2018 Chevrolet Colorado

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2018 Chevrolet Colorado
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MSRP range
$20,200 - $40,400
2018 Chevrolet Colorado
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What’s new

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration is now standard
  • The 4.2-inch touchscreen has been replaced with a 7-inch version
  • Part of the second generation Colorado introduced in 2015

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • Limited availability of optional safety features
  • Low-hanging front airdam limits off-road potential
  • Rivals offer more in-cab storage with rear seats folded
  • Front seats can feel confining for larger people


Which Colorado does Edmunds recommend?

If you're looking for a good balance between equipment level and pricing, we recommend the LT trim level. There are several options packages to choose from, so you can customize your truck with varying levels of features. We also recommend the optional 3.6-liter V6 or the 2.8-liter turbodiesel engine, both of which are available on the LT.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

3.5 / 5

If you don't need all the capability that a full-size pickup provides, a truck like the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado might be right up your alley. Midsize trucks such as the Colorado are appealing thanks to virtues such as carlike maneuverability and fuel economy. The Colorado certainly has some of that appeal, along with plenty of available options and good all-around pickup-truck competency.

The Colorado has several tough competitors, though, namely the Toyota Tacoma and the Honda Ridgeline. The Tacoma has strong resale value and excellent off-road capabilities, while the Honda Ridgeline has excellent on-road performance and interior refinement. The Colorado offers long-distance comfort, a simple cabin layout and a range of desirable engines. Picking a winner in this segment will largely come down to what attributes you value most, but the 2018 Colorado is definitely worth a test drive.

Notably, we picked the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado as one of Edmunds' Best Pickup Trucks for this year.

Trim levels & features

The 2018 Chevrolet Colorado is a midsize pickup offered in extended-cab and crew-cab body styles. There are two bed lengths and five trim levels: Base, Work Truck (WT), LT, Z71 and ZR2. For a no-frills truck, the Base and Work Truck models have limited features and low prices. The midrange LT offers extras such as a larger touchscreen and a standard 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, while the top-of-the-line Z71 combines some basic off-road prowess with top equipment. The ZR2 model features significant suspension and body changes that give it improved off-road capability.

The entry-level model, known simply as Base, covers the truck basics without a lot of extras, 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, 16-inch steel wheels, 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 Chevrolet's app-based MyLink system, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, voice controls, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a 7-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 biggest difference between the Base Colorado and the Work Truck trim is the latter's list of available options. Essentially you can equip the Work Truck with a few tech items, optional engines and exterior trim that make 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 for the WT include remote keyless entry, cruise control, an EZ-Lift tailgate, and OnStar telematics (roadside assistance, turn-by-turn navigation, automatic crash response) and 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot 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, in-car 4G LTE Wi-Fi, and two additional USB ports.

More options are available for the LT, with the most notable ones being heated front seats, automatic climate control, heated exterior mirrors, and forward collision and lane departure warning systems. For LT models and above, there's an available seven-speaker premium Bose audio system and a navigation system (an enhancement of the standard 8-inch MyLink interface).

For more luxury items and some mild off-road ability, you'll want to check out the Z71. 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.

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, a spray-in bedliner (optional on other trims) and an electronically locking rear differential. Chevy offers the V6 or the diesel engine for the ZR2.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado LT (3.6L V6 | 8-speed automatic | 4WD).

Driving

3.5
The V6 engine is lively, and the eight-speed automatic well-behaved. Other than the praiseworthy powertrain, the Colorado also handles well for a truck, even if the steering lacks feedback.

Acceleration

4.5
The V6 makes the truck feel light in straightaways and never breathless at full tilt, even if its 6.7-second zero-to-60 time is barely faster than the Honda Ridgeline's. There's a lack of grunt low in the rev range that's only revealed when the transmission hesitates to downshift.

Braking

3.5
The pedal is firm and numb under moderately hard braking, but it's otherwise easy to modulate in regular driving conditions. We recorded a stopping distance from 60 mph of 124 feet, which is good for the class. Nosedive is noticeable under hard braking, not out of character for a truck.

