The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado offers something for everyone, ranging from a basic work truck to a robust off-road performer. Three strong engine choices, lots of options, and an interior we like are among its many strong suits. But be careful as you outfit yours, as this truck can get expensive fast.

Best Value

The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado is a mid-size pickup truck with space for as many as five passengers. Chevrolet offers the Colorado in five trims: Base, WT (Work Truck), LT, Z71, and ZR2. There are two cabin choices: Extended and Crew. The Colorado comes with either a five-foot-one-inch or a six-foot-two-inch bed.

Three engine choices are on the docket. Two are gasoline and one is a turbodiesel. Paired with all three engines is an automatic transmission, although the base four-cylinder engine comes standard with a manual transmission. You’ll pay extra to upgrade to the automatic. Rear-wheel drive is standard and four-wheel drive is available, and the payload capacity ranges from 1,492 to 1,574 pounds. As for towing, this truck pulls a minimum of 3,500 pounds with some models rated as high as 7,700 pounds.

Standard equipment includes halogen headlights with automatic control, 16-inch wheels, tilt steering, cloth seats, a six-speaker audio system, and a locking tailgate.

Here’s how we’d build our best value Colorado:

  • Model: 2019 Chevrolet Colorado 2WD Extended Cab, Long Box LT
  • Engine: 2.5-liter four-cylinderr
  • Output: 200 hp / 191 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Six-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive
  • MPG: 20 City / 26 Hwy
  • Options: Kinetic Blue Metallic paint ($395), Luxury Package, Chrome ($1,230, projector beam headlights, chrome heated side mirrors, chrome door handles, chrome rear bumper, power-operated front seats with lumbar control, automatic climate control, heated front seats, single-zone automatic climate control), LT Convenience Package ($690, front fog lights, rear sliding window, rear window defogger, EZ-lift and lower tailgate, remote start, body-color heated outside mirrors)
  • Base Price:$28,495 (including a $995 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price: $31,760

Performance

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Our engine choice is the standard four-cylinder gas version displacing 2.5 liters. The V6 is ideal for anyone carrying big loads. Likewise, the turbodiesel is both powerful and efficient. It also adds thousands of dollars to your price, so we’re not recommending it for our sample build.

The four-cylinder gas engine offers sufficient step-off acceleration and works well around town. On the road, it struggles to pass traffic and that’s something to keep in mind if you insist on robust power. We stayed with rear-wheel drive and outfitted the extended cab model for a sporty look. This doesn’t mean you can’t take a rear-wheel-drive Colorado off road, you’ll just want to stay on a less challenging terrain.

Style

Likely, you’re aware of the similarities between the Chevrolet Colorado and the GMC Canyon. They’re twin models, although there's some design and trim differences to set them apart. The Colorado has the sportier front fascia and it offers trim upgrades that place an emphasis on its performance side. For example, the ZR2 has a raised suspension, a wider stance, and massive 31-inch Goodyear all-terrain tires.

Inside, we like that the cabin has clean lines and a handsome look, especially above the Work Truck level. The front seats offer ample back and hip support. The rear seats in the Extended cab are definitely of the jump seat variety. They’re fine for children, but a thin back and insufficient thigh support make them a short-drive option for everyone else.

As for the equipment, most models have full power accessories, cloth seats, air conditioning, tilt or tilt with telescoping steering, and a range of tech features.

The Best and Worst Things

One of the best things about the Colorado is that it's an ideal companion to the Silverado. When you don’t need the large footprint, your choice is a strong one. What’s disappointing is this truck’s safety scores. We don’t have the 2019 scores yet, but based on the 2018 model, there's room for improvement in the small overlap front and side tests.

Right For? Wrong For?

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The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado is the right choice for anyone wanting something smaller than a large pickup truck. An available turbodiesel engine is a compelling option and that’s something Chevy’s competitors don't have. On the other hand, the Colorado can’t meet the trailering requirements of anyone with four tons or more to tow behind them. If that's the case, the Silverado is where you’ll want to look.

The Bottom Line

The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado covers a wide territory, targeting everyone from budget-minded buyers to consumers with deep pockets. Our sample build falls nearly in the middle, which represents a reasonable price point for this mid-size pickup truck.