The Chevrolet Colorado is a mid-sized pickup truck that was introduced in the American market in 2004. It was used to replace the Chevy S-10. Named after the state of Colorado, General Motors designed the pickup truck to fill the growing global demand for a strong, versatile, mid-sized truck. First produced in Shreveport, Louisiana and Thailand, the first-generation Colorado was available in three different trim levels, three cab configurations and three different suspension options. But it has always had a reputation for good capability, ride quality and off-road heavy-duty driving.
The first generation Chevrolet Colorado was offered in three very different and unique models with different types of suspensions. The Z85 model was known for its good ride quality. The Z/71 had an Off-Road suspension that was designed for heavy-duty driving. The Chevrolet Colorado ZQ8 sat lower than the other models and had a Sport suspension that helped to give it superior handling. The early iteration of the Chevrolet Colorado was available with 10 different engines. The most powerful one produced 300 horsepower.
People love the Chevrolet Colorado because it has a wide array of upscale features. The pickup truck has heated, power-adjustable front seats with lumbar support, satellite radio, Bluetooth and various sizes of chrome-plated wheels. Plus, since 2013, the second generation of the Chevy Colorado can be equipped with either a 2.5 liter or 3.6 liter V6 engine and a vast range of suspensions, features, cabs and trims. This helps to make this powerful, versatile, pickup truck ideal for just about any use. Whether you need a work truck or a truck to just run errands and have fun every day, the Chevy Colorado is a great choice.
The Chevrolet Colorado gets new, better and upgraded features all the time. In 2015, the truck got tech upgrades that included Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and 4G LTE Wi-Fi capability. Chevrolet has also redesigned the most recent models of the Chevy Colorado by adding an updated grille and four trim levels from which buyers can choose. The Colorado now has a 7,000 pound maximum towing capacity and is available in 7 exciting exterior colors. The performance of and features in the Chevrolet Colorado has been so impressive that Motor Trend named it 'Truck of the Year' in both 2015 and 2016.
This mid-size pickup truck is the 'go-to' vehicle for people all over the world. The
Chevrolet Colorado has a huge following in places like Australia, Brazil, Mexico, New Zealand, Latin America and Thailand. Plus, people throughout the United States think a Chevy Colorado is a mid-sized pickup truck that's perfect for doing work, having fun or running around town. Its size, strength and performance make it popular with men and women of all ages. The truck is attractive enough to take anywhere, has the features you need to do anything and the entertainment and information technology you want on short jaunts or long rides.
The Chevrolet Colorado is available in a diverse range of body styles. You can get it with a 2-door regular cab, a 4-door extended cab or even a 4-door crew cab. Plus, you have the choice to have it equipped with either rear-wheel or four-wheel drive. And it can be powered by a 2.8 liter, 2.9 liter, 3.5 liter, 3.7 liter or 5.3 liter gasoline engine or a 2.5 liter or 3.0 liter diesel engine. You can even get a turbocharged engine or a hybrid drivetrain with a bi-fuel(CNG)system. You can pair those engines with a 5-speed manual or a 4, 6 or 8-speed automatic transmission.
For the 2015 model year, Chevrolet released a new version of the Colorado pickup that has remained in the marketplace until 2020. It has a front fascia that's similar to the Chevrolet Silverado and its frame is made from high-strength steel and is longer and 40% lighter than the Chevy Colorado sold worldwide. It's available with a 2.5 liter Ecotec I4 engine or a 3.6 liter V6 engine. In 2016, the Colorado added a 2.8 liter Duramax turbodiesel engine. Three cab configurations are available. One is an extended cab and a 6.2 foot bed. Another is a crew cab that has a 5.2 foot bed. The third is a crew cab connected to a 6.2 foot bed. Four-wheel drive, 16 or 17-inch steel or alloy rims, body-colored door handles and a chrome front grille are options.
The 2015 to 2020 models of the Chevrolet Colorado are available in 5 trim levels. They are the Base, Work Truck, LT, Z71 and ZR2. Here is a closer look at each one of them:
The standard equipment on this trim level includes a chrome front grille, 16-inch steel rims, a 2.4 liter Ecotec I4 engine, a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission, power door and window locks, vinyl seating surfaces, carpeted flooring, a six-speaker audio system and an AM-FM stereo featuring auxiliary audio input. The Base model is only available as an extended cab.
This trim has all of the standard equipment of the Base trim level and adds optional equipment like keyless entry, seven-inch full-color touchscreen featuring MyLink radio, cloth seating surfaces, color-keyed door mirrors, 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, a 3.6 liter V6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. The Work Truck trim comes as either a crew cab or an extended cab and is available with a short or long box.
The LT trim has all of the standard equipment of the Base and Work Truck trim levels, plus it adds 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, an eight-inch color touchscreen, OnStar, 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity, SiriusXM satellite radio and cloth seating surfaces. Some of its available optional equipment includes remote start, chrome exterior accessories, a 2.8 liter Duramax I4 turbo diesel engine, rear-view backup camera system, a Bose seven speaker premium audio system and a GPS navigational system. Buyers can get the LT trim with either an extended cab or a crew cab and a short box or a long box.
The top-of-the-line Z71 trim level has all the LT trim's standard equipment, as well as unique aluminum-alloy wheels, a Black front grille and vinyl and cloth combination upholstery. Plus, it has all of the LT trim's optional equipment. The Z71 trim comes with a crew cab or an extended cab and a short box or a long box. It also has off-road equipment.
The ZR2 is the Chevrolet Colorado's "off-road" trim level. It has all of the Z/71 trim level's features and adds leather-trimmed seating surfaces, a 3.5-inch wider track, a 2-inch taller suspension, unique aluminum-alloy wheels, 31-inch off-road tires, Multimatic DSSV shock absorbers that are position-sensitive, functional rock sliders and aluminum skid plates that protect the oil pan, radiator and front differential. It also adds locking differentials in the front and rear and a high approach-angle front bumper. The optional equipment on the ZR2 trim is the same as on the LT trim and the Z/71 trim, but it has an available rear bed-mounted light bar. The ZR2 trim comes with either a crew cab and a short box or an extended cab and a long box.
Later in the 2015 model year, Chevrolet made the OnStar system and 4G LTE capabilities standard on all the Colorado's higher trim levels and an available option on the lower trim levels. In the 2016 model year, all Colorado pickup trucks came equipped with an 8-inch MyLink touchscreen system or GMC's IntelliLink touchscreen infotainment system and had Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration as standard equipment.
Upgrades For 2017
Beginning in the 2017 model year, the Base model Colorado got a 7-inch Chevrolet MyLink or GMC's Intellilink touchscreen infotainment system, an AM-FM radio, a 6-speaker audio system, Bluetooth hands-free calling, wireless stereo audio streaming, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration and auxiliary as well as USB audio inputs, all as standard equipment. Plus, most models also had the rear backup camera system. Optional equipment on the Base model Chevy Colorado was upgraded to include OnStar, as well as 4G LTE Wi-Fi capabilities.
Changes In 2019 And Beyond
In the 2019 model year, Chevrolet stopped offering the six-speed manual transmission on the Colorado. In the 2020 model year, the company removed the 4x2 Z71 Extended Cabs as well as Z71 crew-cab long-box models from the lineup. The RST and Redline editions also became part of the luxury edition.
If you are interested in a recent year's Chevrolet Colorado, check out the selection that is available at Tim's Truck. You can browse through their inventory online, or stop by and talk to their friendly sales team. They can answer any questions you may have and provide unique insights into the Colorado pickup truck and test drive some Chevrolet Colorado models. They can tell you why the ZR2's off-road performance gives it the nickname the 'halo' model.