The 2018 Chevrolet Colorado, General Motors’ top-selling midsize pickup truck, is offered with three engine choices and in several trims and options packages.
The Colorado ZR2 is a 4×4-oriented off-roader with appearance and performance touches to convey a sense of the outback. Other Colorado models equipped with the optional 2.8-liter diesel engine can tow a class-leading 7,700 pounds. The Colorado has been updated with new engines, trims and color choices since first going on sale in the 2015 model year but has not had a complete redesign since then.
• The 2018 Colorado base model starts at $20,995 including destination and freight charges.
• The Colorado with ZR2 trim begins at $42,390 including the destination fee.
• The 2017 Colorado had a starting price of $20,995 including the destination fee.
• The 2018 Chevrolet Colorado is offered in Work Truck, LT, Z71 and ZR2 trims.
• Within those trims, there are levels and packages that add options or engine choices.
• The Chevrolet Colorado’s wheelbase ranges from 128.3 inches for models with the Extended and Crew Cabs to 140.5 inches for Crew Cab models with a 6-foot-2-inch bed.
• Lengths for the Colorado range from 212.7 inches for Extended and Crew Cab models to 224.9 inches for models with a Crew Cab and 6-foot-2-inch bed.
• All Colorado models are 74.3 inches wide.
• The Colorado comes standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that is rated at 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque. This engine comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission. A six-speed automatic is optional
• A 3.6-liter V6 is optional and includes 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. This engine comes with a six-speed automatic transmission.
• A 2.8-liter turbodiesel four cylinder is also optional and has 186 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard with this engine.
• Extended cab models with 2WD can tow up to 3,500 pounds with the 2.5-liter four cylinder or 7,000 pounds with the 3.5-liter V6. Models with 4WD are rated the same.
• Both Crew Cab models can tow 3,500 pounds with the 2.5-liter four cylinder; 7,000 pounds with the 3.6-liter V6; or 7,700 with the 2.8-liter diesel. 4WD diesel models are rated at 7,600 pounds towing.
• Colorado trucks with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and 2WD have EPA fuel economy estimates of 20 mpg in city driving, 26 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg combined. 4WD models are rated at 19 mpg city/24 mpg highway/21 mpg combined.
• With the optional 3.6-liter V6 and 2WD, the Colorado is EPA estimated at 18 mpg in the city, 25 mpg in highway driving and 20 mpg combined. 4WD models are rated at 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway/19 mpg combined. ZR2 trims are rated at 16 mpg city/18 mpg highway/17 mpg combined.
• Diesel models with 2WD have an EPA estimated fuel economy of 22 mpg in city driving, 30 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg combined. 4WD models are rated at 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway/23 mpg combined. ZR2 diesel models are rated at 19 mpg city/22 mpg highway/20 mpg combined.
• All Colorado models come standard with Teen Driver Mode, a rearview camera and front/side airbags.
• GM’s OnStar is standard on 2LT models and higher.
• The Colorado’s options list includes a Safety Package, which includes forward-collision alerts and lane-departure warnings.
• A 7-inch touchscreen is standard equipment and includes Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, six-speaker audio and USB input.
• 2LT and higher models come with an 8-inch touchscreen with SiriusXM radio, two USB charging ports, Bluetooth audio and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto.
• Wireless smartphone charging is available on ZR2 trim.
Comfort & Convenience
• Top trims come with power and leather driver and passenger seats, remote start, “EZ-Lift and Lower” tailgate, auto-dimming rear mirror, rear window defogger and automatic climate controls.
• Air conditioning, power windows and door locks and automatic headlights are standard equipment.
• The Colorado can be upgraded with appearance and performance packages. The Shoreline Special Edition Package adds power seats, heated seats, projector headlamps and extra SiriusXM satellite subscription time. The Luxury Package adds chrome appearance touches, power seats, auto-dimming mirrors and automatic climate control.
Editor’s note: All photos courtesy of Chevrolet.