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2018 Chevrolet Colorado Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 8.2

The 2018 Chevrolet Colorado features some of the hard plastics you expect in a truck, but the cabin is still quiet and comfortable overall. The front seats are supportive, and the rear seats can fit adults without too many problems. There are two bed lengths and lots of standard and available tech features, though the MyLink infotainment system’s touch screen is sometimes slow to respond to inputs.

  • "The Colorado even comes with premium features like heated seats, Apple CarPlay, and an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system. Yet it maintains the expected ruggedness of a truck, with tough-feeling plastics, durable seat upholstery, and touches like the foldable rear seat." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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)

Seating

In the base trim, the Colorado seats two people. Extended Cab models seat four and Crew Cab models seat five. 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 Colorado’s front seats are reasonably comfortable, and they have enough support to keep you feeling good even on long drives. They also have enough space for almost anybody to fit easily. The rear seats in Extended Cab models can hold adults, but you won’t want to spend a lot of time back there. In Crew Cab models, the rear seat accommodates adults just fine.

Models with rear seats have two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats. The lower anchors are generally easy to use, but you’ll have to move the front seats forward to fit a rear-facing car seat. Finding the tether anchors requires you to flip the rear seat down.

  • "The 2018 Colorado balances between its needs to appeal to those who might otherwise be interested in an SUV, so it's comfortable and quiet. Crew Cab models have a rear seat that is comfortable, too, albeit tighter than a full-size pickup." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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)

Interior Features

Standard features in the Colorado include a rearview camera, a six-speaker audio system, a USB port, Bluetooth, streaming audio, and a 4.2-inch display screen. Teen Driver is also standard. 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 include cruise control, three additional USB ports, satellite radio, a seven-speaker Bose audio system, navigation, a Wi-Fi hot spot, wireless phone charging, automatic climate control, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, and the MyLink infotainment system with a 7- or 8-inch touch-screen display.

The Colorado’s dash controls are within easy reach of the driver. There are physical buttons and knobs in addition to the touch screen, and all of them are easy to use when controlling audio and climate functions. The touch screen is slow to respond to inputs at times, though.

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  • "The … 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

The Colorado comes with either a 6-foot-2-inch bed (Long Box) or a 5-foot-2-inch bed (Short Box). A locking tailgate is standard, and features like a corner bumper step, cargo tie-down rings, cargo dividers, tiered cross rails, and Chevy’s EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate (which lets you easily operate the tailgate with one hand) are available. The Colorado’s bed is also deeper than rivals’ beds, which is convenient if you have larger cargo.

Crew Cab models feature a rear seat that flips up to give you access to storage cubbies, and the rear seats in all models fold down to give you extra storage space.

  • "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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