2018 Chevy Colorado Review
2018 Chevy Colorado Review
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Travis Langness has worked in the automotive industry since 2011. He has written thousands of car-related articles and tested and reviewed hundreds of vehicles over the course of his career.
- 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
- 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
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.
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Cost to DriveCost to drive estimates for the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado 4dr Extended Cab SB (2.5L 4cyl 6M) and comparison vehicles are based on 15,000 miles per year (with a mix of 55% city and 45% highway driving) and energy estimates of $3.11 per gallon for regular unleaded in Virginia.
Monthly estimates based on costs in Virginia
$171/mo for Colorado Base
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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.
What's it like to live with?
Our editorial experts put more than 50,000 miles on a Colorado ZR2 to suss out its strengths and weaknesses. Equipped with an optional turbodiesel engine and loads of rugged equipment, the Colorado ZR2 is an adventurer's dream. But does that mean it's the right truck for you? Read our long-term Colorado ZR2 test to learn more. Note that while we tested a 2017 truck, the 2018 Colorado is of the same generation. All of our reporting still applies.
Edmunds' Expert Rating7.3 / 10
The 2018 Chevrolet Colorado has multiple appealing engines, and it offers the capability of a pickup truck without too many compromises. Rivals are better in a few categories, but the Colorado remains a strong midsize contender.
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).
|Overall||7.3 / 10|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 & vibration7.0
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.
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.
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 use8.0
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 out7.0
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 accommodation6.5
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.
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.
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.
Audio & navigation8.0
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2018 Chevrolet Colorado models
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.
3.6 out of 5 stars
Most helpful consumer reviews
1 out of 5 stars
larry rucker, 05/26/2018
2018 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.1 ft. SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A)
I purchased 2018 colorado new at champion chevrolet johnson city tn and at 2,000 miles transmission developed a vibration in transmission most of the time.I returned to dealership for repairs and tech. said he could not find anything wrong and since the check engine light was not on there was nothing wrong with the transmission.I left and it vibrated all the way home.At 5,000 miles it … appears to be geting worse,I have appt. at another dealershio this time.tarr chevrolet in jefferso city tn. changed the fluid in transmission and this resolved the problem.I also found a service tech,notice concerning this problem which has been ongoing for a few years but apparently champion chevrolet in johnson city has no knowledge of this problem or does not care about there customers.at approx 10,000 miles the vibration returned.this time tarr chevrolet replaced the torque converter.this took care of the problem until approx.15,000 miles and the vibration returned.this time tarr chevrolet obtained some type special tools to remove all transmission lines and they flushed the system and changed the fluid again.I now have 21,000 miles and have not had any problems with the vibration.however when you start the vehicle after being parked overnite you can hear a loud noise underneath and occasionally the transmission will have a small jerk while driving.I would not recommend anyone purchasing a chevrolet with the 8 speed automatic transmission.general motors has had problems with this transmission for a few years. champion chevrolet of johnson city tn said they could not find anything wrong with my transmission.apparently they have incompant technicans and service manager.vehicle has been in the shop now 5 times at 27,000 miles and chevrolet cannot repair the transmission.the big problem now is a jerking motion in the transmission.2 times the vehicle lunged foward sitting at an intersection.also at times when the vehicle is started there is a loud noise that comes from the direction of the transmission.a class action lawsuit has been filed in federal court in florida which includes 5 states due to the transmission problem.vehicle now has 36,000 miles and i still have transmission problems.at times the transmission seems to attempt to down shift and up shift at the same time causing a jerki9ng motion.apparently chevrolet cannot fix the problem.the last time i had the truck in for the vibration in the transmission the service manager drove the truck with me inside.he said he could feel the vibration at different times and he said they could not fix it.transmission still jerks especially on a upgrage.service manager stated they could not correct the problem.all 8 speed auto transmissions are lemons especially in the chev colorado.
1 out of 5 stars
Torque converter problem
2018 Chevrolet Colorado LT 4dr Crew Cab 6.2 ft. SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A)
12000 miles and experiencing the rumble/vibration issue that seems to be a very common problem with Chevy trucks. Had the transmission flush and then the torque converter replaced under warranty. Still doing the same thing. After research, it seems a lot of people are having this issue. Waiting for a response for GM as dealer doesn't seem to be able to fix. Update - dealer never could … figure out how to fix. Chevrolet Regional Service manager was supposed to look at it or contact me. He/she never did. Finally got the dealer to take the truck back, but it was at a substantial lost to me. I do not recommend any Chevy/GM vehicle with this transmission.
