2020 Chevrolet Colorado

MSRP $27,795 - $38,795

Ranked #3 in Midsize Pickup-truck

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2020 Chevrolet Colorado Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: October 4, 2021

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The 2020 Chevrolet Colorado showcases significant change with regard to the exterior design, this includes a new grille, modified wheel designs, revamped front and rear bumpers, and more. This makes comes in a total of five trims. Priced at an MSRP range that starts at $21,195 and goes up to $41,395. There are three powertrains on offer, a 2.5L inline 4-cylinder engine, a 3.6L V6 engine, and a 2.8L turbo-diesel engine. 

It further offers an above-average acceleration with the best in class towing capacity and payload capacity. It compromises in terms of fuel efficiency, the interiors are spacious and comfortable and gives significant competition to the 2020 Toyota Tacoma, 2020 GMC Canyon, and the 2020 Nissan Frontier.

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Pros

Towing capacity best in class

Easily maneuverable

Plenty of standard features

User-friendly cabin

Cons

Crash ratings lower than competitors

Bouncy ride

Down-market interior

Cramped front seat for tall people

What's New?

Minor visual changes to the front and rear bumpers

New Grille and Wheel Designs

New TouchPro Duo infotainment screens


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$35495

bodystyle

4dr Crew Cab

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

four wheel drive

engine type

displacement

222 cu.in.

horsepower

308 hp @ 6800 rpm

torque

275 lbs.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

8 speed Automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front short and long arm suspension

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear leaf suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12.2/12.8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

37.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

44 cu ft.

towing capacity

7600 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.2 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/22/26 mpg

highway range

546.0 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ 100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Work Truck$27,795 onwards

LT$30,795 onwards

Z71$34,995 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Chevrolet Colorado in Cajun Red Tintcoat color
Cajun Red Tintcoat

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

Pricing and Feature

7.0

Features

9.0

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

6.0

Final Verdict

8.5

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.8

Overall Rating


In the three engine options of the 2020 Chevrolet 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. For an exciting off-road experience, you can go with the ZR2 that gets you all the features you'll need to traverse rough terrain. There are a few glitches with the 2020 Colorado and you might overlook it for its poor-quality interior and limited safety tech.

2020 Chevrolet Colorado Basic Crew Cab

Still, the Chevy Colorado is a well-balanced pickup. It is capable of a lot of different purposes without actually acing any of them. This is where its competition catches up. The GMC Canyon offers the same engine options with more refined transmissions. The Chevy may be the least expensive, but it's the 2020 Toyota Tacoma and the Nissan Frontier that offer greater safety, and you can't put a price on someone's well-being. The Tacoma uses a toned-down version of Safety Sense while the Frontier has a hefty body able to withstand the worst of impacts. It seems that Colorado better has some tricks up its sleeves to face such formidable contenders.

2020 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab front angle view
2020 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab rear angle 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

6.0/10
Competition

8.5/10
Final Verdict


2020 Chevrolet Colorado Features

9.0/10

"Versatile crew cab, peppy and powerful V-6, off-roadable ZR2." - Car and Driver

Midsize pickup truck, the 2020 Chevy 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.

2020 Chevy Colorado

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 an 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.

Trims

Base

WT

LT

Z71

ZR2

MSRP

$21,195

$24,695

$28,095

$30,695

$41,395

Features

Chevrolet Infotainment 7-inch diagonal color touchscreens

Dual rear seats with under-seat storage

2020 LT models include all WT features plus:

Top-line Z71 models include all LT features plus:

Colorado ZR2 in addition to or replacing Z71 features:

 

Two USB data ports

Folding rear bench seat (Crew Cab).

Mirror caps and door handles

Chevrolet Infotainment 8-inch touchscreen AutoTrac System
 

SD card reader and auxiliary input jack

 

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

Limited-Slip Differential Exclusive Interior and Exterior Accents
 

4-way power-adjustable driver seat

  Remote Keyless Entry 1/4-inch Skidplate Independently lockable front and rear differentials
 

4-wheel antilock disc brakes with Duralife brake rotors

       

We Recommend

We would recommend the Colorado LT with a crew cab, 3.6-liter V-6, and AWD, at an MSRP of $28,095. 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 needs. Moreover, it comes fitted with most of the comfort and convenience features that Colorado has to offer.

2020 Chevrolet Colorado Engine and Performance

8.0/10

"The potent yet efficient Turbodiesel four-cylinder is a compelling alternative, especially if you plan to do a lot of towing.” -Edmunds

Engine and Transmission of the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado

The GM-exclusive Duramax 2.8-liter turbo diesel available for the 2020 Chevy Colorado is quiet, smooth, and refined, ranging between $21,195-$41,395. 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.

