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2018 Chevrolet Colorado Review

The 2018 Chevrolet Colorado has a smooth ride, potent powertrains, and superb towing capability. However, its poor reliability rating holds it back in our compact pickup truck rankings.  

Pros & Cons

  • Class-leading towing capacity
  • Powerful, fuel-efficient engines
  • Smooth ride
  • Low predicted reliability rating




Critics' Rating: 9.3
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 8.2
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2018 Chevrolet Colorado Overview

Is the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado a Good Used Truck?

Yes, the Colorado is a good compact pickup truck. Whether you're in the market for a pickup with class-leading towing abilities or one with fuel-efficient engines, the Colorado's got you covered. Its stable handling and comfortable ride also make it a great daily commuter. That said, it has one of the lowest predicted reliability ratings in the class.

The 2018 Colorado has a solid list of strengths:

  • Tremendous fuel economy
  • High maximum towing capability for the class
  • Easy to maneuver
  • Composed ride in most driving conditions

Few weaknesses are present:

  • Rivals have higher predicted reliability ratings
Why You Can Trust Us

To give you a complete overview of the 2018 Colorado – and make your car-shopping experience easier – we analyzed 42 Chevrolet Colorado reviews alongside performance specs, interior dimensions, and more.

U.S. News Best Cars has been ranking and reviewing vehicles since 2007, and our crew has more than 75 years of combined experience in the auto industry. To ensure our objectivity, we do not accept expensive gifts from carmakers, and an external company manages the ads on our site.

How Much Is the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado?

Based on listings for the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado on our site, the average price is $28,700, which is low for the class. Prices range from $23,000 to $38,500 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado Cost to Own?

The 2018 Chevy Colorado’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $25,860, or $5,172 per year. That’s slightly below average for a compact pickup truck.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Colorado?

With an MSRP of $21,300, the 2019 Colorado is in the same price neighborhood as the 2018 Colorado. However, you'll like get a more feature-filled truck at a lower price by shopping for a 2018 model. The only notable additions for the 2019 model year are an available HD rearview camera and an upgraded infotainment system.

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The 2018 Colorado is part of a generation that was introduced for the 2015 model year. The 2016 Colorado had one notable change: an available turbodiesel engine. Chevy added a standard Teen Driver safety system, a ZR2 off-road trim, and a new available V6 engine and a new eight-speed automatic transmission to the 2017 Colorado. For 2018, Chevy added a standard 7-inch touch screen, as well as an available Active Tow system that assists in lining the truck up to a trailer.

Opt for the 2016 Colorado or newer if you want the higher maximum towing capacity that the available turbodiesel engine offers. Shoppers looking for the best off-roading Colorado should go with a 2017-or-newer model, which is available in the ZR2 trim.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado?

The Chevrolet Colorado has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Chevrolet Colorado Recalls

At the time of writing, there is one recall for the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado:

  • Fuel pump flange weld may fracture

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Chevrolet Colorado Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Chevrolet Colorado comes in five trims: base, WT, LT, Z71, and ZR2. Choosing the right trim depends on a few factors: cab options (Extended Cab and Crew Cab), bed lengths (6-foot-2-inch and 5-foot-2-inch), and engine choices (four-cylinder, V6, and diesel).

The LT is a good option for most shoppers, offering a nice mix of comfort and convenience features. It's also available with every engine choice. Opt for the Z71 or ZR2 trim if you plan to do a lot of off-roading.

  • Chevrolet Colorado Base: The base trim features an infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and two front USB ports. A power-adjustable driver's seat, air conditioning, power windows, a locking tailgate, a CornerStep rear bumper, a rearview camera, and a Teen Driver safety system are also standard.
  • Chevrolet Colorado WT: The WT trim adds rear seats, and it is the first trim available with a V6 engine.
  • Chevrolet Colorado LT: The LT trim comes with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an 8-inch touch screen, satellite radio, navigation, a Wi-Fi hot spot, two rear USB ports, and keyless entry. This is the first trim available with a turbodiesel engine.
  • Chevrolet Colorado Z71: The Z71 trim features an off-road suspension, a transfer case shield, a locking rear differential, automatic climate control, an EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate, and a power-adjustable passenger seat.
  • Chevrolet Colorado ZR2: The ZR2 is the only trim that comes standard with a V6 engine and four-wheel drive. It also adds an Off-Road Appearance package, additional ground clearance, all-terrain tires, leather upholstery, and wireless device charging.

