2017 Chevrolet Colorado

MSRP $25,785 - $36,080

Ranked #5 in Pickup-truck

7.4

Overall Rating

2017 Chevrolet Colorado Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 13, 2021

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The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado offers three engine choices spread across four trim and two bed lengths options. The standard engine is a 2.5-liter inline-4 found on the WT trim, the WT trim also offers the option of upgrading to the all-new 3.6-liter V6 engine. The LT and the Z71 are the only trim that offers the choice of a 2.8-liter Duramax diesel engine. The diesel and the inline-4 engine can be mated to a six-speed automatic while the V6 comes with an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission. The Duramax diesel engine powering the LT and Z71 trim have the highest towing capacity of 7,700 pounds while the payload capacity of the 2017 Colorado is 1,574 pounds.

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Pros

Higher towing capacity

Matured ride and handling

Comfortable and desirable cabin

Powerful engine options

Cons

Subpar fuel economy

Gets expensive in higher trims

Low safety scores

Sluggish gear shift from 6-speed automatic

What's New?

An all-new V6 engine and an 8-speed automatic gearbox are now available.

2017 Chevrolet Colorado now comes with Teen Driver as standard.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$25785

bodystyle

3dr Crew Cab

passenger capacity

5

top speed

100 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

150 cu.in.

horsepower

200 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

191 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

6 speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front short and long arm suspension

suspension rear

rigid axle rear leaf suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

128.3 in.

length

212.7 in.

width

74.3 in.

height

70.7 in.

curb weight

4028 lbs.

ground clearance

8.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

94.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

49.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

7000 lbs.

payload capacity

1460 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.1 sec.

zero to 100 mph

22.9 sec.

rolling start 5-60 mph

7.4

standing 1/4-mile

15.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/22/26 mpg

highway range

601.6 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Work Truck$25,785 onwards

LT$28,715 onwards

Z71$31,230 onwards

Colors and Styles

2017 Chevrolet Colorado in Black color
Black

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

9.9

Engine and Performance

6.5

Fuel Economy

7.6

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

7.0

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.4

Overall Rating


The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab comes with a new V6 engine and an all-new 8-speed automatic gearbox option. The best thing to note here is that the new eight-speed gearbox on the V6 weighs almost similar to the six-speed gearbox it replaces which was possible due to the use of lightweight material in its construction. The standard engine on the 2017 Colorado is a 200 hp, 2.5-liter inline-4 engine mated to a six-speed gearbox. The available drivetrain configuration is an RWD as standard and 4WD available on all but ZR2 trim, the ZR2 gets it as standard in place of the RWD.

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 trim

The 2017 Colorado Crew Cab starts at a bargain price of $25,785 and for the price, you get a decent cabin and a comfortable set of seats. Due to its longer wheelbase and better height Colorado ensures sufficient legroom and headroom in both rows compared to its rivals. The safety scores of the 2017 Colorado are also respectable even though it gets no fancy driver-assist features in the base trim, it managed to score four out of five stars in the NHTSA crash tests. Speaking of the rivals, the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado locks its horn against the likes of the Toyota Tacoma Double Cab, GMC Canyon Crew Cab, and Nissan Frontier Crew Cab


9.9/10
Features

6.5/10
Engine and Performance

7.6/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety


2017 Chevrolet Colorado Features

9.9/10

The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab comes in two-bed length choices and four trim options. The trim levels include Work Truck (WT), LT, Z71, and ZR2. The short bed length (5’ 2”) is available across all the trims while the long bed length (6’ 2”) is available on all except the topmost ZR2 trim. Further, you can have the WT, LT, and Z71 trim in either RWD or 4WD while the ZR2 is exclusively available in only the short bed length and 4WD configuration.

2017 Chevrolet Colorado Angular Front View

The WT trim starts at $25,785 and gets the standard features and the choice of a 308 hp, 3.6-liter V6 engine. The next in line is the LT trim that starts at $28,715 and upgrades to the features list of the WT trim, adds all the optional features of the WT trim, and offers a 181 hp, 2.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel engine as an option. The LT trim offers few driver-assist and creature comfort features as an option which are otherwise standard on the Z71 trim.

2017 Chevrolet Colorado Angular Rear View

The Z71 trim starts at $31,230 and comes with all the optional features from the LT trim and adds driver-assist features like the lane departure and forward collision warning. The topmost ZR2 trim starts at $41,625 and comes with off-road specific mechanical and exterior upgrades, and is the only other trim to offer the Duramax turbo diesel engine option. 