Steering

3
The steering offers good on-center feel for highway driving and precise control. Steering effort is appropriately weighted even if the assistance feels a bit artificial. Feedback is nearly nonexistent.

Handling

3.5
Body roll is tamed by the firm suspension, so the Colorado corners quite well for a truck. With an unloaded bed, the light rear end will easily break traction, but stability control always keeps that manageable. As carlike as the Colorado feels, it's ultimately still a truck.

Drivability

4
The eight-speed transmission is well-matched to this engine, and acceleration is intuitive, with smooth throttle tip-in. There's no real issue of the transmission hunting for gears, and it holds speed easily on hills — although it is occasionally reluctant to downshift on flat roads.

Off-road

2.5
The low air dam hanging from the front bumper is good for mileage but bad for clearance. The Colorado (in all but ZR2 trim) isn't a good choice for tackling rocks or deep ruts or dips, but it does have locking differentials and hill descent control.

Comfort

3.5
The Colorado offers a better ride than most full-size pickups, but it is more stiff-legged than some midsize competition. Noise isolation, climate control and seat adjustability are rudimentary, but the Colorado is designed well enough that drivers with pickup-truck expectations will be comfortable.

Seat comfort

3.5
The front seats are nicely molded, if a little firm, and offer an upright but comfortable position. There's not a ton of adjustability, so opinions are sometimes divided, but most drivers will be comfortable even on longer drives. The rear bench is harder, and the backrest is expectedly upright.

Ride comfort

3.5
The ride is much less rough than most full-size trucks, likely thanks in part to the more limited hauling capacity, but it's definitely still firm. The more generous sidewalls on the tires help keep bigger bumps from feeling harsh.

Noise & vibration

3
There's considerable road, wind and tire noise, especially at freeway speeds. The transmission helps to avoid engine noise, and wind noise is the biggest factor at speed. We didn't find the noise levels ever rising to the point where they impede conversation, though.

Climate control

3.5
The climate controls are easy and intuitive to use, and the system is more than a match for most weather conditions. But it's only a single-zone setup. The heated seats and steering wheel work well and are easy to operate.

Interior

3.5
As befits a small truck, the driving position is upright and the controls are simple. Even as a crew cab, the Colorado favors the front seat, with a cramped and difficult-to-access rear seat, especially since side steps are optional extras. Large door pillars create some problematic sight lines.

Ease of use

4
Everything is easy to reach, and there's plenty of well-labeled and generously sized switchgear, including oversize toggles in the center console that are easy to operate even when wearing heavy gloves.

Getting in/getting out

3
This is a relatively high vehicle, and steps are optional extras. The big front door opening helps, and step-up isn't too high for adults of average height. The rear door is much narrower and has a slightly shorter opening, so getting in and out of the back seat is noticeably more difficult.

Driving position

4.5
The driving position in the Colorado is upright and commanding yet remains comfortable. None of the controls are out of reach, and everything is accessible and visible. There's also generous adjustment range in the seat and steering column to suit all types of drivers.

Roominess

3.5
The front seat offers lots of room all around. There's enough adjustability for most drivers, and taller drivers won't run out of headroom. The crew cab's rear seat is tight; legroom is limited, and there's insufficient headroom for taller passengers.

Visibility

3
Forward visibility is quite good, but the very wide door pillars can cause problems, especially when pulling out of a driveway at an angle. The side mirrors are sized properly, making them useful during lane changes.

Quality

3.5
The cabin is full of hard plastics and generally cheap-feeling surfaces. That said, it's solidly put together, and it feels more modern than the Tacoma or Frontier. Still, it can't match the Ridgeline.

Utility

3
The Colorado offers high towing and hauling ratings, but it can't match the Ridgeline for usability. The bed is narrower, even if it boasts a higher total volume. The rear seats don't fold flat, and there are no clever compartments for larger items, reducing enclosed storage options.

