The Chevrolet Colorado has served as Chevy's mid-size lineup of pickup trucks and has been in production since 2003 (taking over for the then Chevrolet S-10, which itself took over for the smaller Chevrolet LUV). The current release of the Colorado is designed for those individuals who want the power of a full-size pickup but don't necessarily want something as large as a Silverado. If that sounds like you the 2020 Chevy Colorado may just be the right model build. You just need to decide which trim checks off all your boxes.
The beauty of buying a pickup is there are near limitless design looks and trim options. You can opt for a two-wheel drive, two-door with an extended truck bed, or you can go for the full quad-cab design with a shorter bed and more legroom inside. It's one of the great design features of a pickup. There are dozens of customizable options. With that said, there are simply a handful of individual trims. This way, you can settle on the trim you like and then customize it further from there.
The base 2020 Chevy Colorado comes with a starting MSRP of $21,300 (when looking on the official Chevrolet website, you'll find you first decide on the body configuration and then move on from there). In terms of the MSRP, the least expensive option will always be the extended cab and long box. Extended cab means it is a two-door design, but there can be a second row of seating behind the main seat, while long box means a long truck bed (and the short box is a short truck bed). A crew cab is a full four-door design. Additionally, if you select four-wheel-drive, the truck will have a higher MSRP as well.
The first trim is the Colorado WT. The entry-level WT comes with an MSRP of $24,800 (again, this depends on the cab, truck bed, and drivetrain options selected). The next trim up is the LT. The least expensive LT configuration has an MSRP of $27,700.
The two top trims include the Z71 and the ZR2. The Z71 has an entry-level MSRP of $33,900, while the ZR2 starts with an MSRP of $41,400.
There are several engine options available on the 2020 Chevy Colorado. Most of the trims come with an upgrade option outside of the base. The base pickup uses a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission. This particular engine provides 200 horsepower and 191 lb-ft of torque. The WT comes with the same base engine, although you can upgrade to a larger 3.6L V6 engine with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The larger engine provides 308 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. Having more speeds in the automatic transmission does help with regards to towing as it raises the upshift to offer more power while accelerating while it also raises the downshift points to help slow the truck down (instead of just braking, which can cause fishtailing).
The LT trim comes with three engine options. This includes the mentioned 2.5L 4-cylinder and the 3.6L V6 in addition to the 2.8L Duramax Turbo-Diesel 4-cylinder engine. The diesel engine will put out 181 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque.
As for the Z71, the pickup only comes with a 3.6L V6 engine and 8-speed automatic transmission, so if you're interested in this trim model, you'll likely need to go with this engine configuration.
The ZR2 comes with either the 3.6L V6 or the 2.8L Duramax Turbo-Diesel 4-cylinder engine.
As you can imagine, with all the different engine designs, transmission types, drivetrain options, and design configurations, there are several fuel economy numbers to consider. The most accurate fuel economy numbers will come directly from the truck you're looking at on the lot. The MPG numbers printed on the one-sheet of the truck will show you specifics for the base, bed size, and all the other variables in question.
However, it is still a good idea to know what kind of fuel economy each engine type can potentially offer you. This way, you'll have a better idea of what to expect.
With the 2.5L engine, you can expect to net around 20 miles per gallon in the city and 26 MPG on the highway. These numbers drop to 19 MPG in the city and 24 MPG on the highway when you go from 2WD to 4WD.
If you decide to spring for the 3.6L V6, the 2WD option will max out at 18 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway. The 4WD design also takes a slight dip, but not by much, lowering to 17 MPG in the city and 24 MPG on the highway. As for the diesel engine, you'll end up with around 20 MPG in the city and 30 MPG on the highway.
If you're interested in a pickup, you probably like the idea of being able to load up a trailer and hitching it to the rear of the truck. The 2.5L engine on the base models of the pick will let you tow up to 3,500 pounds. Should you upgrade to the larger V6 engine, you will boost the towing potential to 7,000 pounds. With the fuel economy is not all that different between the V6 and 4-cylinder, the extra money for the larger engine will pay off when it comes to towing potential.
For maximum towing, you'll want to spring for the Turbo-Diesel engine. This engine, which also has the best fuel economy of all the truck engines, boosts the towing to 7,700 pounds.
When it comes to selecting a truck, you should always consider the safety features. Whether for work or an everyday driver, for a large family or you and the dog, safety is always important.
On the base model the 2020 Chevy Colorado comes with a driver, front head, front side, passenger, and rear head airbags, plus 4-wheel ABS and 4-wheel disc brakes. It also comes standard with electronic stability control, traction control, and daytime running lights.
The WT trim comes with all the same features, but you do have the option to include front tow hooks on the pickup. The same is true with the LT, only in addition to optional front tow hooks you can also go for optional lane departure warning.
With the Z71, the front tow hooks come standard (as well as the standard features on the other pickups), but lane departure warning is still optional. This is true with the ZR2 as well.
The entertainment features of the 2020 Chevy Colorado expand as you upgrade with your trims. With the base 2020 Colorado, the pickup comes standard with AM/FM stereo, an AUX connection for plugging in any external audio device with a 3.5mm headphone jack, a 7-inch Infotainment 3 system, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The WT trim includes the same base features only this entertainment system has optional WiFi hotspot. It is well worth the money to add in the WiFi hotspot (data plan required) as it really can be a lifesaver when you need to call someone due to bad conditions or need to check something online while you're parked and you don't have any service in the area. It's also great as the kids can watch their favorite programs on tablets, computers, or smartphones, which will help make your drive at least a bit more relaxing.
The LT package adds several new features. WiFi hotspot is now standard (although you do still need a data plan), plus HD radio for improved audio quality when using the radio. You can also add an optional premium sound system and navigation system.
The Z71 comes with these features (premium sound system and navigation system remains optional) plus a built-in MP3 player and satellite radio. These are the same features on the ZR2, so if you want a premium Bose sound system and built-in navigational system, you'll need to add these features with an upgradable entertainment package when selecting your pickup.