorado

$21,300 - $42,900
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Chevrolet Colorado

2019 Chevrolet Colorado Review: Multi-Skilled And Rock Solid

by Gabe Beita Kiser

Pickup trucks have come a long way since the days of "back in my day," and manufacturers can't afford to build them with a single purpose mindset any longer. Even base model work trucks need to be comfortable and safe. Chevrolet has accepted this trend with open arms, and the Colorado is the embodiment of a multi-purpose pickup: it's a work truck, a daily driver, a formidable offroader and a premium luxury vehicle, all depending on what you're looking for. The Colorado is powered by two gas-fed engines and a powerful turbo-diesel that kicks out 369 lb-ft of torque, and in Z71 or ZR2 trim, it turns the Colorado into a serious off-road machine. Buyers who are more interested in the Colorado's ability to deliver in the work environment will be pleased to know that it offers class-leading tow and load capacities, and even in base trim provides good levels of standard features that make it easy to live with on a day to day basis. With a starting price of only $21,300, the Colorado offers a competent platform for work and play.

2019 Chevrolet Colorado Changes: What’s the difference vs 2018 Colorado?

The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado can trace its roots back to 2012, but updates and constant tweaking has kept it alive and more relevant than ever. For 2019 Chevrolet has made minor tweaks, mostly to the infotainment system and interior. The infotainment system gets a software update, and there's a new seven-inch screen in the base trim, while a new eight-inch screen does duty in LT models and upward. A high definition reverse camera and six-way power driver's seat makes its way into the LT, Z71 and ZR2, as does a heated steering wheel. On the exterior, Chevrolet now offers three new colors: Shadow Gray Metallic, Pacific Blue Metallic, and Crush, while Graphite Metallic, Centennial Blue Metallic, and Deepwood Green Metallic fall off the list.

Pros and Cons

  • Class-leading towing capacity
  • Ergonomic controls
  • Good ride quality
  • The diesel engine is a true highlight
  • Excellent gas mileage
  • Cramped seating
  • Cheap interior materials
  • Body styling limits off-road capability on some trims

Colorado Exterior

Unlike the all-American Silverado that oozes brawny American styling, the Colorado is a global platform car for Chevrolet, and its styling follows suite. The front of the Colorado hints at the American styling of its bigger brother but gets a more shapely overall design that looks more European than Arkansas. Exterior styling does, however, vary wildly depending on trim and load bed configuration. The base model looks utilitarian, but the looks soften up and become more family-friendly as you climb the trim ladder.

At the top of the range, there is a sudden swing towards full-blown rally car aesthetics; the ZR2 with its lifted suspension, massive all-terrain tires, and widened track turns the run of the mill Colorado into a Raptor hunting Baja beast. Exterior features on the base model are pretty much nonexistent, but the next step up (the LT) gets power-adjustable and body-color side mirrors, a body-color rear bumper, chrome touches, and 17-inch alloy wheels. The Z71 features a set of fog lamps and a power tailgate. The ZR2 gets a unique off-road appearance package, hood, and grille, as well as a set of front and rear fender flares.

2019 Chevrolet Colorado Front Angle View
2019 Chevrolet Colorado Front Angle View
2019 Chevrolet Colorado Front Angle View
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Dimensions

The Colorado comes in all shapes and sizes, but there are a few dimensions that are constant across the range. The 2019 Colorado is 70.4 inches tall and 74.3 inches wide. The extended cab rolls on a 128.3-inch wheelbase when specced with the short box, but grows to 140.5 inches when fitted with the long box and crew cab body. The 2019 Colorado measures 212.7 inches length in short box configuration and grows to 224.9 inches in its longest form. Midsize trucks all share similar dimensions, with both the Ford Ranger and Toyota Tacoma rolling on wheelbases that fall close to the Colorado's. Curb weights vary substantially based on body, engine, and drivetrain configurations, with the Colorado weighing between 3,926 and 4,716 lbs. Depending on configuration, ground clearance ranges from 8.2 inches to 8.9 inches, allowing for various levels of off-road prowess.

Exterior Colors

New colors have been added to the options list for 2019, but others have been removed. For 2019 there are three new colors: Shadow Gray Metallic, Pacific Blue Metallic, and Crush, but Chevrolet has removed Graphite Metallic, Centennial Blue Metallic, and Deepwood Green Metallic, while Wheatland yellow is a fleet-only option.

