2017 Chevrolet Colorado

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Full-size pickup trucks are immensely popular with American buyers, but a midsize truck like the Colorado makes a lot of sense. It's smaller and easier to maneuver, but with its wide array of cabs and beds and towing capacity of up to 7,700 pounds — better by far than most of the competition — the Colorado can do many of the same jobs as the big trucks.

Put a Colorado and a full-size Chevy Silverado side by side, and the size difference might not be as pronounced as you'd expect. But sit behind the wheel and pull into a mall parking lot, and you'll experience the difference: Though it still feels big and burly, the Colorado is far easier to maneuver, especially for the short-bed truck with its shorter wheelbase. Out on the open road, the Colorado handles nicely by truck standards, though the slow steering and busy ride (particularly when running empty) are constant reminders that this is, first and foremost, a work vehicle.

Chevy offers the Colorado with three engines: a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder bringing 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque; a freshly revised 3.6-liter V6 developing 308 hp and 275 lb-ft; and a 2.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder good for 181 hp and 369 lb-ft. If you want a manual transmission, you'll have to opt for the four-cylinder gasoline engine. A six-speed automatic is optional on the four-cylinder gas engine and standard with the diesel. The V6 gets a new eight-speed automatic transmission. We expect most buyers will opt for the V6, which is EPA-rated at 20 mpg combined (18 city/25 highway) with rear-wheel drive and 19 mpg combined as a 4x4. If you're looking for the best possible fuel economy, you'll want the diesel 4x2, which is rated at a carlike 25 mpg combined (22 city/30 highway).

The Colorado's best asset is its day-to-day livability. The seats are comfortable for all but the largest-framed individuals, and the interior is attractive and easy to use. The cabin isn't as roomy as that of a full-size truck, but the Colorado makes good use of the space it has, with plenty of storage space and good headroom (though limited legroom) for backseat passengers.

Chevrolet sells the Colorado with several body options, including two- and four-seat extended cabs, a four-door crew cab and two bed lengths. Five trim levels are on offer: Base, Work Truck (WT), LT, Z71 and ZR2. The Base and Work Truck models are fairly basic and industrial; the LT picks up several popular options. The Z71 offers more style and flair. The ZR2 is a dedicated off-road machine, designed for serious trail-bashing. Edmunds can help find the perfect 2017 Chevrolet Colorado for you.

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