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2019 Chevrolet Colorado Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 8.0

Chevrolet combines utility with comfort in the 2019 Colorado. Alongside most rivals, the Colorado presents a comfier ride, and its convenient cargo areas offer lots of room for gear. Every edition comes with a nice set of entertainment features, glove-friendly knobs and buttons, and durable materials.

  • The cabin is full of hard plastics and generally cheap-feeling surfaces. That said, it's solidly put together, and it feels more modern than the Tacoma or the Frontier. Still, it can't match the Ridgeline. " -- 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

The entry-level Colorado base trim can carry two people, as no rear seat is included. Dual-folding rear seats are mounted in all other Extended Cab models, creating room for up to four people. Colorado Crew Cab models have room for five.

The Colorado's seats are often lauded as more comfortable than several of its rivals. The front seats are roomy (for a truck of this size), with a standard power-adjustable driver's seat that lets many body sizes easily find a comfortable driving position. As is typical for a compact pickup, the seat cushions are a bit on the firm side in the back seat, though many reviewers say the Colorado is still quite pleasant back there. If you plan to use this zone on a regular basis, you'll want to opt for a Crew Cab model instead of an Extended Cab. With a cushier bench seat, extended legroom, and larger rear doors, this back seat provides comfier accommodations for adults than the rear of the Colorado Extended Cab.

Cloth upholstery and a four-way power-adjustable driver's seat are standard in the Colorado. Seating upgrades include a six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a four-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with cruise and audio controls.

For installing child safety seats, the Colorado Extended Cab comes with two full sets of LATCH anchors. They earn a second-place Acceptable rating for ease of use from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, with some points deducted because of difficult-to-locate tether anchors. In the back of Colorado Crew Cab models, the two sets of lower anchors are recessed too far down in the seat cushions. Like the Extended Cab models, the Crew Cab has three tether anchors that are challenging to find and correctly identify. As a result, the LATCH system in these models earns the second-lowest rating of Marginal from the IIHS.

  • The front seat offers lots of room all around. There's enough adjustability for most drivers, and taller drivers won't run out of headroom. But the crew cab's rear seat is tight, with limited legroom and insufficient headroom for taller passengers." -- Edmunds
  • 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 (2018)
  • "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

Chevrolet includes its MyLink interface in every Colorado, treating you to enhanced smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The system also features Bluetooth, two USB ports, and a 7-inch touch screen. It uses straightforward menus, making it easy to learn. A handful of audio and climate controls are conveniently located, and the large knobs and buttons can be used even when you're wearing gloves. Other standard features include air conditioning, power windows, a rearview camera, and the Teen Driver safety system.

An enhanced infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen is available. Additional options include a built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot, HD Radio, satellite radio, wireless charging for enabled smartphones, navigation, cruise control, keyless entry, remote start, and automatic climate control. There are also a few available safety features, such as an HD rearview camera, rear parking sensors, forward collision alert, and lane departure warning.

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  • "Chevrolet offers solid in-car technology thanks in part to its latest system, which is feature-rich and easy to use." -- Edmunds
  • 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 (2018)
  • "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)

Cargo

The Colorado comes standard with a 6-foot-2-inch long box, which is slightly longer than what competitors offer. Pick the Crew Cab body style, and you can choose between the long box and the 5-foot-1-inch short box. To make accessing the bed easier, the Colorado comes standard with a step built into the rear bumper and hand grips in the side of the bed, and an EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate is available. Lots of storage is available inside, between the foldable rear seats, storage cubbies underneath the Crew Cab's bench seat, and a sizable floor console located between the front seats. However, the Colorado’s bed lacks the storage bins and convenience features that you can find in the beds of some of its rivals.

  • Even though the Colorado is available with the longest in-class cargo box, it isn't wide enough for a 4-by-8 sheet of plywood to lie flat. The bed also requires a bedliner and lacks the smart storage compartments or electrical outlets seen in rivals." -- Edmunds
  • " 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)
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