2017 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab

2017 Chevrolet Colorado
2017 Chevrolet Colorado


  • Gasoline V6 and four-cylinder diesel engines tow more than rivals
  • Maneuverable size, along with well-mannered steering and handling
  • Comfortable ride over most surfaces


  • Front seats can feel confining for larger people
  • Rivals offer more in-cab storage with rear seats folded
  • Low-hanging front air dam limits off-road potential
Chevrolet Colorado years

Which Colorado does Edmunds recommend?

Other than deciding which engine and cab configuration to go with, picking a Colorado will depend largely on the number of creature comforts you need. With that in mind, the LT strikes a good balance between equipment levels and price while providing a few desirable option packages and a pretty modern vibe. The Z71 comes with the most features but gives you less flexibility to pick and choose. Its off-road capabilities aren't best-in-class, but if you want to hit the dirt in a Colorado, the new ZR2 is your best choice.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

The smooth-riding and well-equipped 2017 Chevrolet Colorado is a solid offering in the midsize truck segment. It's not the best choice for heading off-road or for ultimate comfort, but it's easy to drive and has plenty of towing capability.

Although full-size trucks are some of the most popular vehicles in America, trucks such as the Colorado make a great case for themselves as mini-me versions of the big haulers. Available with three different engines and an array of cab and bed configurations, the 2017 Colorado is a midsize truck that can get all sorts of jobs done.

A plus for midsize trucks such as the Colorado is their maneuverability. Though they may seem only marginally smaller than full-size trucks (such as Chevy's Silverado), they're much more nimble and versatile in the city. Plus, the Colorado can tow up to 7,700 pounds — that's more than enough for the typical trailer.

2017 Chevrolet Colorado configurations

The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado is a midsize pickup offered in two- and four-seat extended-cab and five-seat crew-cab body styles. There are two bed lengths and five four trim levels: Base, Work Truck (WT), LT, Z71 and ZR2. For a no-nonsense truck, the Base and Work Truck models will likely hit the spot. The better-equipped LT offers extras such as Apple CarPlay and 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot-spot connectivity, while the top-of-the-range Z71 combines some basic off-road prowess with top equipment. Lastly, the ZR2 has significant suspension and body modifications that give it significantly greater off-road capability.

The entry-level model, known simply as Base, covers the truck basics without much in the way of extra fluff, but it still has a decent amount of equipment. It's offered only as an extended cab, and standard features include a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine (200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque), a six-speed manual transmission, air-conditioning, vinyl upholstery and floor covering, a four-way power driver seat with manual recline, front bucket seats, a tilt-only adjustable steering wheel, power windows, a rearview camera, and a six-speaker sound system with a 4.2-inch display.

There aren't too many changes when you step up to the Work Truck (WT) model, but it does come in both extended-cab and crew-cab body styles and adds fold-up rear jump seats (extended-cab models only), cloth upholstery, carpeting and floor mats.

The major difference between the Base and Work Truck trims is the latter's exclusive list of desirable options. Essentially you can equip the Work Truck with a few tech items, optional engines and exterior trim that makes it feel less basic. From the WT level on up, you can get a six-speed automatic transmission for the base four-cylinder or one of the Colorado's two optional engines: a 3.6-liter V6 (308 hp and 275 lb-ft) paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission or a 2.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine (181 hp and 369 lb-ft) paired to a six-speed automatic.

Notable options that are part of packages for the WT include remote keyless entry, cruise control, and an audio system upgrade package that includes a version of Chevrolet's app-based MyLink system with Bluetooth connectivity, a 7-inch display screen, voice controls, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, OnStar telematics and 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot-spot connectivity.

If you don't want to sort through all the WT's options sheets, you can simply spring for the LT, which gets you most of the above items, plus 17-inch alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, an 8-inch touchscreen, satellite radio and two additional USB ports.

More options are available for the LT, with the most notable ones being heated front seats, automatic climate control, and forward collision and lane departure warning systems.

For more luxury accoutrements and mild off-road ability, the Z71 is the next step up. It comes standard with most of the LT's optional equipment, plus it adds dark-tinted 17-inch alloy wheels, all-terrain tires (instead of all-season tires), an off-road-oriented suspension, a locking rear differential, hill descent control, unique cloth and simulated leather upholstery, and other model-specific trim pieces. And as a final touch, the LT and Z71 also offer a seven-speaker premium Bose audio system and a navigation system (an enhancement of the standard 8-inch MyLink interface).

Even with the off-road-oriented suspension, the Z71 is still more oriented toward street use. For more ability off the beaten path, the ZR2 is your truck. The ZR2 has a raised suspension with special dampers, bigger all-terrain tires, fender flares, special bodywork for improved approach and departure angles and an electronically locking rear differential. Chevy offers the V6 or the diesel engine for the ZR2.