Small-item storage

3.5
There are plenty of places to stash things in the cabin, including a cellphone tray next to the USB port. Door pockets are cleverly tiered to help organize small items, and the cupholders are generously sized. Rear passengers only get seatback pockets and cupholders if there's no middle passenger.

Cargo space

2.5
Even though the Colorado is available with the longest in-class cargo box, it isn't wide enough for a 4-by-8 sheet of plywood to lie flat. The bed also requires a bedliner and lacks the clever storage compartments or electrical outlets seen in competitors. The floor height is also higher than competitors'.

Child safety seat accommodation

3
The outboard rear seats both offer LATCH points, although the tether anchors are difficult to access. Larger rear-facing seats will impinge on front-seat travel. The rear-seat height means getting seats and infants into the back requires lifting, which may be troublesome for shorter drivers.

Towing

5
The Colorado offers best-in-class performance thanks to a maximum tow rating of up to 7,700 pounds with the diesel and 7,000 pounds with the V6. A seven-way electrical connector, integrated trailer-brake controller, exhaust brake, and a number of hitch styles are available as optional extras.

Hauling

3
Our 4,529-pound test truck had a maximum payload of 1,548 pounds, which is good, but trails the Ridgeline slightly. The bed sides and tailgate lip are high, but numerous tie-down locations aid functionality. The Tacoma and Ridgeline have power outlets, composite beds and more tie-downs.

Technology

4
Chevrolet offers solid in-car technology thanks largely to its MyLink system, which is easy to use and feature-rich. Unfortunately, the Colorado lags behind in terms of useful on-road active safety technology.

Audio & navigation

4
The sound quality from the premium Bose system is acceptable but nothing special. It does reach higher volumes without causing distortion. Chevy's MyLink navigation remains a good system. It's responsive with sharp graphics and a straightforward interface.

Smartphone integration

5
Chevy does a good job offering charging options, with two USB ports up front and two optional ports in back, as well as 110-volt outlets front and back. Bluetooth is easy to set up, and it works well. The MyLink system also features Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Driver aids

3
Our tester was optioned with forward collision alert and lane departure warning. Both work as advertised, though the forward collision system can be overly sensitive. But it doesn't return completely false positives the way some systems occasionally do.

Voice control

4
It has one of the less frustrating mainstream systems, even though it requires relatively specific phrasing. Commands are displayed on the touchscreen, which is helpful, and the system does its best to help you along when things go wrong rather than furthering misunderstandings.

