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$19,995 - $41,218
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2021 WT 4x2 Extended Cab 6 ft. box 128.3 in. WB
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Price:   -  From $25,200
2021 WT 4x2 Crew Cab 5 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $27,100
2021 LT 4x2 Extended Cab 6 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $27,700
2021 WT 4x4 Extended Cab 6 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $29,100
2021 WT 4x2 Crew Cab 6 ft. box 140.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $29,400
2021 LT 4x2 Crew Cab 5 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $29,700
2021 LT 4x4 Extended Cab 6 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $31,400
2021 LT 4x2 Crew Cab 6 ft. box 140.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $31,900
2021 WT 4x4 Crew Cab 5 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $32,100
2021 WT 4x4 Crew Cab 6 ft. box 140.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $33,000
2021 LT 4x4 Crew Cab 5 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $34,400
2021 Z71 4x2 Crew Cab 5 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $34,800
2021 LT 4x4 Crew Cab 6 ft. box 140.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $35,300
2021 Z71 4x4 Extended Cab 6 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $36,500
2021 Z71 4x4 Crew Cab 5 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $38,000
2021 Z71 4x4 Crew Cab 6 ft. box 140.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $38,600
2021 ZR2 4x4 Extended Cab 6 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $42,600
2021 ZR2 4x4 Crew Cab 5 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $44,200
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2.5 (Fair)

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: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Overview

What's New

The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado gets cosmetic tweaks to the front end aimed at greater differentiation between trims. All models wear updated badging and the Chevrolet name embossed on the tailgate. The slow-selling base trim has been dropped, so prices start $4,000 higher than last year.

The current Colorado arrived in 2015 and has received steady equipment upgrades since then.

Choosing Your Chevy Colorado

The Colorado comes in four trim levels: WT, LT, Z71, and ZR2. Pricing starts at $26,395 including destination for the WT and $42,795 for the ZR2.

Engine Choices

The Colorado is offered with a four-cylinder engine, a V6, and a four-cylinder turbodiesel.

Engine TypeTrim LevelHorsepowerTorqueMax TowingFuel Economy (Combined)
2.5L 4-CylinderStd: WT, LT200 hp191 lb-ft3,500 pounds22 mpg
3.6L V6Std: Z71, ZR2
Opt: WT, LT
308 hp275 lb-ft7,000 pounds21 mpg
2.8L Turbodiesel 4-CylinderOpt: LT, Z71, ZR2181 hp369 lb-ft7,700 pounds23 mpg

The V6 can be added to the WT and LT starting at a reasonable $1,485. The turbodiesel adds about $3,500 to $6,900 to the price, depending on trim and configuration.

The V6 uses a eight-speed automatic transmission, and the 2.5-liter and turbodiesel come with a six-speed automatic. Four-wheel drive is standard on the ZR2, and costs anywhere from $3,200 to $3,900 elsewhere in the lineup.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The Colorado is a midsize pickup offered in two cab styles. The standard Extended Cab seats four passengers, with a pair of folding rear seats intended for the occasional short trip. The Crew Cab features conventional rear doors and a full-width rear seat that boosts seating to five.

The Extended Cab comes exclusively with a 6-foot-2-inch box that holds 49.9 cubic feet of cargo. Crew Cabs get a 5-foot-2-inch box good for 41.3 cubic feet of cargo space. The longer box is available on Crew Cabs for $2,300.

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Safety Features

Like some other midsize pickups, the Colorado is light on driver assistance technology. That is, the WT, LT, and ZR2 don't come with any standard active safety features, while the Z71 only gets rear parking sensors.

The best you can do is the LT's Safety Package ($690), which provides forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and rear parking sensors. This package is also available on the Z71, but is $395 because the parking sensors are already standard.

Compared to full-size Chevy trucks, the Colorado lacks availability of adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and blind-spot monitoring.

The Colorado carries a four-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA.

Connectivity

The standard infotainment system features a 7-inch touchcreeen, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, two front USB ports, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Compatibility.

