2018 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab
- 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
- 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
- Limited availability of optional safety features
2018 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which Colorado does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating7.3 / 10
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.
2018 Chevrolet Colorado configurations
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.
Noise & vibration7.0
Ease of use8.0
Getting in/getting out7.0
Child safety seat accommodation6.5
Audio & navigation8.0
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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
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.
Chevrolet Colorado vs. the competition
2018 Chevrolet Colorado
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.
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.
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.
2018 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab for Sale
2018 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab Overview
The 2018 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab is offered in the following styles: Work Truck 4dr Extended Cab SB (2.5L 4cyl 6M), LT 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A), Work Truck 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A), LT 4dr Extended Cab SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A), 4dr Extended Cab SB (2.5L 4cyl 6M), Z71 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A), ZR2 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), and Z71 4dr Extended Cab SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A).
What do people think of the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Colorado Extended Cab 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 Extended Cab.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 Colorado Extended Cab featuring deep dives into trim levels including Work Truck, LT, Base, 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 2018 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab here.
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What's a good price for a New 2018 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab?
2018 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab ZR2 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A)
The 2018 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab 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 Extended Cab ZR2 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) is trending $5,511 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
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The average savings for the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab ZR2 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) is13% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab LT 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
The 2018 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab 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 $34,645. The average price paid for a new 2018 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab LT 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is trending $7,118 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
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The average savings for the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab LT 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is20.5% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab Z71 4dr Extended Cab SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
The 2018 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab 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 Extended Cab Z71 4dr Extended Cab SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is trending $4,243 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
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The average savings for the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab Z71 4dr Extended Cab SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is13.5% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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Which 2018 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cabs are available in my area?
2018 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab Listings and Inventory
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Should I lease or buy a 2018 Chevrolet Colorado?
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