Mobile web

5
Chevrolet's hotspot setup is one of the easier systems to use. It offers a 4G LTE connection and can handle up to seven devices.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Great economical and comfortable Pick Up
TommyG,07/18/2018
I highly recommend this truck great milage for a pickup very quiet and comfortable. No its not a speed demon but it's very acceptable. The seats could be a bit wider and alot softer ,getting in and out is a cake walk very easy no twisting. Love this truck so far. Also the phone and Bluetooth are excelent in this truck but radio reception seems poor, if you do you're own maintenance you will love it , very easy access to everything
Overall satisfied
Mike,03/28/2018
I bought the 2018 WT ext cab, 3.6L, 8 speed automatic after owning a Tacoma 4 cyl automatic for 16 years. Overall, I like the Colorado. Controls are intuitive, power is much greater than my Tacoma 2.4L provided, and the truck feels much more substantial and heavier duty than the Tacoma. The Colorado gives a reasonably comfortable ride and the seats are fairly comfortable, if not a tad hard. The automatic can also be shifted as a manual transmission if desired. The standard 4 way power driver's seat is a nice feature. The info system, the first I have had, is very intuitive and simple to use. I like the individual tire pressure readouts, which I checked for accuracy and found dead on. There are some downsides to the truck. The air dam at the bottom of the front bumper is way too low for a truck and is easy to scrape on parking lot curbing, and certainly limits any kind of off-road use. Sometimes engineering designs to provide an insignificant improvement in gas mileage ignores every day usage considerations. In warmer weather I will check to see if I can remove the air dam. Speaking of mileage, around town I am only getting 11+ mpg. I realize the truck is new (only 220 miles on it) and mpg has been hampered due to some winter idling time when window defrosting has been necessary, but still, not encouraging. The outside mirrors are not power, and also lack any inside adjustment lever, like my Tacoma had. This is a pain if my wife drives the truck because she will have to get out of the truck to adjust the passenger mirror. Finally, the Colorado has a high step up, especially for a 2x2. My short wife has a problem getting in and we both end up sliding out of the truck to exit. This is irksome considering the very low ground clearance of the truck, which is listed at 8.3" (lowest of the trucks) and I highly doubt that the front air dam is actually that high, at least not with the standard 16" tires. I am not sure why both the front air dam and also the shock absorbers are so low to the ground. The bed and its sides are somewhat high causing me a problem reaching some things lying on the bed of the truck. Reliability at this point is, of course, a question mark, but initial quality has been faultless; no drive train issues and I checked all equipment and gauges and all work as they should. Hopefully this is a good sign. Time will tell. Overall, getting in an out for my wife is a pain, but once in the truck, it is comfortable and enjoyable to drive and provides a feeling of a well made truck, I just have to be careful when parking the truck in parking lots that have parking curbs/cement stops to avoid scraping the front.... again.
Disappointed for sure
Kent barnes,02/20/2018
I am older buyer and drove Chevrolet for years. They only went half way on this one. It's a basic so it only has half a reese hitch. The auto drivers window is useless. You can't get it to stop where you want it. The 6 speed transmission is a nightmare. You have to push down on the floor shifter and put it in 6th to get it into reverse. Half the time it won't go in without 3 or 4 tries. The bed is so high up in the air it looks silly (like your going downhill) It does have a back up camera but 90% of the time the backup pattern that most cars have does not come on. The space behind the seat is totally useless. Does not come with storage or seats or anything. Its just there. (like an after thought) It has power seats but no power mirrors. Dealer added over 1K for documentation, nitrogen in tires, seat treatment, and fender wells. LoL. I would not recommend anyone buy a Chevrolet truck of any kind. The dealer was extremely high pressure so do dot buy anything from star auto in Waynesville/waynesville chevrolet. I kept this POS for 6 months and traded it. I grew up owning Cheverolets but after this experience I will never ever buy another one. Poorly engineered for sure. Buy a Nissan or Toyota they are 10 times better.
Blackie
Richard Pyne,02/26/2018
That it’s a very basic truck,no frills,
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2018 Chevrolet Colorado videos

