2021 Chevrolet Colorado

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2021 Chevrolet Colorado Review

  • Gasoline V6 and diesel four-cylinder engines tow more than rivals
  • Maneuverable size along with well-mannered steering and handling
  • Comfortable ride over most surfaces
  • Simple, easy-to-use cabin controls
  • Front seats can feel confining for larger people
  • Rivals offer more in-cab storage with rear seats folded
  • Low-hanging front airdam limits off-road potential
  • New front-end design and stamped Chevrolet logo across the tailgate
  • The base model has been eliminated from the lineup
  • Changes to standard and optional equipment availability
  • Part of the second Colorado generation introduced in 2015

The Colorado is Chevrolet's midsize pickup and, for the 2021 model year, brings a new look to the streets and trails. Instead of the previous Chevrolet emblem on its rear, it now has the word "Chevrolet" embossed across the tailgate. It also gets a new front-end look with more pronounced styling details for the Colorado's different trim levels.

More substantial changes appear on the Colorado ZR2, the extreme off-road version of the truck. For 2021, the ZR2's new front fascia has a more prominent, wide-open grille that stretches out wider and lower than the previous version. The rest of the 2021 Colorado is pretty much the same. It offers impressive towing and hauling capability and an optional diesel engine, which is rare for a midsize truck.

What's it like to live with?

Edmunds' experts owned and tested a Colorado ZR2 for more than two years and 50,000 miles. Want to know what it was like to head off-road in the ZR2 or how it dealt with the urban jungle? Read our long-term Colorado ZR2 test to learn more. Note that while we tested a 2017 truck, the 2021 Colorado is of the same generation and most of our reporting still applies.

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We like the Colorado a lot. The crew-cab cabin is spacious, and the tech interface is straightforward and effective. Compared to the Honda Ridgeline, Jeep Gladiator and Toyota Tacoma, the Colorado occupies a nice middle ground. It's a well-rounded truck, providing a little bit of something for everyone and compromises very little along the way.
Our 4WD ZR1 test truck had the available 3.6-liter V6 engine. At our test track, 0-60 mph took 7.3 seconds, which is a respectable time for a midsize truck. On inclines, there's no real issue of the transmission hunting for gears, but it is occasionally reluctant to downshift on flat roads. The brakes are predictable and easy to control in routine driving.

Body roll is tamed by the firm suspension tuning, so you can hustle the Colorado along a curvy road with confidence. Thinking about going off-road? The low front airdam limits off-road clearance, but you can remove it in about 30 minutes. Even with a single-mode traction control, the Z71 can cope with wheel lift in rocky terrain because of the standard locking rear differential.
The Colorado offers a better ride quality than many competitors in its class, and it smooths out large bumps and small cracks with equal ease. Climate control and seat adjustability are basic, but drivers used to piloting pickups should be comfortable. The front seats are firm and nicely shaped, but larger drivers might find them a little confining. The rear bench is harder and its backrest is a bit too upright. The heated seats and steering wheel work well and are easy to operate.

The Colorado's cabin lets in a bit of wind, road and engine noise, but nothing close to levels that will cause passengers to raise their voices. The tall gearing of the eight-speed transmission does a lot to keep the engine quiet when cruising.
The Colorado is a high vehicle and steps are optional, so getting in and out might be a reach for some. The front doors open wide, but the rear door openings are narrow, so entry there will be harder. The same problems carry over inside, with a good amount of room in the front seat but limited space in the back, even in the crew cab.

The driving position is high, and there's a commanding view of the road, with a nice range of adjustability in the optional tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. The large pillars, however, hurt outward visibility. When it comes to interior controls, everything is easy to reach, and most controls are well labeled and generously sized.
Chevrolet offers solid in-car technology. The touchscreen interface is rich with features and easy to use, with snappy responses and clear graphics. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard. The optional Bose system is a nice upgrade, but volume doesn't get as high as we'd like. For phones, there are two USB ports and a wireless charging pad up front, available rear charging ports and a 110-volt outlet. Chevy's Wi-Fi hotspot setup is also one of the easier systems to use — it offers a 4G LTE connection and can handle up to seven devices.

