2016 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab SWB Z71
3.6L V6 302 HP with 6 Speed Automatic Transmission
Red Hot with Jet Black / Grey cloth insert interior
Although at the launch of the Colorado we had reservations about a compact/mid size pick up from Chevrolet. Full size pick ups make a compelling "macho" statement. While their size is often overwhelming in an urban environment, even with all the cameras.
They are big...
The Colorado removes the emphasis from big. Its similar to pick ups from a generation ago. Agreed considered small by current full size pick ups. It fills a void in the "urban" pick up segment.
In an urban setting its right sized, pleasant to use, while making a reserved statement, with discreet street presence.
The styling is let's call it pick up attractive, and the red of our tester made a strong statement.
The interior is refreshing from the perspective its a pick up that is not trying to emulate a luxury car. The fit and finish is very good, the cloth inserts on the seats are distinctive. We appreciated the interior styling, choice of materials, and the "pick up" message the interior sends. Yes...you can get a full leather interior if you absolutely need to emulate a luxury car.
As you would expect all the features are present from a good Bose sound system, navigation, satellite radio, obvious power windows, locks, back up camera which is surprisingly very accurate, opening rear glass, lockable tailgate which is cool. Lets not forget the 4G WiFi.
Rear seat leg room is very good, and obvious better than most mid sized sedan.
You can configure your own Colorado...here.
How does it drive?
Compared to a full size pick up its a "sports car", with better manoeuvrability which inspires you to be a bit more spirited. Good on center feel of the steering, strong brakes which you always expect in an unloaded truck, and agile acceleration especially at full throttle, the V6 has an authoritative growl, with a well calibrated transmission.
This tester had the Z71 option with a 2 speed transfer case which from our perspective is essential in any 4 wheel drive pick up, as well as a rear auto locking differential to increase the versatility. The off road suspension ads a level of stiffness which is a personal choice. It also includes an old fashioned skid plate under the transfer case.
Probably for the sake of fuel economy bragging rights part throttle operation is sluggish, you can sense that its due to software coding and algorithms.
Yes...a pick up is always useful, there is always a bunch of stuff that you can suddenly do and/or carry.
If you are considering a pick up, and the full size version is simply too big. Or if you are considering a "utility" vehicle, and are concerned that it will put you in the "me too" category. The Colorado works well as a pick up, and a cool utility vehicle with a frame, 2 speed transfer case, 4 doors, and a bed to haul all sorts of stuff.
Strada Talking Points
- Right sized for an urban truck.
- Appropriate pick up interior.
- All the features you expect including a 2 speed transfer case.
- Pleasant styling.
- Good level of power from the V6.
The quick review