2019 Chevrolet Colorado Review: Trims, Performance, Interior, MPG Figures and Rivals

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Aaron Smith 

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May 11, 2020  at 9:33 AM

The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado range start from $21,300 with two gasoline engines on offer. The 2019 model is largely unchanged and gets few new features like an updated infotainment. It faces stiff competition from Ford Ranger and Toyota Tacoma.

The Chevrolet Colorado is the brand’s entry-level offering and it sits in a highly competitive segment which over the recent years has seen significant improvement as more and more brands want to provide a wholesome experience by offering car-like mannerisms with the utility of a truck bed, and the Colorado does it very well. The 2019 Colorado has been carried forward pretty much as it is for the 2020 model year with a few tweaks. 

So, how does the car stack up?

The Chevrolet Colorado is a part of the mid-sized pickup truck bandwagon which has been a highly competitive space for years and in 2019, the story is no different. It faces stiff competition from the likes of Toyota’s utilitarian Tacoma and Ford’s recently revised Ranger but also fights for market dominance with its own sibling i.e GMC’s Canyon which is identical in terms of hardware. So let’s find out what the Chevy Colorado has to offer and whether its enough to make it stand out from the crowd and deserving of your hard-earned cash.

2019 Chevrolet Colorado Trims and Features

The Chevrolet Colorado offers four trim levels to choose from. Each trim level apart from the base is offered with the choice of two engines, a 2.5 L inline-4 or a 3.6 V6, but if you want 4WD, then you will have to go for the V6 motor which is not just more powerful but a lot more refined. It gets plenty of creature comforts as well such as the MyLink infotainment, heated seats, and rearview camera to name a few.

The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado retains the same exterior design as the previous model year

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

     

he Colorado with the Crew Cab body comes equipped with a 5-foot-2-inch short box bed which is class appropriate when compared to other trucks in this segment. Chevy has also added features like cylinder deactivation for the2019 model year, to make the package more complete. 

Engine and Performance

Powering the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado is the same pair of gasoline engine both of which have direct fuel injection systems and variable valve timing which helps optimize fuel consumption without a hit in power generated by the engine. The four-pot motor makes 200 horsepower and 191 lb-ft of torque while the more powerful V6 is good for 308 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque.

2019 Chevrolet Colorado gets a 3.6 L V6 with 308 Horsepower

However, if you choose to opt for the 4WD variant you’ll have to go with the V6 as it not offered with the 4-cylinder engine. The V6 would be our pick of the lot as well courtesy its refinement and class-leading power figures as the Chevy Colorado is the only truck in this segment that continues to offer a 6-cylinder engine, while other have moved to smaller displacement turbocharged 4-cylinders.

How does the engine feel?

The V6 motor combined with the 8-speed transmission results in seamless power delivery and is quick to move through the gears and it does it quite effortlessly. This transmission seldom feels sluggish or confused and it manages most situations be the motorways or stop and go city traffic, pretty effortlessly, and makes the best use of the 305 bhp on offer.

The 6-speed transmission used with the inline-4 makes for a decent combo, but it feels agricultural in comparison to the V6. The four-cylinder is a naturally aspirated unit, so it does need to rev quite high if you are towing or hauling heavy loads due to the sheer lack of low-end grunt, combine that with the 6-speed auto which is pretty old, it ends up feeling a lot more stressed and a lot less refined in comparison to the V6. 

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

As far as numbers are concerned, the Ford Ranger is a clear winner here. It makes some insane power, around 1.5 times more power, and torque when compared to the Tacoma and nearly 50% more torque than the Colorado and Canyon. However, since the base trims are compared here, it leaves the Colorado’s V6 out of the equation which is the most powerful of the lot.

How fast is the Chevrolet Colorado? 

The Chevrolet Colorado is a refined truck with its car-like driving dynamics, however make no mistake, it manages to get to speed quickly and effortlessly. With a time of 8.1 seconds to reach 60 mph from a standstill for the 2.5 L inline-4 motor. These figures cannot be called impressive by any means, but simply adequate. But the V6 motor, on the other hand, performs exceptionally well. With its 0 to 60 time of just 6.1 seconds, which is one of the best times in this segment. So clearly if good acceleration is at the top of your shopping list, the V6 is the way to go. The updated 8-speed transmission has a huge role to play in improving the driving dynamics of the Colorado as it is much faster to respond in comparison to the old 6-speed unit which is still being used with the 4-cylinder engine.

2019 Chevrolet Colorado with the V6 motor can get to 60 mph in just 7.2 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

In terms of outright performance, the base variant of the Colorado isn’t really fast by modern standards, as a result, it finishes last when compared to its competitors, even the Canyon, which beat its time by a couple of hundred milliseconds. The Ranger and the Tacoma are the podium holders here. But this test for purely for comparison, since the other trucks do not offer a V6. So if the V6 variant of the Colorado was pitted against these trucks, then it would flip the results with the Colorado coming out on top.

HOW DOES THE CAR HANDLE?

Pickup Trucks aren’t really known for their telepathic handling characteristics but the Colorado manages to outperform most due to the use of the independent suspension up front. Hence, the Colorado is the only one that manages to offer cart-like mannerisms on the road which is a compliment, that that’s further reinforced with its class-leading NVH levels especially with the more refined V6 engine and good insulation. However, it's still a truck, and that can be felt from time to time. 