Forward collision alert and lane departure warning are optional and a bit sensitive, but they work as advertised. Otherwise, we'd like to see blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control included on the options list since many other competitors offer these features.
The Colorado offers high towing ratings (7,000 pounds with the V6 and 7,700 pounds with the optional diesel) and class-leading payload, and it's the only midsize truck with a built-in trailer brake controller.

Troublingly, though, the bed is relatively narrow with high sides, making it difficult to load. Inside, the rear seats don't fold flat, and there are no clever compartments for larger items. But there are plenty of places for small items, including a cellphone tray next to the USB port, door pockets that are cleverly tiered, and generously sized cupholders. For child seats, the outboard rear seats offer car seat points, but the tether anchors are difficult to access and rear-seat space is limited.
The Chevy's fuel economy is slightly above the segment average, especially with the diesel. A 4WD V6 has an EPA estimate of 19 mpg combined (17 city/24 highway). We handily matched this figure during our mixed-driving test route.
Value for the money is a tough proposition here. The cabin is full of hard plastics and generally cheap-feeling surfaces, but the Colorado seems solidly put together and feels modern enough to beat the Frontier and the Ranger. Then, there's the issue of off-road usability compared to the Tacoma and the lack of practicality and livability compared to the Ridgeline — it seems to fall right in the middle.

Pricing is competitive for the segment with a basic three-year/36,000-mile warranty and an impressive two years of maintenance covered up front. Roadside assistance (with towing) is covered for five years/60,000 miles.
Most Colorados on the road are going to be utilitarian players, offering a very specific set of skills for owners and doing so without really wowing anyone. Sure, the bonkers ZR2 is fun to look at, and it can go bouncing around the rockiest trails without an issue, but most shoppers will opt for less capable, less expensive trim levels. If what you want is a road-duty truck that looks like a truck but isn't as big as a full-size truck, the Colorado is your niche player.

Which Colorado does Edmunds recommend?

Get the midlevel LT trim for a solid all-around truck. You get some appealing features on the LT that don't come on the base Work Truck model, such as cruise control and a remote-locking tailgate. It also grants access to options such as automatic climate control and the upgraded 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. And if you're having trouble choosing from the Colorado's engines, we recommend the upgraded V6. The diesel gives the Colorado an undeniable big-rig vibe, but it's hard to justify considering its substantial price tag.

Chevrolet Colorado models

The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado is a midsize pickup offered in extended-cab and crew-cab body styles. There are two bed lengths (short bed and long bed) and four trim levels available: Work Truck (WT), LT, Z71 and ZR2. The WT includes many of the basics, and it comes standard with a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine (200 horsepower and 191 lb-ft of torque) that's paired to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Optional engines for most of the 2021 Colorado lineup include either a 3.6-liter V6 (308 hp, 275 lb-ft) paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission or a turbocharged 2.8-liter four-cylinder diesel engine (181 hp, 369 lb-ft) paired to a six-speed automatic. Most Colorado configurations come standard with rear-wheel drive and offer optional four-wheel drive.

Standard features for the base WT include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth upholstery and vinyl floor covering
  • Power windows
  • Tilt-only steering wheel
  • 7-inch infotainment system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility
  • Two USB ports and a six-speaker sound system

The Work Truck can also be equipped with a few features that make it feel less basic. Notable options include:

  • Remote keyless entry
  • Cruise control
  • EZ Lift tailgate
  • Remote-locking tailgate
  • OnStar telematics and 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity

The LT adds most of the above options, plus:

  • Leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Power-adjustable driver's seat
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Two additional USB ports

LT options include:

  • Heated front seats
  • Automatic climate control
  • Automatic emergency braking (warns if a front impact is imminent and applies the brakes if the driver doesn't respond in time)
  • Seven-speaker Bose sound system

 
The somewhat off-road-ready Z71 comes standard with most of the LT's optional equipment, and it also gets:

  • All-terrain tires
  • Off-road-oriented suspension
  • Locking rear differential and hill descent control
  • Unique upholstery
  • Wireless charging pad

If you want a real-deal off-roader, the ZR2 is your truck. The ZR2 builds on the Z71's equipment by adding:

  • V6 engine as standard
  • Raised suspension with special dampers
  • Bigger all-terrain tires
  • Fender flares and a special front and rear bumper
  • Spray-in bedliner (optional on other trims)
  • Electronically locking rear differential

Other notable options, depending on the trim level, include:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Navigation system
  • Spray-in bedliner
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Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado.

