Drivers who prefer a mid-sized truck can find a lot to appreciate in the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado. The Colorado is designed for truck lovers who may spend as much time driving in town as they do utilizing the hauling and towing capabilities of the pickup. It's equally perfect for towing the boat to the lake or running errands. A variety of options, including three engine choices, allow drivers to pick the power level needed without purchasing more truck than necessary. On the interior, packages range from standard amenities to full luxury with leather seats and added high-tech safety options, such as additional cameras and various warning indications for driving hazards. The high-tech options also extend to enhanced access to smartphone features and even more USB outlets for charging needs on the highway. Read on to learn more.
The Chevy Colorado is all about strength and power. It provides up to 7,700 pounds of maximum available towing, a 1,578 max payload and 49.9 cubic-feet of cargo space. Engine options start with a 2.5L 4-cylinder that provides 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy averages 20/26 city/highway. The next level is a 3.6L DOHC V6. Chevy promotes this engine as providing a best-in-class 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet or torque. Average mpg is 18/25 city/highway. Maximum towing potential is realized with the diesel option - the Duramax 2.8L turbo-diesel with 369 pound-feet of torque. The best fuel economy is also realized with the diesel engine at a 30 mpg highway average.
Technology includes a built-in "Infotainment" system - Chevy's third generation of the system. Smartphone partnering includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. After plugging in the phone, calling, music, messages, map apps and more can be accessed from the touchscreen, enhancing navigation and hands-free communications. The cab is comfortable and comes standard with cloth seats, but leather is an easy upgrade outside of trim packages. Storage options include a large glove compartment, a console bin and a storage compartment under the rear seat. Rear seats fold down in a 50/50 split or entirely to add interior cargo storage.
Safety features vary based on the trims selected. A rear vision camera for safer backups and better parking is standard. Options include a collision alert for potential front-end crashes, warning indications when the vehicle starts to weave out of the lane without turn signal use and distance notifications for objects in the rear when parking. The Colorado has a 4-star NHTSA crash test rating overall. Five airbags are included in the vehicle. Dealers provide pricing on enhanced safety packages.
An extended-cab, long box Chevy Colorado starts at $22,395 compared to a $27,795 short box crew cab and $30,095 for the long box crew. The highest trim price is $42,525 for the Z71 diesel engine version of the crew-cab, long. A Z71 with a 3.6L V8 starts at $38,795. Additional adds-on include premium paint from $395 to $495 and leather seats for $950. A step package and cover combo is $1,095 while the midnight edition of the Z71 with a spray-on bedliner and tires with the maximum traction system ups the MSRP by $2,995. The Trail Runner special edition adds $2,990 for accent lighting, maximum traction, a front skid plate and off-road rocker protection.