Trims

WT

LT

Z71

ZR2

MSRP (5’2”) (RWD) $25,785 $28,715 $31,230 N/A
MSRP (5’2”) (4WD) $30,970 $33,675 $35,780 $41,625
MSRP (6’2”) (RWD) $27,455 $30,385 $32,615 N/A
MSRP (6’2”) (4WD) $31,270 $33,975 $36,080 N/A
Key Features 200 hp, 2.5-liter inline-4 engine Adds or upgrades to ‘Work Truck (WT)’ Adds or upgrades to ‘LT’ Adds or upgrades to ‘Z71’
  6-speed automatic transmission 17-inch alloy wheels All-terrain tires Upgraded bodywork for improved approach and departure angle
  Front bucket seats Remote keyless entry Fabric and simulated leather upholstery Raised suspension setup w/ special dampers
  Power windows Chevrolet’s MyLink system Off-road specific suspension setup Electronically locking rear differential
  4.2-inch infotainment w/ 6-speaker sound system OnStar Telematics Hill descent control Fender flares
  Air conditioning Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel Locking rear differential  
  Rearview camera Cruise control Heated front seats  
  Fabric upholstery 8-inch touchscreen w/ satellite radio Automatic climate control  

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Suggesting on particular trim for a truck can be tricky as to how one wants to use the truck will vary from owner to owner. Nevertheless, owners looking for a proper workhorse can go for the work truck (WT) trim as it is priced competitively, offers the V6 engine as an option, and is loaded with sufficient features. While those you would use their truck for off-roading and excursion can look at the Z71 trim that gets off-road specific hardware and better creature comfort.

2017 Chevrolet Colorado Engine and Performance

6.5/10

"For even more grunt that'll satisfy those who plan to tow heavy loads long distances, there's a 2.8-liter turbodiesel inline-4 that arrived last year, making 181 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque." -Car Connection

2017 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab Engine and Transmission

The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab truck is powered by a 2.5-liter inline-4 engine as standard that puts out 200 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque. The inline-4 engine comes mated to a six-speed automatic as standard and powers the rear wheels while the 4WD is available as an option on all except the ZR2 trim. The inline-4 engine is cut for daily commutes and urban duties although the six-speed automatic is a bit sluggish to respond.

2017 Chevrolet Colorado 3.6-liter V6 engine

There are two optional engine choices, the first one in that line is a 3.6-liter V6 engine that puts out 308 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque and is mated to an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission. The second engine choice available only on the LT and Z71 trim is the 2.8-liter turbocharged inline-4 diesel engine that produces 181 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, this engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Models

2017 Chevrolet Colorado

2017 Toyota Tacoma

2017 GMC Canyon

2017 Nissan Frontier

MSRP

$25,785 $25,405 $26,660 $25,950

Engine

2.5-liter inline-4 2.7-liter inline-4 2.5-liter inline-4 4.0-liter V6

Transmission

6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic 5-speed automatic

Power

200 hp @ 6300 rpm

159 hp @ 5200 rpm

200 hp @ 6300 rpm

261 hp @ 5600 rpm

Torque

191 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

180 lb-ft 3800 rpm

191 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

281 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

All the rivals are priced in the same ballpark figure although the one thing to note is that under twenty-six grand when the other trucks come with an inline-4 engine the Nissan Frontier offers a V6 for the same money. Being powered by a V6 the Nissan Frontier is the most powerful truck in this comparison and beats Colorado by producing 61 hp more power and 90 lb-ft of more torque.

2017 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab Acceleration

The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado powered by the inline-4 engine is capable of doing 0-60 mph in 8.1 seconds and covers the quarter-mile in 16.2 seconds. If you are looking for better timing then you will have to upgrade to the available V6 engine that helps the 2017 Colorado go from 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds and cover the quarter-mile in 14.8 seconds.

Models

2017 Chevrolet Colorado

2017 Toyota Tacoma

2017 GMC Canyon

2017 Nissan Frontier

0-60 MPH

8.1 sec 9.8 sec 9.0 sec 7.3 sec

Quarter mile

16.2 sec N/A 17.1 sec 15.8 sec

Engine

2.5-liter inline-4 2.7-liter inline-4 2.5-liter inline-4 4.0-liter V6

Among the rivals, the V6 powered Nissan Frontier is the quickest in 0-60 mph and quarter-mile runs. Compared to the inline-4 powered Colorado, the Frontier was 0.8 seconds quicker in the 0-60 mph run and 0.4 seconds quicker in the quarter-mile run.

