The Chevrolet Colorado is a mid-size pickup truck that has been in its second generation since 2012. It’s the perfect choice if you need a general-purpose truck with the fuel economy and maneuverability of a car. The Colorado is highly versatile, allowing you to do everything from hauling and towing to running carpools. It’s even available in an off-road version. Unlike a full-size truck, the Colorado can be easily stored in a garage and the diesel engine provides remarkably good fuel economy. Off-roaders will want to consider the ZR2 version of the 2018 Colorado.
The 2018 Colorado offers a simple cabin layout that provides long-distance comfort for two or five passengers, depending on configuration. The range of available options includes several engine choices and trim levels that will suit your travel needs for trips to San Antonio or Austin. One of the most popular configurations is the LT trim with the crew cab and standard bed, a 3.6-liter engine and four-wheel drive.
Two-wheel drive (2WD) is the standard driving mode for the 2018 Colorado, with four-wheel-drive (4WD) and a low-speed transfer case available as an option. You also have a choice of body styles, including an extended or crew cab. The crew cab is available with a standard (5.2 ft.) or long (6.2 ft.) bed. The extended cab is only available with the long bed. Additional options for the 2018 Colorado include cross rails for a cargo-box storage system, locking rear differential, spray-on bedliner and fog lights.
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The 2018 Colorado provides better stopping power than trucks in its class. StabiliTrak is Chevrolet’s Electric Stability Control System (ESCS), which is standard in all versions of the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado
. This provides you and your family added safety during emergency maneuvers. The OnStar 4G LTE
provides automatic crash response, crisis assist and emergency services in addition to a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot.
The lines of the 2018 Colorado are softened compared to other trucks in its class, but it still retains the rugged appearance you expect of a truck. The CornerStep rear bumper is standard for the 2018 Colorado and allows you to get into the bed easily. The optional EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate lets you open and close the tailgate with one hand. The distinctive features of the ZR2 emphasize function over form, which include increased wheel arches, a hood scoop and modified bumpers.
The interior of the 2018 Colorado is comfortable and quiet, which will appeal to buyers who might otherwise be interested in an SUV. The noise level at 70 mph is only 67 decibels, making it one of the quietest vehicles in its class.
The seat and steering column on the 2018 Colorado have a wide adjustment range that makes it comfortable for drivers of all sizes. The front seat offers the most leg room in its class at 45 inches, only 0.3 inches less than the full-size Chevrolet Silverado. The head room is also ample for tall drivers at 41.4 inches. The 2018 Colorado is available with a crew cab, which has a foldable rear seat and four doors. The rear seat offers 38.3 inches of head room and 35.8 inches of leg room. The seats for both the driver and front passenger can be adjusted forward and back, and the height of the driver’s seat is also adjustable.
The 2018 Colorado offers an upright driving position that provides a commanding view of the road. The simple but functional controls are well-labeled and within easy reach, including oversize toggles that are easy to operate with heavy gloves. However, it also has the ruggedness you would expect of a truck with durable upholstery and tough plastics that are easy to clean. The volume of interior bed of the 2018 Colorado is 41.3 cubic feet for short-box models and 49.9 cubic feet for long-box models.
All versions of the 2018 Colorado have a tilting steering column and power driver’s seat as standard features. Interior options include a telescoping steering column, heating steering wheel and power front-passenger seat. The front seats also have an option to be heated and cooled.
The 2018 Colorado has three engine options, including a 2.5-liter gasoline I4, 2.8-liter inline-4 (I4) turbo diesel and 3.6-liter V6 gasoline engine. The V6 engine has a cylinder-deactivation mode that only runs four cylinders at a time during city driving conditions to save fuel. The transmission options for the 2018 Colorado include a 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic and 8-speed automatic, depending on engine and trim level. The 21-gallon fuel tank is standard for all versions of the 2018 Colorado.
The 2.5-liter engine produces 200 hp at 6,300 rpm and 191 lb⋅ft of torque. The EPA fuel economy for this engine is 19/26 mpg for manual 2WD, 20/26 mpg for automatic 2WD and 19/24 mpg for 4WD.
The 2.8-liter engine is an inexpensive upgrade that produces 186 horsepower (hp) at 3,400 revolutions per minute (rpm) and 369 pound⋅feet (lb⋅ft) of torque. The EPA fuel economy is 22 mpg in the city and 30 on the highway for 2WD and 20/28 mpg for 4WD. The ZR2 version of the Colorado gets 19/22 mpg with this engine.
The 3.6-liter engine produces 308 hp at 6,800 rpm and 275 lb⋅ft of torque. The EPA fuel economy is 18/25 mpg for 2WD, 17/24 mpg for 4WD and 16/18 mpg for the ZR2.