The no-cost color options for 2019 are Summit White, Silver Ice Metallic, Satin Steel Metallic, Shadow Gray Metallic, and Black. Red Hot is a no-cost color but is not available on the base model. The extra cost colors are Cajun Red Tintcoat, Crush, and Kinetic Blue Metallic. Dark Copper Metallic is constrained by late availability, and Pacific Blue Metallic is not available on the ZR2. Just like the truck itself, the spectrum of colors represents the chameleon-like nature of the Colorado; you can have your work truck in white, your family car in Satin Steel Metallic, and your crazy off-road monster in Crush Orange.

Colorado Performance

Just like the available range of colors, cab layouts, and load box configurations, the 2019 Colorado can be an efficient and capable workhorse, a smooth driving family vehicle, or a mountain-climbing forest hammer. The naturally aspirated range of engines do a good job of hauling the Colorado along, and the diesel option gives the Colorado a class-leading towing capacity of 7,700 lbs, that's more than a thousand pounds more than the Toyota Tacoma and 200 pounds more than the Ranger. The base model Colorado gets to 60 in 9.3 seconds, not bad for a workhorse, and the V6 Z71 can accelerate to the same mark in only 6.4 seconds, which should be quick enough to see off standard hot hatches. A choice of drivetrains also exists, with both rear and four-wheel-drive options available.

2019 Chevrolet Colorado Front View Driving
2019 Chevrolet Colorado Rear View Driving
2019 Chevrolet Colorado Engine

Engine and Transmission

In total there are three engine options for the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado, with the turbo-diesel also available in two different states of tune. In terms of transmission options, there's an old-school six-speed manual on offer as well as six and eight-speed automatics depending on your choice of engine.

The base model is only available with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 200 horsepower and 191 lb-ft of torque. The next engine in the lineup is a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 308 hp and 275 lb-ft of. This powerplant is optional on WT, LT, and Z71 models, but is standard fitment on the ZR2.

Last but not least is the 2.8-liter turbodiesel that pushes out a low 181 hp, but makes up for that with 369 lb-ft of torque from a low 2,000 rpm. The same turbo diesel engine gets a minor bump in power to 186 hp when fitted to the ZR2. From base to ZR2, each engine lives up to expectations. The 2.5-liter is a donkey but will last forever; the V6 is smooth as butter and shifts beautifully through an eight-speed automatic transmission. The turbodiesel is an underrated rated power plant that deserves a closer look by new buyers.

  • 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

The modern truck-buying public has come to expect a certain level of competency when it comes to ride comfort and road-holding abilities. This has caused some major headaches for automakers that sell sports utility trucks: they have to be able to haul massive loads, crawl over rocky terrain, and escort the mother-in-law to Sunday church sermons in regal fashion. The 2019 Colorado, as so many of its rivals have, has taken on a car-like feel in terms of how it handles. Steering is tight and precise and weighs up nicely according to the situation, but there is little to no feedback from the steering wheel. The stiff suspension keeps things level in the corners but can cause some rear traction issues with an empty bed. Off the beaten path, the Colorado shows promise despite the presence of a locking rear differential. Articulation on the standard suspension setup is good but is taken to the next level in the ZR2. Braking feel is predictable, but constant heavy use will turn the brake pedal to mush.

Colorado Gas Mileage

With three engine options and two drivetrain configurations, the Colorado's fuel consumption figures are surprisingly close between the various trims. The base 2.5-liter four-cylinder will return between 19/24/21 mpg city/highway/combined for the 4x4 version and 20/26/22 mpg for the 2WD manual. The 3.6-liter V6 will deliver 16/18/17 mpg in ZR2 form with 4x4 (the thirstiest in the range) and 18/25/20 mpg in 2WD guise. The best combination of power and gas mileage can be found in the 2.8-liter turbo diesel which delivers 20/30/23 mpg in 2WD spec, dropping down to 18/22/19 mpg in the ZR2. A 21-gallon fuel tank standard on all models yields a maximum range of 483 miles in 2WD diesel guise.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    21.0 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 20/26 mpg
* 2019 Chevrolet Colorado 2WD Extended Cab 128.3" Base

