2021 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab

MSRP $25,200 - $35,500

Ranked #7 in Midsize Pickup-truck

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: October 18, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Wherever you look, what stays consistent is the inclination towards the pickup trucks but what is not is their numbers. Right from the small-scale traders to daily commuters, all have started to be fascinated with the multitude of this body style and it is nowhere closing or losing its boil in the near future for a pretty long time. 

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Pros

Power surge

Fuel economy and range

First-row seating space

Cons

Second-row roominess is a little compromised

Interior accent 

What's New?

Exterior styling 

Additional coloring options


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$25200

bodystyle

4dr Extended Cab

passenger capacity

4

engine type

transmission

6 speed Automatic

dimensions

wheelbase

128.3 in.

length

212.7 in.

width

74.3 in.

height

70.4 in.

curb weight

3968 lbs.

ground clearance

8.4 in.

capacity

passenger volume

37.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

44 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

payload capacity

1400 lbs.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/NA/25 mpg

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Work Truck$25,200 onwards

LT$27,700 onwards

Z71$35,395 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab in Alpine White color
Alpine White

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 Features

7.7

Engine and Performance

7.3

Fuel Economy

4.0

Interior

7.8

Exterior

7.0

Safety

2.0

Competition

7.5

Final Verdict

8.5

6.6

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

6.6

Overall Rating


Out of those, one that has been here for years is the Chevrolet Colorado that retains its gesture of enriched history with its three-level trim tree starting at a price of $26,395. But Chevy has really got into the pool of death as it has to struggle against the names like the Ford Ranger, GMC Canyon, and the Toyota Tacoma. With some exciting upgrades, the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado is knocking at our doorsteps. It will be interesting to see if it delivers what it really boasts of.


7.3/10
Engine and Performance

4.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.8/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

2.0/10
Safety

7.5/10
Competition

8.5/10
Final Verdict


2021 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab Features

The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab comes in three different formats named WT, LT, and Z71 with considerable variations in some of the sections, accent, and ambiance, being some of them. The vinyl seat trim in the WT concretes the above statement which improves to cloth-clouding in the LT, while the Z71 has been adorned with the leatherette touches all around. 

In addition to that, the OnStar and Chevrolet connected services have also been incorporated but are available for the LT and Z71 only. However, it is that Single-zone manual climate control air conditioning that seems to be universal throughout the strata along with the Theft-deterrent system, SiriusXM Radio, and a 6-speaker audio system.

Trim

WT

LT

Z71

MSRP(RWD)

$26,395

$28,895

N/A

MSRP(4WD)

$30,295

$32,595

$37,695

Key Features

17" x 8" Ultra Silver Metallic steel wheels

17" x 8" Blade Silver Metallic cast-aluminum wheels

17" x 8" Bright Machined aluminum wheels

 

Electric Power Steering Assist

8" diagonal color touchscreen

Remote vehicle starter system

 

SiriusXM Radio

Cloth Seat Trim

Leatherette Seat Trim

 

Theft-deterrent system

Voice Command

StabiliTrak

 

Single-zone manual climate control air conditioning

6-speaker audio system 

OnStar and Chevrolet connected services

Continuing with the differences, the 17" x 8" Ultra Silver Metallic steel wheels in the WT, 17" x 8" Blade Silver Metallic cast aluminum wheels in LT, and 17" x 8" Bright Machined aluminum wheels in the Z71 are also added to the equation. The list may keep on going but the other important standard safety features like the StabiliTrak and Dual-stage frontal airbags for driver and front passenger are worth mentioning and need to be introduced in this column. On the whole, it seems to be impressive for its price tag in isolation.

Which Trim should you buy?

Among all the siblings, the base trim is simply disappointing in almost every aspect we can count on and the range-topping Z71 is little more than what it is worth. So that sums up to the LT trim which sits in the middle of both extremities. Parallel ergonomics and interior interactiveness along with all other basic amenities such as power-adjustability for the driver’s end make the LT trim the most balanced one to own. 

