2020 Chevrolet Colorado

2020 MODEL
$27,795 - $44,095
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2020 Chevrolet Colorado Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: February 14, 2020
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Aaron Smith

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Colorado is an easy-to-live-with midsize pickup that offers versatility and capabilities like no other. Chevy offers a trim for everyone, from your basic fleet pickup to off-road worthy ZR2. Supposedly, a plebian version of the Canyon, the Chevy Colorado appears to be more tasteful and subtle unlike its brethren from GMC. Colorado offers a spacious and comfortable cabin with a well-laid-out interior.

America’s love affair with Chevy and its’s trucks in now 100 years old and yes, the company is celebrating the centenary. This midsize pick-up truck can be whatever you want it to be: a hauler, daily city driver or an off-roader. 

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Pros

Towing capacity best in class

Easily maneuverable

Smooth steering

User-friendly cabin

Cons

Crash rating lower than competitor

Bouncy ride

Down-market interior

Cramped front seat for tall people

What's New?

There are no major changes for 2020


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$26700

bodystyle

4dr Crew Cab

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

150 cu.in.

horsepower

200 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

191 lbs.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front short and long arm suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear leaf suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

62.4/62.4

dimensions

wheelbase

128.3 in.

length

212.7 in.

width

74.3 in.

height

70.7 in.

curb weight

4025 lbs.

ground clearance

8.3 in.

capacity

towing capacity

7000 lbs.

payload capacity

1444 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/22/26 mpg

ev range

420 mi.

highway range

546 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr. / 100000 mi.

roadside assistance

5 yr./ 60000 mi.


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Exterior
Interior

Styles

 2020 Chevrolet Colorado in Cajun Red Tintcoat color  2020 Chevrolet Colorado in Kinetic Blue Metallic color
Cajun Red Tintcoat

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Ratings

Features

9.0

Engine And Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

9.0

Final Verdict

8.5

8.4

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Chevrolet Colorado Work Truck

Work Truck

power
308 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
20 combined

$27,795 - $33,695


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Work Truck 4dr Crew Cab 5.1 ft. SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $27,795 MSRP (20/22/26) 200 hp @ 6300 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 5
Work Truck 4dr Crew Cab 6.2 ft. LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $30,095 MSRP (18/20/25) 308 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 5
Work Truck 4dr Crew Cab 5.1 ft. SB 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $32,795 MSRP (17/19/24) 308 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 5
Work Truck 4dr Crew Cab 6.2 ft. LB 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $33,695 MSRP (17/19/24) 308 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 5

 2020 Chevrolet Colorado LT

LT

power
308 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
20 combined

$30,795 - $36,395


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LT 4dr Crew Cab 5.1 ft. SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $30,795 MSRP (20/22/26) 200 hp @ 6300 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 5
LT 4dr Crew Cab 6.2 ft. LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $32,995 MSRP (18/20/25) 308 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 5
LT 4dr Crew Cab 5.1 ft. SB 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $35,495 MSRP (17/19/24) 308 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 5
LT 4dr Crew Cab 6.2 ft. LB 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $36,395 MSRP (17/19/24) 308 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 5

 2020 Chevrolet Colorado Z71

Z71

power
308 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
20 combined

$34,995 - $38,795


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Z71 4dr Crew Cab 5.1 ft. SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $34,995 MSRP (18/20/25) 308 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 5
Z71 4dr Crew Cab 5.1 ft. SB 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $38,195 MSRP (17/19/24) 308 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 5
Z71 4dr Crew Cab 6.2 ft. LB 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $38,795 MSRP (17/19/24) 308 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 5

 2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

ZR2

power
308 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
17 combined

$44,095


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
ZR2 4dr Crew Cab 5.1 ft. SB 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $44,095 MSRP (16/17/18) 308 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 5

Expert Review

8.4

Overall Rating


In the three engine options of Colorado you get a base 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder which is mated to a six-speed manual, a 308-horsepower 3.6-litre V-6 is remarkably fast and the best in the line-up is the GM’s exclusive turbodiesel 2.8-litre inline-4 with a class-leading towing rate. There are a few glitches with the 2020 Colorado and you might overlook it for its poor-quality interior and limited safety techs. However, it is a truck that offers a lot and is capable of doing all sort of job with a starting price of $21195 for the base model and $41395 for the top trim. 