[MUSIC PLAYING] DAN: We're here in Barstow, and we're going to drive these two trucks up the mountain to the top in Big Bear Lake, California. SPEAKER 1: And we're going to try and do it without any pavement. DAN: Everybody else takes the easy way up the front side. All nice and paved. And we're going to be taking dirt roads all the way to the top. SPEAKER 1: And we've got a TRD Pro Tacoma. And a Colorado ZR2. And they're kind of the most off-road worthy trucks in general that you can buy. DAN: Both of these represent the upper end of the off-road capability that these two companies offer. SPEAKER 1: Let's hit it. [MUSIC PLAYING] DAN: Barstow is a hub of desert off-road activity. And we're already in the signature Whoop-de-do type of surface that the desert is known for. This particular area is where a lot of off-road race trucks tune up between events. That's not us. But still, we have quite a bit more travel than the standard versions of our trucks. This Colorado ZR2 I'm driving has a long travel suspension, tricked shocks, knobby tires, extra track width. It's hiked up. It's got more clearance. The front end is off. Cut away for a lot of clearance when you're in the rocks, especially. But here we are in the whoops. And these Multimatic shock absorbers are already paying dividends. [MUSIC PLAYING] SPEAKER 1: All right. I'm in the TRD Pro. Dan's in the ZR2. We're in four-high. We're in this desert wash. Going about 45. This things hopping around, but there's no limitation on the traction control. I mean, there's a limitation. But it's pretty co-operative. Unfortunately, the multi-terrain select feature is only available when you're in four-low, and I'm in four-high. So I don't get the advantage of Toyota's multi-terrain select right now. [MUSIC PLAYING] DAN: Now I'm in the Tacoma. SPEAKER 1: All right. Now I'm rolling in the ZR2. I'm going to chase Dan. This has the traction control off. And four-high. And we're going to see how we can do chasing him in this vehicle. [MUSIC PLAYING] DAN: Oh, boy. There's definitely a lot of shaking going on here. Whoops, it does pretty well if you just go over the top of them! Oh, I think that's a little hard. SPEAKER 1: It's getting it done. It's moving around more than the Tacoma was. Which is kind of surprising, given the more aggressive tires on this ZR2. I feel like I'm on more of a bucking bronco in this vehicle. Whoa. There we go. Airborne! Yeah! Almost knocked my glasses off. So I'm going to drive the TRD Pro again. Dan's in the ZR2. So far, I feel like the ZR2, you're a little bit more along for the ride than in the TRD Pro. They're both capable. They're both reaching the same speeds and able to catch one another no matter who's driving which one. But the TRD Pro just feels a little bit more communicative, and that I'm a little bit more in control of the car's direction than in the ZR2. A lot of that-- part of that-- is the steering. Steering feels much better in the Toyota. DAN: It doesn't feel quite-- although we're in a deeper section. Holy crap. The character of this road changes every half a mile. One of the things I am torn about is you don't feel anything through the steering. And with the Toyota, you do. Which means you kind of have a leg up. You know what you gotta do. What's going to happen. How the truck's responding. This one is a little bit more of a feel like you're behind it a little bit. Oh! Oh, that was a good one! SPEAKER 1: Yeah, it feels like I'm using the limits of travel in the rear on some of these bigger bumps. But it's not a really hard landing. And I'm able to keep pace with Dan without a whole lot of effort. DAN: So this ZR2 has Multimatic shock absorbers. Which are different from the shock absorbers that just about every other truck has. They don't use deflecting disk valve technology. They use spool valves. Which are just more durable and less heat-sensitive. Which is really important out here. This traction control system is just always cutting in though. Not real happy with that. And I don't have a sand program to turn on. I have to deal with it. Once I get going, it's not bad. But it's getting up to speed that could be a problem. [MUSIC PLAYING] Well that was fun. SPEAKER 1: That was a lot of fun. I mean, you kind of just boned out in the ZR2 on the really loose stuff. And I was like, oh. It's going to be like that. So I hammered down, and the thing took it. I mean, it was more a limitation on me not knowing the terrain more so than a limitation on the truck. DAN: Yeah. And I was always looking around the next corner to make sure I didn't have a high speed missile coming up the other way. But, yeah. There was one time, though, where I was in a really deep root rut where it kind of grounded out just a little bit underneath the center. Nothing big, but I felt it touch. SPEAKER 1: Just once, right? DAN: Yeah. SPEAKER 1: I had this exact same thing happen. It was probably the same spot. DAN: Yeah, I'm sure it was. SPEAKER 1: It just kind of grazed down. DAN: Yeah. I could tell when going into it. I said, oh, that's a little bit of a high crown in the middle. And the ruts were really deep. Pretty soon, we're going to hit the mountains. And we'll start climbing. [MUSIC PLAYING] So we're picking our way through a little residential area, if you could call it that. Scattered homes in the desert here. We had to cross the highway. And now we've moved from the desert side to the base of the mountains. We've got to find our way up there. [MUSIC PLAYING] I checked with the Forest Service about the condition of the road up top. But they didn't say anything about the part of the road that's out of their jurisdiction down below. SPEAKER 1: Well it doesn't say the road's closed. It just says, caution. So we can use caution. DAN: Oh, I don't know about that. These are red. But you're right. It doesn't say closed. SPEAKER 1: I'm colorblind. I can't see red. DAN: Well that could be just one of many. SPEAKER 1: Well you want an adventure. Now you're having an adventure. DAN: Yeah, but I don't to put a truck on its lid. The problem is if we waste a lot of time getting up here and finding out it's really gone a mile ahead, then we've got no time to find an alternate route before dark. We're here. And the really tight stuffs way up here. You know, this could be where the problem is. SPEAKER 1: It's only a quarter mile. We just should just drive it. DAN: All right. Let's drive it. It doesn't say road closed. It says, washed out. SPEAKER 1: See, now you're speaking my language. DAN: Yeah, I guess I am. [MUSIC PLAYING]

