Chevrolet Colorado 0-60 Times
|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2017 Chevrolet Colorado
|LT V6 Crew Cab (5.1 ft. Bed)||3.6L V6||4x4||8A||6.1 sec||14.8 sec @ 95 mph||17/24/18 mpg||Car and Driver|
2016 Chevrolet Colorado
|LT Duramex Crew Cab (5.1 ft. Bed)||2.8L Turbo Diesel I-4||RWD||6A||8.6 sec||16.5 sec @ 82.1 mph||22/31/26.3 mpg||Motor Trend|
|Z71 Duramex Crew Cab (5.1 ft. Bed)||2.8L Turbo Diesel I-4||4x4||6A||9.2 sec||16.9 sec @ 80 mph||20/29/22 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Z71 Duramex Crew Cab (5.1 ft. Bed)||2.8L Turbo Diesel I-4||4x4||6A||9.2 sec||16.8 sec @ 79.7 mph||20/29/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|Z71 Trail Boss Duramex Crew Cab (5.1 ft. Bed)||2.8L Turbo Diesel I-4||RWD||6A||9.5 sec||16.9 sec @ 78.9 mph||22/31/27.1 mpg||Motor Trend|
2015 Chevrolet Colorado
|LT V6 Crew Cab (5.1 ft. Bed)||3.6L V6||4x4||6A||7.6 sec||15.9 sec @ 88 mph||17/24/19 mpg||Car and Driver|
|LT V6 Crew Cab (6.2 ft. Bed)||3.6L V6||4x4||6A||7.1 sec||15.5 sec @ 91 mph||17/24/18 mpg||Car and Driver|
|WT Extended Cab (6.2 ft. Bed)||2.5L I-4||RWD||6A||9.3 sec||17.1 sec @ 82.4 mph||20/27/19.3 mpg||Motor Trend|
|Z71 V6 Crew Cab (5.1 ft. Bed)||3.6L V6||4x4||6A||7.4 sec||15.7 sec @ 88.8 mph||17/24/20 mpg||Motor Trend|
2009 Chevrolet Colorado
|3LT V8 Crew Cab (5.1 ft. Bed)||5.3L V8||RWD||4A||6.9 sec||15.2 sec @ 90.6 mph||15/21/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|LT V8 Crew Cab (5.1 ft. Bed)||5.3L V8||RWD||4A||6.7 sec||15.1 sec @ 92 mph||15/21/14 mpg||Car and Driver|
2004 Chevrolet Colorado
|Z71 LS 3.5 Crew Cab (5.1 ft. Bed)||3.5L I-5||4x4||4A||8.7 sec||16.5 sec @ 85 mph||15/21/---- mpg||Motor Week|
About Chevrolet Colorado
The idea behind the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado seems like some sort of insanity when you think about it. The trend in trucks is about larger sizes, and the midsize category is a virtually deserted wasteland occupied by the aging Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier. It doesn’t seem like there’s much of a demand for midsized trucks in the first place.
Then you also have to consider the roots of the current Chevy Colorado. This was a discontinued model by 2012. The last truck to carry the name Colorado was a poor excuse of a vehicle. Its structure was so inferior in quality that the pickup bed displayed copious levels of waggling.
And yet the latest 2015 Colorado was introduced in late 2014, and it sent nuclear shock waves in the industry when Motor Trend chose it as its Truck of the Year. It even beat the much talked-about Ford 150, which experts had predicted would receive the award. After all, the Ford 150 has been in the spotlight of the media for most of the second half of 2014.
But the decision to give the award to the Chevy Colorado was unanimous among the Motor Trend editors. And they had very good reasons for the selection.
The Price Is Right
Price is always a salient factor when buying anything, and for trucks it’s not exactly what you might call a small detail. The Colorado price range starts with the base model with an extended cab, the shorter bed, rear-wheel drive and the 6-speed manual transmission. With the shipping charge, the cost is just short of $21,000. The more expensive versions can go up to more than $36,000.
Now that may be a bit expensive for a midsize truck, but only if you don’t realize just how expensive full-sized trucks have become. The Ford F-450, for example, can reach up to almost $75,000.
The Size and Look Is Great
Just because the Colorado is relatively cheap doesn’t mean that it looks and feels cheap at all.
Let’s start with the size. As a midsize, the Colorado is obviously easier to drive and park than its gargantuan counterparts. One Motor Trend editor says its steering is simply in the entire trucking industry. The visibility is much better too, and you can reach the items you put in the bed. Getting in the truck means just stepping in via the CornerStep foot hold that’s standard equipment, instead of the various exertions you need to do to get in and out of the bigger trucks.
That drivability and maneuverability is due to the smaller size. Compared to the Silverado, the largest Colorado (the Crew Cab) is almost 15 inches shorter. And every Colorado is about 6 inches narrower too. So that makes it much neater to drive and park, and keeping it in the lane is a breeze.
Inside, it doesn’t feel small at all. You’ve got abundant legroom in the front and rear seats, and taller passengers will be thankful for the ample headroom as well.
The look is also very pure, and not at all like simply a smaller version of its big bro Silverado. There’s a minimum of chrome accents here, and that’s a welcome relief. (There’s also no LTZ trim). But the look is quite nice, defined by the upright grille, smoother fender flares, and the swept headlights.
Under the hood, you can opt for either a 2.5-liter engine that delivers 200 horsepower, or a more potent 3.6-liter V6 workhorse that offers 305 horsepower. The diesel engine offers 200 horsepower too.
The standard rating for the Colorado says it can tow 3,500 pounds. With the optional trailering package and the locking rear differential along with the V6, it can tow up to 7,000 pounds. That’s as much as a full-size truck can tow just 10 years ago.
The Colorado is available in rear-wheel or 4-wheel drive. Every model comes with a six-speed automatic, with features that make hauling simpler and more comfy. These features include the auto grade braking and a tow/haul mode. With the base model, a 6-speed manual transmission is also available.
Other features include a fully boxed perimeter frame for a confident ride, higher bed sides for secure cargo, electric power steering for better efficiency, and a standard built-in Wi-Fi hotspot.
All in all, at the very least what you have in the Chevrolet Colorado is the best midsize truck in the land. More than 8.3 million midsize trucks are still registered in the US, and with the Colorado you have the king of them all. And it may be crazy, but unless you really need something big then the Colorado is the best truck in the land, besting even its bigger brothers in the factors that matter. It’s a perfect combo of power and practicality.
For more information about Chevy Colorado, visit the official Chevy website.