The midsize pickup segment is becoming increasingly crowded and competitive as this type of truck continues to gain popularity with American buyers. The Colorado was already one of the standout models in the segment, but it’s tempting offer becomes even more tempting this year with refreshed front and rear styling, an enhanced ZR2 variant, and the addition of a new Custom Special Edition and a Bison off-road package
Smaller trucks often have much more compact model ranges than full-size pickups, but the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado offers buyers a lot more choice than the average midsize pickup. There are four main trim levels to choose between but that’s only the start of the story when it comes to specifying your new 2021 Colorado.
The four trim levels are the WT, LT, Z71 and the top-of-the-range ZR2. The first three trim levels are available in rear or all-wheel-drive formats but the range-topping ZR2 is standard all-wheel-drive. On top of that there are extended cab and crew cab body styles and long and short boxes to choose from, and all that is before we even get to powertrains and the options list.
Once again, it’s common for midsize truck rivals to adopt a take-it-or-leave-it approach to powertrains, but Chevy is spoiling midsize truck buyers with a choice of three different engines for the Colorado. The first of the three is a 2.5-liter inline-four that puts out 200 horsepower and 191 lb.-ft. of torque, the next is a 3.6-liter V-6 boasting 308 horsepower and 275 lb.-ft. of torque, and the third is a 2.8-liter, four-cylinder, turbodiesel engine producing 181 horsepower and a massive 369 lb.-ft. of torque. Depending on the engine chosen, the Colorado comes with either a six-speed or an eight-speed automatic transmission.
If you want the best towing capability the Colorado has to offer then the turbodiesel is the way to go with its maximum tow rating of 7,700 pounds, and the diesel is also the best for fuel efficiency with up to 30 mpg on the highway. The 3.6-liter V-6 is probably the most popular option and it’s still very capable with a maximum tow rating of 7,000 pounds.
Once you’ve chosen the trim level, cab, bed, drivetrain and engine that’s right for your needs there are plenty more ways to tailor the Colorado to meet your specific requirements and your taste. However, even before you raid the options list you’ll be impressed with the standard features of the 2021 Chevy Colorado at every level.
The base WT model is the work truck of the 2021 lineup but it still comes with far more than just the very basics as it gets you vinyl seats, a four-way powered driver’s seat, air conditioning, 17-inch steel wheels, a rear vision camera and a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
Most retail buyers will probably start at LT level that adds the likes of a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen, keyless entry, alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 6-way power driver’s seat, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and Chevrolet Connected Access capability, cruise control and rear USB charging points.
If you keep going up the trim levels you can have just about every feature you could want in a truck, and several appearance packages can help turn your Colorado into something really special.
If you’re looking for a vehicle that can pretty much excel in every situation and you don’t need full-size truck towing capability or minivan seating capacity, the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado is a standout choice in today’s market. The Colorado can be a go-anywhere, do-anything vehicle ready to handle any conditions, but it can also be a cool-looking daily commuter or just a fabulous plaything.
Come and try the 2021 Colorado is for yourself today with a test drive from GR Chevrolet at our friendly dealership located at 930 Fairystone Park Highway, Stanleytown, VA.