The LT and above get an 8-inch touchscreen, two rear USB ports, and wi-fi compatibility. The Z71 and ZR2 also get voice recognition, HD radio, and wireless charging.

On the LT, navigation, HD radio, an HD rear vision camera, a 4.2-inch driver information dispaly, and a seven-speaker Bose audio system are bundled together for $1,095. It's only $995 on the Z71 and ZR2.

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WT - From $26,395

The WT comes equipped with everyday features like air conditioning, power windows and locks, a 3.5-inch driver information display, carpeting, and 17-inch steel wheels. The vinyl seats are black, the only interior color available on the Colorado. The standard four-way power driver seat is a nice touch.

The WT Convenience Package ($530) adds keyless entry, cruise control, a vehicle alarm, and Chevy's EZ-Lift and Lower tailgate with remote locking.

LT - From $28,895

The LT comes standard with the contents of the WT Convenience Package, plus cloth seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, body-color exterior trim, and 17-inch aluminum wheels.

The LT can get a Convenience Package of its own ($685) with remote start, a sliding rear window with defogger, fog lamps, and heated power side mirrors. Going for Luxury Package (available only on Crew Cab variants) gets you a black leather interior interior with a four-way power passenger seat, power lumbar controls for the front seats, a heated steering wheel, automatic single-zone climate control, and projector-beam headlamps.

Z71 - From $36,695

Along with the V6 as standard, the Z71 gets an off-road suspension and all-terrain tires (on 4WD models) for enhanced performance in the wild. Other standard equipment upgrades include fog lights, heated front seats, remote start, cloth and leatherette seating, automatic climate control, and a 4.2-inch driver information display.

The Z71 Midnight Edition ($2,600) wears black wheels and emblems, 31-inch all-terrain tires, a spray-on bedliner, and all-weather floor liners.

ZR2 - From $42,795

The ZR2 goes farther into the wildness with standard four-wheel drive, a two-speed transfer case, Multimatic suspension dampers, and electronically locking front and rear differentials. It also gets a 2-inch suspension lift, a 3.5-inch wider track, and multiple underbody skid plates. Leather seats and a four-way power passenger seat are also standard.

Exclusive to the ZR2 is the Bison Package ($5,750) with components supplied by the off-road upfitter AEV. The treatment includes unique bumpers, fender flares, wheels, fog lamps, skid plates, and floor liners.

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CarsDirect Tip

The LT remains the best value in the 2021 Chevy Colorado lineup for buyers who want a truck for every occasion. The Z71 and ZR2 are tempting for their capability, but might be harder to live with on a daily basis.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Handsome exterior
  • Strong V-6 and turbodiesel
  • Impressive towing capacity
  • Modern infotainment
Cons
  • Cramped and boring interior
  • Lacks modern safety tech
  • Spotty crash-test record
  • Bouncy ride
Expert Rating
2.5 (Fair)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Capability First. Among a growing horde of mid-size pickups, the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado puts utility first. It isn’t built to be a technology leader or a luxury cruiser — it’s focused on getting the job done.

That starts with the powertrain lineup, which is mostly quite strong. The exception is the base 2.5-liter unit, which strains under heavy loads. We’d start with the 3.6-liter V6, which balances power and efficiency and benefits from a responsive eight-speed transmission.

The V6 tows a respectable 7,000 pounds, but the final option — a 2.8-liter turbodiesel — is the king of the heap with a max capacity of 7,700 pounds. That’s excellent for the class, and the diesel’s 30 mpg highway rating is an added bonus.

The downside of the utilitarian focus is that the Colorado drives and rides like a truck. The turbodiesel in particular is loud around town, and the body-on-frame construction bounces around on rough pavement. It isn’t a refined ride, although that’s probably not what most buyers come looking for.

