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2017 Chevrolet Colorado Review

The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado does well in our used compact pickup truck rankings. This well-rounded truck is both hardworking and comfortable, with class-leading tow ratings and one of the nicest cabins in the segment.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful, fuel-efficient diesel engine available
  • Outstanding towing and payload capacities
  • Smooth, stable handling
  • Handsome, comfortable, quiet cabin
  • Lower crash test ratings than rivals

New for 2017

  • New V6 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission available
  • Teen Driver now standard

8.2

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.4
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.4
Safety: 9.2
Reliability:
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2017 Chevrolet Colorado Overview

Is the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado a Good Used Truck?

Whether you want a workhorse or a daily driver, the 2017 Chevy Colorado is a good compact truck. Inside, it’s quiet and comfortable, with a ride that is smoother than you may expect from a pickup. At the same time, the Colorado is tough for its size. Its maximum tow rating (at 7,700 pounds) is matched only by its close cousin, the GMC Canyon. With Chevrolet’s three available engine options, you can find a Colorado built for hauling, playing, or fuel efficiency. Overall, this truck has few flaws, with the exception of some mixed crash test results.

The Colorado is also a good value, thanks in part to its respectable list of standard amenities. Because of its combination of quality and value, the Colorado won our Best Compact Truck for the Money award three years in a row (2015, 2016, and 2017). 

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How Much Is the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado?

Prices for the 2017 Colorado range between $23,000 and $39,900, based on more than 600 listings on our used car site. The average price lands at just under $32,000.

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How Much Does the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado Cost to Own?

Over five years, you can expect to pay about $26,600 to fuel, insure, maintain, and repair a 2017 Colorado. This is a typical amount for a used compact pickup truck from 2017.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Colorado?

If you plan to do a bit of towing, you owe it to yourself to consider a 2018 Colorado. Chevy’s new Active Tow feature (which comes standard when you select the V6 or Duramax turbodiesel engine) helps you line the truck up to a trailer while you are backing up. It is especially helpful if you have little experience hooking up a trailer.

Beyond the 2018 Colorado’s available Active Tow and special 100th Anniversary Edition trim, there are few differences between a new and used Colorado. On average, prices are still very close – the MSRP of a 2018 Colorado ranges from $20,200 to $42,000, while listings for 2017 Colorado trucks on our used car site range from $23,000 to $39,000. If you have no strong preference for model year, we recommend browsing this month’s Chevrolet deals and used car deals to find the best price.

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Shoppers who want to buy a new pickup truck have a few other options as well. Because so many configurations and trim levels are available with compact pickup trucks, it's a little difficult to compare cost differences. In general, though, you can pick up a base version of any of the Colorado’s competitors for less than what the average 2017 Colorado costs ($31,800). The concession is that most base trims are pretty plain in comparison to a midlevel Colorado. Honda’s SUV-like Ridgeline is an exception to this rule. With a starting price of just under $30,000, even the base Ridgeline comes nicely outfitted with a V6 engine, a Crew Cab, and upscale cabin materials. It’s a great option as a daily driver, but it’s not ideal if you do a lot of towing or hauling.

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Which Model Year of the Chevrolet Colorado Is Best? 

In the current Colorado generation – which launched for the 2015 model year – there have been a few notable changes. Chevrolet added a turbodiesel engine option for 2016 and a new optional powertrain consisting of an upgraded V6 engine and a new eight-speed automatic transmission for 2017. The Teen Driver safety system also became standard for 2017.

For the best set of standard and optional features (including all three engine choices), stick with the 2017 Colorado. If you don’t need Teen Driver or the newer engine options, you may want to consider a 2015 or 2016 model instead to potentially save money.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado?

The 2017 Colorado has a predicted reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power, which is average for a used vehicle.

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2017 Chevrolet Colorado Recalls

As of this writing, no recalls have been issued for the 2017 Colorado.

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Which Used Chevrolet Colorado Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Colorado comes in five trims (base, WT, LT, Z71, and ZR2), two cab configurations (Extended and Crew), two bed sizes (Long and Short), and with three powertrain options. Dimensions for rear-seat passengers are considerably more generous in Crew Cab models, so if you frequently cart around more than just tykes, you’ll want one of these. Shoppers interested in the turbodiesel engine must pick between the Colorado Crew Cab LT and the Colorado Crew Cab Z71 – the only models offered with this powertrain. 

Between the different trim levels, the WT is a likable choice if you need a work truck with just the essentials. Its standard configuration includes a 300-horsepower V6 engine, a rearview camera, a 4.2-inch display screen, and a USB port. However, owners who spend a considerable amount of time in their truck will likely find the LT trim more appealing. Among its standout inclusions is an enhanced infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth audio streaming, satellite radio, and Apple CarPlay. Other standard features in the Colorado LT include cruise control, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

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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. 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 2017 Colorado four out of five stars overall. The truck earned a five-star side crash rating, a four-star frontal crash rating, and a three-star rollover rating.