2020 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab Front View
2020 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab Rear View

9.0/10
Features

 

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.0/10
Interior

 

8.0/10
Exterior

 

8.0/10
Safety

 

9.0/10
Competition

 

8.5/10
Final Verdict

 

2020 Chevrolet Colorado Features

9.0/10

Midsize pickup truck Colorado is available in several trims. But before you choose one you must decide which configuration you want to go with as it is offered in two body style- Extended cab and Crew-cab with two-bed lengths- 6 feet 2 inch and 5 feet 1 inch. The five trims offered are Base, Work Truck (WT), LT, Z71, and ZR2. In the three engine options, you get a 2.5-litre inline four-cylinder engine which is standard on all the Extended cab version except the ZR2, which comes standard with 3.6-litre V-6 with a choice of 6-speed automatic or manual transmission. The 3.6-litre V-6 with 8-speed automatic is mandatory with the Crew cab configuration. There is also a turbodiesel 2.8-litre inline-4 which is optional on all but the base trim.

 

Trims

Base 

WT

LT

Z71

MSRP

$21,195

$24,695

$28,095

$30,695

Features

2.5L direct-injected 4-cylinder engine.

2.5L direct-injected engine

2020 LT models include all WT features plus:

Top-line Z71 models include all LT features, in addition to

 

6-speed manual transmission.

Hydra-Matic 6-speed automatic transmission (Crew Cab).

Body-colour rear bumper, mirror caps and door handles

Z71 Off-Road Suspension

4-wheel antilock disc brakes with Duralife brake rotors

Dual rear seats with under-seat storage (Extended Cab)

17-inch aluminium wheels

Automatic locking rear differential

4-way power-adjustable driver seat

Folding rear bench seat (Crew Cab)

Chevrolet MyLink Radio with an 8-inch diagonal colour touch-screen display

Automatic locking rear differential

   

Remote Keyless Entry

Transfer case shield (4x4)

     

Unique 17-inch painted wheels and all-terrain tires

 

We Recommend

We would recommend the Colorado LT with a crew cab, 3.6-litre V-6, and AWD. It comes with seating for five along with quick acceleration and excellent towing power-up to 7000 pounds. The LT comes at a low price and with all the engine options, so you can customize it according to your need and it is also fitted with most of the comfort and convenience feature that Colorado has to offer.

2020 Chevrolet Colorado Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The GM-exclusive Duramax 2.8-litre turbo diesel available for the 2020 Chevy Colorado is quiet, smooth and refined. It comes with outstanding power delivery and the roaring diesel soundtrack will keep reminding you about the under the hood power which you otherwise won’t get in a Toyota. However, the V-6 mated to the 8-speed automatic transmission is also as capable to satisfy the power need. Both the engine feels responsive and easily manoeuvrable whether you are in the city or taking on rocky terrain. 

2020 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab comes with 2.5L Engine

You can choose from the three-engine option that the Chevy has to offer. The base engine is 2.5-litre 4-cylinder churning out 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque. It comes with a six-speed manual transmission; however, a six-speed automatic is optional. Engine power is enough for day-to-day driving but if you want your Colorado to tow and haul then you will need to look for something more powerful. 

Models

Chevrolet Colorado

Toyota Tacoma

GMC Canyon

Nissan Frontier

MSRP

$21,195

$25,200

$21,800

$18,990

Engine

2.5L DI 4-cylinder engine

2.7L I4 DOHC

16-valve 4-cylinder engine

2.5L I4 DI DOHC engine

2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine

Transmission

6-speed manual

6-speed automatic

6-speed manual

5-speed manual

Power

200 hp @ 6300 rpm

159 hp @ 5200 rpm

200 hp @ 6300 rpm

152 hp @ 5,200 rpm

Torque

191 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

180 lb-ft 3800 rpm

191 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

171 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

 

Off-roading

We now know all about the engines and their specification, so now let’s see how it performs while off-roading and which is the best trim suited for the job. The Colorado Z71s with raised suspension, exclusive dampers, and limited-slip rear differential will do the job for you. Equipped with DuraTrac tires this midsize hauler is powerful enough to pull itself from any sticky situation. 

Top of the trim ZR2 is special in its own way it comes with off-road appearance package and Multimatic DSSV damping system. The damping systems are extremely quick to react to any kind of suspension movement making the ZR2 a serious off-roader that a die-hard adventurer will definitely appreciate. 