2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro vs 2018 Chevrolet Colorado Part 1

Edmunds technical nerds Dan Edmunds and Jason Kavanagh take an off-road voyage in the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 and the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro. These are the two most capable midsize pickups you can buy for when the pavement runs out, but they each approach the task differently. Our goal is to drive them exclusively on dirt and rocks from Barstow, California, to Big Bear Lake to compare their chops. In this first installment, we find out how these two pumped-up scramblers handle desert whoops at speed.

Features & Specs

MSRP
$23,700
MPG
20 city / 26 hwy
Seats 4
6-speed manual
Gas
200 hp @ 6300 rpm
MSRP
$28,500
MPG
19 city / 24 hwy
Seats 4
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
200 hp @ 6300 rpm
MSRP
$31,000
MPG
19 city / 24 hwy
Seats 4
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
200 hp @ 6300 rpm
MSRP
$27,100
MPG
20 city / 26 hwy
Seats 4
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
200 hp @ 6300 rpm
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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. 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%

Chevrolet Colorado vs. the competition

2018 Chevrolet Colorado

2018 Chevrolet Colorado

2018 Toyota Tacoma

2018 Toyota Tacoma

Chevrolet Colorado vs. Toyota Tacoma

The 2018 Tacoma is the king of the midsize truck class, at least in terms of sales, and has been for well over a decade. Dependability, capability and resale values are the strengths of the Toyota. But it's not all clear sailing. Compared to the Colorado, the Tacoma suffers from an underwhelming V6 engine and an infotainment system that leaves a lot to be desired.

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Chevrolet Colorado vs. GMC Canyon

The Canyon is essentially the Colorado's twin, so picking one or the other will largely come down to your preference for styling or the few extra luxury appointments that tip the scales in the Canyon's favor. The Canyon lacks the Colorado's extreme ZR2 option package, and instead presents itself as a slightly more upscale truck that's equally capable for towing and hauling duty.

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Chevrolet Colorado vs. Chevrolet Silverado 1500

While it's true that you can spec a Silverado for less money than a fully loaded Colorado, once you option them equally, the bigger Chevy immediately commands a higher price. Since it's a full-size light-duty truck, the Silverado 1500 offers more capability, more space and V8 power. In some cases, it doesn't even cost that much more than the Colorado. Even fuel economy is similar. But the Colorado is the easier truck to drive because of its smaller dimensions. It's more maneuverable and better able to fit into tight parking spaces and garages.

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2018 Chevrolet Colorado for Sale

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Black 2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 4WD 8-Speed Automatic V6 Colorado ZR2, V6, 8-Speed Automatic, 4WD, Jet Black w/Leather-Appointed Seat Trim. Check out our customer reviews and see why your friends and neighbors choose Criswell - We're Driven by You! The New Vehicle Internet Sale Price includes rebates, incentives and dealer discounts; customers may not qualify for all incentives; freight, sales tax, tag fees and a $300 processing charge are additional. All prices, specifications, and availability are subject to change without notice. Pictures may be for illustrative purposes only; offers not valid on prior sales. Please contact Criswell Chevrolet in Gaithersburg, MD for complete details and the most current information. Price includes: $500 - General Motors Consumer Cash Program. Exp. 10/31/2018, $2,500 - Chevrolet Bonus Cash Program. Exp. 10/31/2018

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More about the 2018 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, and 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 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 rated at 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 an 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 decent storage space and good headroom (though limited legroom) for backseat passengers.