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab Engine and Performance

7.3/10

The Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab is generous in its trims and engine offering as it tends to showcase the primitive 2.5 L I-4 which can produce the power of 200 hp @ 6300 rpm and a torque of 191 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm alongside its bigger form of 3.6L V-6 configuration that can do the same with 308 hp @ 6800 RPM and 275 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM respectively. 

The V6 has been in exclusivity for the Z71 which is coupled with the standard 4WD whereas the primitive can be paired with both the RWD and 4WD for the lower and mid-tier ones. The acceleration of fewer than 7.5 seconds and a quarter-mile ticking of 16.3 seconds can also be achieved from this standard powertrain-drivetrain unit.

Model

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab

2021 Toyota Tacoma

2021 GMC Canyon

2021 Ford Ranger 

MSRP

$26,395

$26,050

$28,300

$26,810

Engine

2.5 L I-4

2.7 L I-4

2.5 L I-4

2.3 L Turbo I-4

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

10-speed automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

200 hp @ 6300 RPM

159 hp @ 5200 RPM

200 hp @ 6300 RPM

270 hp @ 5,500 RPM

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

191 lb-ft @ 4400 RPM

180 lb-ft 3800 RPM

191 lb-ft @ 4400 RPM

310 lb-ft @ 3,000 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

7.4

10

NA

6.1

Quarter mile (seconds)

16.3

14.7

NA

14.7

Top speed (mph)

135

116

131

110

As far as competition is concerned, the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab weighs well enough in its peer lagging just behind the Ford Badge by more than a second on average in both stats but manages to outclass it with its top speed. Its mechanical twin, the GMC Canyon is equivalent in its thrust and surge with an almost equal power-to-weight ratio, thereby making it desirable to the same extent. In the end, comes the Toyota Tacoma that is way too sluggish owing to its imbalance between that huge weight and corresponding engine capability. It is almost three seconds slower than its competitors clocking 10 seconds to the 60mph mark.

How well does the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab handle?

Expecting a sedan-like control or hatchback-based cornering would be nothing but delusional as the weight distribution becomes a major concern. The loaded cargo, itself, either with its volume or mass, or profile brings so many changes in the center of gravity and overall learning, that limiting those uncertainties is one hell of a task. Though one gets the Electric Power Steering Assist for a reduced effort that does not count all the dark sides. 

The Multi-leaf semi-elliptical suspension in the rear is also evidence of the thought-process that the machinery is more oriented towards tackling the normal reactionary forces rather than dynamics. This further downgrades the scenario when RWD is attached as the drive layout. Hence one can’t vouch for decent handling when the flooring is done at its best and the probability may even get murkier with an extra trailer.

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab Braking Performance

Braking is one of such realms you can’t overlook, especially, when 3884 lbs of mass are accelerating to 60 mph. So to bring that prowess to a standstill, a high caliper-transferred uniformly distributed force is a necessity, and that too with efficient cooling right next to it. That is why we witness those 12.2-inch disc rotors in the front and 12.8-inch ones in the rear in pairing with 4-wheel ABS. But unfortunately, the system is deficient in many basic features at the same time as mentioned above.

Models

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab

2021 Toyota Tacoma

2021 GMC Canyon

2021 Ford Ranger 

Brake rotors: Front (inches)

12.2

10.8

12.2

12.2

Brake rotors: Rear (inches

12.8

10

12.8

12.1

Curb weight (lbs)

3884

4075

3842

4145

60-0 (Feet)

N/A

112

N/A

N/A

Since the data for the rivals are not available, the 2021 Toyota Tacoma with its smallest rotors comes to a halt at 112ft. But it will be no surprise if it is commented that the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab lacks the nudge of safe driving. The rivals, on the other hand, are better equipped with tech-ends and vented disc rotors. Therefore, it is obvious that Chevy has a lot to do with its spec sheet to stay relevant.