2020 Chevrolet Colorado basic Crew Cab engine bay

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

Models

2020 Chevrolet Colorado

2020 Toyota Tacoma

2020 GMC Canyon

2020 Nissan Frontier

MSRP

$31,200

$34,520

$35,800

$34,100

Engine

3.6L V6

3.5L V6

3.6L V6

3.8L V6

Transmission

8-speed automatic

6-speed manual

8-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

Power (hp@RPM)

308 hp @ 6300 RPM

278 hp @ 6000 RPM

308 hp @ 6800 RPM

310 hp @ 5600 RPM

Torque (lb-ft@RPM)

275 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM

265 lb-ft @ 4600 RPM

275 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM

281 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM

Colorado’s power comes with the 3.6-liter V-6 that puts out 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, and it's 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.

Ride and Handling of the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado

We now know all about the engines and their specifications, 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.

2020 Chevrolet Colorado basic Crew Cab

The top of the trim ZR2 is special in its own way it comes with an off-road appearance package and a 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 of the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado

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 the 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

2020 Chevrolet Colorado

2020 Toyota Tacoma

2020 GMC Canyon

2020 Nissan Frontier

0-60 MPH (seconds)

8.1 sec

9.8 sec

9.0 sec

7.5 sec

Quarter mile (seconds)

16.2 sec @ 84 mph

14.7 sec @ 91 mph

17.1 sec @ 82.4 mph

16.5 sec @ 90 mph

Engine

3.6L V6

3.5L V6

3.6L V6

3.8L V6

Emission

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

8.1

8.4

8.1

8.4

Equipped with a 310 hp engine the 2020 Nissan Frontier proves to be the segment leader in terms of acceleration taking just 7.5 seconds to go to 60 mph. This segment of pickup trucks need not necessarily be fast, given that they serve their purpose of towing and hauling. The 2020 Chevy Colorado ranks second clocking 60 mph in 8.1 seconds. Leaving behind the GMC Canyon and the Toyota Tacoma in 3rd and 4th position.

Braking and Handling of the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado

Colorado feels confident in 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.

Models

2020 Chevrolet Colorado

2020 Toyota Tacoma

2020 GMC Canyon

2020 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)

4419

4425

4488

4525

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.

The towing capacity of the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado

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 7,600 pounds. It offers best-in-class towing power and torque, making Chevy Colorado America’s most fuel-efficient pick-up truck. Equip Colorado with a V-6 and you get a towing capacity of 7,000 pounds, but the base engine cuts the towing capacity to almost half (3,500).

Models

2020 Chevrolet Colorado

2020 Toyota Tacoma

2020 GMC Canyon

2020 Nissan Frontier

DriveTrain

4WD 4WD

4WD

RWD

Engine

3.6L V6

3.5L V6

3.6L V6

3.8L V6

Weight (lbs)

7600

6400

7600

6500

With a class-leading towing capacity of 7,600 pounds, you may never have to think twice when hitching cargo to the back of Colorado. The pickup is adept to tow any cargo safely, thanks to its trailer sway and traction control system. The AWD provides plenty of traction, keeping the slip of the tow in check when braking. Additionally, the 3.6L V6 provides plenty of power to prevent any lag when towing.

The payload capacity of the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado

Even though it sports a not-so-impressive bed size, it is actually capable of hauling a lot of payload in the back. The capability is further enhanced if you go for the optional Bed Panel Reinforcement package. It adds two 5-foot fleetside steel plates to ensure none of the cargo tips over or gets spilled when going over speedbumps.

Model

2020 Chevrolet Colorado

2020 Toyota Tacoma

2020 GMC Canyon

2020 Nissan Frontier

Payload capacity (lbs)

1511 lbs

1175 lbs

1481 lbs

1360 lbs

The 2020 Chevy Colorado records the best in class payload capacity of 1511 lbs, close behind is its cousin the, 2020 GMC Canyon with a paying load capacity of 1481 lbs. The Nissan Frontier ranks third with a capacity of 1360 pounds. Leaving behind the Toyota Tacoma that can haul only 1175 pounds.

2020 Chevrolet Colorado Fuel Economy

9.0/10

"The Colorado's forgettable gas-powered four-cylinder has EPA ratings of up to 20 mpg city and 26 mpg highway with the automatic." - Car and Driver

The 2.8-liter turbodiesel 4-cylinder gets the best mileage as it earns an 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 competitors does not feel lazy either. Its estimated EPA ratings are 20 mpg city, 26 mpg highway, and 22 mpg combined is the best in the class. The down performer is the V-6 which has the worst EPA rating of 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway.

