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The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ranked #3 in Compact Pickup Trucks. Currently the Chevrolet Colorado has a score of 8.3 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 41 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.3

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Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 8.0
Safety: 8.2
Reliability:
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2019 Chevrolet Colorado Review

The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado's best attributes include its lineup of compelling engines (including a turbodiesel), class-leading tow rating, and comfortable ride. Few can outperform the Colorado compact pickup truck, though some offer a more upscale cabin.

Pros & Cons

  • Brawny fuel-efficient available diesel engine
  • Outstanding tow rating
  • Smooth ride and easy drivability
  • Handsome, comfortable cabin
  • Rivals offer more truck bed versatility

New for 2019

  • Upgraded infotainment interface and more USB ports
  • HD rearview camera now available

Is the Chevrolet Colorado a Good Truck?

Yes, the Colorado is a good pickup truck. An attractive lineup of engines is available to choose from, and all of them are polished and ready for action. With the Colorado’s diverse powertrain and trim-level configurations, you can build this truck as a comfy and fuel-efficient daily driver, a workhorse with a class-leading tow rating, or as an off-road adventurer.

Should I Buy the Chevrolet Colorado?

Between its below-average base price and alluring list of standard infotainment features, the Colorado is an excellent value. You'll have a hard time finding rivals outside of the GM umbrella that are as hardworking. If you want a cabin with a bit more class, though, you may want to consider a couple of alternatives. The Colorado's close kin, the GMC Canyon, has many of the same mechanical components and amenities, bundled in a premium-grade cabin. The Honda Ridgeline can't haul as much as the Colorado, but it handles and rides more like a cushy SUV than a stiff pickup.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Chevrolet Colorado?

Since its redesign for 2015, the principal updates for the Colorado include the addition of a turbodiesel engine for 2016, a revamped V6 for 2017, and an upgraded base infotainment system for 2018. With only minor changes made for the 2019 model year, it doesn't seem worth the higher cost to buy a new Colorado. Instead, we recommend searching for a used model to save money, and getting a model that's outfitted with the upgraded infotainment system for the best experience.

We Did the Research for You: 32 Reviews Analyzed

Our Chevrolet Colorado review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from dozens of sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

Why You Can Trust Us

The Best Cars team – a division of U.S. News & World Report – has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007. With more than 75 years of combined automotive experience, our editors, writers, and analysts rank a wide variety of new and used cars and issue three annual awards: Best Cars for the Money, Best Cars for Families, and Best Vehicle Brands. To keep our recommendations unbiased, we decline expensive gifts from carmakers, and a third party handles our advertising.

How Much Does the Chevrolet Colorado Cost?

The base trim, which is a Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab, starts at $20,500. That's among the lowest starting prices in the class. All other trims are also available as a Crew Cab pickup, with prices starting at $26,600. For a top-level trim such as the Colorado ZR2, expect to pay around $42,000. You can see more details on pricing and features in our Which Chevrolet Colorado Model Is Right for Me? section below.

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Chevrolet Colorado Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Chevrolet Colorado or Toyota Tacoma?

The Toyota Tacoma and the Chevy Colorado are both admirable vehicles that are closely matched in our compact pickup truck rankings. Be prepared to spend about $5,000 more for a base Tacoma. It earns better safety and predicted reliability ratings than the Colorado, which is worth the higher price for some. With its softer ride and comfier seats, the Colorado is the better choice for commuting.

Which Is Better: Chevrolet Colorado or GMC Canyon?

The GMC Canyon has a lot in common with its GM counterpart, the Chevy Colorado. Similarities are evident in the engine choices, tow rating, and infotainment system. These fraternal twins post nearly identical scores in our rankings, though there are a few differences you should note. While the Chevy has a lower base price by $900, the GMC is slightly more upscale inside.

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Colorado Interior

How Many People Does the Colorado Seat?

Colorado Extended Cab models have standard seating for two, as no rear seat comes standard. Step up from the base trim, and you’ll get dual-folding rear seats to increase the capacity to four. Crew Cab models can seat up to five people and have larger rear doors, allowing easier access to the rear bench seat.

The front seats of the Colorado are reasonably comfortable. Drivers get an appealing amount of power adjustments, and you can add a bit of class with upgrades such as leather upholstery and heated front seats. With either body type, the rear seats are a bit stiff and small, though this isn't out of the ordinary for a compact pickup truck.

Colorado and Car Seats

In Colorado Extended Cab models with rear seats, both fold-down seats come with a set of easy-to-use lower anchors. A tether anchor is also mounted at each rear seating location, though it can take some searching to find this hardware. Crew Cab models have three tether anchors, one for each rear seat, and a set of lower anchors at the two outboard seats. LATCH hardware in these Colorado are harder to use – the tether anchors are hard to find and correctly identify, while the lower anchors are buried too deep in the seat cushions.