Average user rating: 3.9 stars
15 total reviews
5 star reviews: 47%
4 star reviews: 13%
3 star reviews: 20%
2 star reviews: 20%
1 star reviews: 0%

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Most helpful consumer reviews

4/5 stars, Good Budget Truck
Mormandy,
LT 4dr Crew Cab 6.2 ft. SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A)
After two weeks with my Colorado LT 4 door V6 I can say that I really like the truck. PRO: Smooth, very quiet ride, no rattles. You sit up as high allowing for a great view. Great ground clearance, class-leading bed space and economy, strong engine V6. Great infotainment system and great sounding standard speakers / stereo. CON: Minimal knee space / leg room front and back. I've hit my knee on the lighting switch a few times and I really have to watch it when I get in (horrid location for that switch). Seats are a bit on the stiff side but not bad enough to be a problem. The headlights are pathetically weak, some of the worst out there. I purchased a full set of high and low beam LEDs from Alla, installed them myself, and that made a world of difference. Consider this a mandatory $139 upgrade if you like to see at night. Brake pedal started out a bit soft but nearing 750 miles it has begun to feel a bit more solid (the brakes do get the job done). Overall interior materials are cheap, and experience tells me that the type of long plastic air vents used here will break over time being moved around (I'm very gentle with them as a result). The HVAC blower is absurdly loud on the highest setting, but it does move a lot of air turned up that high and noise isn't an issue on lower settings. It may sound like I have a lot of negatives there for four stars, but overall I'm happy with the truck and understand that there's a reason that it costs 8-9 grand less than a similarly set up Silverado. The money here was clearly put into building a strong work-horse that rides as smooth and quietly as a luxury car, all in a shorter / thinner package (it's still quite tall). That came at the expense of cheaper interior components and knee space, but I'm OK with the balance Chevy struck here.
5/5 stars, The Colorado Work Truck Is Elegant Simplicity
Clarence,
Work Truck 4dr Extended Cab SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
In the old days, back when trucks were little more than an engine and seat, we called basic trucks "stripped down" versions. When I teased the salesman that this was stripped down, he self-righteously corrected me that it is a work truck. To GM's credit, and to his, he is right. It is more than just an engine and seat. But still it isn't for everyone. It lacks numerous creature comforts that people have become accustomed to, like power mirrors, power seats, climate control, and it even lacks an Onstar unit. Until now I thought GM put Onstar in everything. But on the brighter side, it has cruise control, air conditioning, and a bluetooth touch screen sound system. It has 2-wheel drive and a 2.5 liter four cylinder engine, which means reduced offroading and payloads. But it's no slouch. It has a six-speed transmission, will still pull 3500 pounds and the four cylinder engine produces 200 hp without a turbo. For those who don't know or don't remember, the antiquated 283 V8 with a single carb produced only 188 hp. Like I said, it's no slouch. And I love the curb appeal. It's a beautiful truck and allows me a lot of dignity. Bottom line, I live alone and share the truck with no one. I don't need electric seats or mirrors because they never move. I don't go offroad and I don't pull trailers. I'm an old retired guy that likes garage sales, and this truck gets my stuff home in style. It's perfect for me and for others like me.
5/5 stars, Riding High In Style
Fast Fly Freddy,
LT 4dr Crew Cab 6.2 ft. SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A)
Went from a Silverado Crew Cab to a 2021 Colorado Crew Cab and so far it was a great move for several reasons much better gas mileage easier to drive I am 80 years old little easier to get in and out of. You lose some room in the backseat but it’s a little easier in the front area too reach the glove box. So far so good with the trade you can’t beat Chevy that’s for sure. Very pleased.
3/5 stars, Noisy
Jeff B,
LT 4dr Crew Cab 6.2 ft. SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A)
I have had my Colorado for a month. It’s been in the shop for almost 2 weeks out of the month. The a/c compressor sounds like a jet plane. The truck has a vibration during highway speeds and really noticeable during deceleration. They tell me it’s normal. I traded a 2013 tacoma with a hundred thousand miles that didn’t have these problems. I love the style of the truck but there has to be some design flaws somewhere. I’m a certified diesel mechanic and this stuff just isn’t right. Now they want me to test drive another one to show me it’s normal. I drove 2 last week and neither made these noises. But because they were not the exact same model that doesn’t count. Well I went and drove another LT model that was just delivered. Not only did this truck have the vibration but it also had a wining noise that sounded like a siren coming from either the transmission or rear end. Was told by the lead technician at RK in Virginia Beach va that this truck sounds like the carrier bearing was bad. Colorado’s do not have carrier bearings. But these are the same people that tell me the vibrations in my truck are normal operating procedures of this vehicle. What a real joke. I have since hired a lawyer. Do yourself a favor, do not buy the Colorado. I regret I ever did.