Colorado Interior

The Colorado can't shake off its working-class roots when it comes to interior styling and layout, but Chevrolet has done an admirable job of designing a simple and clean interior that looks hard-wearing in base trim but is transformed into a premium space as you progress up the trim list. In keeping with its rugged theme, the Colorado's switches and levers are chunky and easy to use and are clearly labeled. Forward visibility is good thanks to a commanding seating position and generous ride height. The base model's interior is a spartan affair, but Chevrolet still provides small luxuries such as single-zone climate control, power windows, and four-way power-adjustable seats. The LT, Z71, and ZR2 are available with premium features such as a heated steering wheel and more advanced infotainment systems. Despite the extensive use of hard plastics, the Colorado feels well put together, and more modern than its rivals.

2019 Chevrolet Colorado Dashboard
2019 Chevrolet Colorado Dashboard
2019 Chevrolet Colorado Infotainment System
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Seating and Interior Space

In true truck fashion, the Colorado gets firm, no-nonsense seats that get the job done. The focus here is more on comfort than body-hugging support, and unfortunately, Chevrolet no longer offers a full bench seat in the front. The driving position is good; the steering column and seat can be adjusted to fit drivers of all shapes and sizes, but one thing remains the same; you get a commanding view, and controls are located within easy reach. Front occupants get 45 inches of legroom and 41.4 inches of headroom which should be enough for tall drivers and passengers. Backseat passengers face a different story altogether: backseat legroom measures in at a minuscule 28.6 inches for the Extended Cab, but grows to 35.8 in the Crew Cab and long-bed Crew Cab. Headroom is equally disappointing at 36.7 inches in the Extended Cab, and 38.3 inches in the Crew Cab.

  • Seating capacity
    2-seater

Interior Colors and Materials

The interior of the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado is well put together, and despite the extensive use of hard plastics, there isn't a rattle or squeak to be found. In terms of seating material, there are eight different options to choose from. The base model is available with Dark Ash vinyl with Jet Black accents which look and feel surprisingly upmarket. The WT can be had with the same vinyl or with cloth seats in a similar hue. The LT comes standard with black cloth upholstery, but there's a Dark Ash leather option available as part of a package. The Z71 gets a sporty looking Jet Black/Dark Gray cloth and leatherette combination or simple Jet Black option while the range-topping ZR2 gets an all Jet Black leather interior as standard.

Colorado Trunk and Cargo Space

The Colorado can boast about its class-leading towing capacity, which tops out at 7,700 pounds in the diesel-equipped models, and a payload capacity of between 1,404 and 1,578 pounds, but a narrow cargo box limits the Colorado's cargo-carrying ability. The short box measures 61.7 inches in length, the long box comes in at 74 inches, and both are 44.4 inches wide at the wheel housings. Maximum bed volume comes in at 49.9 cubic feet. The short bed should easily fit two Honda Grom motorbikes, and the long box will swallow up enough sand boarding gear to start up a small amateur club.

Inside, the Colorado offers plenty of nooks and crannies to store personal items; there's even a dedicated cellphone pad upfront. Door pockets are well designed to keep small items separate, and the cupholders will keep your drinks in check even when you're going over the rough stuff. Back seat passengers get cupholders and seatback pockets.

2019 Chevrolet Colorado Rear Angle View
2019 Chevrolet Colorado Side View
2019 Chevrolet Colorado Taillights

Colorado Infotainment and Features

Features

For a truck with working-class aspirations and serious off-road capability, the Colorado comes with a generous list of standard features. Exclude the base model, and you'll find that the spec sheet reads like that of a mid to premium-level sedan. Standard features on the base model include an anti-theft alarm system, a rearview camera, single-zone climate control, power windows, and four-way power-adjustable front seats. The WT gets a foldable rear bench seat on extended cab models and full carpeting. The LT steps up the comfort levels with alloy wheels, an HD rear vision camera, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, remote access, cruise control, and six-way power-adjustable front seats. Z71 and ZR2 models come equipped with projector headlights and fog lights, a power liftgate, and larger alloy wheels. The ZR2 is kitted out with an exclusive off-road appearance package, tuned suspension, and all-terrain tires, as well as a scattering of ZR2 logos so that people don't mistake it for a Chevy Volt. There are even luxuries like forward collision alert, lane departure warning, and rear park assist available, depending on the trim you select.

