Chevrolet Colorado

    Looking much like the large Silverado, the redesigned midsized Colorado pickup truck comes only in a crew-cab, short-bed configuration with a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine producing 237- or 310 hp, and an 8-speed automatic transmission. There is a choice of 2- or 4-wheel drive. The truck is clearly focused on off-roading, with three trims offered strictly in 4WD, each with a rising level of capability.
    Chevrolet Colorado Road Test
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    Redesigned 2023 Chevrolet Colorado Doubles Down on Off-Roading

    All versions are crew cab configurations with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine

    Overview

    Chevrolet has redesigned the Colorado pickup truck, focusing on adding modern conveniences, expanding off-road trim levels and capability, and reducing powertrain variations.

    There’s a single body style with this generation: a four-door crew cab with a short bed. An extended cab model with the long bed won’t be offered with the new truck. Also cast aside are V6 and diesel engines, leaving the truck centered on a turbocharged four-cylinder engine available with different horsepower ratings.

    There’s a striking focus on off-roading, perhaps inspired by the attention-grabbing success that competing brands have garnered with their trail-centric trucks and SUVs. There are just two trims among five that are available with two-wheel drive. The others are strictly four-wheel drive, with a range of hardware upgrades to expand their abilities.

    All versions use a new chassis that stretches the wheelbase by 3.1 inches compared to the outgoing short bed crew cab, which is used to shorten the front overhang and improve the truck’s ability to approach steep inclines. Overall length is nearly the same.

    And more importantly, each trim now comes with a comprehensive suite of active safety features, something that was absent on the outgoing truck.

    Production begins at the Wentzville, Mo., plant in the first half of 2023. Pricing and fuel-economy estimates will be available closer to the expected spring on-sale date.

    Here is what we know so far.

    It competes with the Ford Ranger, Jeep Gladiator, Nissan Frontier, and Toyota Tacoma.

    The Colorado looks like a scaled-down version of the Silverado. There’s a much closer visual connection than ever before, and even the various trim levels mirror the Silverado offerings, including the new Trail Boss. The Colorado’s more modern appearance, with complex geometric shapes in the body and around the grille, makes the rival Ford Ranger look dowdy by comparison.

    It rides on a wheelbase that’s 3.1 inches longer than the 2022 Colorado crew cab with the short bed yet preserves the same 213-inch overall length. This enables a shorter front overhang that provides a more aggressive approach angle for off-roading.

    The bed measures 5 feet, 2 inches. Longer items can be handled by positioning the tailgate halfway open. There are eight tie downs, with the ability to add nine more, to help secure cargo. Four stake pockets on the bed rails allow for adding side walls or a ladder rack, helpful for commercial use. There are pockets in the bed to allow 2x6-inch lumber to be used for breaking up the storage space. Options include remote tailgate lock/unlocking, a 110-volt bed outlet, and a spray-on bed liner.

    Impressions There are three distinct chassis configurations, with taller versions for off-road trims that enable more ground clearance and beefier tires: WT and LT trims: 7.9 inches of ground clearance. Z71: 8.9 inches of ground clearance.
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    crew cab Z71 4-cyl 8-speed Automatic
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