For more detailed information about the ZR2, please read our 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 First Drive.


The Colorado drives well in almost all scenarios. Its tow ratings lead the class, steering and handling allow the truck to maneuver well around town, and the highway ride is smooth. We'd happily take the Colorado on a long road trip and drive it on a daily basis.


Fitted with the available V6 engine, the Colorado has plenty of oomph. The potent yet efficient turbodiesel four-cylinder is a compelling alternative, especially if you plan to do a lot of towing.


During Edmunds performance testing, a four-wheel-drive Colorado came to a stop from 60 mph in 123 feet. That's average for the segment. Brake pedal feel is soft, though, with a long travel, and the brakes exhibited some fade at the test track.


The big, chunky steering wheel feels good in the driver's hands. The truck's steering response is a little slow, but overall the Colorado feels predictable and well mannered.


Though this Colorado is less responsive than some other trucks in the segment, it is still confident, even with four-wheel drive. During performance testing and out on the road, it produced decent numbers and offered suitable stability when driving around turns.


We've driven both long- and short-bed crew-cab Colorados, and the two differ significantly in maneuverability. The short bed is more manageable in tight spaces. Compared to full-size trucks, however, pretty much any Colorado will be a better choice for crowded cities.


A two-speed transfer case is standard on 4WD Colorados. Hill descent control and an automatic locking rear differential are optional. The low nose on the Colorado compromises approach angle significantly, but the ZR2's revised front fascia and increased ground clearance should solve that problem.


Though it's broadly utilitarian, the Colorado has a comfortable ride while being quiet and easy to drive — especially on long trips. It's not soft, but it's livable for anybody who knows trucks.

Seat comfort

The well-bolstered front seats are supportive, comfortable and attractive. They offer all-day livability, but larger-framed occupants could find them a bit confining. The crew cab's rear seats are a bit flat, but they can handle adult passengers, offering adequate support.

Ride comfort

Though the Colorado's ride is busy on uneven terrain when the bed is empty, it's still quite tolerable in everyday driving. A small load or a light trailer smooths things out quite a bit.

Noise & vibration

Road and wind noise is impressively absent, and the Colorado's cockpit is a quiet place to spend time. We could easily spend all day in this truck and never get tired.

Climate control

Chevy pulls off a cool trick with its heated front seats, allowing the lower and upper portions to be heated together, or just the back portion — great for back pain. Also the climate control knobs are big, tactile and easy to use. No problems here.


Though there are some plastics that aren't exactly class-leading, the Colorado has a likable, well-organized and utilitarian cabin overall. There's sufficient room for four adults, and the build quality stands up over time.

Ease of use

The Colorado's cabin is full of large, logically arranged buttons that improve usability. Four-way power front seats are standard, and power lumbar controls are available as an option. LT and ZL1 trims offer a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, but base trims have a tilt-only wheel.

Getting in/getting out

Though the Colorado isn't as wide or long as the Silverado, its seats are similar in height. Plan on some effort to get in and out. The doors open wide enough, but they are heavy.


The front seat space is abundant. Even tall drivers will have ample head- and legroom. Hauling adult passengers in the rear seats requires the crew cab if you want them to be comfortable. Rear headroom is plentiful, but legroom is tight.


It's easy to see out the front of the Colorado. The large side mirrors can hide vehicles or pedestrians, but they pay off in good rear visibility, especially when towing a trailer. A rearview camera is standard across the lineup.


The overall interior quality is respectable. Large swaths of plastic on the dash and the doors are obvious, but they're well-textured and don't look cheap. The assembly quality on and around the dashboard and seats looks and feels high-quality.


The Colorado manages a good balance of abundant small item storage and rear-seat cargo space. Buyers looking to maximize hauling capability should go for the long-bed Colorado.

Small-item storage

Small item storage in the Colorado is excellent. Cupholders, cubbies and pockets are everywhere. Under the rear seats are large storage areas that can be used to stow tools out of sight. The door pockets and the center console are a bit shallow.

Cargo space

Though this midsize truck doesn't have an overabundance of room inside, it does use space efficiently. A modest center console is supplemented with two bins in and under the center stack.

Child safety seat accommodation

If you need the space for a child seat, you'll want to go with the crew-cab Colorado. Larger child seats will require moving the front seat forward, though, so there may not be room for a front passenger.