Infotainment

Just like the truck itself, the infotainment system on the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado offers a practical and straightforward user experience. Both the seven and eight-inch displays offer crisp visuals and navigating through the various menus is a hassle-free task. Chevrolet calls it the Infotainment 3 System. Bluetooth connectivity and twin USB ports add to the practicality and comfort of what is otherwise a bare-bones work truck. Higher trim models are fitted with the larger eight-inch display that comes with a three-month subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio and a built-in 4G LTE router. Sound is channeled through a standard six-speaker sound system, and there's an optional Bose premium seven-speaker setup for the music lovers. Connecting your device to AppleCarplay or Google Android Auto is a simple procedure. The voice command system works moderately well and gives sufficient information and prompts to guide first-time users.

Colorado Problems and Reliability

The Chevrolet Colorado has proven to be a reliable truck and has only displayed minor issues in recent years. The last recall issued for the Colorado was in May of 2018 and was due to a weak flange that held the high-pressure fuel pump in place. If the flange broke, it could cause the fuel pump to break and posed a potential fire hazard. This recall affected Colorado trucks produced between 2016 and 2018. The Chev Colorado is backed by a three-year/36,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty which includes a five year/60,000 mile roadside assistance and powertrain warranty, as well as a six-year rust-through protection warranty.

Colorado Safety

The 2019 Colorado received a Good score for five out of the nine categories stipulated by the IIHS, but failed to impress with a poor rating for its headlight performance, and received a marginal score for its LATCH system. The NHTSA gave the Chevrolet Colorado a rating of four out of five, most likely due to its poor showing in the rollover protection test where it managed to score three out of five stars. The Colorado performed admirably in all other tests and should prove to be one of the safer midsize trucks on the market.

Key Safety Features

Basic safety equipment on the base model includes ABS, front and side-mounted airbags, head curtain airbags, and a front outboard passenger sensing system for front passengers. The standard Teen Driver system allows owners to set speed limits and set specific stipulations before a young driver can start the car. A rearview camera makes navigating in reverse a simple task. LT models and above get the OnStar safety and security plan which covers the driver in case of an accident with automatic accident response, stolen vehicle assistance, and more. The rearview camera gets a high definition upgrade. The optional Safety Package adds forward collision alert, lane departure warning, and parking assistance to certain trim levels.

Verdict: Is the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado a good truck?

The mere fact that the Chevrolet Colorado manages to be so many things to so many people at once should put it at the top of your list. If so many people like it, it should be good, right? In base form, the Colorado offers a competent, no-frills package that will stand up to repeated abuse, and yet offer respectable levels of comfort thanks to power seating and a seven-inch, six-speaker infotainment system. The evolution of the base model is the LT, Z71, and ZR2, which turns the Colorado into a family-friendly SUV, or a barely-legal Baja racer. Wireless phone charging, 4G LTE connectivity, and a premium Bose sound-system show off the Colorado's premium aspirations and means you won't be lacking in the tech department. No matter the configuration of the Colorado, it offers class-leading build quality, towing capacity and will keep going for decades if looked after properly. It's multi-talented and rock-solid, which makes it all the more attractive.

What's the Price of the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado?

There are over twenty price points for the Chevrolet Colorado depending on the choice of powertrain, drivetrain, trim level, cab size, and cargo bed size. This might seem intimidating at first, but what it offers is an opportunity for new buyers to configure a tailor-made truck that suits the needs of each individual perfectly. The cheapest Colorado you can buy will be the 2WD Extended Cab 128.3-inch base model, which goes for an MSRP of $21,300. The Work Truck line starts at $24,800 for the extended cab and tops out with the 4WD Crew Cab at $32,00. Moving up to the LT trim, you'll be able to snap up a 2WD Extended Cab for $27,600. The most you'll pay for an LT model is $34,600 for the 4WD Crew Cab. The Z71 starts at $30,700 for a 2WD Extended Cab, with the 4WD Crew Cab coming in at $37,300. The range-topping ZR2 is only available in 4WD, and the least you'll pay is $41,300 for the Extended Cab model. The most expensive Colorado is the 4WD Crew Cab at $42,900

2019 Chevrolet Colorado Models

The 2019 Colorado lineup consists of five models: Base, WT, LT Z71, and ZR2, each bringing its own strengths to the table.

