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2017 Chevrolet Colorado Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.4

The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado bucks the trend that small pickup trucks are utilitarian above all else. Instead, it offers a cabin that's quiet and comfortable, with Crew Cab models extending a warm invitation to rear passengers as well. Tech features – which range from basic to brilliant – are user-friendly and conveniently placed. 

  • "Road and wind noise is impressively absent, and the Colorado's cockpit is a quiet place to spend time. We could easily spend all day in this truck and never get tired." -- Edmunds
  • "The interior is vastly upgraded, offering an impressive array of high-end new materials and an excellent combination of textures and soft-touch surfaces. We never thought that we'd say this about a pickup -- especially a midsize model, considering the utilitarian cabins of rivals such as the Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma -- but we genuinely enjoy spending time in the Colorado's driver's seat." -- Autotrader (2015)
  • "The cabins--a choice of extended cab or crew cab--use materials that are far better than those of the previous Colorado/Canyon and are arguably best in class. This is the quietest interior of any truck in the segment--by far--thanks in part to triple-sealed doors." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)

Seating

Most Colorado Extended Cab models seat four people – two in the front on bucket seats and two in the rear on folding seats. The exception is the base trim, which comes with no rear seat and holds only two people. You can seat up to five in Colorado Crew Cab models, which feature a three-person bench seat in the rear that also folds out of the way when you want to haul bigger cargo in the cab. A four-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and cloth upholstery are standard. Available options include leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a power-adjustable passenger seat.

The front seats in the Colorado are supportive and roomy enough to spend a full day on the road, but this truck doesn't feel quite as plush as an SUV or car. In the Extended Cab, the rear seats are adequate for the occasional adult passenger, but its 28.6 inches of legroom is restricting, and these seats are not recommended for regularly ferrying back-seat travelers. Tall passengers will be more comfortable in the back of Crew Cab models, with extra headroom and 35.8 inches to stretch out your legs.

  • "The well-bolstered front seats are supportive, comfortable and attractive. They offer all-day livability, but larger-framed occupants could find them a bit confining. The crew cab's rear seats are a bit flat, but they can handle adult passengers, offering adequate support." -- Edmunds
  • "There's plenty of room for stout American body shapes to get comfortable inside, including 41.4 inches of headroom and 45.0 inches of legroom in the front seats; combined with the adjustable steering column, even six-and-a-half-footers will have no problem finding a comfortable driving position." -- Car and Driver (2015)
  • "With three inches of additional legroom versus the competition, along with flexible seating that allows for flip-up and fold-flat rear seats, the crew cab models offer realistic and comfortable space for four adults." -- Forbes (2015)

Interior Features

The 2017 Colorado comes standard with a rearview camera, a 4.2-inch display screen, a six-speaker audio system, a USB port, and Teen Driver. This system monitors your teen's driving and lets you set limits (like for the stereo volume) to encourage safer driving habits. It then gives you a report card of the results. Available features in the Colorado include cruise control, Bluetooth, satellite radio, the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system, a 7- or 8-inch touch screen display, a seven-speaker Bose audio system, navigation, Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, automatic climate control, forward collision alert and lane departure warning.

The layout of the Colorado's gauges, buttons, knobs, and screen are all easy for the driver to reach. Most users will find the MyLink interface easy to learn and use, especially when it’s outfitted with Apple CarPlay.

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  • "The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado's readouts and controls are generally well-placed and intuitive, though the design of the gauges is exceptionally generic-looking. The available MyLink infotainment system is relatively simple to use, and we like the extra capabilities of the voice command system and built-in Apple CarPlay compatibility. The touchscreen can sometimes be slow to respond to inputs, however, or require a reset before it responds at all." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "The audio system is mounted high within easy reach; volume and tuning are by separate knobs, with band and station selection done through the screen. Like many such systems, some operations that used to be 'one touch' simple now require multiple steps. Climate controls are likewise easy to reach, but are even easier to use" -- Consumer Guide (2015)
  • "Even die-hard Nissan and Toyota fans will likely admit that [the Frontier and Tacoma] are now completely outclassed by the Colorado. Compared to the simple, increasingly outdated interiors of those pickups, which came out over 6 years ago, the Colorado offers a positively luxurious cabin with improved ergonomics and a far more modern look. This is further bolstered by the Colorado's remarkably quiet ride -- something we rarely say about any pickup -- and its long list of standard and optional features." -- Autotrader (2015)

Cargo

There are two bed sizes available in the 2017 Colorado: the 6-foot-2-inch Long Box and the 5-foot-2-inch Short Box. Every model comes with a locking tailgate. You can add the EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate (so you can easily open and close the tailgate with just one hand), as well as convenient extras like cargo tie-down rings, tiered cross rails, and cargo dividers. Inside, you can flip up the Crew Cab's rear bench seat to access built-in storage cubbies, and all rear seats are foldable so you can carry cargo in the cabin. A floor console mounted between the front seats is standard. Experts note that the Colorado's bed is deeper than rivals' beds, which is convenient for hauling long or bulky cargo.

  • " Interior storage space is quite good … At the business end, both GM trucks offer a decidedly user-friendly cargo box. Not only are there four 'solid' tie-down hooks, there are also 13 ports that can hold additional hooks, and there are optional racks for such things as bikes and kayaks that can be purchased through the dealer. Also nice is a damped, easy-open (and lift) tailgate, along with a step built into the rear bumper." -- Consumer Guide (2015)
  • "Chevy also boasts of features like 13 adjustable tie-down locations, GM's popular CornerStep rear bumper and a soft-open feature for the tailgate … to make the cargo space as civilized as possible." -- Autoblog (2015)
  • "The bed of the Colorado is distinctive in that it looks so tall, and indeed GM says the cargo box is 2 inches deeper than the competition. It looks every bit of that, but the real advantage may be that a taller bed equals a longer tailgate. And so 8-foot lumber doesn't overhang the folded-down tailgate of the 6-foot-2-inch box. Dirt bikes look more at home back there, too." -- Edmunds (2015)

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