2019 Chevrolet Colorado

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2019 MODEL
$20,500 - $40,900 See Inventory Prices

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America's love affair with Chevy continues as this favorite son churns out car after car that caters to any demographic that can be found under the Sun. The sheer versatility of this hauler shall meet all your utilitarian needs and the vehicle shall appeal to the weekend warriors too.


7.5/10
Features

 
 
 

7.5/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

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-liter V-6 is remarkably fast and the best in the line-up is the GM's exclusive Turbodiesel 2.8-liter inline-4 with a class-leading towing rate. There are a few glitches with the 2019 Colorado and you might overlook it for its poor-quality interior and limited safety techs.

2019 Chevrolet Colorado Features

7.5/10

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-liter inline four-cylinder engine which is standard on all the Extended cab version except the ZR2, which comes standard with 3.6-liter V-6 with a choice of 6-speed automatic or manual transmission. The 3.6-liter V-6 with 8-speed automatic is mandatory with the Crew cab configuration. There is also a Turbodiesel 2.8-liter inline-4 which is optional on all but the base trim.

"Bringing a smaller-than-full-size and larger-than-compact platform makes Colorado a popular choice. With engine choices of gasoline inline-4 and V-6 and 4-cylinder turbodiesel, plus a maximum tow capacity of 7,700 pounds, Colorado attracts a wide selection of drivers. The Colorado ZR2 continues to offer plenty of off-road gear that die-hard adventurers will love." Kelley Blue Book

Trims

Base

WT

LT

Z71

ZR2

MSRP

$21195

$24695

$28095

$30695

$41395

Features

Chevrolet Infotainment - 7-inch or 8-inch-diagonal color touchscreens

Dual rear seats with under-seat storage

2019 LT models include all WT features plus:

Top-line Z71 models include all LT features

Colorado ZR2 in addition to or replacing Z71 features

 

Two USB data ports

Folding rear bench seat (Crew Cab).

mirror caps and door handles

   
 

SD card reader and auxiliary input jack

Chevrolet Infotainment - 7-inch or 8-inch-diagonal color touchscreens

MyLink Radio with an 8-inch diagonal color touch-screen display

   
 

located on front console

Two USB data ports

Remote Keyless Entry

   
 

4-way power-adjustable driver seat

SD card reader and auxiliary input jack

     
 

4-wheel antilock disc brakes with Duralife brake rotors

located on front console

     

Confused? We will help you find the best trim

We would recommend the Colorado LT with crew cab, 3.6-liter 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.

2019 Chevrolet Colorado Engine

The GM-exclusive Duramax 2.8-liter turbo diesel available for the 2019 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 maneuverable whether you are in the city or taking on rocky terrain.

You can choose from the three-engine option that the Chevy has to offer. The base engine is 2.5-liter 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.

Colorado’s power comes with the 3.6-liter V-6 that puts out 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, and its matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Transmission feels smooth and the engine feels strong while towing maximum capacity. Chevy has also provided an optional 2.8-liter turbodiesel 4-cylinder engine that is good enough, to say the least for regular towing and hauling. It produces 181 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque and is mated with a six-speed automatic transmission.

According to Edmunds, “the potent yet efficient turbodiesel four-cylinder is a compelling alternative, especially if you plan to do a lot of towing.”

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 form 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 second. 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

Braking 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 maneuver smoothly around town and highway.

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

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.

If Towing is the need of the hour for you then go for the GM-exclusive Duramax 2.8-liter engine with a towing capacity of 7,700 pounds. It offers best-in-class towing power and torque, making the Chevy Colorado America’s most fuel-efficient pick-up truck. Equip the Colorado with a V-6 and you get towing capacity of 7,000 pounds, but the base engine cuts the towing capacity to almost half (3,500).

Towing capacity

Model

Chevrolet Colorado

Toyota Tacoma

GMC Canyon

Nissan Frontier

Drive Train

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Power Train

3.6L

3.5L

5.0L

4.0L

Weight (lbs)

7700

6800

7600

6710

2019 Chevrolet Colorado Fuel Economy

The 2.8-liter 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 mpg

20

20

20

17

Mpg highway mpg

26

23

26

22

Mpg combined mpg

22

21

22

21

2019 Chevrolet Colorado Interior

7.5/10

The 2019 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 you comfort. Other Seating option includes:

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

"The well-bolstered front seats are supportive, comfortable and attractive. They offer all-day livability, but larger-framed occupants could find them a bit confining. The crew cab's rear seats are a bit flat, but they can handle adult passengers, offering adequate support." Edmunds

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.)

38/56.2/24.8

34.9/56.5/24.6

38/56.2/24.8

38.3/54.9/25.4

Infotainment

Chevy Colorado is a pick-up truck that also makes you feel connected.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 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

2019 Chevrolet Colorado Exterior

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

Design and Styling

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

Lenght(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

Wheel base(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

Wheels

Wheel sizes for the pick-up truck range from 16-inches ultra-silver metallic steel wheels with all-season Blackwall tire on the base to 17-inch aluminum wheel with all-terrain Blackwall tires in the top trims. There is also an optional 18-inch 5-spoke polished wheel available but that only comes with Centennial Edition package. The Goodyear DuraTrac tires on the Z71 with best off-roading capabilities are powerful enough to pull the truck out of any situation.

Model

Chevrolet Colorado

Toyota Tacoma

GMC Canyon

Nissan Frontier

Size F/R (in.)

16*7/16*7

16*7/16*7

16*7/16*7

15*7/15*7

Quality

Steel

Steel

Steel

Steel

Wheel type

w/o alloy

w/o alloy

w/o alloy

w/o alloy

2019 Chevrolet Colorado Interior

Chevy Colorado 2019 comes with zero changes and the interior still gives the fell 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.

