T he world needs more small trucks. They’re easier to park and maneuver and cost less to feed than full-sized behemoths, like the Chevrolet Silverado, Ford F-150, and Ram 1500. But then the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon twins came along with the first modern compact truck redesign in many years. GM had Rocky Mountain high hopes for this truck, and sales have been strong.
Alerts
There is 1 recall on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
NA
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. ESC standard from 2009. Head protection air bags standard from 2010.
Road Test

The world needs more small trucks. They’re easier to park and maneuver and cost less to feed than full-sized behemoths, like the Chevrolet Silverado, Ford F-150, and Ram 1500. But then the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon twins came along with the first modern compact truck redesign in many years.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
extended cab
crew cab
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 (200 hp)
  • 2.8-liter 4 turbodiesel (181 hp)
  • 3.6-liter V6 (308 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2018 Chevrolet Colorado owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"The rough shifting is associated with the torque converter issue discussed previously."

Richard P., NC (2018 Chevrolet Colorado WT 3.6-L V6)

"Rough shifting and shifting at odd times. Sometimes hangs up in lower gear and engine hi-revs. Sometimes lurches when stopping and at initial acceleration. My guess is that adjustment of transmission pressures will help but have not taken in to dealer as yet."

Brad S., CA (2018 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 3.6-L V6)

"As is a known problem with the CHEVROLET Colorado's 8-speed transmission, I experience extremely hard downshifts during the first time I come to a complete stop after the vehicle is started. It often feels like the vehicle just got rear ended. The dealership has told me that it is a normal operating characteristic of the vehicle."

Jonathan B., IA (2018 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 3.6-L V6)

"Rough shifting into neutral when coming to a stop."

Anonymous, GA (2018 Chevrolet Colorado LT 3.6-L V6)

"The rough shifting has happened only once that I recall and has not been an issue in the past 8,000 miles."

Anonymous, NC (2018 Chevrolet Colorado LT 3.6-L V6)

"There was a problem with the 8 speed automatic transmission, that GM said was caused by the fluid that was originally used. The original fluid was hygroscopic and a new fluid was developed. The transmission was flushed and refilled with the new and improved fluid. I am cautiously testing this “fix” for the next few hundred miles. The symptoms were a shudder/vibration at certain speeds that is covered in GM Bulletin #16-NA-175."

Anonymous, IL (2018 Chevrolet Colorado LT 3.6-L V6)

"At 2000 miles developed a torque converter vibration,was repaired wit a fluid flush,shortly after that developed a very rough shift when cold,dealer has not been able to repair problem contacted gm and they were no help at all and no support"

Anonymous, NY (2018 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 3.6-L V6)

"TSB-Chevrolet changed the transmission fluid to a different type."

Anonymous, (2018 Chevrolet Colorado LT 3.6-L V6)

"Apparently these have had a shutter in the transmission which a fluid change helped a little. But still have some issues"

Anonymous, TN (2018 Chevrolet Colorado LT 3.6-L V6)

"When cold, the upshift thru lower gears is rough."

Anonymous, NC (2018 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 3.6-L V6)
Slipping transmission

"Was slipping when at certain speeds. Corrected by dealer changing the transmission fluid"

Anonymous, NY (2018 Chevrolet Colorado WT 3.6-L V6)

"After about 12 month the transmission started slipping a bit around the 55mph +-5 mph. It started getting worse around the 14 month range and I finally contacted CHEVROLET at the 18 months. CHEVROLET was aware of the potential problem but did not considered it necessary to do a Recall on the trucks. The dealer changed the Transmission fluid because CHEVROLET said that the original was hydroscopic and absorbed water from atmosphere. New fluid eliminated the problem. CHEVROLET said that if it ever came back then the torque Converter will be changed. There was no cost to me for the process."

Anonymous, PR (2018 Chevrolet Colorado WT 3.6-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"The lines from transmission to cooler leaked. As there is no sensor for fluid level, and no dipstick, I didn't realize it until the transmission stopped working -- 1000 miles from home, of course -- although it apparently was not damaged. As this problem is not common, parts had to be shipped from Michigan to California. Later, a transmission seal was found to be leaking."

Brian S., WA (2018 Chevrolet Colorado LT 2.8-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"The lines to the transmission cooler leaked when the vehicle was new, although I didn't realize it at the time. Since that was repaired, every time I have the oil changed I have them check for a new leak, and every time they find one. Four different seals or gaskets have been replaced so far, and it might have another leak now."

Anonymous, WA (2018 Chevrolet Colorado LT 2.8-L 4 Cyl diesel)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"The truck began making noises at certain speeds and when shifting gears. Although not an official recall, Chevrolet acknowledged that they were having to replace faulty torque converters on a number of 2018 Colorado trucks."

Anonymous, SC (2018 Chevrolet Colorado WT 3.6-L V6)

"There is a severe shudder when under slight load. This is a known problem, and CHEVROLET feels that it can be fixed by changing the transmission fluid. I have had 2 transfusions of fluid in the vehicle (each requiring a full day), and it is not yet fixed."