Acceleration

The powerful engine of the Chevy Colorado with six-speed transmission helps it sprint to 0 to 60 mph in 8.1 seconds which is best in the class. However, it gets competition from Toyota Tacoma which is slow initially but it picks up speed later to complete a quarter-mile in 14.7 seconds as compared to Colorado’s 16.2 seconds. The V-6 engine in Colorado makes it feel light and full of power and hits 0-60 in 6.7-seconds. 

Models

Chevrolet Colorado

Toyota Tacoma

GMC Canyon

Nissan Frontier

0-60 MPH

8.1 sec

9.8 sec

9.0 sec

7.5 sec

Quarter mile

16.2 sec @ 84 mph

14.7 sec @ 91 mph

17.1 sec @ 82.4 mph

16.5 sec @ 90 mph

Engine

2.5L

2.7L

2.5L

2.5L

Emission 

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 

8.1

8.4

8.1

8.4

Ride and Handling

Colorado feels confident on corners as the strong suspension keeps the body roll in check. You will feel the light rear end breaking traction when the bed is unloaded, but stability control keeps that in control. The eight-speed transmission does the job well and the acceleration feels spontaneous. Colorado also maintains its steady speed while climbing the hills. Electric power steering feels light allowing the truck to manoeuvre smoothly around town and highway.

Braking

Brake pedals feel stiff while hard braking, however, it performs well under normal driving conditions. Colorado stops from 60 mph in 124 feet which is good, whereas Toyota Tacoma leads the pack with the best stopping distance. 

Model

Chevrolet Colorado

Toyota Tacoma

GMC Canyon

Nissan Frontier

Brake pads-front(in)

12.2

10.8

12.2

11.10

Brake pads Rear(in)

12.8

10.0

12.7

11.30

Curb weight(lbs)

3986

4425

3943

3785

60-0 MPH (ft.)

124

119

121

125

2020 Chevrolet Colorado Fuel Economy

9.0/10

The 2.8-litre turbodiesel 4-cylinder gets the best mileage as it earns EPA rating of 22 mpg city and 30 mpg on the highway, which is exceptional for a compact pickup truck. The base engine when compared with the competitors does not fell lazy either. It’s estimated EPA ratings are 20 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined which is best in the class. The down performer is the V-6 which has the worst EPA rating of 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.

Model

Chevrolet Colorado

Toyota Tacoma

GMC Canyon

Nissan Frontier

Mpg city

20

20

20

17

Mpg highway 

26

23

26

22

Mpg combined 

22

21

22

21

2020 Chevrolet Colorado Interior

8.0/10

Chevy Colorado 2020 comes with zero changes and the interior still gives the feel of a full-size truck. There are hard plastics inside which you otherwise would expect in a truck, however, the cabin noise is minimal and you feel comfortable. Front seats are spacious and the rear seats can easily accommodate adults. Colorado comes with two-bed lengths (6.2 feet and 5.1 feet) and various standard and available tech features. 

Seating and Comfort

The 2020 Chevy truck vaunts the most spacious cabin in its class. There are two seating option to select from - the extended cab models offer four seats while the crew cab comes with five seats. The rear seats in the extended cab is too tight and you would not love to spend too much time there. So, if you are someone who often goes out on family trips then opt for the Crew cab. The driving position is upright and comfortable with all the controls within reach. Front seats and steering can be adjusted according to your comfort.

 

Other Seating option includes:

  • Leather upholstery 
  • Heated front seats
  • Power-adjustable passenger seat

Model

Chevrolet Colorado

Toyota Tacoma

GMC Canyon

Nissan Frontier

Passenger capacity

2

4

2

4

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

41.4/57.5/45.0

39.7/58.3/42.9

41.4/57.5/45.0

39.7/58.3/42.4

Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

N/A

34.9/56.5/24.6

N/A

38.3/54.9/25.4

Infotainment

Chevy Colorado is a pick-up truck that also makes you feel connected. It boasts segment’s first 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and two touchscreens. The Mylink infotainment touch screen although feels sluggish to respond. You get the 7-inch touchscreen in the base model and an optional 8-inch screen is available in the LT model and higher.