The base model gets the least features and makes do with a barebones interior and basic safety and entertainment technology. It comes equipped with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine producing 200 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque and is only available in 2WD and Extended Cab configuration.

The Work Truck is available with the 3.6-liter V6 and a choice of a six-speed manual, six-speed auto, or eight-speed auto depending on drivetrain configuration, and adds foldable dual rear seats and full carpeting to the base models feature list.

The LT comes standard with body-colored exterior pieces, alloy wheels, an upgraded infotainment system with HD reverse camera, cruise control and built-in 4G LTE connectivity.

The Z71 gets all the comfort features available for the Colorado range, but moves the focus to off-road performance with its upgraded suspension, locking rear differential and transfer case shield. You'll also get a power liftgate, fog lamps, and power wing mirrors.

At the top sits the ZR2 which is built with one purpose in mind: going fast off-road. The ZR2 offers a custom off-road appearance package that includes a custom grille, hood and fender flares. The bespoke suspension keeps the large P265/65R17 tires in check.

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
$27,600
Z71
2.5-liter Inline-4 Gas
3.6-liter V6 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$30,700
ZR2
3.6-liter V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$41,300
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Additional Packages

The optional extras list on the Colorado stretches off into the sunset. There is an infinite number of combinations to make your Colorado truly yours. In order to save everyone's valuable time, only standout packages are mentioned. The Power Package adds a performance air intake and cat-back exhaust for $1,850 for those who like their trucks with a bit of a growl. The $490 Convenience Package offers a lot of value and includes remote keyless access, cruise control, a powered liftgate, and an anti-theft alarm system. Special edition packages abound, but the most notable has to be the $2,995 Colorado RST Special Edition Package which adds an RST badge, some spray-on bed liner, and 20-inch wheels and big tires. Sounds like a bargain!

What Chevrolet Colorado Model Should I Buy?

If ever there was a loaded question. Which Chevrolet Colorado you should buy is entirely dependant on what you're looking to get out of it. To make things easier, the Colorado range can be split up into three categories, namely work trucks, family trucks, and sport trucks. The best work truck in the range has to be the 2WD crew cab 140.5-inch WT. It offers a lot of space, practicality, and comfort for not a lot of money. In the family department, you can already rule out the extended cab models, as they offer very cramped back seat space, so only the crew cabs should be considered, but then the decision must be made whether or not the truck will be used strictly as a suburban commuter, or will it see any offroad action? If you're looking for a comfortable people carrier, the 2WD Crew Cab 128-inch LT should suffice, and the 4WD Extended Cab 128-inch will provide a good balance of practicality and off-road performance. If all you're looking for is a performance off-road truck, then there are no two ways about it: Get the ZR2.

2019 Chevrolet Colorado Comparisons

2019 Chevrolet Colorado
2019 Chevrolet Colorado

2019 Chevrolet Colorado vs Ford Ranger

The Ford Ranger is a newcomer in the compact pickup class, but Ford has done a lot to help kickstart its career in the US. The base engine is the class-leading 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that kicks out a healthy 270 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque, which is a bit too close for comfort if you're sitting in a V6 Colorado. The Ranger can't carry as much, or tow the same amount as the Colorado, but it sports a better interior, more back seat room and a more impressive standard features list. If you want to work, get the Colorado if not, the Ranger will offer a more relaxed day to day experience.

See Ford Ranger Review

2019 Chevrolet Colorado vs Toyota Tacoma

The Toyota Tacoma might not have the blue-collar roots, but it sure doesn't mind breaking a sweat, whether it's in the construction yard, or out on the dunes. The base model falls short of the Colorado in terms of performance, offering a pitiful 159 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque from its 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine. This means that the Tacoma can't tow or carry as much weight as the Colorado, yet it will use more gas, returning EPA estimates of 20/23/21 mpg city/highway/combined. The interior of the Tacoma offers less space in general. In base trim, the Tacoma falls short of the Colorado in terms of standard features. This gap is closed as you proceed up the trim list. Where the Tacoma shines is off-road, where it outclasses the Chevy. For an all-round package, however, the Colorado remains the best choice.

See Toyota Tacoma Review

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