2019 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab

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What’s new

  • New Infotainment 3 software, with more USB ports front and rear
  • High-definition rearview camera
  • Part of the second Colorado generation introduced in 2015

Pros & Cons

  • 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
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$20,600

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Which Colorado does Edmunds recommend?

The Chevrolet Colorado LT is ideal for buyers who want car-like amenities such as keyless entry and an 8-inch infotainment screen at a reasonable price. A long list of options and features are available to tailor your truck to your needs. Get the V6 instead of the four-cylinder if you can. Its extra power is worth the cost. It's nearly as fuel-efficient, too. The expensive diesel-powered engine option might have some appeal if you do a lot of towing, but otherwise we say skip it.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

7.6 / 10

Although full-size trucks deservedly rule the roost in terms of sales, the midsize pickup segment has started to come into its own. The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado exemplifies this evolution with flexible configurations that cover both work and play. The Colorado starts off as one of the least expensive bare-bones truck on the market. But it can be optioned up to be an out-of-the-box adventure machine with a lifted suspension that boasts trick shocks and fully lockable differentials. And let's not forget technology features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. No matter which version of Colorado you choose, you'll get well-mannered handling and respectable fuel economy.

But the Colorado isn't alone in this segment, and the competition is fierce. Toyota's Tacoma starts at a higher price, but it excels in rough off-road terrain and has a higher resale value that levels out the value proposition. And then there's the Honda Ridgeline, which is more comfortable and roomy, though it can't tow or handle tough off-road trails as well as the Colorado. Ford is also getting back into the game with its new Ranger. The decision is tough, but picking a winner will primarily come down to what you want out of your next truck. The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado is worth a look.

Notably, we picked the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 as one of Edmunds' Best Off-Road Trucks, the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado Diesel as one of Edmunds' Best Trucks for Towing, and the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado as one of Edmunds' Best Trucks and Best Gas Mileage Trucks for this year.

What's it like to live with?

To learn more about the Chevrolet Colorado, read our long-term test of a Colorado ZR2, which our editorial team lived with for more than two years. We took the off-road variant of this popular pickup on grueling off-road adventures and enlisted it for help on DIY home improvement projects. Yes, this version of the Colorado is as rugged as it looks. But is it the right truck for you? Note that while we tested a 2017 truck, the 2019 Colorado is of the same generation and most of our reporting still applies.

2019 Chevrolet Colorado models

The 2019 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's seat with manual recline, front bucket seats, a tilt-only adjustable steering wheel, and power windows. You also get a rearview camera, a 7-inch infotainment system (GM's new Infotainment 3 system), Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, two USB ports, and a six-speaker sound system.

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 most significant 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, OnStar and additional USB ports.

More options are available for the LT, the most notable 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.

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 capability 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 Chevrolet Colorado Z71(3.6L V6 | 8-speed automatic | 4WD).

Scorecard

Overall7.6 / 10
Driving8.0
Comfort7.0
Interior8.0
Utility7.5
Technology8.5

Driving

8.0
The V6 engine is lively, and the eight-speed automatic is well-behaved. Past the praiseworthy powertrain, the Colorado also handles decently well for a truck, even if the steering lacks feedback. If off-roading is important to you, the Colorado shouldn't be your first choice.

Acceleration

8.5
The Colorado's 3.5-liter V6 produces a strong 305 horsepower, and that helps make the truck feel light and eager. It never feels breathless at full tilt even though its measured 0-60 mph time of 7.3 seconds does lag behind the Ranger a little. On rare occasions it can display a slight lack of low-end grunt if the transmission refuses to downshift.

Braking

7.0
The Colorado's brakes are predictable and easy to modulate in routine driving, but the pedal tends to go vague and syrupy in harder stops. Despite this, we noted good stability and little nosedive during our 60-0 mph panic-stop test. The 141-foot result was worse than you'd expect in a family car, but in line with expectations for the optional off-road tires that were fitted to our test truck.

Steering

7.0
The steering offers good on-center feel for highway driving and precise control. The steering effort is appropriately weighted even if the assistance feels a bit artificial. Feedback is nearly nonexistent.

Handling

7.5
Body roll is tamed by a firm suspension, so the Colorado corners quite well for a truck. With an unloaded bed, the light rear end can be easy to break traction, but stability control always keeps that manageable. The Colorado feels more car-like than most rivals, but it's ultimately still a truck.

Drivability

8.0
The eight-speed transmission is well-matched to this engine, and a smooth throttle tip-in makes it easy to get the acceleration you want. 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

8.0
The low airdam hanging from the front bumper is good for mileage, but it's bad for clearance, to the point where rocky off-highway travel would break it off. But you can remove it in about 30 minutes. Once we did, we discovered the Colorado has fairly decent articulation. And even though there's no locking rear differential, the Z71's standard single-mode traction control can cope with wheel lift in rocky terrain.

Comfort

7.0
The Colorado offers a better ride than many of its competitors. 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

7.0
The front seats are nicely molded, if a little firm, and offer an upright and comfortable position. There's not a lot of adjustability, however. Also, big-boned folks may find them a little narrow. The rear bench cushioning is harder, and the backrest is a bit too upright.

Ride comfort

8.0
The ride is smoother and better-damped than most of the competition, and the Colorado does a good job of dealing with large bumps and small cracks alike. It's not nearly as buttery smooth as the Ridgeline, but you won't be disappointed.