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab Fuel Economy

4.0/10

It is a segment that is preferred by many traders and businessmen, so fuel economy, by default, becomes a factor to keep an eye for. The 19 mpg in the cities, 25 mpg on the highways, and 22 mpg combined with a 21-gallon fuel tank which allows for more than 520 miles of range in a single gas station visit make the Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab a class-leading machinery. However, the slope does go down by 2 mpg with the V6 engine variant.

Model

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab

2021 Toyota Tacoma

2021 GMC Canyon

2021 Ford Ranger 

MPG (city)

19

20

19

21

MPG (Highway)

25

23

25

26

MPG (Combined)

22

21

22

23

Fuel Capacity (Gallon)

21

21.1

21

18

Range (City/highway/Combined)

399/525/463

412/485.1/443.1

399/525/463

378/468/414

In terms of economy, the Ford Ranger leads the pack with a mileage of 23 MPG but misses out on its holistic approach because of its smaller 18-gallon gas tank. Meanwhile, the mechanical twin of the Chevy, the GMC Canyon is an exact replica of the former. Yet again, the Toyota Tacoma is at the bottom of the structure on an overall outlook, but it does manage a higher combined range of 443.1 miles when compared to the Ford. 

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab Interior

7.8/10

The interior accent is definitely not that virtue for which the Chevy is known for its pickup trucks. The Rubberized vinyl covering along with urethane coating over gear shifting are the maximum one gets in the base trim which compels us to avoid it in the first place. But then the driver power-adjustable seats as standard and additional heating function as an option in packages start to embark themselves in the LT and Z71 formats. 

Not just that, leather upholstery also enlightens the ambiance of the range-topping model with a Bose premium audio system on offer. One can even opt for the All-weather floor liners and mats with some extra dollars on the line. And the single-zone manual climate control air conditioning, in the end, takes care of temperature management.

Model

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab

2021 Toyota Tacoma

2021 GMC Canyon

2021 Ford Ranger 

Seating Capacity

4

4

4

4

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

41.4/57.5/45.0

39.7/58.3/42.9

41.4/57.5/45.0

41/56.7/43.1

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

36.7/57.3/28.6

38.3/58.9/32.6

36.7/57.3/28.6

35.9/55.2/30.4

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

49.9

N/A

49.9

51.8

The space management and seating arrangement of the Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab are decent for its first-row but are diametrically opposite for its second-row as it does not allow to accommodate more than children there. The Toyota Tacoma, on contrary to that, offers a balanced layout. Among all, if there has to be someone that stands out then it is the Ford Ranger as it fits those 4 quite conveniently and simultaneously holds the highest cargo volume stature too with a total capacity of 51.8 cubic feet, almost 2 cubic feet higher than the GM twins. Some of the features are:

  • Single-zone manual climate control air conditioning
  • Power-adjustable driver seats
  • Manually adjustable steering column 
  • Remote vehicle starter system(Z71 Only)
  • Theft-deterrent system
  • All-weather floor liners and mats

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab packs inspiring features but mostly are availed of with additional package like the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus System, 8" diagonal HD color touchscreen, Bose premium audio system, 4.2" diagonal color Driver Information Center, and many more, once one invest $1,095. The HD Rear Vision Camera and HD Radio are also there to further expand the list. But if you would avoid that package then the entertainment unit is not at all enticing for even a single line mention as it gets no more than Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a few USB ports. Some of the features are:

  • Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus System
  • 8" diagonal HD color touchscreen
  •  4.2" diagonal color Driver Information Center
  • HD Radio
  • HD Rear Vision Camera
  • Bose® premium audio system

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab Exterior

7.0/10

The wide and blown-out front fascia of the Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab is as typical as its predecessor which has been contrasted with multiple coloring options such as the Satin Steel Metallic, Cherry Red Tintcoat, Bright Blue Metallic, and Summit White. Those standard 17" Blade Silver Metallic cast-aluminum wheels and optional 18" Dark Argent Metallic cast aluminum wheels are also expressive enough to resonate with its muscularity. 