2 out of 5 stars
Nice truck-until I drove it for a couple of weeks
Robert Wolf, 12/27/2018
2018 Chevrolet Colorado LT 4dr Crew Cab 6.2 ft. SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A)
I'm usually a Toyota man, but when I decided on a mid-size truck I found the Colorado to be a quieter, smoother ride and the interior's look more to my liking. Plus, i did not like that the Tacoma had such an enormously long hood! I really wanted a 2 wheel drive vehicle, but the dealer only had 4 wheel drive's in stock. So, we went ahead and briefly test drove a pretty silver 4 door … model and decided to go ahead and purchase it. After a week or so, we noticed two problems: 1st, a vibration while driving over 40mph every time I would accelerate slightly. 2nd, when we would come to a stop, we felt a "clunk" in the rear end like someone tapped us from behind! We took the truck back to the dealer, and they replaced the torque converter (I see that's a common issue!) and that took care of the vibration, but immediately after leaving the dealer parking lot, we noticed that the "clunk" was still there. We turned around and went back to the service department and had one of the technicians ride with us to experience the problem. We left the truck with them for over a week to try and figure out what was happening. They resurfaced the rear brakes and "greased the leaf springs". Again, as we left the dealer, the first light we came to we experienced the "clunk". We turned around again and went back to the service department and they said they had no other ideas to fix the problem! We took the truck home, and I did some research on the internet and found a Service Bulletin #99-04-20-002J which stated that this "clunking" was due to gear lash in the differential, transfer case, and transmission - and that it is NORMAL, and technicians should not attempt to remedy the issue! Unbelievable! Talking to a few other owners with 2 wheel drive Colorados I find this is apparently not a problem with 2WD's. After a couple of months of "clunking" every time I came to a stop, I felt I could not stand this issue any longer so I traded the truck in for a Toyota vehicle. Needless to say, I took a substantial loss on that Colorado, and I will never buy another Chevrolet vehicle again! UPDATE: I've noticed that ALL Chevrolet 4WD vehicles seem to experience the "kachunk" in the drivetrain when stopping and/or starting. Is this a typical experience with ALL 4WD vehicles?? I don't know, but I've ridden in Silverados, Tahoes, and even GMC Yukons with 4 wheel drive, and they all have varying degrees of this aggravating clunk, making you feel like the rear end is about to fall out. To me, this is totally unacceptable whether it's considered normal or not.
5 out of 5 stars
Outstanding American Truck!
2018 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 6.2 ft. SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A)
I purchased my 2018 Chevy Colorado Crew Cab Long Bed with the V6 back in October. The critics reviews confirm my expectations of this truck, as I absolutely love it! Chevy did a remarkable job with performance, technology and cabin comfort, keeping the road and wind noise out. The V6 is powerful and eight speed automatic shifts seamlessly. I am equally impressed with the 4 Wheel Drive … system as well. The infotainment is excellent. I have the optional navigation and Bose speakers, which are both outstanding. I am currently getting 20 MPG around town and 25-26 MPG on the highway. After driving the Toyota Tacoma, I was simply sold on the Colorado. Just read the reviews and comparison tests, as there is no compararison. Even the new Ford Ranger doesn’t come close.
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.
2018 Colorado Highlights
|Combined MPG||22 MPG|
|Cost to Drive||$171/month|
|Drivetrain||rear wheel drive|
|Max Towing Capacity||7,000 lbs.|
|Warranty||3 years / 36,000 miles|
Our experts like the Colorado models:
- 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 Rating4 out of 5 stars
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
- Frontal Barrier Crash RatingOverall4 / 5Driver5 / 5Passenger4 / 5
- Side Crash RatingOverall5 / 5
- Side Barrier RatingOverall5 / 5Driver5 / 5Passenger5 / 5
- Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsFront Seat5 / 5Back Seat5 / 5
- RolloverRollover3 / 5Dynamic Test ResultNo TipRisk Of Rollover22%