Colorado Interior Quality

No matter how hard your truck is working, you won't feel roughed up riding inside. The Colorado has a comfier interior than many of its rivals, and it’s outfitted with high-quality, durable materials. Extra treats such as the available leather-appointed upholstery and heated seats further pamper your hardworking crew.

Colorado Cargo Space

The Colorado's standard long box, measuring 6-feet-2-inches, is longer than the typical compact pickup bed. With the Crew Cab, Chevy offers the choice between a long box and a short box (a 5-foot-1-inch bed). The Colorado has a deeper bed than the Toyota Tacoma – a plus for bicycles and tall cargo – but there isn't quite enough space between the wheel wells to lay a 4-by-8 sheet of plywood flat. Every model comes with a locking tailgate, a CornerStep rear bumper, and hand grips built into the bed. The optional EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate lets you effortlessly open and close the tailgate with one hand.

Colorado Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Every Colorado comes with a touch-screen infotainment system, which is accompanied by goodies such as two USB ports, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 7- or 8-inch display. The interface is user-friendly, and it's complemented by an array of controls that are well within reach for the driver, and easy to use (even with gloves).

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Colorado Performance

Colorado Engine: An Engine for Every Purpose

With Chevrolet's first-rate selection of engine choices, you can pick the one that best meets your needs, as all deliver a satisfying amount of power. The base engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that's paired with either a manual or automatic six-speed transmission. Fuel-efficient and peppy, this 200-horsepower engine is a great choice if most of your miles are spent commuting or performing light-duty tasks. For around $2,000, you can upgrade to a 3.6-liter V6 with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Various professional reviewers prefer this 308-horsepower engine above the others, as it offers a compelling blend of power, towing ability, and fuel economy.

The Colorado is one of two compact trucks that has a 2.8-liter turbodiesel option (the other is its sibling, the GMC Canyon). This Duramax diesel engine produces 186 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, and it’s is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. This turbodiesel has more pulling power than any other compact pickup truck (matched only by the Canyon). It's pricey, however – the turbodiesel and its required options add about $5,500 to the cost of the truck.

Colorado Gas Mileage: Two Economical Options

Among base engines, the Colorado's four-cylinder has one of the highest fuel economy ratings in the class. It earns an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. With the V6 engine, expect to get around 18/25 mpg city/highway. The turbodiesel engine has an outstanding fuel economy rating of 20/30 mpg. Because diesel is more expensive than gasoline, though, you'll spend about the same each year to fuel the turbodiesel as you will the V6.

Colorado Ride and Handling: Composed and Comfortable

Part of the Colorado’s appeal is its comfortable, carlike handling. Its responsive steering and strong brakes solicit little effort from the driver, and the ride is not as harsh as some midsize trucks. These qualities make the Colorado a charming daily driver.

Colorado Off-Road Performance

Two editions will delight off-road adventurers: the Colorado ZL1 and the Colorado ZR2. These feature suspension systems tailor made for four-wheeling. Added components on the ZL1 include an automatic locking rear differential, recovery hooks, and hill descent control. The ZR2 is even burlier, with a higher ground clearance, driver-activated front and rear locking differentials, and a more-rugged appearance.

Colorado Dimensions and Weight

Colorado Extended Cab trucks and Colorado Crew Cab trucks with the short box are 17.7 feet long. Overall length extends to 18.7 feet for Colorado Crew Cab long box models. Curb weight ranges from 3,985 to 4,476 pounds, and the gross vehicle weight rating tops out at 6,200 pounds.

Colorado Towing Capacity

The Colorado has a best-in-class tow rating of up to 7,700 pounds when outfitted with the optional turbodiesel engine. Among compact pickup trucks, only the GMC Canyon (which employs the same engine) can pull a trailer this heavy. The Colorado's four- and six-cylinder gasoline engines have maximum towing capacities of 3,500 and 7,000 pounds, respectively.

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Colorado Reliability

Is the Chevrolet Colorado Reliable?

The 2019 Colorado has a predicted reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power, which is considered average for a new vehicle.

Chevrolet Colorado Warranty

The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado is backed with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty, and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Colorado Safety

Colorado Crash Test Results

The 2019 Colorado has an overall safety rating of five out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Colorado Crew Cab the highest rating of Good in five individual crash tests. It received the second-lowest rating of Marginal in the passenger-side small overlap front crash test. The standard Extended Cab version earned a lower score of Acceptable in the driver-side small overlap front test and the side impact test. Both cab configurations received the lowest possible IIHS scores for headlight performance and for the effectiveness of front crash prevention features. 

Colorado Safety Features

Standard safety features on the Colorado include a rearview camera and Teen Driver, which is a system that allows you to set limits on the top speed and audio volume when inexperienced drivers are behind the wheel. Available safety features include an HD rearview camera, rear parking sensors, forward collision alert, and lane departure warning.

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Which Chevrolet Colorado Model Is Right for Me?