2017 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab Ride and Handling

Drive the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado on smooth tarmac and you would be surprised how well it rides and handles. The ride quality of Colorado is in the leagues of soft-roader although the same makes it ride bumpy on the off-road and rough terrains. But if you load the bed, then the ride quality improves considerably, but don't keep your expectations too high.

2017 Chevrolet Colorado

Be it on the urban traffic or on the highway the handling of Colorado remains sure-footed and satisfactory. Although there are rivals who not only handle better but are also very easy to maneuver compared to Colorado. Having said that, those driving mainly in the city traffic should go for the short bed length for better maneuverability in tight spaces.

2017 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab Braking

The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab comes with a 12.2-inches rotor at the front and a 12.8-inches rotor at the rear. The 4,028 pounds Colorado Crew Cab with this setup took 140 feet to stop from 60-0 mph. The braking performance of Colorado remains the best in the segment although the brake pedal has a long travel and feels spongy to use.

Model

2017 Chevrolet Colorado

2017 Toyota Tacoma

2017 GMC Canyon

2017 Nissan Frontier

Brake pads-front(in)

12.2

10.8

12.2

11.7

Brake pads Rear(in)

12.8

10.0

12.7

11.3

Curb weight(lbs)

4,028 4,095 3,996 4,228

60-0 MPH (ft.)

140

147

149

140

The best braking performance was from the Nissan Frontier. The Frontier not only gets the smaller brake size but also is heavier than the rivals and even then it was able to match the stopping distance of the Chevrolet Colorado. The GMC Canyon, which gets a similar brake setup as Colorado, took the longest distance from 60-0 mph, 9 feet more compared to Colorado.

2017 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab Towing & Payload Capacity

The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab powered by the inline-4 engine can tow up to 3,500 lbs and has a payload capacity of 1,574 lbs. The 4WD Colorado has a slightly less 1,548 lbs. of payload capacity. The V6 powered Colorado can tow up to 7,000 lbs. while the turbo diesel-powered Colorado has the highest towing capacity of 7,700 lbs.

Model

2017 Chevrolet Colorado

2017 Toyota Tacoma

2017 GMC Canyon

2017 Nissan Frontier

Towing Capacity (lbs) 3500 3500 3500 6300
Payload Capacity (lbs) 1574 1505 1588 1496

Nissan Frontier powered by the V6 manages to beat all the inline-4 powered trucks in the towing capacity although the V6 powered Colorado can tow 700 lbs more than the Frontier. The GMC Canyon has the highest payload capacity among all, 14 lbs more than Colorado’s payload capacity is.

2017 Chevrolet Colorado Fuel Economy

7.6/10

The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab has an EPA estimated gas mileage of 20 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on the highway, and 22 mpg combined. The 4WD Colorado sees a drop of 1 mpg in the city and 2 mpg on the highway. The RWD V6 powered Colorado on the other hand returns 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway while the 4WD V6 powered Colorado sees a dip of 1 mpg each in the city and on the highway respectively. The turbo diesel-powered Colorado is the most fuel-efficient and returns 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway while the 4WD turbo diesel Colorado sees a 2 mpg drop each in the city and on the highway respectively.

Model

2017 Chevrolet Colorado

2017 Toyota Tacoma

2017 GMC Canyon

2017 Nissan Frontier

MPG (city)

20

19

20

16

MPG (highway)

26

23

26

23

MPG (combined)

22

21

22

19

Fuel Capacity (gallons) 21.0 21.1 21.0 21.1

The GMC Canyon and Colorado share the same powertrain and thus offer similar gas mileage which is the best in this comparison. The Toyota Tacoma powered by an inline-4 return 1 mpg less in the city, 3 mpg less on the highway, and 1 mpg less combined compared to Colorado. The V6 powered Nissan Frontier's gas mileage is at least three mpg less in all three conditions compared to the inline-4 powered Colorado.

