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2016 Chevrolet Colorado Review

The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado fights for a top spot in our 2016 compact pickup truck rankings. It boasts well-rounded performance, a nice interior, and a great reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent towing ability
  • Smooth ride
  • Spacious and upscale interior
  • Solid reliability rating
  • Seats could be more supportive
  • Low safety scores for class




Critics' Rating: 9.5
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
Safety: 8.8
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2016 Chevrolet Colorado Overview

Is the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado a Good Used Truck?

The 2016 Colorado is a good choice for a used compact pickup truck. You'll find no shortage of utility, thanks to the Colorado's brawny available engines and class-leading towing capability. The cabin is roomy and full of premium materials. While the Colorado has an impressive reliability rating, some rivals have better crash-test scores. 

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We analyzed 25 Chevrolet Colorado reviews to give you an idea of this truck’s pros and cons. We’ve also included information on fuel economy, safety, and reliability to help you decide if the 2016 Colorado is the right pickup for you.

The U.S. News Best Cars staff has more than 75 years of combined experience in the automotive industry, and we've been ranking the best vehicles since 2007. To keep our reviews free from outside influence, we don't accept expensive gifts or trips from automakers, and the ads on our site are placed and sold by a third party.

How Much Is the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado?

The average price for a used 2016 Colorado – based on the nearly 1,400 listings for this vehicle on our site – is $28,900. Prices range from $21,000 to $34,900. Your cost will depend on the specific vehicle’s condition, mileage, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Cost to Own?

Over five years, you'll pay around $25,700 on fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2016 Colorado. That's around $5,100 per year. Most rival compact pickups will cost you about the same over five years.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Colorado?

A new Colorado has a starting price of around $20,000, and a well-equipped model can reach $40,000. The average price of a used 2016 Colorado sits right near the middle of that range. Deciding whether you should buy a used or new model depends on what configuration you're looking for, as well as the deals and incentives your local dealer is offering on a new Colorado.

With a new Colorado, you'll enjoy a new car warranty and the benefits of being the first owner – including the knowledge that the vehicle is well-maintained. With a used Colorado, there is the potential to save money and get a similarly equipped vehicle.

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There are several new 2018 pickups available, with base prices under or around $29,000 (about the same as the average used 2016 model on our site). You may find that the 2018 GMC Canyon, the 2018 Toyota Tacoma, or the 2018 Nissan Frontier are to your liking. In this price range, you could even step up to the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. Keep in mind that the specific configuration of any new truck can make or break the value of shopping for a new model over a used vehicle.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado?

The Colorado has an above-average reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2016 Chevrolet Colorado Recalls

As of this writing, there are three recalls on the 2016 Colorado. Two relate to the air bags not properly inflating during an accident. The last recall involves the possibility of the center console opening during a crash, causing items to fly around the cabin. Make sure these issues are fixed before you buy a used 2016 Colorado.

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Which Model Year of the Chevrolet Colorado Is Best?

After taking a few years off, the Chevy Colorado was relaunched for 2015. This generation includes the 2018 model. In 2016, Chevrolet added an available turbodiesel engine. For 2017, Chevy swapped the Colorado's optional six-speed automatic transmission for an eight-speed. Beyond these powertrain updates, little differentiates the three model years. Opting for the very similar 2015 model may save you some money over the 2016.

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Which Used Chevrolet Colorado Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado comes in two different cab configurations: Extended Cab (which has a 6-foot-2-inch regular bed) or Crew Cab (which comes with either the regular box or a 5-foot-2-inch bed). Four trim levels are available: base, WT, LT, and Z71. If you're looking for a rugged off-roading truck with a premium interior, go for the Colorado Z71. This V6-powered pickup comes with the Z71 off-road suspension, an automatic locking rear differential, and hill-descent control.

Upgrades inside the Colorado include the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment interface, an 8-inch touch-screen display, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, extra USB ports, and OnStar with a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot. Automatic climate control, remote vehicle start, and heated front seats are among the other interior treats. Alternatively, the Colorado LT is less expensive, but it still comes with niceties like the upgraded infotainment system.

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What Does Chevrolet's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Chevrolet offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Chevy extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to six years or 100,000 miles. These vehicles also get a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty after the three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Chevrolet CPO vehicles must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available, so read Chevy’s warranty page carefully.

Chevrolet has one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers, but Hyundai, Buick, and Kia are better, according to our analysis.

