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2016 Base 4x2 Extended Cab 6 ft. box 128.3 in. WB
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Price:   -  From $20,055
2016 WT 4x2 Extended Cab 6 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $22,925
2016 WT 4x2 Crew Cab 5 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $25,480
2016 LT 4x2 Extended Cab 6 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $26,470
2016 WT 4x2 Crew Cab 6 ft. box 140.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $27,000
2016 WT 4x4 Extended Cab 6 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $27,695
2016 LT 4x2 Crew Cab 5 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $28,410
2016 Z71 4x2 Extended Cab 6 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $29,005
2016 LT 4x2 Crew Cab 6 ft. box 140.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $29,930
2016 LT 4x4 Extended Cab 6 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $30,180
2016 WT 4x4 Crew Cab 5 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $30,515
2016 WT 4x4 Crew Cab 6 ft. box 140.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $30,815
2016 Z71 4x2 Crew Cab 5 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $30,925
2016 Z71 4x2 Crew Cab 6 ft. box 140.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $32,160
2016 Z71 4x4 Extended Cab 6 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $32,590
2016 LT 4x4 Crew Cab 5 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $33,045
2016 LT 4x4 Crew Cab 6 ft. box 140.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $33,345
2016 Z71 4x4 Crew Cab 5 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $35,150
2016 Z71 4x4 Crew Cab 6 ft. box 140.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $35,450
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Overview

Chevrolet's best attempt so far at a midsize pickup, the Colorado gained quite a following in its debut season. With this year's increased production capacity, we expect even more buyers to come aboard.

What's New for 2016

A turbodiesel four-cylinder joins the engine roster, and all models get a color driver information display.

Chevrolet Colorado

Choosing Your Chevrolet Colorado

The Colorado bears more than a passing resemblance to the full-size Silverado. The blocky front end, wide-open grille, and beefy fenders are clearly cribbed from the larger truck with pleasing results. You have a choice of two configurations: an extended cab with narrow rear-hinged back doors and a 6-foot bed, or a four-door crew cab with a 5- or 6-foot bed.

The standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine produces 200 horsepower, enough for everyday driving and light hauling. The available 3.6-liter V6 provides a boost to 305 horsepower and allows the Canyon to tow up to 7,000 pounds.

Your third option is the new 2.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel four-cylinder, which puts out 181 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Models so equipped can pull up to 7,700 pounds and come standard with an integrated brake controller and an automatic locking rear differential.

All but the most basic models come with a six-speed automatic transmission and can be equipped with four-wheel drive.

Here's a rundown of what you get at each trim level:

Chevrolet Colorado

Base

Comes in rear-drive, extended cab form only with the 2.5-liter engine and a six-speed manual transmission. The seats and floor are covered in vinyl, but you do get some nice perks like a rearview camera, a power driver seat, and a six-speaker sound system with a color display.

Chevrolet Colorado

WT

Gets the automatic transmission as standard, plus full carpeting and (optional) cloth seats. Both cab styles, engine upgrades, and four-wheel drive are available. The optional WT Convenience package includes keyless entry, cruise control and Chevy's EZ-Lift and Lower tailgate system. For a more finished look, there's the WT Appearance package with metallic-finish silver wheels and body-color door handles, mirrors (with power), and rear bumper.

Chevrolet Colorado

LT

Comes standard with the contents of the WT's option packages, except the EZ-Lift and Low tailgate. For that, you need to add the LT Convenience package, which also comes with a rear-window defogger, fog lamps, and remote start. The LT Luxury package spruces up the Colorado with heated front seats and passenger power, automatic climate control, an auto-dimming mirror, and generous exterior chrome trim. Models so equipped can also get the Safety package, which adds forward collision alert and lane departure warning.

Chevrolet Colorado

Z71

Designed for duty in the wild, the Z71 gets an off-road suspension, a locking rear differential, hill descent control, and special ornamentation. Heated front seats with passenger power are also part of the deal. Option packages are aimed at cargo organization and exterior protection rather than luxury (as in the case of the LT).

The LT and Z71 can get a Bose 7-speaker sound system and navigation as standalone options.

CarsDirect Tip

Opting for the crew cab adds about $5,000 to the price of the Colorado, whereas the difference between trim levels is around $2,000. So if you don't really need four proper doors, you can stick with the extended cab and get a lot more equipment for your money.

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The fuel-efficient and affordable 2016 Chevrolet Colorado offers excellent performance and a surprisingly comfortable interior without skimping on real-world utility.

Pricing and Equipment

Currently offered with two gasoline engine choices and a third diesel option that will be available in the imminent future, Chevrolet’s award-winning mid-size pickup truck is available in four trim levels.

All of the trim levels, besides the Base version, are available in two- or four-wheel drive configurations.

The Colorado can also be configured as a two-door extended cab long box or a four-door crew cab short or long box. The extended cab seats four and is for all intents and purposes a 2+2 model, meaning that the rear seats are small and more useful for owners who rarely have more than two people in the truck. The crew cab features a traditional back seat that seats three passengers.

