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Chevrolet
Colorado
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Willis Kuelthau
Automotive Editor - September 12, 2018

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2019 Chevrolet Colorado OVERVIEW

Mid-size pickup trucks are always after the Goldilocks factor. Big enough that they can handle heavy tasks, but not so big that they don’t fit in the garage; small enough to navigate city streets, but not so small that you can’t fit a few friends (and their stuff). The 2019 Chevy Colorado improves on an already strong contender, bringing small but welcome updates before a full redesign anticipated in 2020.

What's New for 2019

The biggest upgrade is an all-new infotainment system across the line, replacing last year’s Chevrolet MyLink units. The screens are the same size, depending on the trim. The various ports (aux, USB, SD card) see some tweaks, and the upper trims get a new HD rearview camera (lower trims keep the non-HD). There’s a new available parking assist system, the option packages get a couple more options, and a handful of exterior colors are swapped out for new ones.

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Choosing Your Chevrolet Colorado

The Colorado line runs on three engines. The default base engine (standard on all except the highest trim) is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine paired with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. It produces 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque and manages an EPA-estimated 20 miles per gallon city, 26 mpg highway, and 22 combined with rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is an option for most trims and body styles, though it drops mileage a notch or two.

Next up is the larger gas engine, a 3.6-liter V6 pumping out 308 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. It puts power down through an eight-speed automatic transmission and is available on various styles (usually crew cab models) on all except the base trim. Mileage drops to 18/25/20 mpg (city/highway/combined), or 17/24/19 with all-wheel drive.

The final option is a 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel. It makes only 181 hp but compensates with a healthy 369 lb-ft of torque, which makes for a strong 7700-pound towing capacity. Paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, it’s also the most efficient of the bunch, coming in at 20/30/23 mpg (19/28/22 with AWD).

Two cab options and two bed lengths round out the major choices. The extended cab has significantly less leg room in the rear seats, and is available only with the long (six-foot) bed. The crew cab makes the second row more comfortable and comes with either short (five-foot) or long beds.

Otherwise, Colorados range from minimalist to brash. The infotainment system does have a few standard perks, like a rearview camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and dual USB ports. The remaining options are distributed across the five trims: Base, WT, LT, Z71, and ZR2.

Base

Primarily aimed at fleet buyers, the base Colroado offers limited choice for consumers. Starting at $21,495 (all prices include the $995 destination fee), it’s available only in rear-wheel drive with the extended-cab, long-box body. The base engine is the only choice, as are the six-speed manual transmission and 16-inch wheels. Other than exterior color, no significant options are available.

WT

Though the starting price jumps to $24,995, the Colorado WT unlocks all-wheel drive, all body styles, and the 3.6-liter engine option. Long-bed crew cabs get the V6 as standard, as do the short-bed crew cabs if AWD is added. The rest of the bodies come with the smaller engine, though the V6 is optional while the turbodiesel isn't available on this trim. The only standard feature over the base trim is carpeted floor mats instead of rubberized vinyl.

The WT does open up a host of options and packages. These begin with the WT Convenience Package ($490), which adds remote entry, cruise control, an easy-lift tailgate, and extra security. A Power Package ($1,850) boosts output by substituting a performance air intake system and a cat-back performance exhaust. Beefier front and mid skid plates are available for $375 with the Performance Skid Plate Package.

On the aesthetic side, a Work Truck Appearance Package ($435) includes a spotter mirror, chrome beltline molding, and body-color handles and mirrors. The Chrome Appearance Package ($505) lives up to its name with a chrome tailgate handle, chrome mirror caps and door handles, and a polished exhaust tip. Finally, the Custom Special Edition Package ($2,050) adds 18-inch wheels, body-color handles, powered body-color mirrors, and a 10-year subscription to Chevrolet’s Connected Access technology, which also includes a built in LTE hotspot.

Many standalone options are also available, including the automatic transmissions (where non-standard, $650 for the six-speed or $800 for the eight-speed). Other significant options are an auto-locking rear differential ($325), a trailer-brake controller ($230), and various assist steps and accents for the exterior. If the Convenience Package is added, a rear parking assist may be added on top for $295.

LT

Starting at $28,495, the Colorado LT is the first trim to get the larger eight-inch infotainment screen. It also gets 17-inch aluminum wheels, keyless entry, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, the HD rearview camera, and a more adjustable driver’s seat. Automatic transmissions are standard, and the turbodiesel engine is an option on crew-cab bodies. Many of the aesthetic upgrades are also standard, like body-color mirrors, handles, and bumpers. Cruise control, wheel-mounted controls, an overhead console, a larger driver display, and an LTE hotspot round out the standard features.

The Power Package, Chrome Appearance Package, and Skid Plate Package remain unchanged. The LT Convenience Package ($750) adds a sliding rear window, remote start, rear window defogger, and heated powered outside mirrors. A Safety Package ($690) includes rear park assist, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning. The Luxury Package, Chrome ($1,230) adds a power-adjustable front passenger seat, leather seat trim, heated front seats, driver-seat lumbar control, automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated outside mirrors, and chrome accents. Finally, a Redline Special Edition Package ($2,725) blacks out the grille and adds 18-inch wheels and off-road step bars, while the Redline Luxury Special Edition Package ($930) adds on the non-aesthetic components of the Luxury Package. The upper level packages require adding the LT Convenience Package as a prerequisite.

New standalone options include navigation ($495) and a Bose audio system ($500).

Z71

At $31,595, the Colorado Z71 improves off-road capability while continuing to add standard features. The automatic rear differential is standard, and the suspension is improved for when the pavement runs out. The 17-inch wheels come with all-terrain tires, and all-wheel-drive models get a transfer case shield. Automatic climate control, a power-adjustable passenger seat, lumbar adjustment, an easy-lift tailgate, a heated steering wheel, and wireless device charging are all standard.

The Power Package, Chrome Appearance Package, and Skid Plate Package remain in place, but other packages from the LT trim disappear. In their place is a Z71 Midnight Edition Package ($2,995), which adds 17-inch glossy black rims, a blacked out grille, all-weather floor liners, and a spray-on bedliner.

Leather seats are available for $950, and other standalone options remain largely the same as the LT trim.

ZR2

The trail-ready ZR2 starts at $41,895. It’s available in only two body styles, either long-bed extended cab or short-bed crew cab. All-wheel drive is standard, as is the V6, although the turbodiesel is an option. The ZR2 gets increased clearance and width, plus an adaptive damping system in conjunction with the off-road suspension. It looks the part as well, with a host of aggressive accents on the exterior. Leather seats are standard.

The Power and Chrome Appearance Packages remain optional. The ZR2 gets its own Midnight Special Edition Package ($3,215), this time adding off-road lights in addition to the blacked-out exterior. A ZR2 Dusk Special Edition Package ($3,215) adds the glossy black wheels, off-road lights, and an off-road sport bar with the ZR2 logo.

Where non-standard, options remain the same as the Z71 trim.

CarsDirect Tip

The LT trim is a nice comfort level for features on the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado – get it with the crew cab and the V6 if possible. The ZR2 is impressive and mighty, but the Z71 has plenty of off-road capability for most enthusiasts.

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