The max tow rating with the diesel is 7,700 pounds, which is at the top of the class. The V6 tops out at 7,000 pounds, and the base four-cylinder is good for 3,500 pounds. The tow-haul mode is effective in tailoring transmission responses to your towing needs.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

I really like this truck. Still do!
Jim Dodge,10/18/2017
I bought a 2017 Colorado extended cab WT, 4wd V6 engine automatic, from my local Chevy dealer in Western Massachusetts. Traded in a 2007 GMC Canyon that I liked and was very reliable and am amazed how many improvements General Motors has made in 10 years. Fit and finish on this new truck is top notch. I am 6'2" and find entry easy and driving comfortable. I really like the computer calculations that make me drive with gas economy in mind and so easily average 25 MPG. This is a really great truck! After one year and 15,000 miles I still like my Colorado. One problem however, the tourque converter had to be replaced and it was handled by Chevy to my satisfaction.
Squeaky under carriage
D. Zelinski,04/03/2017
So disappointed in our purchase of a Colorado. It came with a feature we were not made aware of. In cold weather the truck squeaks like an old squeaky bed. It sounds like a piece of junk going down the road. It is great advertisement for GM. Spend your hard earned dollars on another brand. The company has no answers.
shudder shift six
Ralph Tarka,03/11/2017
Don't get stuck in traffic ! the trans doesn't know what it wants to do, it will shudder between gears sometimes so bad you have to hit the brakes to make it stop. Also the monitors in the center panel can sometimes change because there are switches on the back side of the steering wheel that can be touched while turning, changing your radio station, volume, and center information. Also being in the Chicago/northern Indiana/Michigan area when the temperature is below 40 after you have shoveled the drive, removed the snow from the truck, and crawl into the truck a message appears on the center screen warning you it`s cold and be careful! Also when your driving the center panel will show a message Don`t read this screen and drive distracted and you must touch the screen to make the message go away. Also under the hood is a 2ft. round piece of black plastic that serves no purpose other than keep heat in the already cramped engine bay and there are 2 useless pieces of plastic covering the right headlight , why not use this material to good use Like an ASSIST HANDLE ON THE DRIVERS SIDE!!! The truck gets great gas mileage but the Buick 217 cubic inch V6 is a car engine, not a truck engine. It does not pull well at low speeds and added to the "shudder shift six" transmission you have to play the throttle, no acceleration or sudden acceleration. The stub doors, when it is cold out, will not shut properly and you will not get a door open light until you are driving. Then the bells go off at 60mph and get worse and worse until you are able to Safely pull off the road to shut the door. If you check the lower latch will have about 1/8 of an inch play in it when it does this. The dealer says "They All Do This," and there is nothing they can do! Just make sure you push the door at the lower part and give it a pull ,if it moves shut the door again. The heated seats are to die for!!! The pickup bed is great and the foot holes in the bumper are great for getting into the back. I also change the oil and filter every 5000 miles. I use synthetic oil only. The engine is double overhead cam and the cams are the last thing to get oil pressure at startup.
Colorado tail gate doesn't got down 'FLAT"!
Bill Bartz,12/09/2017
We buy trucks to haul things. The 2017 Colorado tail gate doesn't go 'flat' to the truck bed! The trailing edge is 1 & 1/2 inches higher than the truck bed. I found that even if I can get the tailgate 'flat', it's still about 3/4 inch higher than he truck bed. Since the truck bed is only 6'2" long, the tail gate is very important to support longer items. If you want to carry things that absolutely must be flat, this is not the truck for you. I contacted Chevrolet, but they buy the beds from an outside supplier. I asked for the name of the supplier, but never got it. This needs to be corrected!
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Features & Specs

20 city / 26 hwy
Seats 4
6-speed manual
200 hp @ 6300 rpm
16 city / 18 hwy
Seats 4
8-speed shiftable automatic
308 hp @ 6800 rpm
19 city / 24 hwy
Seats 4
6-speed shiftable automatic
200 hp @ 6300 rpm
20 city / 26 hwy
Seats 4
6-speed shiftable automatic
200 hp @ 6300 rpm
See all 2017 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab features & specs


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. It's available on the LT only.
Teen Driver Mode
Lets you have custom key settings for secondary drivers and can provide in-vehicle reports.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover3 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover22%

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More about the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado

Full-size pickup trucks are immensely popular with American buyers, but a midsize truck such as 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.

2017 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab Overview

The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab is offered in the following styles: Work Truck 4dr Extended Cab SB (2.5L 4cyl 6M), ZR2 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Work Truck 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A), Z71 4dr Extended Cab SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A), LT 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A), LT 4dr Extended Cab SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A), Z71 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A), and 4dr Extended Cab SB (2.5L 4cyl 6M).

What do people think of the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab?

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Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2017 Colorado Extended Cab featuring deep dives into trim levels including Work Truck, ZR2, Z71, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Read our full review of the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab here.
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