Chevrolet sells the Colorado with several body options, including 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, and 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 2018 Chevrolet Colorado for you.

2018 Chevrolet Colorado Overview

The 2018 Chevrolet Colorado is offered in the following submodels: Colorado Crew Cab, Colorado Extended Cab. Available styles include Z71 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), ZR2 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), LT 4dr Crew Cab SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A), LT 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Work Truck 4dr Extended Cab SB (2.5L 4cyl 6M), Work Truck 4dr Crew Cab SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A), Z71 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Work Truck 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Z71 4dr Crew Cab SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A), LT 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Work Truck 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A), LT 4dr Extended Cab SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A), LT 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A), Work Truck 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Z71 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A), 4dr Extended Cab SB (2.5L 4cyl 6M), LT 4dr Crew Cab LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), ZR2 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Work Truck 4dr Crew Cab LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Z71 4dr Extended Cab SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A), and Z71 4dr Crew Cab LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A).

What do people think of the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Colorado 3.5 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 2018 Colorado.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 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.

Edmunds Scorecard

Overall3.5 / 5.0

Driving

3.5 / 5.0

Acceleration4.5 / 5.0
Braking3.5 / 5.0
Steering3.0 / 5.0
Handling3.5 / 5.0
Drivability4.0 / 5.0

Comfort

3.5 / 5.0

Seat comfort3.5 / 5.0
Ride comfort3.5 / 5.0
Noise & vibration3.0 / 5.0
Climate control3.5 / 5.0

Interior

3.5 / 5.0

Ease of use4.0 / 5.0
Getting in/getting out3.0 / 5.0
Driving position4.5 / 5.0
Roominess3.5 / 5.0
Visibility3.0 / 5.0
Quality3.5 / 5.0

Utility

3.0 / 5.0

Small-item storage3.5 / 5.0
Cargo space2.5 / 5.0

Technology

4.0 / 5.0

Audio & navigation4.0 / 5.0
Smartphone integration5.0 / 5.0
Driver aids3.0 / 5.0
Voice control4.0 / 5.0
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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 2018 Chevrolet Colorado?
2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A)

The 2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $42,385. The average price paid for a new 2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) is trending $5,511 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $5,511 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$36,874.

The average savings for the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) is13% below the MSRP.

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2018 Chevrolet Colorado LT 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

The 2018 Chevrolet Colorado LT 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $33,895. The average price paid for a new 2018 Chevrolet Colorado LT 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is trending $7,939 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $7,939 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$25,956.

The average savings for the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado LT 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is23.4% below the MSRP.

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2018 Chevrolet Colorado Work Truck 4dr Extended Cab SB (2.5L 4cyl 6M)

The 2018 Chevrolet Colorado Work Truck 4dr Extended Cab SB (2.5L 4cyl 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $24,235. The average price paid for a new 2018 Chevrolet Colorado Work Truck 4dr Extended Cab SB (2.5L 4cyl 6M) is trending $4,814 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,814 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$19,421.

The average savings for the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado Work Truck 4dr Extended Cab SB (2.5L 4cyl 6M) is19.9% below the MSRP.

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2018 Chevrolet Colorado Work Truck 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

The 2018 Chevrolet Colorado Work Truck 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $31,560. The average price paid for a new 2018 Chevrolet Colorado Work Truck 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is trending $4,545 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,545 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$27,015.

The average savings for the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado Work Truck 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is14.4% below the MSRP.

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2018 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

The 2018 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $37,285. The average price paid for a new 2018 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is trending $3,443 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,443 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$33,842.

The average savings for the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is9.2% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 1 2018 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 4dr Extended Cab SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

The 2018 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 4dr Extended Cab SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $31,445. The average price paid for a new 2018 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 4dr Extended Cab SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is trending $4,243 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,243 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$27,202.

The average savings for the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 4dr Extended Cab SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is13.5% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 1 2018 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 4dr Extended Cab SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

Which 2018 Chevrolet Colorados are available in my area?

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Should I lease or buy a 2018 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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