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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.
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.
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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