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2021 Chevrolet Colorado Review: Better Looking, But Just As Capable

Show us an American that doesn't love a pickup truck, and we'll show you a weirdo. There are few cars that sell as well in the USA, and the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado is just the latest in a long line of successful trucks from the homebred brand. Its lasting appeal is largely thanks to its rugged looks, off-road capabilities, dependable towing capacity, and high value proposition. As with just about any pickup, the Colorado is highly customizable, with three engine options on offer. The most potent is the V6, which develops 308 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque, but the turbo-diesel is the one that empowers the Chevy with its 7,700-pound tow rating. Despite this appealing spec sheet, the 2021 Colorado is still not a shoo-in for your next pickup, since there is stiff competition from the Ford Ranger and Toyota Tacoma, to name just a few.

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2021 Chevrolet Colorado Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2020 Colorado?

For the latest model year, the second-gen Colorado pickup truck sports a whole new look. This takes the form of a new front fascia on the lower trims, comprising new center bars and front skid plates. Both the WT and LT receive a new gold bowtie, while the Z71 opts for a black version. The top-of-the-range ZR2 gets the largest number of updates, including a new flow-through front fascia with Chevrolet lettering, and eye-catching red tow hooks. Both Z models are available in a new color - Sand Dune Metallic. Unfortunately, there are no mechanical changes to enhance the pickup's capabilities, and there are only minor changes in the features list, such as the addition of an auto-dimming rearview mirror on the LT. Also, the Base has been deleted, leaving the Work Truck as the entry point to the range.

Pros and Cons

  • Three engines, including a potent V6
  • Highly competitive towing capacity with turbo-diesel
  • Genuine off-roading capabilities
  • High reliability and safety rating
  • Reasonable pricing
  • Base engine is underwhelming
  • Limited number of advanced safety features
  • Gets pricey if you want more than the basics

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2021 Chevrolet Colorado Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Work Truck
2.5L Inline-4 Gas
3.6L V6 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$25,200
LT
2.5L Inline-4 Gas
3.6L V6 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$27,700
Z71
3.6L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$34,800
ZR2
3.6L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$42,600
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2021 Colorado Exterior

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Dimensions

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

2021 Colorado Performance

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Engine and Transmission

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

2021 Colorado Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    4-seater
  • Front Leg Room 45.0 in
  • Front Head Room 41.4 in
  • Rear Leg Room 28.6 in
  • Rear Head Room 36.7 in

2021 Colorado Trunk and Cargo Space

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2021 Colorado Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Warranty Note:
    Preliminary 2021 Warranty \ 
  • 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

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

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

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado a good Truck?

Having been around for about a decade, the Colorado pickup has had a lot of time to win over consumers, and it's done a pretty good job of it. Looks have never been a problem, but the latest facelift ensures that this rugged vehicle appeals to every trucking enthusiast. It certainly doesn't hurt that the Chevy delivers an impressive maximum towing capacity and some off-roading capabilities.

Rugged and sturdy design translates to high reliability expectations, but the NHTSA and IIHS reviews of the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado are a little less generous. Its safety rating is decent, but not stellar, and the lack of many modern advanced driver assists hurt it in the eyes of discerning shoppers. Many of these features can be added, but doing so raises the reasonable starting price to uncomfortable heights.

The Chevy pickup is starting to feel its age, even if it doesn't look it, thanks to the latest facelift. It's still a hardy and dependable truck, but more modern rivals are starting to offer better overall value. That said, the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado is still a great choice if you want to keep costs down, and if you don't mind the sparse list of standard features.

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