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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 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Extended Cab 2018 Colorado the highest rating of Good in all but two crash tests; it earned the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the side test and the small overlap front crash tests. It also gave Crew Cab models the highest rating of Good in five crash tests and the second-lowest rating of Marginal in a passenger-side small overlap front test. Its headlights received the worst rating of Poor for how well they illuminate the road ahead. Properly equipped models earned the lowest rating of Basic for front crash prevention.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Colorado an overall rating of four out of five stars, with five stars in the side crash test, four stars in the frontal crash test, and three stars in the rollover test.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • Teen Driver, which enables you to do things like set audio volume and speed limits for secondary drivers

Available advanced safety features:

  • forward collision alert
  • lane departure warning

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2018 Chevrolet Colorado Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Chevrolet Colorado or 2018 GMC Canyon?

The 2018 GMC Canyon and 2018 Colorado have many similarities, including the same set engine lineup, a nearly identical list of standard and available features, and matching tow limits. The biggest difference between the two models is their interior quality. While the Colorado's cabin is nice, the Canyon has one of the most upscale interiors in the class. Choose the Canyon if you long for interior refinement, or opt for the more budget-friendly Colorado if that isn’t a necessity.  

Which Is Better: 2018 Chevrolet Colorado or 2018 Toyota Tacoma?

The 2018 Toyota Tacoma outdoes the Colorado when it comes to off-road capability. The Colorado does have a few things up its sleeve, however, such as a higher towing capacity and lower average list price. That said, the Tacoma is the winner overall. In addition to the Tacoma's off-road prowess, it also has a superb predicted reliability rating.

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2018 Colorado Performance

How Does the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado Drive?

The 2018 Colorado is one of the most comfortable vehicles to drive, thanks to its smooth ride. This Chevy has sufficient power for your daily commute, even with its base four-cylinder engine. Step up to the available V6 if you're craving more power and better towing and hauling capabilities. You'll want the turbodiesel engine for maximum towing ability and the best fuel economy figures that this pickup offers. 

  • Base engine: 200-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder
  • Available engines:
    • 308-horsepower 3.6-liter V6
    • 181-horsepower turbocharged 2.8-liter diesel four-cylinder
  • Drivetrain: standard rear-wheel drive; available four-wheel drive.
  • Transmission: standard six speed manual; available six-speed automatic; available eight-speed automatic
Does the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Colorado has great gas mileage for a compact pickup truck.

  • 2.5-liter four-cylinder, RWD: 20/26 mpg city/highway
  • 2.5-liter four-cylinder, 4WD: 19/24 mpg
  • 3.6-liter V6, RWD: 18/25 mpg
  • 3.6-liter V6, 4WD: 17/24 mpg
  • 2.8-liter turbodiesel, RWD: 22/30 mpg
  • 2.8-liter turbodiesel, 4WD: 20/28 mpg
  • 3.6-liter V6 (ZR2 trim), 4WD: 16/18 mpg
  • 2.8-liter turbodiesel (ZR2 trim), 4WD: 19/22 mpg
2018 Chevrolet Colorado Towing Capacity

The Colorado can tow up to 7,700 pounds when properly equipped. This is one of the highest towing capacities in the class.

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2018 Colorado Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Colorado Seat?

The 2018 Colorado seats up to five people in two rows. The base trim lacks rear seats, giving it a seating capacity of two. Step up to the higher trims, and you'll find seating for four in Extended Cab models or five in Crew Cab models. The front seats are comfortable, but like most compact pickup trucks, the rear seats aren't all that spacious.

Standard seating features:

  • vinyl upholstery
  • power-adjustable driver's seat

Available seating features:

  • cloth upholstery
  • leather upholstery
  • heated front seats
  • power-adjustable passenger seat
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado?

In models with rear seats, the 2018 Colorado has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the LATCH system in Extended Cab models the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use, while Crew Cab models' LATCH system gained the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use.

2018 Chevrolet Colorado Features

The Colorado comes standard with an easy-to-use infotainment system with smartphone integration technology. In addition to touch controls, physical knobs and buttons for climate and audio settings are also available.

  • Standard infotainment features: an infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, two front USB ports, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay
  • Available infotainment features: Wi-Fi hot spot, two rear USB ports, an 8-inch touch screen, satellite radio, and navigation
  • Additional standard features: air conditioning and power windows
  • Other available features: automatic climate control and wireless charging

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2018 Chevrolet Colorado Dimensions

Chevrolet Colorado Cargo Space

The Colorado comes with either a 6-foot-2-inch long bed or a 5-foot-1-inch short bed. The Colorado's long box is longer than most – if not all – other class rivals, but it isn't wide enough for a 4-by-8-foot sheet of plywood to lay flat. That said, the Colorado has many bed features, including a standard CornerStep rear bumper and an available EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Chevrolet Colorado Length and Weight
  • Length: 17 feet, 7 inches to 18 feet, 7 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,985 to 4,480 pounds
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 5,900 to 6,200 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado Built?

Chevrolet built the Colorado in Missouri.

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