|181 - 275||Horsepower (HP)||181 - 275|
|191 - 369||Torque (lb-ft)||191 - 369|
|Available||Flow-Through Front Fascia||Not Available|
The Chevy Colorado is the perfect pickup for when you want all the benefits of a truck, but you don't need the sheer size of the Silverado. Not everyone needs that kind of towing capacity or payload potential. Instead, you may be looking for a truck that delivers quality fuel economy while still having the strength and toughness to haul a boat to the lake or hitch up a trailer for moving. When that is the kind of truck you're interested in, there isn't anything else like the Chevy Colorado. In fact, while both Ford and Ram were sleeping at the wheel and not even offering a vehicle in this segment (Ram still doesn't), Chevy maintained and continued with the Colorado. But with the 2021 model right around the corner, which model is right for you? Only you can answer that, but to help, here is what you need to know about the 2021 Chevy Colorado vs 2020 Chevy Colorado.
The 2021 Chevy Colorado is a continuation of the second generation, which started with the 2015 model year (that came out in 2014). We believe that either the 2021 or the 2022 will be the last release before Chevy puts out a new generation release, although we won't have specific confirmation of this for some time. Because it is an updated version of the second generation, the MSRP will not be all that different from the 2020 model.
We do not have an official price point for the different trims, but we do not expect the prices to deviate all that much from what the 2020 Colorado ran. The base MSRP for that pickup started at $21,300, with the top-tier ZR2 starting at $41,400. The engine and transmissions are all the same, which generally represents the largest price increases when there are updates, so with the 2020 and 2021 using the same engines, the prices will be similar.
We are currently waiting on the released performance numbers on the 2021 Chevy Colorado. With a late spring release, we're confident the numbers will come out shortly, especially as the 2021 edition makes its rounds around the auto show circuit. However, the three engines currently available in the 2020 Chevy Colorado are the same engines that will be used in the 2021 model, so performance numbers should not differ all that much. Sometimes, some minor weight adjustments, computer tweaks or frame alterations can have small impacts on these numbers, but we're not expecting much in the way of this, so horsepower, torque, and towing should be relatively consistent.
The base engine you'll find in the 2021 Chevy Colorado is the 2.5L I4. This engine produces 200 horsepower and 191 lb-ft of torque in the 2020 edition. It also produced 200 horsepower and 191 lb-ft of torque in 2019, which is why we are assuming the numbers will be essentially the same for 2021. With this engine, you will be able to likely tow up to 3,500 pounds and have an estimated fuel economy of 20 miles per gallon in the city and 26 miles per gallon on the highway.
The upgraded unleaded engine will be a 3.6L V6. This engine will produce up to 308 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. With this engine, you will be able to likely tow up to 7,000 pounds and have an estimated fuel economy that gets you about 18 miles per gallon in the city and 25 miles per gallon on the highway.
You will also have a diesel engine option. With a diesel engine, it is all about boosting your torque, towing, and fuel economy. The 2.8L Duramax Turbo-Diesel will likely give you 369 lb-ft of torque and will allow you to tow up to 7,700 pounds. The best part, drivers will have an estimated fuel economy of up to 30 miles per gallon.
The 2021 Chevy Colorado is going to use the same engines as the 2020 editions. This will give it the same (or very similar) numbers regarding fuel economy, towing, max payload, and engine specs. This is normal when considering trucks on generational facelifts and new generation releases. Well, there are several new features to consider, with most of these upgrades coming as aesthetic changes to the Colorado. Realistically, when considering one model over the other, it will come down to which of the tweaks and performance alterations you like the best.
For starters, every trim will receive a new front-end grille design. This will make it easier to instantly identify the different trims from one another. Most of these changes are designed to match the recent updates implemented on the Silverado. This includes switching from the bowtie logo to "Chevrolet" stamped across the grille as well as the tailgate. Different trims will have varying bowtie colors, which are then off-centered on the front of the grille. This is most apparent on the WT, LT, and Z71 trims. Both the WT and LT will showcase a gold bowtie logo while the Z71 will embrace a black logo.
There are several new colors to choose from, including Sand Dune Metallic, this is almost a silver meets champagne color. In order to select this particular color, you will need to purchase either the Z71 or the ZR2 trims.
Realistically? No, there won't be anything significantly new. There will likely be some very minor style tweaks, but to the untrained eye, it probably won't look all that different. The current 2020 Chevy Colorado runs the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system, provides available wireless charging, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, plus a touchscreen that supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. We don't envision these features to change, although some of the upper-tier trims might have a different leather color option to choose from.
Some of the available options may be different on the trims. Often what came as an exclusive feature for an upper-tier trim will be made available on a lower-tier trim the following model year. So while features like Wi-Fi and satellite radio are available on all trims, it is possible some updates like wireless charging might be offered on lower trims with the 2021 model.
Most of the more substantial upgrades occur on the ZR2 trim. This particular model will receive a brand new front end, which, in turn, boosts visibility for the driver. The model will include Multimatic DSSV position-sensitive dampers (which is a segment-exclusive), plus standard rear and front electronic locking differentials. This way, it is easier to keep either the front or rear wheels locked without grinding on gears within the differentials. Thanks to this, you'll have less wear and tear (and if you've ever looked at the residue following a differential oil change, you know this can be substantial).
The ZR2 will come with a 3.5-inch wider stance, which gives you better stability and a more aggressive-looking pickup. The added 2-inch suspension lift gives you added height over the other models. On top of all this, the ZR2 trim comes with standard red tow hooks installed on the front, off-road rocker protection, Autotrac transfer case, skid plates to protect the underbelly of your truck, and cast-iron control arms.
These are minor tweaks made on the current version of the ZR2. Some of these features are similar to what you will receive with the 2020 edition, so you'll need to look over the two and decide whether you want the updated grille and front fascia or if you'd rather go with the current look.