"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

Let’s now talk about Colorado’s payload capacity which is impressive keeping the competition in mind. This compact truck can carry up to 1,548 pounds and the new Active Tow system helps you align your hitch and trailer while you are reversing.

Payload capacity

Model

Chevrolet Colorado

Toyota Tacoma

GMC Canyon

Nissan Frontier

capacity (lbs)

1548

1175

1316

1496

2019 Chevrolet Colorado Safety

There is a reason to be worried if you are inside the 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 the Colorado with a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a 5-year/ 60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Safety features

The 2019 Colorado gets the GM’s Tee Driver system as standard which allows the parent to monitor the speed a location of the truck, also mute the radio till all the passengers have put their seatbelts on. What comes as a tricky decision is that the LT model gets lane departure warning and forward collision warning as optional which is not available for the higher trim Z71.

  • StabiliTrak electronic stability control system
  • All-speed traction control
  • Daytime Running Lamps
  • 6 airbags
  • Rear Vision Camera
  • Teen Driver
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System

2019 Chevrolet Colorado Competition

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 the 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.

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.

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.

 

2019 Chevrolet Colorado Final Verdict

Colorado feels appealing due to its car-like maneuverability 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.

Pros

Towing capacity best in class

Easily maneuverable

Smooth steering and ride

User-friendly cabin

Cons

Crash rating lower than competitor

Bouncy ride

Down-market interior

Cramped front seat for tall people

What's New?

HD rearview camera


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$20500

bodystyle

4dr Extended Cab

passenger capacity

2

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

150 cu. in.

horsepower

200 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

191 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

6-speed manual

chassis

suspension front

independent suspension

suspension rear

Rigid axle leaf suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

four wheel solid disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

128.3 in.

length

212.7 in.

width

74.3 in.

height

70.4 in.

curb weight

3986 lbs.

ground clearance

8.4 in.

capacity

passenger volume

37.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

38.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

payload capacity

1382 lbs.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/22/26 mpg

highway range

546 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

6 years/100000 miles

roadside assistance

no



Styles

 2019 Chevrolet Colorado in Red Hot color  2019 Chevrolet Colorado in Pacific Blue color  2019 Chevrolet Colorado in Kinetic Blue Metallic color  2019 Chevrolet Colorado in Doeskin Tan color  2019 Chevrolet Colorado in Crush color  2019 Chevrolet Colorado in Cajun Red Tintcoat color  2019 Chevrolet Colorado in Black color
Red Hot

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Ratings

Features

7.5

Interior

7.5

Comfort

7.5

Driving

7.5

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Chevrolet Colorado base

base

power
200 hp @ 6300 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
22 combined

$20,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Extended Cab SB (2.5L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $20,500 MSRP (20 mpg/22/26 mpg) 200 hp @ 6300 rpm, 2.5 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed manual rear wheel drive 2   Crush
  Shadow Gray Metallic
  Satin Steel Gray Metallic
  Summit White
  Black
  Kinetic Blue Metallic
  Silver Ice Metallic

 2019 Chevrolet Colorado Work Truck

Work Truck

power
200 hp @ 6300 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$24,000 - $28,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Work Truck 4dr Extended Cab SB (2.5L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $24,000 MSRP (20 mpg/22/26 mpg) 200 hp @ 6300 rpm, 2.5 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed manual rear wheel drive 4   Satin Steel Gray Metallic
  Crush
  Shadow Gray Metallic
  Summit White
  Black
  Kinetic Blue Metallic
  Silver Ice Metallic
  Red Hot
Work Truck 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $28,600 MSRP (19 mpg/21/24 mpg) 200 hp @ 6300 rpm, 2.5 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 4   Satin Steel Gray Metallic
  Crush
  Shadow Gray Metallic
  Summit White
  Black
  Kinetic Blue Metallic
  Silver Ice Metallic
  Red Hot

 2019 Chevrolet Colorado LT

LT

power
200 hp @ 6300 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$27,500 - $31,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LT 4dr Extended Cab SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $27,500 MSRP (20 mpg/22/26 mpg) 200 hp @ 6300 rpm, 2.5 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 4   Satin Steel Gray Metallic
  Crush
  Shadow Gray Metallic
  Summit White
  Pacific Blue Metallic
  Black
  Kinetic Blue Metallic
LT 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $31,200 MSRP (19 mpg/21/24 mpg) 200 hp @ 6300 rpm, 2.5 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 4   Satin Steel Gray Metallic
  Crush
  Shadow Gray Metallic
  Summit White
  Pacific Blue Metallic
  Black
  Kinetic Blue Metallic

 2019 Chevrolet Colorado Z71

Z71

power
200 hp @ 6300 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$30,600 - $34,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Z71 4dr Extended Cab SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $30,600 MSRP (20 mpg/22/26 mpg) 200 hp @ 6300 rpm, 2.5 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 4   Satin Steel Gray Metallic
  Crush
  Shadow Gray Metallic
  Summit White
  Pacific Blue Metallic
  Black
  Kinetic Blue Metallic
Z71 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $34,200 MSRP (19 mpg/21/24 mpg) 200 hp @ 6300 rpm, 2.5 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 4   Satin Steel Gray Metallic
  Crush
  Shadow Gray Metallic
  Summit White
  Pacific Blue Metallic
  Black
  Kinetic Blue Metallic

 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

ZR2

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

$40,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
ZR2 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $40,900 MSRP (16 mpg/17/18 mpg) 308 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
8-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 4   Satin Steel Gray Metallic
  Crush
  Shadow Gray Metallic
  Summit White
  Black
  Kinetic Blue Metallic
  Silver Ice Metallic
  Red Hot

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