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How Safe Is the Colorado?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2016 Colorado a perfect five-star rating in side crash tests, four stars in front crash tests, and three stars in the rollover test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Extended Cab model a Good rating in three categories and an Acceptable rating in the side crash test. Crew Cab models earned a Good rating in all its IIHS tests. While the Colorado’s safety scores aren’t bad, the 2016 Tacoma fared a little better.

To help prevent accidents, the Colorado is available with forward collision alert and lane departure warning. A rearview camera is standard.

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2016 Chevrolet Colorado Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Chevrolet Colorado or 2016 GMC Canyon?

The GMC Canyon is similar to the Colorado (both come from GM), and both deserve a place on your test-drive list. The Canyon features the same punchy engines as the Colorado, and maximum towing capacity for both is 7,700 pounds. Additionally, the Canyon's interior is one step above the Colorado's cabin. The Colorado, though, has a better reliability rating, which could make it the smarter buy.

Which Is Better: 2016 Chevrolet Colorado or 2016 Toyota Tacoma?

If you plan to do extensive off-roading, check out the Toyota Tacoma. The Tacoma TRD Pro has off-road dampers, a crawl control system, and a Multi-Terrain Select system that optimizes performance for various types of off-road conditions. On pavement, the Tacoma holds its own, with plenty of power, composed handling, and a generally smooth ride. The Tacoma does better than the Colorado in crash tests, and it has a marginally better reliability rating. However, if passenger space and comfort are of paramount concern, the Colorado is the better choice. Its ride is smoother on the highway and over rough roads, and it offers more interior space (especially in the Crew Cab version).

Which Is Better: 2016 Chevrolet Colorado or 2016 Chevrolet Silverado?

For serious towing needs, the full-size Chevrolet Silverado is a good option. With the available V8 engine and Max Trailering package, it's capable of pulling trailers as heavy as 12,000 pounds. Similar to the Colorado, the 2016 Silverado comes in a variety of trims and configurations, so you can pick the price point and features that suit you best.

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2016 Colorado Performance

How Does the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Drive?

On the road, the Colorado has a more comfortable and refined ride than you’ll get with most pickup trucks. It’s also maneuverable and composed through turns, and its brakes are strong. The Chevy Colorado comes standard with a four-cylinder engine, a six-speed manual transmission, and rear-wheel drive. Its base powertrain is good for daily driving, and an available V6 ups the power. For maximum fuel efficiency and towing abilities, there’s an available turbodiesel engine. Other available features include a six-speed automatic transmission (standard with the V6 and diesel engines) and four-wheel drive.

Does the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Get Good Gas Mileage?

With the base engine and automatic transmission, the Colorado returns 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, which are good numbers for the class. The diesel-powered Colorado does even better: 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.

2016 Chevrolet Colorado Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the Colorado can tow up to 7,700 pounds. That's more than most compact truck rivals can tow.

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2016 Colorado Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Colorado Seat?

Two cab configurations are available, with seating for four people in the Extended Cab and room for five in the Crew Cab. Up front, there’s plenty of head- and legroom in both models, though the cushions lack adequate support on long drives. The Crew Cab has enough space for adults to get comfortable in the back, but the Extended Cab’s rear seats are cramped for most.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado?

For securing child safety seats, the Colorado offers two sets of lower anchors in the rear outboard seats and a tether anchor on each rear seat.

2016 Chevrolet Colorado Features

Upscale materials and a healthy dose of standard and available features are hallmarks of this Chevy truck. Simple physical buttons control the audio volume and climate functions, and knobs are within easy reach of the driver. The available 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system has clear graphics and operates intuitively. The available navigation program works without interfering with simultaneously running applications.

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2016 Chevrolet Colorado Dimensions

Chevrolet Colorado Cargo Space

The Colorado offers two bed lengths. Extended Cab models come with a 6-foot-2-inch bed, and Crew Cab models come either with that bed or a shorter, 5-foot-2-inch bed. The Crew Cab offers more interior storage space in the back seat area than the Extended Cab.

2016 Colorado Length and Weight

The Extended Cab model with a 6-foot-2-inch bed or a Crew Cab model with a 5-foot-2-inch bed is just under 18 feet long. A Crew Cab model with a 6-foot-2-inch bed is just under 19 feet long. The Colorado's curb weight ranges from 3,920 pounds up to 4,711 pounds, depending on how the truck is equipped.

Where Was the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Built?

The Colorado was assembled in Wentzville, Missouri.

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