Test scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety are also mixed. Extended Cab models received a top Good rating in the moderate overlap front, roof strength, and head restraints and seats tests, and a second-place Acceptable rating in the driver side small overlap front and side crash tests. Colorado Crew Cab models fared far better in IIHS simulations, earning a Good rating in all five crash tests.

Standard safety equipment includes a rearview camera, and some models may have lane departure warning and forward collision alert. Teen Driver, a new standard safety feature for 2017, lets you set stereo volume limits, add speed alerts, and see a report card of the driver’s performance.

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2017 Chevrolet Colorado Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Chevrolet Colorado or 2017 GMC Canyon?

There’s an easy explanation for why the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon seem so similar: both are built by General Motors. Elements like the infotainment system, engine options, and tow rating are the same in both trucks, and they have nearly identical scores in our rankings. You won’t go wrong with either one, though there are some slight differences you should be aware of to pick the truck that fits you best. With the Colorado, you are likely to spend less on a base model. GM also sells more than three times as many Colorados as it does Canyons, which means you will have an easier time finding these trucks. Alternatively, if you want the poshest pickup around, search for a Canyon Denali. These come with treats such as ventilated front seats, a Bose sound system, and wireless charging for your smartphone.

Which Is Better: 2017 Chevrolet Colorado or 2017 Toyota Tacoma?

The Toyota Tacoma’s scores are similar to the Chevrolet Colorado’s in our compact pickup truck rankings. Either truck is a good choice. In general, you’ll spend a little more to buy a Tacoma, though you’ll also get more standard features, along with marginally stronger crash test and predicted reliability ratings. The Tacoma is also the better buy for dedicated off-road enthusiasts. Though select Colorado models can tackle trails just fine, the Tacoma TRD Off-Road or TRD Pro are outfitted with an impressive amount of off-road components. If you keep your truck mostly on the pavement, you’ll get a comfier ride and better fuel economy with the Colorado. We also recommend Chevy’s optional turbodiesel for its superb tow rating.

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2017 Colorado Performance

How Does the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado Drive?

The three powertrain choices in the 2017 Colorado include a decent 2.5-liter four-cylinder (the base engine), a peppy 3.6-liter V6, and a brawny Duramax turbodiesel engine. The standard engine comes with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. An eight-speed automatic is mated to the V6, and a six-speed automatic comes with the diesel engine.

Among compact pickup trucks, the Colorado stands out as having one of the smoother rides. Little effort is needed for steering and braking as well. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and four-wheel drive is available in most models. Out of the trim levels, the Colorado ZR2 is the premier option for off-roading, as it comes with a beefier suspension, an automatic rear locking differential, hill descent control, and some other components specially designed for places without pavement.

Does the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado Get Good Gas Mileage?

Fuel economy is about average with the Colorado’s standard engine, at 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. This slips to 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway with the V6 engine. In the Colorado lineup, the turbodiesel engine has the lowest estimated fuel costs, thanks to its 22 mpg city/30 mpg highway rating.

2017 Chevrolet Colorado Towing Capacity

You can tow up to 7,700 pounds with a properly equipped Colorado. This class-leading tow rating is matched only by the GMC Canyon.

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2017 Colorado Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Colorado Seat?

Most Colorado Extended Cab models can seat four people – two in the front, and two more on folding rear seats that are best for short trips. Some bare-bones Extended Cab models lack these seats and can carry only two people. Colorado Crew Cab models come with a folding bench seat in the rear and can hold up to five people.   

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado?

The Colorado Extended Cab has two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on its rear seats. The tether anchors are tricky to locate, which results in an Acceptable rating (the second-highest score) from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The Colorado Crew Cab has an additional tether anchor in its rear seat. The IIHS gave this model a third-place Marginal rating, as its tether anchors are challenging to locate and identify, and its lower anchors are mounted deep in the seat cushions.

2017 Chevrolet Colorado Features

The inside of the Colorado is handsome and well-built, with materials a shade nicer than what you’d get in some rival trucks. The base model comes equipped with a 4.2-inch display screen, a six-speaker audio system, and a USB port. We recommend finding a model with the MyLink infotainment system, which is straightforward and easy to use. Depending on the trim level, this system can include a larger touch-screen display, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

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2017 Chevrolet Colorado Dimensions

Chevrolet Colorado Cargo Space

For the bed size, the Colorado Extended Cab comes only with a 6-foot-2-inch Long Box. Colorado Crew Cab models, on the other hand, may be equipped with either a Long Box or a 5-foot-2-inch Short Box. The Colorado’s bed is about 2 inches deeper than a Toyota Tacoma’s. This extra depth can be helpful for hauling tall items or a load of loose material, like dirt or gravel. However, there isn’t enough room in the back of a Colorado for a 4-foot-wide sheet of plywood to lay flat.

Chevrolet Colorado Length and Weight

The Colorado Crew Cab equipped with the Short Box and the Colorado Extended Cab stretch about 17.7 feet. When outfitted with the Long Box, the Colorado Crew Cab grows by 1 foot. Curb weight ranges from 3,985 pounds to 4,476 pounds, and the Colorado’s gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) spans between 5,900 and 6,200 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado Built?

The 2017 Colorado was built in Missouri alongside the GMC Canyon.

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