2021 Chevrolet Colorado video

[MUSIC PLAYING] CARLOS LAGO: Hey, Carlos Lago with Edmunds here. That is a 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. It's an off-road version of an already off road capable truck. What is it? Why does it look so cool? How functional is it? Why should you care? And how does it land among the other midsize off-road trucks like the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon, the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro, and the Ford Ranger Tremor? That's what we're going to talk about in this video and more. But before we do, make sure to hit that Like button and click Subscribe if you like what we're doing. If you don't like, we're sure you're going to leave a comment anyway. Also, check out the links below to see more about this truck and others like it. And also be sure to visit edmunds.com/sellmycar to get an instant cash offer on your car, truck, or SUV. What is the Bison package? Well, it costs about $5,800 and it's available on ZR2s with a crew cab shortbed or extended cab longbed configuration. It's made in collaboration with a company called American Expedition Vehicles, or AEV. And they specialize in off-road overlaying equipment. Now for the ZR2, the package adds a bunch of protection, durability hardware, along with specialty bumpers and stuff. The 17 inch wheels, Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac off road tires. But most importantly, a whole host of AEV logos on the bumpers, tailgate, and headrests, and floor mats. So you can show off to your friends. Whoo. Just doing some truck stuff. Yeah. All right. Cool guy parking. Now our ziggurat out of integrity isn't just for cool guy McParking. It's also a really good way to demonstrate the clearances and traction you have when climbing steps like this. And the Colorado was really easy in four low with the front rear diffs lock, this thing was able to climb up these steps really smoothly because the throttle control was really good at low speeds. Let's talk about the front. Now the big addition to this truck comes in the form of protection. This is all steel. And that is fantastic because when you scrape stuff, you don't want to damage your truck. Right? Now this front bumper is all steel, it has a lot of nice additions to it. You have a provision for a winch on the front that's cleanly integrated. Chevy and AEV say that when you install it, it doesn't impede the cooling abilities of this truck. The downside to it though, is that because this protection is here, you actually have a worse approach angle than pretty much any of the off-road trucks in this segment. So that means you're more likely to scrape things. But because it's steel, it kind of maybe doesn't matter. We notice that approach angle difference when actually climbing these steps because there was a point at the very beginning, when we were about half an inch away from rubbing this skid plate on the steps. And again, this is all steel. The other nice thing about this bumper is you have big bright red recovery hoops at the front. Now as we make our way around the side, we can see all the other protection that comes as part of the Bison package. Starting at the front, you've got that steel skid plate which covers the oil pan and the front diff. There's more steel for the transfer case, steel for the fuel tank, and steel for the rear diff. You also have these long steel rock sliders. And the length of those are actually really impressive because you see a lot of rock sliders that end right at about the rear door. The problem with that is if you're actually using the rock sliders and relying on them because you're sliding down rocks, as soon as the rock slider ends, that rock is going to give your bed a kiss. And your bed doesn't want to get kissed by rocks. Scooting back a little bit, you can see that we have picked up a tire off the ground. And using our super scientific method of measuring articulation, that's about maybe 2 and 1/3 Arnies underneath that rear tire. We have nothing to compare that against right now because there isn't another truck here. But what we can see them, take a look at these shocks. Those look impressive, yeah? I was so busy talking about Bison stuff that I forgot to mention these spool valve mutlimatic shocks that come on all the ZR2s. I lack the ability to explain how they work succinctly on camera right now. But we'll talk about them more while we're driving. Hey, there's steel more to come. So rear bumper. All steel. This part as well as this protection bar. There's also the trailer hitch as well. That's all really cool in terms of protection. Underneath this, you also have a full sized spare wheel and tire. That's really cool. You've got these attachment points for your D-Ring or your shackle, whichever you want to call it. Now AEV also has additional upgrades you can put on this truck after you buy it. These little plates, or these little pods here, are for backup lights if you want to get them. There's additional underbody protection specifically for the transmission. You can get a snorkel, you can get 35 inch tires. However far down this path you want to go they'll help you get there. Not actually sure how I'm going to do this. Is that going to support my weight? It is. Remember when I said we didn't have a vehicle here we could compare the Colorado to? Well I lied. This is a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon long term test car. We use it as a support vehicle during off road shoots. Now we all thought that Colorado was really impressive when it climbed these steps and it got its rear tire off the ground by about two and 1/3 Arnies. Well, here's what a Wrangler Rubicon does on the same steps in the same position approximately with the front sway bar disconnected, a feature that you only get on the Wrangler and the Gladiator. The Colorado put