2016 Chevrolet Colorado: The Midsized Truck You Want
When it came back on the market the Chevrolet Colorado did not offer a diesel engine at all but now it does. For this new model year the Colorado not only ups the selections with the diesel but also increases the towing to 7,700 pounds and brings in even better fuel mileage. All this might be a bit boring so the Colorado also adds the Apple CarPlay, a new off road package known as the “Trail boss” and plenty of great safety and driver assistance features. The Colorado is certainly not a boring midsized truck you have to settle for but a great workhorse that gives you good fuel mileage and a lot of awesome features to love and enjoy.
The features you will find as standard offerings on the Colorado include the CornerStep rear bumper, a locking tailgate, cargo box lighting, air conditioning, a 4.2-inch touchscreen audio system with USB connectivity, and power windows. If you move up to the Lt model you gain an eight-inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay, a multicolor information display, better wheels, an upgraded interior trim, three months of Sirius satellite radio, cruise control and OnStar to give the Wi-Fi connectivity that you want to enjoy in this truck.
When you look to the optional equipment you find the Colorado offers you four wheel drive, an extended or crew cab body, standard or long truck beds, a spray on bedliner, fog lights, cross rails, a locking rear differential, forward collision alerts, lane departure warnings heated seats and much more. With many of these amazing features you can certainly see why this truck can be one that you would want to drive because it’s an amazing truck to choose from that offers you some versatility to ensure you have the right one for you.
Last year there were two powertrains, now there are three for the Colorado. The base engine is what you want if you have to make long commutes on a daily basis for its fuel mileage. This engine is a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine that offers up 200 horsepower and 191 lb.-ft. of torque. This is attached to either of the six speed manual or automatic transmissions. This brings in a fuel mileage of 19 city/26 hwy mpg for the manual, 20 city/27 hwy mpg for the automatic in 2WD and 19 city/25 hwy mpg for the 4WD model.
Next up is the 3.6-liter V6 engine that offers up 305 horsepower and 269 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine is only attached to the automatic transmission and gives you fuel mileage of 18 city/26 hwy mpg for the 2WD and 17 city/24 hwy mpg for the 4WD version. The final engine is the 2.8-liter turbodiesel Duramax inline four-cylinder engine. This gives you 181 horsepower and 369 lb.-ft. of torque. This torque allows for a towing capacity of 7,700 pounds giving you the best workhorse in the lineup if that is what you need from this awesome midsized truck.
For the most part midsized trucks offer a cabin that is very truck like which typically means loud and rough. The Colorado takes a different path by being attractive, quiet and comfortable to make it easy for you to enjoy a great ride. The controls inside this truck are easy to use and recognizable to be similar to the ones you have enjoyed in your sedan, making it easy to step inside and drive without having to learn a whole new system. The infotainment is upgraded and modern to offer you some of the best technology you can have on a great vehicle.
On the outside the Colorado is a rugged and attractive truck that appears to be the muscle bound but smaller sibling that is ready to go. Overall the look is bold but also has some softened lines that make the truck look more inviting and less of one that has to be used only for work. This makes for a blend of appearances and looks to show us a truck that everyone can love and enjoy and when you see LED lighting and beautifully sculpted shaping the Colorado shows off as a special truck that is certainly the right choice for many of us to really appreciate and enjoy.
When you look to pricing you see the Colorado at the base price begins just under $21,000. Moving up to the model that most will want to live with the Work Truck version starts at $23,000 or heading even farther to the LT the price is $26,500. If you add all the bells and whistles you can easily find a 4WD long bed Z71 Crew Cab model with the new Duramax diesel engine that will cost you over $45,000. The diesel engine can be had for as little as $30,000 and with this range of prices and body builds you can have the truck you want for the price you can afford.
Driving this truck is much more for you than just a truck that will handle some work, but be a great choice when you want a truck as your daily driving machine as well. The cabin is quiet, the ride is smooth and the feel is exquisite to give you the feeling you are driving something easier to drive than a truck. No matter what you need for a truck is, this is a great truck to choose for good towing, a great drive and decent fuel mileage.
For this year the change is not only the Duramax diesel engine but also the Apple CarPlay. This is certainly a truck that is designed for those who need to do some towing and hauling, but not every day. This truck is easier to park and feels great in a city where its maneuverability makes sense. Not matter what you needs are, when you want a midsized truck to take care of the needs you have, this truck is the right one to choose to have the drive, equipment, feel and capability you want to enjoy.