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2017 Chevrolet Colorado OVERVIEW
Chevrolet's best attempt so far at a midsize pickup, the Colorado gained quite a following in 2015, its debut season. Chevrolet sold the Colorado up until model year 2013, skipping 2014 and emerging in markedly different form for 2015. With subsequently increased production capacity, even more buyers seem likely to slip behind a Colorado’s wheel.
What's New for 2017
A turbodiesel four-cylinder joined the engine roster last year. A new version of Chevrolet’s 3.6-liter gasoline V6 is available for the 2017 model year. Producing 308 horsepower, it mates with what Chevrolet says is a “class-exclusive” eight-speed automatic transmission. The new V6 is equipped with cylinder deactivation, which can disable two cylinders when under light load. In spring 2017, a ZR2 off-road performance variant of the Colorado goes on sale, with either the 3.6-liter V6 or the Duramax turbodiesel engine.
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 adapted from the larger truck with pleasing results. You choose from two body configurations: an Extended Cab with narrow rear-hinged back doors and a six-foot bed, or a four-door Crew Cab with a five- or six-foot bed.
The standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine produces 200 horsepower, enough for everyday driving and very light hauling. A revised version of the available 3.6-liter V6, with direct injection and cylinder deactivation, provides a boost to 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. Blessed with a new eight-speed automatic transmission, a V6 Colorado can tow up to 7,000 pounds.
Your third option is the 2.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel four-cylinder, which puts out 181 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. A Colorado so equipped can pull up to 7,700 pounds. An integrated brake controller for towing and an automatic locking rear differential for extra grip are also standard on Duramax-equipped trucks. Four-cylinder and turbodiesel engines work with a six-speed automatic transmission. Four-wheel drive is on all but the most basic Colorado.
Fuel economy with the two-wheel drive and automatic transmission is estimated at 20 miles per gallon in the city and 26 mpg highway with the four-cylinder engine, 18 and 25 mpg with the gasoline V6, and 22/30 mpg with the turbodiesel.
Four trim levels are offered, with a fifth one (ZR2) coming in spring 2017.
Making a choice really does depend on your needs. In addition to picking a trim level, you need to consider the desired engine, drive configuration, and cab type, as well as either a short or long bed size for Crew Cabs. If your Colorado is strictly for work, and a four-cylinder engine with manual shift suffices, the Base model may be all you need. Moving up to WT trim commands an additional $3,000 or so, but brings an automatic transmission. LT trim, especially in Crew Cab form, has been the most popular version.
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