its rear tire about 2 and 1/3 Arnies off the ground. This is about a third of an Arnie off the ground. It's not a exact comparison. But hey, we're not in the lab. The Colorado ZR2 comes with a locking front differential. It and the Jeep Gladiator are the the only trucks in the segment to do so. Why would you want that? Well, when you lock the front diff and the rear diff, it ensures equal power distribution to all four tires improving traction. Why would you want that? Well, we saw an example of that on the ziggurat of integrity. It helps crawl up those uneven surfaces more evenly. But it also helps in extreme low traction surfaces like mud, which we happen to have in front of us right now. The park rangers actually advise that we don't drive through this mud puddle pool because they said it's deeper than it looks. But I have problems with authority. And I've also got a locking front differential. So we're going to give it a try. The trick is to try to get some speed, even in low range. Speed is your friend in this situation. That's why you get a snorkel I guess maybe. So that puddle probably didn't need a front locking diff, but hey, it was still fun. And that's why you do this kind of thing, right? Two wheel drive mode with a lock diff is also fun. So now that we've got this Colorado nice and muddy, let's do a little hill climb. Now this hill isn't steep. It shouldn't be too challenging at all. And I'm going to try to make it more challenging than it should be. We have all these tools at our disposal with regard to traction. But I'm actually going to use the auto four wheel drive mode, which is kind of like an all wheel drive mode to climb this hill. And I'm going to engage the off road mode by hitting the button. And that's the only drive mode this Colorado has, which is actually kind of refreshing. So put it in drive and I'm going to start climbing the hill. I'm intentionally going to do it at a low speed. Speed can be your friend when climbing this stuff but I'm again trying to make this more challenging to see what this truck can do when you do it badly, how much control it has. There's some pretty good sized ruts here. But that's where we got all that protection underneath. Let's see if I can just take a worse line. OK, traction's on. And we are stuck. OK. First rut. So let's try four wheel drive. And then I'll lock the rear diff. And see if that's it. There we go. Traction control is actually helping me climb which is pretty cool. And I've picked up a tire. I might need to engage low. Nope, nope. Traction control did it. Traction control got me through. That's really cool. The traction control I could feel it selectively applying brakes and traction to get traction to different tires. And nope. OK, that's not going to work. Let's put it in low range. Rear diff is still locked. And low range did it no problem. And when I get to the top of the hill, I will call out there's no forward facing camera on this truck. There's a rear facing camera, not on a forward facing camera. And the hood has a bit of a bulge in it. So I would appreciate being able to see over the crest of the hill like a can with some other trucks in this segment. But overall, pretty competent up that hill. So the Colorado whether it's a ZR2 or the ZR2 Bison has a choice of two different engines, turbo diesel 2.8 liter four cylinder, or a 3.6 liter V6. We had the turbo diesel in our long term Colorado ZR2 test car and like that engine quite a bit. This one of course has the V6. In terms of response, the engine feels and sounds kind of diesely if I'm honest. Both in the way it responds when you hit the gas pedal and also with the sound it makes. But overall it's a solid engine. Colorado ZR2 Bison has 5,000 pounds of max towing capability and about 1,100 pounds off the top my head of payload, which are pretty strong figures. I like the fact, too, that the Colorado comes with a trailer brake control. So if you need to haul a trailer that has brakes on it, you have a means to control that. That's a nice addition. As regarding to the rest of the truck, well, this is a pretty solid rig otherwise. You can easily daily drive this car without a lot of complaints. Credit that to the suspension control that you get from those spool valve dampers, which do an admirable job of delivering both ride quality on the street and control off road. The impacts are far, far from abusive in this truck. The only real complaint I have with this Colorado with driving it is the interior just kind of looks drab and you don't have a push button start. So you get to hear your keys jangle as you drive over bumps. But otherwise, this is a pretty compelling truck for what it gives you and what you want out of it. The Colorado ZR2 Bison delivers a lot of off-road features, specifically protection and a front locking differential. And those are things you can't get on a Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro. And you can get this truck for less money than it kitted out Jeep Gladiator Rubicon there are some downsides. The clearances certainly aren't best in segment. And the interior is just kind of OK. But if you care about what the Bison delivers, you probably don't care about the interior. Now the Bison package is certainly overkill for light off road. And if you're the kind of shopper who wants the kind of protection that this package offers and also a path to continue down should you want to go more aggressive in your overlanding adventures, this Bison package is a really compelling truck. Thanks for watching. If you like this video, leave a comment and a like below. And hit that Subscribe button too while you're at it. Why not? Hey, it's a free world. Right? And also, check out some of the links at edmunds.com for more information about these trucks and others like it. Now that we're done filming this video, I'm going to do some more donuts.