A six-speed manual transmission is standard in Base and WT trims. A six-speed automatic is optional on WT models and standard in the LT and Z71 levels.

There's quite a spread between entry-level and top-spec pricing. In Base trim with the 2.5-liter inline-four, a six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive, MSRPs starts at $20,120. A four-wheel drive crew cab long box Z71, meanwhile, sports a 3.6-liter V6, a six-speed automatic transmission and a $34,940 price tag.

Performance Pros

Chevrolet Colorado

The Chevy Colorado’s triumphal return after a three-year hiatus was felt throughout the industry. During short drives in each of the trim levels at a press event, I gained an appreciation for Chevy’s approach in creating a budget-friendly but extremely capable pickup.

More recently, I was able to spend a week with a well-equipped top-trim crew cab short box Z71 model. Being behind the wheel of Chevrolet’s Colorado confirmed my initial conclusions; the Colorado is a wonderful pickup that expands the concept of a "small" pickup's capabilities.

My review vehicle came equipped with the gasoline-powered 3.6-liter V6 that produces 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. Coupled with a smooth shifting six-speed automatic, the Colorado never lacked for power. Zero to 60 mph zips by in an inspiring 7.4 seconds, which feels really quick in a pickup. The V6 can carry up to 1,590 pounds of payload and boasts a best-in-class 7,000-pound towing capacity.

  • The Z71 off-road suspension package is impressive. Even under the sloppiest, most challenging off-road conditions, the Z71-equipped Colorado shines.
  • Braking, thanks to the four-wheel anti-lock discs that come from the factory with long-lasting Duralife rotors, is excellent.
  • Handling in the Colorado is confidence building, making time behind the wheel quite fun. I would imagine that this dynamic driving characteristic would be what draws many to purchase the Colorado over the competition.

Gas mileage ranges from 20 mpg city and 27 mpg highway with rear-wheel-drive and the 2.5-liter inline-four to 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway with the V6 and four-wheel drive.

Performance Cons

  • The six-speed manual transmission is only available in the Base trim level.
  • The Colorado is certainly a well-behaved for a pickup truck, but a truck nonetheless. Crossover and small SUV owners looking for more utility will find the Colorado an enticing vehicle, but beware that the utility comes at the cost of losing a little road-going comfort you'd find in a jack-of-all-trades crossover vehicle.

Interior Pros

Chevrolet Colorado

The interior of the 2016 Colorado Crew Short Box is well designed and comfortable. Seating material is a great compromise between sturdy and plush. I wouldn’t go so far as to call the interior luxurious, even in the top-trim Z71, but it is certainly attractive and ergonomic.

  • Heating and air conditioning are automatic and easily configurable. The remote vehicle start, standard in the Z71, means that having a toasty truck, its windshield clear of ice and ready for your drive to work, takes little more than a click of the key fob button.
  • Rear-seat passengers in the crew cab have plenty of legroom, but I suspect three adults would feel cramped, even on short treks across town. That said, the back seat is bigger than you would expect when you view the crew cab from the curb. The interior of Chevy’s four-door pickup is more along the lines of a midsize sedan than the traditional compact pickup truck.

Interior Cons

The rear seating in the extended cab is a compromise at best. I would recommend bringing your regular backseat passengers along for the test drive to avoid surprises down the road.

Most Pleasant Surprise

Chevrolet Colorado

The 4G hotspot may not help drive the car, boost horsepower or give you better gas mileage, but I can’t think of a more popular feature with my kids. I’ve reviewed much fancier and more expensive cars, vans, and SUVs, but none of them received the kudos that the Colorado’s WIFI and USB ports did. If you have teenagers and want to be a hero, opt for the 4G package.

Least Pleasant Surprise

While the six-speed automatic is going to be the best choice for the majority of owners, I was a little disappointed that the manual transmission is only available in the Base and WT trim levels.

Bottom Line

If you are looking for a small-to-midsized pick-up truck that feels huge, has excellent towing and hauling capabilities, can be driven off-road and still fit in most garages, the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado is an excellent choice.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.5L I-4 / 200 HP / 191 ft.lbs.
Transmission
6-spd man w/OD
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
19 / 26 / 22 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
2
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.5L I-4 / 200 HP / 191 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
19 / 26 / 22 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Short And Long Arm
Rear Suspension
Rigid Axle Leaf
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Aluminum
Fuel Tank
21.0 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$80
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
212.5 "
Exterior Width
74.3 "
Exterior Height
70.4 "
Front Headroom
41.4 "
Rear Headroom
Front Legroom
45.0 "
Rear Legroom
Front Shoulder Room
57.5 "
Rear Shoulder Room
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,960 Lbs.
Wheel Base
128 "
Turning Radius
20.6 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
16.0 " Silver Steel
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Manual
Bumpers
Front Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Chrome
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
2
Seat Trim
Vinyl
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way (4-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
6-way (4-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan
Speakers
6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Passenger
Remote Keyless Entry
Power Outlets
2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Pass-key Iii+
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
24 Months / 24,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months

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