The 2016 Chevy Colorado seemed to have jumped back in the saddle. Even though the Colorado is not as beastly as a full sized pickup, the small midsizer is really gunning for truck enthusiasts, who are seeking roominess, full sized towing and hauling capabilities, under-the-hood growl, and all for a lower sticker price.
The attractive, heavy-hitting workhorse looks progressively rugged, and sports the Chevy corporate grille and headlights. You can definitely see a resemblance to its Chevy family line-up of vehicles. Aesthetically, the pickup is not excessively chromed, no over-the-top flashy slap-ons here, just nice angular lines, sporty/athletic design cues.
The Colorado is offered in two- and four-seat extended-cab and five-seat crew cab body styles. There are two bed lengths and four trim levels. No matter what cab, the Colorado’s interior really does feel full sized. It is simple but appealing, nothing is overdone and the fit and finish is pretty neat. The grade of plastics used is a definite step up from what was in place previously. The seating is comfortable, natural feeling and accommodating for even large frames. Head and legroom are great for those north of six feet, front and back (more than 3-inches have been added to the front and rear areas). The controls are well placed and a real cinch to operate (nice big toggle switches, easy to grab and identify). And on the tech front, the Colorado features a standard, easy-to-read 4.2-inch LCD infotainment screen, or 8-inch touch-screen interface system. The turn-by-turn navigation system, voice command and Bluetooth will thankfully, not result in a hair-yanking session when you get them going. The Colorado is also the first midsized truck to offer 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity for up to seven devices (pretty cool selling feature). Other great additions are the optional EZ-Lift tailgate (no crash down) and driver-side convex “spotter” mirror for improved visibility. The pickup also has more than enough storage nooks.
The Colorado is offered in a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder that cranks out 200 horses and 191 lb-ft of torque with a towing capability of up to 3,500 pounds. The 3.6-liter V6 provides a not too shabby towing capacity of up to 7,000 pounds. The not-as-thirsty-at-the-pumps Duramax 2.8-liter Turbo-diesel (31 mph/hwy) that is the only diesel option available in its segment is a 2.8-liter (there is also a 2.5-liter version with 150 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque) inline four-cylinder that kicks out 181 horsepower, has 369 lb-ft of torque and can tow up to 7,700 pounds.
Driving the Colorado (V6) inspires confidence; the handling is very maneuverable, almost carlike. No cabin shivers complaints, as the Colorado’s ride is balanced, well tempered over road thumps. The truck is also impressively nimble, responsive and quick enough when it bolts out the gate. Another plus is the Colorado’s electronic power steering (standard), which is weighted well, and this feature, really adds to the feel of being connected to the road. The pickup never feels as if it’s wandering.
On the safety front, standard features on the Colorado include antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, trailer sway control, front seat side impact airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and a rearview camera. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), crash-tested the midsized truck and it earned an overall rating of four out of five stars, with four stars for overall frontal-impact protection and a full five stars for side-impact safety.
Overall, the 2016 Chevy Colorado is remarkably civilized for running everyday errands and badass enough for those, whose work is measured in sweat and calloused hands. The solid pickup with carlike comfort, noteworthy ride compliance, and the chops to handle towing and hauling jobs with ease is definitely setting a new benchmark in versatile transportation.
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