Richard P., NC (2018 Chevrolet Colorado WT 3.6-L V6)

"Transmission would shudder between 40-45 mph"

Anonymous, NC (2018 Chevrolet Colorado LT 3.6-L V6)

"Widespread problem referred to as transmission shuddering by GM. The problem occurred with my truck at only 1400 miles. Current fix is a thorough transmission flush and refill with improved transmission fluid. I just got my truck back this very day, but cannot confirm that the latest TSB prescribed fix has worked. The transmission ECM was also re-flashed, hence has to learn all over again."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Chevrolet Colorado LT 3.6-L V6)

"Truck had vibration under mild acceleration between 40-60mph. Dealer replaced the convertor and the problem went away."

Anonymous, MI (2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 3.6-L V6)

"Noticed slight vibration during first 5,000 miles that was unbearable at 6,000 miles. The vibration was like running over rumble strips. Took it to the dealer and they replaced the torque converter. No problems since."

Anonymous, NC (2018 Chevrolet Colorado LT 3.6-L V6)

"Torque converter cause strong vibration. It was replaced and same problem occurred. This time they put a different fluid in to it and it is OK now."

Anonymous, MA (2018 Chevrolet Colorado LT 3.6-L V6)

"I was told vibration was caused by the torque converter and that the fluid flush and by using a different fluid would correct the problem,it did take care of the vibration but now have a very hard shut of slipping problem when cold"

Anonymous, NY (2018 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 3.6-L V6)

"It shifted up and down randomly. The dealer fixed it. It was still under warranty."

Anonymous, MO (2018 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 3.6-L V6)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission went out. Had to be replaced"

Anonymous, (2018 Chevrolet Colorado Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"Small door drivers side began rattling at 7000. Amount of squeaking is directly related to roughness of road. Speed not a factor. Annoying."

John J., FL (2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 3.6-L V6)

"My truck developed a rattling sound, in the cabin. The truck was kept by the dealership for almost a month. It turned out to be a loose bolt on the cabin air fan housing. The rattling was caused by the washer, on the bolt, rattling when the vehicle hit even the smallest bump. The dealer had to remove the entire dashboard, all the way down the firewall, to diagnose the issue. Come on GM!"

Anonymous, KY (2018 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 2.8-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Some minor rattling coming from somewhere in the dashboard."

Anonymous, NC (2018 Chevrolet Colorado LT 3.6-L V6)

"Front end suspension. Wrong size bolt was used."

Anonymous, (2018 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 3.6-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Shocks or struts

"multimatic shock failed"

Anonymous, UT (2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 3.6-L V6)

"DSSV rear shock replaced twice due to leaking seal"

Anonymous, FL (2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 3.6-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Steering was binding,took it to the dealership &they replaced the steering rack"

Anonymous, BC (2018 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 3.6-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveline vibration

"It had a bad torque converter repaired under warrantee"

Carl S., CT (2018 Chevrolet Colorado 3.6-L V6)

"Had to replace toquore converter under warrenty"

Thomas B., SC (2018 Chevrolet Colorado LT 3.6-L V6)
Stability control (ESC)

"Jerry's Chevrolet of Baltimore could not find problem. They tried to imply that an after-market installation (Remote Start) was causing the problem. I have driven 3,000 miles since them and the problem has not reoccurred, Remote Start has not been removed."

Franklin B., MD (2018 Chevrolet Colorado 3.6-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"The USB port malfunctioned."

Anonymous, SC (2018 Chevrolet Colorado WT 3.6-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Apparently this system needs to be synced with my phone. Don't know how to do this."

Thomas S., CA (2018 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 3.6-L V6)
Radio

"Reception very bad. Can hardly receive local FM channels in this area."

Anonymous, IA (2018 Chevrolet Colorado LT 3.6-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Body control module

"Alarm goes off when cornering a tight turn and hash lines don’t always come up in back up screen when backing up without taking it out of reverse and putting it back in."

Anonymous, MA (2018 Chevrolet Colorado WT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"check engine light kept appearing on the dash"

Anonymous, NY (2018 Chevrolet Colorado Base 3.6-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"During last winter, when temperatures were approximately 15F, the DEF tank heater failed to produce enough heat and the DEF fluid froze in the tank. The tank, heater, and DEF injector line had to be replaced.... after only 500 miles on the new vehicle!!"

Anonymous, KY (2018 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 2.8-L 4 Cyl diesel)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Turbo or supercharger

"Been at dealer now going on three months and no turbo available from GM"

John D., PA (2018 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 2.8-L 4 Cyl diesel)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Airbags went off wildly mildly off-roading. Took it to dealer, CHEVROLET fixed it and issued a recall shortly after. Took about 6 weeks until we got the truck back."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 2.8-L 4 Cyl diesel)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"We have had the Colorado serviced by the dealer and Goodyear for oil leaks but the truck still leaks oil."

Anonymous, SC (2018 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

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