 

Other infotainment features include:

  • Bluetooth streaming 
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Two USB ports front and two optional in the back
  • Bose sound system 
2020 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab
2020 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab
2020 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab
2020 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab
2020 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab
2020 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab

2020 Chevrolet Colorado Exterior

8.0/10

Colorado definitely attracts you as a compact pick-up truck but it does not look as bold for a truck as the Toyota Tacoma. Its swoopy styling is for functionality rather than form. Increased wheel arches, modified bumpers and a hood scoop on the ZR2 is not just there for visual appearance for they are all functional. The ZR2 exterior feature includes:

  • 17-inch wheels
  • A bed-mounted spare-tire carrier
  • 2.0-inch lift that lifts 31-inch off-road tires
  • Front and rear locking differential for standard AWD

At the front, there is wide headlight with a big chrome grille. You get a massive taillight and a rear bumper at the back. The base trim and WT trims look practical while the monochrome finish and alloy wheels on the LT trim are worth the money. Z71 feels sturdy but the Colorado ZR2 with its high stance and better ground clearance makes you feel more planted. 

Model

Chevrolet Colorado

Toyota Tacoma

GMC Canyon

Nissan Frontier

curb weight(lbs)

3986

4425

3943

3785

Length(in)

212.7

212.3

212.4

205.5

Width(in)

74.3

74.4

74.3

72.8

Height(in)

70.4

70.6

70.4

68.7

Ground clearance(in)

8.4

9.1

8.4

8.7

Wheelbase(in)

128.3

127.4

128.3

125.9

Track width(in) F/R

62.4/62.4

63.0/63.2

62.4/62.4

61.8/61.8

2020 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab
2020 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab
2020 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab
2020 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab
2020 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab
2020 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab
2020 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab
2020 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab
2020 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab
2020 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab

2020 Chevrolet Colorado Safety

8.0/10

There is a reason to be worried if you are inside Colorado as it has not performed well in the NHSTA crash rating with an overall rating of four-star. It also lacks advanced collision avoidance tech which is common in a large number of cars these days. IIHS has also rated its headlight as “poor” and front crash prevention as “basic”. Chevy covers Colorado with a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a 5-year/ 60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

2020 Chevrolet Colorado Competition

9.0/10

Chevrolet Colorado Vs Toyota Tacoma

The Tacoma can handle any terrain with ease and is the most capable off-roader in the class. As we have discussed earlier that Colorado did not impress with the safety features whereas the Tacoma offers great safety scores with added features like Siri Eyes Free and GoPro camera mount. However, Chevy inches ahead of the Toyota when it comes to interior comfort and rear space and is also available at $4,000 less. If you are looking for a serious off-roader go with the Tacoma otherwise, Colorado is a great value for money.

2020 Toyota Tacoma

Chevrolet Colorado Vs GMC Canyon 

Engines same, towing capacity almost identical, pricing – not much difference, so what’s the major difference between the two cousins? It’s the cabin quality, Colorado’s interior is value for money but Canyon offers more refinement and plush design, especially in the Denali trim. So, it is up to you to decide which of these pick-up trucks you want.

2020 GMC Canyon

Chevrolet Colorado Vs Nissan Frontier 

Nissan Frontier feels outdated and outclassed in many areas when compared to its rivals. There are no modern engine options and it also lacks the latest safety assist which is found on the Chevy Colorado, Toyota Tacoma and the GMC Canyon. The Frontier is also the shortest of the lot so space is also a concern. However, its towing and payload capacity is impressive and it outclasses the Tacoma and Canyon in carrying weight. Being the cheapest in class it can sure be a good choice considering its strength.

2020 Nissan Frontier

 

2020 Chevrolet Colorado Final Verdict

8.5/10

If you are in the market looking for a truck which is designed to serve every need then Colorado is your answer. 2020 Chevy Colorado is an excellent pick-up truck. It offers smooth ride quality and is well equipped. It may be not the best off-roader but it towing and hauling capacity is second to none in the class. Although most buyers are obsessed with the full-size trucks in America pick-up’s like Colorado definitely gives the big haulers a run for their money. 

Colorado feels appealing due to its car-like manoeuvrability and fuel efficiency. With three engine options and an array of cab and bed configuration available to choose from the Chevy midsize truck is worthy of doing all sorts of the job.