2017 Chevrolet Colorado Interior

8.0/10

"With its roomy interior and nice finishings, the Colorado is an excellent mid-size truck." -Car Connection

2017 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab Seating and Comfort

The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab cabin has a car-like experience although the presence of hard touch plastics in prominent places ensures you don’t forget it is a truck at the end of the day. The cabin is ergonomically organized with well-defined and placed control and buttons. The fit and finish of the dashboard and other plastics trims feel robust and made to last. The visibility upfront is great courtesy of the boxy design of Colorado. The roof pillars are not thick so there isn’t much blind spot here but the big rearview mirror has considerable blindspot. Although being bigger in size, it gives a good view of the backside and comes handy in case you are towing a trailer. 

2017 Chevrolet Colorado Dashboard

The seats of the 2017 Colorado feels durable and offers sufficient comfort. The Colorado Crew Cab with the 5’ 2” bed length ensures there is sufficient legroom in both rows. The Colorado Crew Cab sitting 70.7-inches tall offers a generous amount of headroom. Although the cushion of the rear bench is almost flat and can make it uncomfortable for passengers seated at the rear while on a long trip. The ingress thanks to Colorado's 8.3-inches of ground clearance requires a climb-in and again due to the higher ground clearance you need to climb out while egress.

Model

2017 Chevrolet Colorado

2017 Toyota Tacoma

2017 GMC Canyon

2017 Nissan Frontier

Passenger capacity

5 5 5 5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

41.4/ 57.5/ 45.0 39.7/ 58.3/ 42.9 41.4/ 57.5/ 45.0 39.9/ 58.3/ 42.4

Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

38.3/ 56.2/ 35.8 38.3/ 58.9/ 32.6 38.3/ 56.2/ 35.8 38.6/ 58.3/ 33.6

All the trucks offer seating for five but it is the Chevrolet Colorado and the GMC Canyon that offers the best headroom and legroom in both rows. The fact can be attributed to their class-leading 128.3-inches of wheelbase and 70.7-inches of height. Although the rivals, Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier being similar in width to Colorado offers better shoulder room in both rows.

2017 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab Infotainment System

The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab offers a 4.2-inch screen with a screen speaker sound system as the standard infotainment setup. The LT trim and above gets a bigger 8-inch touchscreen and Chevrolet’s MyLink that bundles in smartphone connectivity via Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth. The Colorado LT trim and above also offers GM’s OnStar telematics service that tags in 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity. Other available features include a seven-speaker Bose premium sound system, navigation, additional USB ports, and a few more.

2017 Chevrolet Colorado Infotainment System

Interior features:

  • Air conditioning
  • Fabric upholstery
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Available heated front seats
  • Available automatic climate control
  • Available power-adjustable driver’s seat
  • Available fabric and simulated leather upholstery

2017 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab Cargo Volume

The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab with the 5’ 2” bed length offers 41.3 cubic feet of cargo volume. The cargo bed measures 61.7-inches in length and 44.4-inches in width while the 6’ 2” bed length has a similar width but the length increases to 74-inches thus extending the cargo volume further. Apart from the bed, inside the cabin, there are nifty small storage cubbies in and around the center console while a small storage box is also provided below the rear seats.

Model

2017 Chevrolet Colorado

2017 Toyota Tacoma

2017 GMC Canyon

2017 Nissan Frontier

Cargo Capacity (ft3)

41.3

N/A 41.3 27.1

The rivals' cargo volume capacity even with the almost similar bed length size is no match to what the Colorado offers. The GMC Canyon shares the same bed dimensions thus offers a similar cargo volume here. While the Nissan Frontier offers 14.2 cubic feet of lesser cargo volume compared to Colorado.

2017 Chevrolet Colorado Exterior

8.0/10

Don't quite need a full-size truck? The Chevrolet Colorado makes a compelling case for the way most of us truly use our pickups. -Car Connection

2017 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab Dimension and Weight

The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab sitting 212.7-inches long and 74.3-inches wide is a well proportioned compact pickup truck. The front fascia has been rounded to make it look more mellow and not unnecessarily rugged. A thick chrome line runs through the center of the grille and on it sits the big bow-tie logo at the center. Move to the sides and the 128.3-inches of wheelbase between the 17-inch alloy wheels sitting inside squared wheel arches is sufficient to provide a decent amount of room in both the rows inside the cabin. 