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Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$27,100
MPG & Fuel
19 City / 25 Hwy / 22 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 21.0 gal. capacity
Seating
5 seats
Drivetrain
Type: rear wheel drive
Transmission: 6-speed shiftable automatic
Engine
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 200 hp @ 6300 rpm
Torque: 191 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm
Basic Warranty
3 yr./ 36000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 212.7 in. / Height: 70.7 in. / Width: 74.3 in.
Curb Weight: 4050 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: N/A
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Colorado safety features:

OnStar System
Provides emergency crash notification, stolen vehicle notification, and remote locking and unlocking. Standard on the LT and above.
Safety Package
Includes forward collision and lane departure warning systems. Available on the LT and Z71 models only.
Teen Driver Mode
Lets you have custom key settings for secondary drivers and can provide in-vehicle reports.

NHTSA Overall Rating 4 out of 5 stars

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall4 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger4 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat5 / 5
Back Seat5 / 5
RolloverRating
Rollover3 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover22%

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Acceptable
Roof Strength Test
Good
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
Good
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Good


Chevrolet Colorado vs. the competition

2021 Chevrolet Colorado

2021 Chevrolet Colorado

2020 Jeep Gladiator

2020 Jeep Gladiator

Chevrolet Colorado vs. Jeep Gladiator

The Gladiator is a versatile and highly capable truck. Impressively adept off-road, the Gladiator truly can be a comfortable daily driver and a weekend warrior. It's the only convertible pickup truck you can buy too. The Colorado is typically less expensive than the Gladiator and a little more stable in on-the-road handling.

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Chevrolet Colorado vs. Toyota Tacoma

The popular Toyota Tacoma has impressive off-road capability in just about any trim level, and its top TRD Pro trim is a match for the hardcore Colorado ZR2. Driver comfort is a little lacking, but the same can be said for the Colorado. Overall, these two trucks are pretty evenly matched.

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Chevrolet Colorado vs. Honda Ridgeline

The king of comfort in the midsize pickup class is the Honda Ridgeline. Its unique in the class for its car-like unibody platform. That makes it more comfortable on the highway and gives it better handling. Unfortunately, the Ridgeline is a bit less capable when it comes to towing and off-roading compared to the Colorado.

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FAQ

Is the Chevrolet Colorado a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Colorado both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.6 out of 10. You probably care about Chevrolet Colorado fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Colorado gets an EPA-estimated 17 mpg to 22 mpg, depending on the configuration. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Chevrolet Colorado. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado:

  • New front-end design and stamped Chevrolet logo across the tailgate
  • The base model has been eliminated from the lineup
  • Changes to standard and optional equipment availability
  • Part of the second Colorado generation introduced in 2015
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Is the Chevrolet Colorado reliable?

To determine whether the Chevrolet Colorado is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Colorado. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Colorado's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 Colorado and gave it a 7.6 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Colorado is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Chevrolet Colorado?

The least-expensive 2021 Chevrolet Colorado is the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado Work Truck 4dr Crew Cab 5.1 ft. SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $27,100.

