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The Chevrolet Colorado: To Buy or Not to Buy


Here at Daily Driver, we’re drawn to midsize trucks, not only because they are capable and powerful, but also because they’ve fallen behind despite these things. As we root for the midsize underdog, there’s no better midsize truck to review than the Chevy Colorado. 

To Midsize or Full Size That is the Question.

We know that midsize trucks aren’t “the thing” right now, but once upon a time, midsize trucks were taken very seriously for their affordability and capability to do almost as much as a full-size pickup. Trucks like the Nissan Frontier, Toyota Tacoma, and now Chevy Colorado, have given the budget builders and DIYers everything they need wrapped into one vehicle without the excess of their heavier duty siblings.

2020 Chevrolet Colorado - chevrolet.com

2020 Chevrolet Colorado – chevrolet.com  |  Shop 2020 Chevrolet Colorado on Carsforsale.com

Midsize trucks like the Colorado deserve a fighting chance despite the famous saying, “Bigger is better,” because there is something said for getting just what you need and not a cent more. From fuel efficiency to off-road handling, the Colorado gets high praises that even the Silverado can’t compete with.

Here’s why the Chevrolet Colorado should be on your list if you’re a Ron Swanson type on the prowl for a new vehicle.

Meet the Chevrolet Colorado

2020 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 - chevrolet.com
2020 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 - chevrolet.com

MSRP: $21,300+

Fuel Efficiency: 20 city / 26 highway mpg

Drivetrain: 2WD & 4WD options

Horsepower: 200 – 300 hp

Towing Capacity: Up to 7,600 lbs

Trim Levels: Base, Work Truck, LT, Z71, ZR2

Why Choose the Colorado?

There are so many great trucks out there, it can seem overwhelming to pick a truck for your needs. If you’re in the midsize truck market, the Chevy Colorado is a great choice because it offers utility, decent gas mileage, and just enough offroad capability to have a little fun when you’re not working on your next project.

Engines & Fuel Efficiency

2020 Chevrolet Colorado V6 Engine - Carsforsale.com
2020 Chevrolet Colorado 3.6L V6 Engine - carsforsale.com

Buying a Colorado over, say, a Silverado are offers actually more than just a handful of benefits. Not only will you save nearly $10,000+/- on each corresponding trim level compared to a full-sized rival, you’ll also get better fuel efficiency. The Colorado is also the only mid-sized truck in the segment that offers a diesel engine for those that need more power and towing capacity. The Colorado’s engine options, a four-cylinder gasoline, V6 gasoline, or four-cylinder diesel, provide enough pep to get the truck moving quickly from a dead stop.

Handling & Power

2020 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 - chevrolet.com
2020 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 - chevrolet.com

The handling and steering of the Colorado is much tighter than a Silverado, too, because it’s easier to drive a smaller vehicle instead of a honkin’ sized pickup. Notably, the Colorado rides a little smoother, even on unpaved surfaces, too.

All Colorados come standard with sway control which is ideal for drivers who haul and tow frequently. This allows the truck and trailer brakes to work together when excessive swaying happens on the road. Safety first!

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Creature Comforts

2020 Chevrolet Colorado interior - chevrolet.com
2020 Chevrolet Colorado interior - chevrolet.com

If you’re looking for creature comforts, the Colorado offers the basic items you’d expect in a new truck, but also a few extras. Inside the Colorado LT, you’ll find an 8-inch infotainment screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities, and Bluetooth streaming. Pretty standard, but if you decide to add the Luxury package, you’ll get power-adjusted heated seats and a heated steering wheel.

Trims & Upgrades

The Colorado offers an endless list of customizations from trim levels to cab styles. There are two cab styles (extended and crew), two bed lengths and five trim levels to mix and match. It’s recommended to go with the midlevel trim, the LT, and customize from there as you get the most bang for your buck and you still have the opportunity to customize how you see fit.

2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 - chevrolet.com

2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 – chevrolet.com  |  Shop 2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 on Carsforsale.com

Though the LT is the most practical of the trims, we love the ZR2 with the aftermarket Bison package because it gives a whole new meaning to the Colorado’s off-road capabilities. The Bison upgrade makes the Colorado nearly 3.5 inches wider and 2 inches taller than the standard ZR2 which gives it plenty of room for rock crawling. The boron-steel skid plates keep the undercarriage protected while the locking differentials (front and back) make it off-road capable in just about any terrain.

Other upgrades include an EZ-lift tailgate and a remote locking liftgate. Exterior options include an off-road sport bar, black aluminum wheels, illuminated emblems, storage compartments, and various bed liners. The Colorado is what you make it and it can be almost as capable (and less expensive) than a full-size truck if that’s what you need.

Midsize is the Best Size

2020 Chevrolet Colorado 4x4 - chevrolet.com
2020 Chevrolet Colorado 4x4 - chevrolet.com

At the end of the day, we’re not all that convinced that midsize trucks should get the boot. The Chevy Colorado is truly a truck to be reckoned with on or off the pavement. It brings the best of utility, power, and size together in one vehicle that is reasonably priced. It even made Edmund’s 2020 Cheapest New Cars list!

If you’re in the midsize truck market, give the Colorado a fair chance and we think you’ll love it as much as we do!

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Erin Maxson

Erin loves nothing more than a good road trip. To her, getting behind the wheel is one of the biggest adventures you can take because it can lead to anywhere. Alongside her Toyota Tundra, you'll find her co-pilot pup, Rory, and a 1976 Airstream Argosy in tow. Her motto: Life is a scenic road, take your time and enjoy the ride.

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