2017 Chevrolet Colorado Side View

The other noteworthy detail is the ZR2 trim which gets a different front and rear bumper set up to improve the approach and departure angle. The bonnet has a big air intake and lowers down you get aluminum skid plates to protect the critical components. There are other exterior improvements and trims given to the ZR2 trim but most of them are there to serve a purpose and not for mere aesthetic value.

Model

2017 Chevrolet Colorado

2017 Toyota Tacoma

2017 GMC Canyon

2017 Nissan Frontier

Curb weight(lbs)

4,028 4,095 3,996 4,228

Length (in)

212.7

212.3

212.4

205.5

Width (in)

74.3

74.4

74.3

72.8

Height (in)

70.7

70.6

70.7

70.1

Ground clearance (in)

8.3

9.4

8.3

8.6

Wheelbase (in)

128.3

127.4

128.3

125.9

Dimesinionwise the Nissan Frontier is the only pickup truck that is smaller in length and less wide, compared to the Colorado it measures 7.2-inches small and 1.5-inches less wide respectively. While the Frontier gets almost the same height as Colorado. The rest of all truck dimensions are in the same ballpark as Colorado's dimensions.

Exterior features:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • A bed-mounted spare-tire carrier
  • Projector headlamps setup
  • Locking tailgate

2017 Chevrolet Colorado Safety

7.0/10

The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado offers the basic set of safety features as standard while the driver-assist features are reserved for the LT and higher trims. Although the sturdy body shell and high strength sheet metal ensured the 2017 Colorado scored well in the crash-test ratings. The NHTSA gave the 2017 Colorado an overall safety rating of four out of five stars. The IIHS on the other hand gave the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado the highest rating of ‘Good’ in five out of six parameters. The headlights of the Chevrolet Colorado were rated with the lowest rating of ‘Poor’ by the IIHS.

2017 Chevrolet Colorado IIHS Crash Test

Safety features:

  • 6 airbags
  • Teen Driver
  • Rearview Camera
  • StabiliTrak electronic stability control system
  • Available lane-departure warning
  • Available forward-collision warning

2017 Chevrolet Colorado Competition

2017 Chevrolet Colorado Vs 2017 Toyota Tacoma

The 2017 Toyota Tacoma is priced almost similar to the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado. Both the pickup trucks are powered by an inline-4 engine as standard although the Tacoma produces considerably less power compared to Colorado and thus remains slower in the 0-60 mph run. Not only this, but the less powerful engine of the Tacoma also returns poor gas mileage compared to Colorado.

2017 Toyota Tacoma

The cabin space inside Colorado is better than the Tacoma even though both the trucks get almost similar exterior dimensions. The only plus point for the Tacoma is that it gets the class-leading 9.3-inches of ground clearance when compared to it Colorado only offers 8.3-inches of ground clearance. Seeing the difference, Colorado is definitely a better choice between the two trucks.

2017 Chevrolet Colorado Vs 2017 GMC Canyon

The 2017 GMC Canyon and the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado are cousins and are neck-to-neck similar in terms of mechanicals and interior and exterior dimensions. But the 2017 Canyon is one grand more expensive than Colorado. Even though being powered by the same engine and being lighter than Colorado, the Canyon remains 0.9 seconds slower than the latter in both the 0-60 mph and quarter-mile run. 

2017 GMC Canyon

Apart from this, the only difference is the exterior styling of both trucks. Thus choosing one between the two is easy as our pick would be the quicker and cheaper Colorado unless one is a die-hard GMC fan.

2017 Chevrolet Colorado Final Verdict

The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab tries to bridge the gap between a pick-up truck and a midsize SUV. A properly equipped Colorado can be as fun-to-drive as an SUV or if you pick the WT trim Colorado can serve as a proper workhorse, the choice is yours. The versatility offered by Colorado is hardly seen in its rivals and that’s what makes it a unique proposition. Although the only thing that doesn’t favor Colorado is that the higher trims are very close to its bigger cousin the Chevrolet Silverado. Having said that, if you are looking for a pickup in this segment the 2017 Colorado could be a good choice.


FAQs on the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab:

What is the warranty offered on the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado?

The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado offers 3 years / 36,000 miles basic warranty and 5 years / 60,000 miles powertrain warranty.

Does the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado come in 4WD?

The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado offers the option of 4WD on all its trims while the Colorado ZR2 trims comes standard with the 4WD.

What trailer size can the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado pull?

The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado has a towing capacity of 3,500 to 7,700 pounds.

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