Other versions include:

  • Z71 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.1 ft. SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $37,000
  • Work Truck 4dr Crew Cab 5.1 ft. SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A) which starts at $27,100
  • LT 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.1 ft. SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $34,400
  • LT 4dr Crew Cab 5.1 ft. SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A) which starts at $29,700
  • ZR2 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.1 ft. SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $43,200
  • Work Truck 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.1 ft. SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $32,100
  • Z71 4dr Crew Cab 5.1 ft. SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $33,800
  • Z71 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 6.2 ft. SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $37,600
  • Work Truck 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 6.2 ft. SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $33,000
  • LT 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 6.2 ft. SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $35,300
  • LT 4dr Crew Cab 6.2 ft. SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $31,900
  • Work Truck 4dr Crew Cab 6.2 ft. SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $29,400
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What are the different models of Chevrolet Colorado?

If you're interested in the Chevrolet Colorado, the next question is, which Colorado model is right for you? Colorado variants include Z71 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.1 ft. SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Work Truck 4dr Crew Cab 5.1 ft. SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A), LT 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.1 ft. SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), and LT 4dr Crew Cab 5.1 ft. SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A). For a full list of Colorado models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Overview

The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado is offered in the following submodels: Colorado Crew Cab, Colorado Extended Cab. Available styles include Z71 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.1 ft. SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Work Truck 4dr Crew Cab 5.1 ft. SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A), LT 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.1 ft. SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), LT 4dr Crew Cab 5.1 ft. SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A), ZR2 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.1 ft. SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Work Truck 4dr Extended Cab SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A), Work Truck 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.1 ft. SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Z71 4dr Crew Cab 5.1 ft. SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Z71 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 6.2 ft. SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Work Truck 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A), Work Truck 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 6.2 ft. SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), LT 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 6.2 ft. SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), LT 4dr Crew Cab 6.2 ft. SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Z71 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Work Truck 4dr Crew Cab 6.2 ft. SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), LT 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A), LT 4dr Extended Cab SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A), and ZR2 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A).

What do people think of the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 Colorado 3.9 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 Colorado.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 Colorado featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2021 Chevrolet Colorado?

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Work Truck 4dr Crew Cab 5.1 ft. SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado Work Truck 4dr Crew Cab 5.1 ft. SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $30,575. The average price paid for a new 2021 Chevrolet Colorado Work Truck 4dr Crew Cab 5.1 ft. SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is trending $1,369 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,369 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $29,206.

The average savings for the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado Work Truck 4dr Crew Cab 5.1 ft. SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is 4.5% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 7 2021 Chevrolet Colorado Work Truck 4dr Crew Cab 5.1 ft. SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Chevrolet Colorado LT 4dr Crew Cab 5.1 ft. SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado LT 4dr Crew Cab 5.1 ft. SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $34,155. The average price paid for a new 2021 Chevrolet Colorado LT 4dr Crew Cab 5.1 ft. SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is trending $1,670 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,670 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $32,485.

The average savings for the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado LT 4dr Crew Cab 5.1 ft. SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is 4.9% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 6 2021 Chevrolet Colorado LT 4dr Crew Cab 5.1 ft. SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.1 ft. SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A)

The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.1 ft. SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $40,185. The average price paid for a new 2021 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.1 ft. SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) is trending $1,868 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,868 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $38,317.

The average savings for the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.1 ft. SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) is 4.6% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 9 2021 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.1 ft. SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.1 ft. SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A)

The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.1 ft. SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $47,770. The average price paid for a new 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.1 ft. SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) is trending $2,102 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,102 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $45,668.

The average savings for the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.1 ft. SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) is 4.4% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 7 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.1 ft. SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

Which 2021 Chevrolet Colorados are available in my area?

Shop Edmunds' car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 2021 Chevrolet Colorado for sale near. There are currently 33 new 2021 Colorados listed for sale in your area, with list prices as low as $26,470 and mileage as low as 0 miles. Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a car from our massive database to find cheap vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a used vehicle you're interested in, check the AutoCheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado. Then select Edmunds special offers, perks, deals, and incentives to contact the dealer of your choice and save up to $3,195 on a used or CPO 2021 Colorado available from a dealership near you.

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Should I lease or buy a 2021 Chevrolet Colorado?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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