Chevy Colorado: The Best of Both Worlds
By: Michael Fossbakk
May 21, 2019
The Chevy Colorado holds a place in a lot of people’s hearts. It’s the perfect pickup truck for those that need towing capability and have plenty of things to haul but don’t want a full-size pickup as their daily driver. Add to that a wide variety of different packages, the option for a Diesel engine and more, and you have a mid-size pickup that makes a name for itself.
One of the great things owners of the Chevy Colorado can take advantage of is the towing and hauling capability when they need it. That trip up north to your friend’s cottage you’ve been putting off forever because you didn’t have the means to haul your boat or kayaks? Make it the first thing on this weekend’s to-do list and let the Colorado do all the heavy lifting with best-in-class maximum available towing capability at 7,700 lbs.1 The best part is that this power doesn’t come at the expense of fuel efficiency. In fact, the Colorado is America’s most fuel-efficient midsize pickup on the highway at 30 MPG.2
Speaking of which, the Colorado achieves that towing capability and fuel efficiency by being the only midsize pickup with a diesel engine option. If you’re someone who enjoys the life of a city dweller but feels the need to get away on the weekends, GM’s exclusive Duramax® 2.8L Turbo-Diesel engine makes that possible.
If you thought driving a pickup truck meant sacrificing some of the conveniences of other cars in Chevy’s lineup, you should check out all of the technology offerings in the Colorado. With the new Chevrolet Infotainment System3, you’ll have access to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, available wireless charging4 and available 4G LTE Wi-Fi5. Thanks to all of these great features, you’ll have access to navigation apps, like Waze, music apps, like Spotify, and podcast apps, like Stitcher, whether you’re navigating city streets or country roads.
If you’re looking for a midsize truck that can take on the toughest terrain, check out the Colorado ZR2. The segment-exclusive Mutimatic shocks and the purpose-built off-road suspension make this pickup a great choice for those trips up to the Sleeping Bear Dunes or The Mounds Off-Road Park. And, yes, the Duramax® 2.8L Turbo-Diesel engine is available on the ZR2, giving you the power to go wherever life takes you.
If the ZR2 doesn’t go far enough for your off-road needs, Chevrolet teamed up with American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) for their first take on an off-road vehicle. Dubbed the ZR2 Bison, it is the newest trim level in the Colorado family. It includes the innovations of the aforementioned ZR2 plus new features, like five skid plates that provide protection for the engine oil pan, fuel tank, transfer case and front and rear locking differentials. It also has stamped steel front and rear bumpers designed by AEV that further protect the Colorado from debris and other obstacles in its path.
The mid-size Colorado is great for people that want the best of both worlds. It can manage the hustle and bustle of tight, urban environments and then become your ticket to a weekend getaway, all in one convenient package.
1Colorado 2WD with available Duramax 2.8L Turbo-Diesel 4-cylinder engine. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the Trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.
2Colorado 2WD and 4×4, excluding ZR2 with available Duramax 2.8L Turbo-Diesel engine. EPA-estimated 30 MPG highway for 2WD, 28 MPG highway for Colorado 4×4, excluding ZR2.
3Chevrolet Infotainment System functionality varies by model. Full functionality requires compatible Bluetooth and smartphone, and USB connectivity for some devices.
4The system wirelessly charges one PMA- or Qi-compatible mobile device. Some devices require an adaptor or back cover. To check for phone or other device compatibility, visit my.chevrolet.com/learn for details.
5Service varies with conditions and location. Requires active service plan and paid AT&T Data plan. See onstar.com for details and limitations.