2020 vs 2021: What's the Difference?
Chevrolet has made some cosmetic changes to the Colorado. It now has a different design in the front to help it look more modern, and in the back, the word "Chevrolet" has been placed on the tailgate. It replaces the bowtie that previous models had.
The ZR2 trim has been further enhanced with more stylistic details. It looks very aggressive and futuristic now. Red tow hooks and a new paint color - Sand Dune - are two additions to the ZR2 and Z71 trims.
What Do the Various Trim Levels Offer?
The WT is the "Work Truck," and as its name suggests, it's built with durability in mind. It's available with rear-wheel or 4WD. It can have an extended cab with a long box or a crew cab with either a short or long box. It's available with a four-cylinder or six-cylinder engine. It rides on 17-inch wheels, has black door handles, and has SiriusXM radio.
A step up from the WT is the LT. On its exterior, it has body-color door handles and outside mirrors, and it has an EZ-Lift and Lower tailgate. A major upgrade is that it has Wi-Fi capability. A power-adjustable driver's seat and remote entry can definitely be appreciated.
In the next trim, which is the Z71, the V6 engine is standard. The Z71 has been enhanced with heated side mirrors and fog lamps. It has better technology than the lower trims have, with an automatic climate system, HD radio, wireless charging, and remote start. When the weather gets cold, its heated steering wheel and heated front seats can add be extra sources of warmth. Off-roading enthusiasts will like that it has a locking rear differential and a better suspension.
The last trim is the ZR2, and it's only offered as a four-wheel model. It sits a bit taller and wider than the other trims, and it has an exclusive damping system. It's the only trim to come standard with leather seats and special badging. While it's more rugged than the others in terms of mechanics, it also has a more refined cabin.
Which Trim is Right for Me?
Anyone who loves off-roading will be attracted to the ZR2 and Z71. They're both solid options that can handle a lot of challenges, and they have nice interior features, with the ZR2 offering a bit more than the Z71.
On the other hand, the LT and WT are both very capable and comfortable. The WT will attract action from people who only need the basics, and the LT will be ideal for people who want some more convenient amenities and a more upscale cabin.
What Kind of Technology Does it Have?
The truck starts out with a seven-inch touchscreen, and Chevrolet has generously put in Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on all of the trims. On the higher trims, the touchscreens measure eight inches, and they have enhanced voice recognition and can support certain apps. Navigation is an option, as is Wi-Fi capability. The top two trims come standard with wireless charging.
How Does It Perform?
Three different powertrains are available. The standard one is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. Though it's on the smaller side, it can still pump out 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque. It has been matched with a six-speed automatic transmission. With this amount of strength, the 2.5L can tow up to 3,500 pounds.
The 3.6-liter V6 engine is something to consider if anyone wants more power. With this engine, horsepower is increased to 308 and torque has been bumped up to to 275 pound-feet. Chevy has paired the V6 with an eight-speed automatic transmission. This engine gives the truck a towing capacity that's double with the 2.5L can do.
The last option is a turbo-diesel with four cylinders and a displacement of 2.8 liters. Though it has less horsepower (181), it has much more torque (369 pound-feet). It has a maximum towing capacity of 7,700 pounds, and people will really feel the power when traveling at lower speeds and/or hauling heavy loads. It works in conjunction with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Is It Safe and Reliable?
This truck is equipped with traction and stability control systems so that it can safely keep moving in the right direction. Another standard feature is a rear vision camera. Since the truck is a larger vehicle and the bed may be filled with cargo, this can be very useful.
A few driver-assist technologies are available, and they can look out for potential problems. If issues are detected, the drivers will be warned. In particular, the Colorado can be equipped with forward collision alert, a parking assist feature that helps drivers back up, and a system that will warn drivers when they're drifting out of a lane.
What's the Interior Like?
Whether an extended or crew cab is selected, the truck has a spacious first row. The driver and front passenger will appreciate having up to 45 inches of leg room.
The second row doesn't have as much space, so potential buyers will really have to consider how they'll be using their cabin. The extended cab only has 28.6 inches of leg room, so it might not be ideal for adults on a regular basis. Note that it only has room for two people in the back. The crew cab has much more space with almost 36 inches of rear-seat leg room. It can fit three people on its bench seat.
A power-adjustable driver's seat is standard, and the truck can come with all-weather or carpeted floor mats. In terms of upholstery, the choices are vinyl, cloth, leatherette, and leather. Some trims may be upgraded with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and chrome accents.
What are the Alternatives to this Model?
There is healthy competition in this class of trucks. Alternatives to the Colorado include the Toyota Tacoma, GMC Canyon, Jeep Gladiator, and Ford Ranger.
Note: All Chevrolet Colorado lease prices and dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.