Stylish, Not Safe. The Colorado gets a refresh for 2021, which is primarily cosmetic. We dig the new looks: the mesh grille is broader, complementing revised bumpers. The squared-off wheel arches are muscular and imposing. It isn’t as sleek as a Honda Ridgeline or as distinctive as a Jeep Gladiator, but the design is clean and modern enough for us.

The Colorado also gets a mild tech update for 2021. An eight-inch infotainment touchscreen is now standard on all except the WT trim, and it comes with full smartphone compatibility. Most buyers will steer clear of the WT anyway, and the updated system is a welcome addition.

We wish that Chevy would do the same with safety tech, a department where the Colorado is still woefully behind the times. Automatic emergency braking is not available, and neither are blind-spot monitors. The Colorado can’t even fall back on its crash test record, as both the IIHS and the NHTSA gave it poor marks. If safety is a priority, drivers would be better served elsewhere.


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Not Very Comfortable. The new exterior is sharp, but the interior fails to live up to the billing. The layout is sensible enough, but hard plastic is too common. The Colorado hasn’t had a full redesign in over seven years, and the truck shows its age most in the cabin.

The front seats are pleasant enough to make some amends, but the second row is another letdown. Extended-cab models are cramped and won’t easily hold four adults. The crew cab isn’t much better, with only 35.8 inches of rear leg room — less than many compact sedans. To make matters worse, the rear bench is stiff and unsupportive.

There are some thoughtful design touches, like corner bed steps, but even these are geared toward utility. The Colorado prioritizes function over features, and it wouldn’t be our first choice for road trips.

Endless Customization. The Colorado makes up in choice some of what it lacks in charm. The lineup includes four trims, three bodies, five powertrain configurations, and a handful of packages, adding up to a plethora of possible combinations.

Most are decent value, safety concerns aside. The top-spec ZR2 goes toe-to-toe with the Tacoma TRD and Gladiator Rubicon, adding beefed up dampers and an extra 1.6 inches of clearance. It’s an expensive pick, but it might be the best-looking version of the Colorado.

Our favorite Colorado is the LT trim, which provides all the basics without pushing prices too high. Even with the V6 engine, it costs less than a base Ridgeline or Gladiator.

Final Thoughts. The Colorado remains a practical choice for a mid-size pickup, but it’s no longer a standout. The interior is uninspiring, and the lack of safety tech is a glaring omission these days. It’s worth a look as a value pick, but we’d recommend checking out the competition, too.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 2.5L I-4 / 200 HP / 191 ft.lbs.
Available: 3.6L V-6 / 308 HP / 275 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Standard: 6-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Available: 8-spd auto w/OD
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
19 / 25 / 22 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
4 / 2
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 2.5L I-4 / 200 HP / 191 ft.lbs.
Available: 3.6L V-6 / 308 HP / 275 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
19 / 25 / 22 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Short And Long Arm
Rear Suspension
Rigid Axle Leaf
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Aluminum / Steel / Full-size
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
212.7 "
Exterior Width
74.3 "
Exterior Height
70.4 "
Front Headroom
41.4 "
Rear Headroom
36.7 "
Front Legroom
45.0 "
Rear Legroom
28.6 "
Front Shoulder Room
57.5 "
Rear Shoulder Room
57.3 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,950 Lbs. / 4,130 Lbs.
Wheel Base
128 "
Turning Radius
20.6 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
17.0 " Silver Steel / 18.0 " Silver W/painted Accents Aluminum / 18.0 " Black Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Clearcoat Monotone With Decal / Metallic Monotone / Tri-coat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Manual / Manual Convex Spotter Driver / Dual Power Remote, Convex Spotter Driver
Bumpers
Front Body-colored / Front Body-colored With 2 Front Tow Hook(s)
Grille Moldings
Chrome
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Stainless Steel / Stainless Steel With Dark Chrome Tailpipe Finish / Stainless Steel With Polished Tailpipe Finish / Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
4 / 2
Seat Trim
Vinyl / Cloth
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
Jump
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan / Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, 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
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Passenger
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (front Doors)
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
Ultrasonic Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
12 Months / 12,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months

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