Selecting the best pickup truck means choosing the body style, bed size, engine type, and comfort features that matter most to you. The base Chevy Colorado is an Extended Cab model outfitted with a long box, a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, a six-speed manual transmission, and two-wheel drive. Four uplevel trims are available: WT, LT, Z71, and ZR2. All come with the choice of an Extended or Crew Cab, long or short box, and two- or four-wheel drive. Other options include a V6 engine, a Duramax turbodiesel engine, six- and eight-speed automatic transmissions, heavy-duty towing and off-road components, and about nine exterior colors.

The base model represents a bargain for those in search of a basic two-seat pickup truck, thanks to niceties such as a touch-screen infotainment system with enhanced smartphone integration and a rearview camera. That said, most shoppers will prefer the upgraded features of the Colorado LT. It gets our pick as the best value for its inclusion of essentials (such as cruise control) in addition to its feature-rich infotainment system and HD rearview camera. Meanwhile, dedicated off-road enthusiasts will want to explore the Colorado Z71 and the range-topping Colorado ZR2 trims.

Chevrolet Colorado Base

Prices for the Colorado start at $20,500. This entry-level trim comes with the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system, a 7-inch touch-screen display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, two USB ports, Bluetooth, air conditioning, power windows, a four-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a CornerStep rear bumper, a rearview camera, and the Teen Driver safety system.

Chevrolet Colorado WT

One step up from the base trim, the Colorado WT adds dual rear seats with under-seat storage, but not much else. The advantage with this trim relates to available options, which include the V6 engine, both cab styles, both automatic transmissions, and a handful of interior customizations. Prices range between about $24,000 to $32,000.

Chevrolet Colorado LT

A six-speed automatic transmission is standard on the Colorado LT, along with cruise control and remote keyless entry. The cabin is comfier, on account of the six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with cruise and audio controls. The infotainment system gets upgrades that include an 8-inch touch screen, a built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot, HD Radio, satellite radio, an HD rearview camera, and OnStar. MSRP starts at $27,500 for the Colorado LT Extended Cab and $29,500 for the Colorado LT Crew Cab.

Chevrolet Colorado Z71

The Colorado Z71 is the first of the adventure-focused trim levels, with prices ranging between $30,600 and $37,200. Off-road components include a heavy-duty suspension, a locking rear differential, recovery hooks, and hill descent control. Other standard features are heated power-adjustable front seats, a heated steering wheel, automatic climate control, the EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate, a manual sliding rear window, remote start, wireless charging for enabled smartphones, and rear parking sensors.

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

The Colorado ZR2 is the only trim level that comes standard with a V6 engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and four-wheel drive. The ZR2 is made for rugged exploration, and it has a number of features that differentiate it from the Z71 trim. For example, instead of an automatic rear locking differential, like in the Z71, the top-of-the-line Colorado ZR2 comes with driver-selectable full-locking front and rear differentials. A transfer case shield, off-road rocker protection, an off-road appearance package, and a spray-in bedliner are also standard. Towing features include the Trailering package, trailering assist guidelines, and an added Tow/Haul driving mode. Prices start at $40,900.

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The Final Call

The Colorado blends together an impressive amount of muscle with carlike handling, presenting the best of both worlds for many pickup truck buyers. No other competitor (other than the similar GMC Canyon) has an available turbodiesel engine or can tow as much as the Colorado – two attributes that stage this as a serious work truck. After a long day of work, you'll also appreciate that the Colorado's ride is cushier and its seats are comfier than competitors like the Toyota Tacoma. Plus, the Colorado costs thousands of dollars less. Whether you are looking for an affordable pickup, a compact workhorse, or an off-road adventurer, the Colorado has you covered.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "Although full-size trucks deservedly rule the roost in terms of sales, the midsize pickup segment has started to come into its own. The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado exemplifies this evolution with flexible configurations that cover both work and play. The Colorado starts off as one of the least expensive bare-bones truck on the market. But it can be optioned up to be an out-of-the-box adventure machine with a lifted suspension that boasts trick shocks and fully lockable differentials. And let's not forget technology features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. No matter which version of Colorado you choose, you'll get well-mannered handling and respectable fuel economy." -- Edmunds
  • "You'll Like This Car If... The 2018 Colorado is perfect for those looking to haul or tow, but don't want the hassle of parking and maneuvering a full-size truck. A major advantage to the 2018 Colorado: It is garage-able. The diesel engine's fuel economy is remarkably good, and the ZR2 may just be the off-road enthusiast's dream." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado is a capable midsize truck whose power, size and features come close to rivaling those of some full-size pickups. With the Ford Ranger still another 2 years away and Ram offering no midsize pickup at all, Chevy's only competition comes from the aging Nissan Frontier, the class-leading Toyota Tacoma and, to a lesser degree, the Honda Ridgeline. Of course, none of the Colorado's rivals can match its 7,700-pound max tow rating or optional diesel engine, and stylistically the Colorado is pretty much on the cutting edge of pickup-truck design. In fact, now that the Colorado and its GMC Canyon twin are plentiful on dealer lots, it's hard to see why you'd buy another midsize truck." -- Autotrader (2017)

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