2019 Chevrolet Colorado gets multilink suspension up front for improved handling

The steering is well-weighted and offers precise control. It fails to provide any feedback to the driver, however, which is a problem seen common among Chevrolet trucks. Its firm suspension also aids in containing unnecessary body roll, and when unladen, the Colorado is a breeze to handle in the corners and remains pretty much unchanged over the previous models.

HOW WELL DOES THE CAR STOP?

Brakes are an aspect that’s overlooked very often in these entry-level offerings but they are crucial in trucks since they are often lugging around heavy loads which make the need for good brakes that much more important.

On the hardware side, the Colorado does get 12-inch rotors upfront but the 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 Extended Cab

Ford Ranger SuperCab

GMC Canyon Extended Cab

Toyota Tacoma Double Cab

Brake Front (in.)

12.2

12.2

12.2

10.8

Brake Rear (in.)

12.8

12.1

12.75

10

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4025

4145

4026

4180

60-0 MPH (ft.)

124

138

122

124

Colorado’s sister truck, the Canyon, was the only one able to perform better than it in the braking test. While the Tacoma performed admirably too, tying with the Colorado, the Ranger was left behind, or should we say went on ahead?

How many miles to the gallon does the Chevrolet Colorado offer?

As expected from an all-American Pick-up truck, fuel efficiency isn’t really the Colorado’s forte, with its EPA rating of 20 mpg city and 26 out on the highway with the four-cylinder motor, as far as the V6 is concerned, GM did recently introduce cylinder deactivation but it does not seem to change things much as the Colorado with the 4WD option manages the same MPG figures as the previous model of 17 mpg city and 24 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

The 4-cylinder motor of the Chevy Colorado clearly does manage to outperform the rest of its competition which should have been the case considering its inherent lack of power when compared to the other trucks in this comparison, but nevertheless, if fuel efficiency is the name of your game then the Colorado with the 4-cylinder motor is the way to go.

Is the Interior of the Chevrolet Colorado a nice place to be in?

The interior of the Colorado even though functional, looks pretty basic and feels cheap thanks to the abundance of scratchy plastics throughout the interior. Even the Z71 trim gets cheap-looking Carbon Fiber like bits here and there. That aside, everything is where you expect it to be and if you are moving into the Colorado from any other GM truck, everything will feel right at home.

But were they added subtle practicality touches they even managed to screw up some of the simplest things, for instance, the wireless phone charger which is located at the base of the front armrest is too small to accommodate most modern smartphones.

Are the seats comfortable?

The seating on the 2019 model remains identical to the 2020 truck. The seats themselves are good and feature power adjustment and cloth upholstery as standard. If you opt for higher trim levels, you get leather and cloth finished seats for an added premium touch. The rear seats in the crew cab feature the standard bench layout with a center armrest. The rear seats do manage to offer a good amount of thigh support and have plenty of leg and headroom on offer which might be the primary cause of concern for potential customers who do not expect small trucks to have enough room in their cabs but with this Chevy, they have thought this through and the Colorado will be quiet capable of hauling passengers in the rear seats over long journeys as well. 

2019 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab can seat four passengers comfortably

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

The High seating might come in handy in terms of visibility and overall road presence but the fact that side steps are offered as a separate option by GM which is a shame. But the Climb into the Cabin is made easier courtesy the wide-opening doors. Only the GMC is able to offer the same commanding view of the road, however, the Tacoma feels a lot better in terms of the over quality of the materials.

What’s there to keep you entertained?

2019 is the model year where Chevrolet introduced the updated MyLink infotainment with 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity with its Infotainment System 3. The 8-inch display with lag-free graphics is a breeze to use but it lacks the HD display and HD backup camera form the 2020 version.

2019 Chevrolet Colorado gets the latest 8-ich MyLink Infotainment

The likes of Apple Car Play and Android auto can be found here and the top of the line variants even offer an optional Boze speaker system for that added oomph. Overall this system is arguably the best in the segment and competitors like Toyota could especially take notes from GM since they continue to offer the outdated infotainment which doesn’t even get Android Auto.

Are the Truck’s looks enough to attract buyers?

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

Overall the Colorado has started to look a little dated, and trucks like the Ranger will definitely get the fancy of those who want something more menacing than the plane old Colorado. 

Safety features of the Chevrolet Colorado 

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

Chevrolet Colorado got average IIHS test scores

In the equipment front, the Chevy Colorado gets dual airbags as standard along with features like a rearview camera and Teen Driver, a clever system that allows you to set limits on the top speed and audio volume when inexperienced drivers are behind the wheel. Rear parking sensors, forward collision alert, and lane departure warning are also part of the kit.

WHICH ONE TO GO FOR?

So the 2019 and the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado remain largely unchanged, hence there isn’t much differentiation them, so if you don’t need the updated infotainment and are fine with getting a used truck then the 2019 Colorado makes quite a case for itself by offering better value with similar features and considering the reliability of the engine, a few thousand miles would hardly do any harm to the engine. In any case, if you have decided to go for a Colorado, then rest assured this mid-sized chevy with its reliability and excellent resale value will prove to be a solid choice.

Also Read:

Check out the towing capacity of the Chevrolet Colorado.

Find out how the Chevrolet Colorado compares to its competition in terms of fuel economy.

 

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