The LT trim with a 3.6-liter engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission provides the best street performance. This configuration takes the 2018 Colorado from 0 to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds and finishes a standing quarter mile in 14.8 seconds at 95 mph. It corners at 0.75 g and stops from 60 mph in 183 feet.
The maximum towing capacity for the 2018 Colorado is 6,700 lbs. for the 2.5-liter engine, 7,000 lbs. for the 2.8 liter engine and 7,700 lbs. for the 3.6-liter engine. These figures assume the truck has the optional Trailering Package. All versions of the Colorado have trailer-sway control, which applies the brakes for both the truck and trailer if the trailer begins swaying excessively.
The trim levels for the 2018 Colorado include the Base, Work Truck (WT), LT, Z71 and ZR2. The Base and WT are basic trims, the LT is the mid-level trim and the Z71 is the top trim. The ZR2 is an off-road performance trim. The standard exterior colors for all trims include the following:
• Cajun Red Tintcoat
• Deepwood Green Metallic
• Graphite Metallic
• Kinetic Blue Metallic
• Red Hot
• Satin Steel Metallic
• Silver Ice Metallic
• Summit White
Chevrolet also introduced the Midnight Edition package for the Colorado in 2016. The exterior color for this package is solid black, including the trim and badging. The standard 16-inch wheels are also replaced with 17-inch wheels on the Midnight Edition package.
Standard equipment on the Base trim includes a 2.5-liter EcoTec I4 gasoline engine with a six-speed manual transmission. This trim also comes with sixteen-inch steel wheels, vinyl upholstery, carpeted floors, chrome grille and AM/FM radio with six speakers. The remote control locks and unlocks the doors, and also has a panic button. This trim is only available as an extended cab.
The WT trim has the same standard equipment as the Base trim except as otherwise noted. The engine is a 3.6-liter V6 gasoline engine with a six-speed automatic transmission, the wheels are aluminum alloy, and it has cloth upholstery. Additional standard equipment for the WT trim includes a MyLink radio with a seven-inch color touch screen, remote keyless entry and color-keyed door mirrors. This trim is available as an extended or crew cab.
The LT trim has the same standard equipment as the WT trim except as otherwise noted. The standard engine is a 3.6-liter V6 gasoline engine with a six-speed automatic transmission, with an option for a 2.8-liter I4 turbo diesel engine. The wheels have a diameter of 17 inches, and the eight-inch touchscreen adds GPS navigation. The LT trim also adds infotainment options such as Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth streaming.
Additional standard equipment for the LT trim includes the following:
• Seven-speaker Bose sound system
• Power-adjustable exterior mirrors
• Leather-wrapped steering whee
• Rear-view backup camera
• Chrome exterior
The Multimatic shocks increase the Colorado’s cornering ability, especially while braking. The Z72 trim also includes off-road tires that are two inches taller and 3.5 inches wider than the standard tires. The wheel arches on the Z72 are two inches higher to accommodate the larger tires. A bed-mounted spare-tire is also available as an accessory. Additional upgrades on the Z72 include upholstery with leather trim and a rear bed-mounted light bar.
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What's New for 2018
Chevrolet is celebrating its 100th year with an Anniversary Edition of the 2018 Colorado. The exterior colors of this version are exclusive to this version and include Centennial Blue, Kinetic Blue, and Satin Steel Gray Metallic. The grille and rear bumper of the Anniversary Edition match the exterior color. This version also has 18-inch wheels and chrome accents on the door handles and outside mirrors. Heritage graphics and a spray-in bedliner with a “100th” logo complete the look for this version.
New exterior features for all versions of the 2018 Colorado include heated mirrors and an Active Tow system that allows you to align the truck when reversing to hook up a trailer. Active tow is a standard feature on models with diesel or six-cylinder gasoline engines, but it isn’t available for the four-cylinder gasoline engine. The interior changes for this year include options for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration and an upgrade to an eight-inch infotainment screen. Apple CarPlay allows the radio to act as a display and controller for all iPhone5s and later with at least iOS 7.1.
Kelly Blue Book reports that the Chevrolet Colorado and its counterpart, the GMC Canyon are the only mid-size trucks with a diesel engine. The 2.8-liter Duramax engine delivers excellent power with enough low-end rumble to remind you that you have a diesel engine. It combines a first-rate driving experience with excellent fuel economy. The Smart diesel exhaust brake on the Colorado also improves control while reducing brake wear.
The V-6 gasoline engine with its 8-speed automatic transmission is equally satisfying, with its smooth, refined acceleration. The 2018 Colorado is easily maneuverable through city streets and parking lots, and the ZR2 allows you to run on unpaved back roads with rocks and rough surfaces.
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