The other half of the charm of this truck is actually hidden beneath the packages on offer with which one can add on the Rubber bed mat, Wheel flares, Off-Road sport bar, Cargo box LED lighting, Body-color heated power outside mirrors, and whatnot. From the description, it is visible that Chevy has tried its best to justify its silhouette. 

Model

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab

2021 Toyota Tacoma

2021 GMC Canyon

2021 Ford Ranger 

Curb Weight (lbs)

 

3884

4075

3842

4145

Length (in.)

212.7

212.3

212.4

210.8

Width (in.)

74.3

74.4

74.3

77.8

Height (in.)

70.4

70.6

70.4

70.7

Ground Clearance (in.)

8.3

9.4

8.3

8.4

Wheelbase (in.)

128.3

127.4

128.3

126.8

One of the lightest in the competition with comparable dimensional limits, the Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab is decently organized and can be practical with its high 8.3 ground clearance when fully laden. Though it is light on wheels, the lack of standing braking firmly is a major concern that dents its handling abilities. 

The other rivals, meanwhile, have a bit more complex tech-nudge because of which the mass transfer is better managed and high-speed maneuvering is restrained within your will. It has the longest wheelbase in comparison of 128.3 inches, which it shares with the GMC Canyon, while the Toyota has the maximum ground clearance of 9.4 inches and the Ford is the widest option in the segment. Some of the features are:

  • Black grille and bowtie
  • Off-Road sport bar
  • Body-color heated power outside mirrors
  • Cherry Red Tintcoat, Bright Blue Metallic color trims
  • Cargo box LED lighting
  • 18" Dark Argent Metallic cast-aluminum wheels

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab Safety

2.0/10

The Chevrolet Colorado has always been a part of that rugged platform that is capable of taking on any impact with ease and proper absorption. The overall 4-star rating as per NHTSA tests and an average “Good” rating in the IIHS also strengthen the praising tone. Apart from that, the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab gets a wide variety of safety features, out of which a few are standard such as the StabiliTrak and a compact airbags system, and a few are optional like the Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, and Rear Park Assist depending on the trim level. The chassis could even jack up the asset with the Teen Driver that comes up with customizable settings for one’s own preference. Some of the features are:

  • StabiliTrak
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Rear Park Assist
  • Teen Driver
  • Airbags System
  • Lane Departure Warning

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab Competition

7.5/10

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab vs 2021 Toyota Tacoma

Competitive in their pricing yet defiant when it comes to delivering performance dynamics gives the Toyota Tacoma a major setback whereas the Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab manages to respond to that same pedal. Adding to that edge is the range coverage that sees a gap of nearly more than 50 miles. It is cabin management where Toyota might try to fix for what it lacks but that does not seem to make an impact for now. Hence it has to be Chevy as our first preference.

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab vs 2021 GMC Canyon

Both the competitors are replicas of one another with different badges tagged to their names. Parallel on all fronts, be it performance or performance figures, range practicality, or cabin spaciousness, it is very difficult to pinpoint any variation. It is true that their exterior appeal might be a different story but preference in that regard is a matter of subjectivity for both the GMC and Chevy trucks. Hence the spring weighs both equally desirable.

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab vs 2021 Ford Ranger

Easily the best in class to date for whatever you need. Agility, handling, towing capacity, interior accent, and corresponding roominess, all at once and that too at a price which is less than what it should have been. There is literally no sense in debating if the Ford Ranger is worth it or not as the sophistication one is entitled to with this truck is very hard to find. The Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab, on a bigger picture, is not far behind yet it needs some major upgrades to come at the former’s level.

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab Final Verdict

8.5/10

Considering the price and safety assists, the new Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab is surely a must-buy for many reasons including your business and trading perspectives. It is not hidden that the braking needs rework but if you ignore that for a second then it is worth an investment. The Ford Ranger is also an apt option that may thwart its status, it is advisable to have a glance over it as well.

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