Models

2020 Chevrolet Colorado

2020 Toyota Tacoma

2020 GMC Canyon

2020 Nissan Frontier

Mpg city mpg

17

18

17

18

Mpg highway mpg

24

22

24

24

Mpg combine mpg

19

20

19

20

When compared with the competition, the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado ranks a little low in terms of fuel efficiency. It is out-performed by the 2020 Toyota Tacoma and the 2020 Nissan Frontier, not a surprise to see the Japanese being efficient while the Americans focus on power delivery and serving the purpose effectively.  The 2020 Nissan Frontier proves to be the best with a combined reading of 20 miles to a gallon and a highway MPG return of 24 miles to a gallon.

2020 Chevrolet Colorado Interior

8.0/10

"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

Seating and Comfort of the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado

The Chevy Colorado 2020 comes with zero changes and the interior still giving 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. The 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 tech features are offered.

2020 Chevrolet Colorado basic Crew Cab cockpit area

The 2020 Chevy truck vaunts the most spacious cabin in its class. There are two seating options 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 are too tight and you would not love to spend too much time there.

2020 Chevrolet Colorado basic Crew Cab front seats

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 and with all the controls within reach. Front seats and steering can be adjusted according to your comfort.

Models

2020 Chevrolet Colorado

2020 Toyota Tacoma

2020 GMC Canyon

2020 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

39.7/58.3/42.4

Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

38/56.2/35.8

38.3/58.9/32.6

38/56.2/35.8

38.6/58.3/33.6

In terms of interior space offered it is the General Motors siblings that have the most to offer. The 2020 Colorado and Canyon record identical cabin dimensions and leave behind the Nissan Frontier and the Toyota Tacoma by a couple of inches.

Infotainment of the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado

Chevy Colorado is a pick-up truck that also makes you feel connected. The Mylink infotainment touch screen although it feels sluggish to respond. You get the 7-inch touchscreen in the base trim and an optional 8-inch screen is available in the LT trim and higher. Other infotainment features include:

  • Bluetooth streaming
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Two USB ports front and two optional in the back
  • Auxiliary Cable Input
  • Voice Recognition System
  • Bluetooth Audio Streaming
  • AM/FM/HD Radio
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio

2020 Chevrolet Colorado Exterior

8.0/10

"Sporting muscular-yet-curvy good looks, the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado is one of the best-looking trucks out there, whether you’re hauling stuff or getting dirty off-road." -The Car Connection

Design and Styling of the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado

At the front, there is a 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.

Models

2020 Chevrolet Colorado

2020 Toyota Tacoma

2020 GMC Canyon

2020 Nissan Frontier

curb weight(lbs)

3986

4425

4488

4525

Length(in)

212.7

212.3

212.4

219.4

Width(in)

74.3

75.2

74.3

72.8

Height(in)

70.4

70.6

70.6

70.1

Ground clearance(in)

8.4

9.4

8.2

8.7

Wheelbase(in)

128.3

127.4

128.3

139.9

Track width(in) F/R

62.4/62.4

63.0/63.2

62.4/62.4

61.8/61.8

Wheel sizes for the pick-up truck range from 16-inches ultra-silver metallic steel wheels with all-season Blackwall tires on the base to 17-inch aluminum wheels 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 the Centennial Edition package. The Goodyear DuraTrac tires on the Z71 with the best off-roading capabilities are powerful enough to pull the truck out of any situation.

Exterior Features of the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado

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

2020 Chevrolet Colorado Safety

8.0/10

"In a curious move, the Colorado's two driver-assist items—lane-departure warning and forward-collision warning—are only optional on LT models and not available at all on the pricier Z71." - Car and Driver

The safety rating of the 2020 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.

2020 Chevrolet Colorado

The 2020 Colorado gets the GM’s Tee Driver system as standard which allows the parent to monitor the speed and 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.

The safety features of the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado

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

2020 Chevrolet Colorado Competition

6.0/10

2020 Chevrolet Colorado Vs 2020 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.

2020 Toyota Tacoma

2020 Chevrolet Colorado Vs 2020 GMC Canyon

The engine's the 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

2020 Chevrolet Colorado Vs 2020 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 outperforms 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

The 2020 Chevrolet Colorado feels appealing due to its car-like maneuverability and fuel efficiency. With three engine options and an array of cab and bed configurations available to choose from the Chevy midsize truck is worthy of doing all sorts of the job. Especially when it is offered at an MSRP range of $21,195-$41,395.

2020 Chevy Colorado

2020 Chevrolet Colorado FAQs

At what price is the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado offered?

The 2020 Chevrolet Colorado is offered at an MSRP of $21,195-$41,395.

What is the Towing Capacity of the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado?

The 2020 Chevrolet Colorado has a towing capacity of 7600 lbs.

What is the payload capacity of the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado?

The 2020 Chevrolet Colorado has a payload capacity of 1551 lbs.

What is the EPA reading of the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado?

The 2020 Chevrolet Colorado returns an EPA of 17/24/19 for city/highway/combined.

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