Noise & vibration

7.5
The Colorado's cabin has a bit of wind, road and engine noise, but nothing close to levels that will cause passengers to raise their voices. The top gear of the eight-speed transmission does a lot to keep the engine settled, and the Z71's knobby off-road tires are much quieter than they look like they'd be.

Climate control

8.0
The climate controls are easy and intuitive to use, and the system is more than a match for most weather conditions. However, it's only a single zone. The heated seats and steering wheel work well and are easy to operate.

Interior

8.0
As befits a midsize truck, the driving position and controls offer upright simplicity. Even as a crew cab, the Colorado is best up front. The rear seat is cramped and difficult to access, especially since side steps are optional extras. The large roof pillars create some problematic sightlines.

Ease of use

8.0
Everything is easy to reach, and there's plenty of well-labeled and generously sized switchgear. The oversize toggles in the center console can be operated even when wearing heavy gloves.

Getting in/getting out

7.5
This vehicle is relatively high, and steps are optional extras. The big front door opening helps, and the 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

8.0
The driving position in the Colorado is appropriate for a truck: upright and commanding yet comfortable. Everything is accessible and visible. There's also generous adjustment range in both the seat and steering column to suit all types of drivers.

Roominess

7.5
The front seat offers lots of room all around. 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

7.5
Forward visibility is generally good, but the thick roof pillars and broad-shouldered hood can cause problems, especially when pulling out of a driveway at an angle. The side mirrors are a decent size and help a lot in lane-changing situations. Generally, you should feel confident driving the Colorado.

Quality

7.5
The cabin is full of hard plastics and generally cheap-feeling surfaces. But it's solidly put together, and it feels significantly more modern than the Frontier and even the new Ranger.

Utility

7.5
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 enclosed storage of larger items.

Small-item storage

7.5
There are plenty of places to stash things in the cabin, including a cellphone tray next to the USB port. The 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

7.0
The rear half of the Colorado's crew cab is a mixed bag. It is easy to fold the rear seat bottoms up, but the floor that's revealed is marred by obstructions; you couldn't put large boxes or a pet bed here. You can easily fold the seatback down, too, but the resulting surface is fairly high and not quite horizontal.

Child safety seat accommodation

6.5
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 rear requires lifting, which may be troublesome to shorter buyers.

Towing

9.0
Midsize trucks aren't normally the first choice for those who tow, but the Colorado is arguably the pick of the segment. It can tow 7,000 pounds with the V6 gasoline engine and 7,700 pounds with the optional diesel engine — which should not only tow effortlessly but use far less fuel in the process. But the Colorado has another ace in the hole: It offers a built-in trailer brake controller.

Hauling

8.0
The crew-cab 4WD short-bed Colorado carries more payload than the Tacoma by a wide margin and pips the Ridgeline and Ranger, too. As for the bed itself, tall sides impede reach-in access. And it's a plain steel affair that requires an extra spend for a textured bedliner. There are only four fixed tie-down loops, but more can be added if you purchase accessories. The best part is the standard corner bed access steps built into the corners of the rear bumper.

Technology

8.5
Chevrolet offers solid in-car technology thanks largely to its Infotainment 3 system, which is easy to use and feature-rich. Unfortunately, the Colorado lags behind in terms of useful on-road active safety technology.

Smartphone integration

9.0
Chevy does a good job offering charging options. Our test truck had USB ports up front and two in back, as well as 110-volt outlets front and back. Bluetooth is easy to set up and works well. The Infotainment 3 system also features Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Driver aids

7.5
Our tester was optioned with forward collision alert and lane departure warning. Both work as advertised, but the forward collision system can be overly sensitive. At least it doesn't return completely false positives the way some systems occasionally do. Blind-spot monitoring would be welcome.

Voice control

8.0
The Colorado's voice control is 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.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado.

5 star reviews: 49%
4 star reviews: 20%
3 star reviews: 9%
2 star reviews: 11%
1 star reviews: 11%
Average user rating: 3.8 stars based on 35 total reviews

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    5 out of 5 stars, Colorado Dreamin'
    Mark,
    Work Truck 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

    If you are truly a truck person, I believe you'll just love this truck, as we do. I bought this truck in its work form, because I was not looking for all the amenities of a luxury auto. I have a 6' bed, plenty of power with its V6 and 8 speed automatic transmission, and plenty of ground clearance as I travel the streets of western Michigan in 4 wheel drive during our very snowy winters. And, yet, as everyone that has seen my truck, can't get over how beautiful it is with its great styling and Pacific Blue Metallic paint job. Being an average size person, I can't speak to some of the complaints about cabin size, but I have more than enough room for my 5' 10" 200 lbs frame. Before deciding on another brand, no matter your size, you have got to check out this one. The Chevrolet Colorado is one great truck. After 6 months of ownership, love the Colorado even more. Used the truck to bring home a 6' patio door and enough green board to build a 10' x 12' deck. With its 6' bed and 2' tailgate was able to bring home 12' boards to build the deck. This is a mid-size truck, but definitely big enough for the big jobs, just like its cousin the full-size trucks. Really like its aggressive stance and more narrow girth. Nice thing about owning a truck, for example, came home from work one day only to have the storm door fall off the hinges in my hands. Went to the store......threw the new storm door in the back......installed it.........no muss no fuss. After my first year of ownership, still loving the truck. In the past, working 3rd shift, had the little woman waking me up a half hour early, when we got hit with a snowstorm, so I could pull out the snow thrower and clear our steep uphill driveway. Now with my 4 x 4 Colorado, she let's me sleep until I'm ready to go. Although this is true with any four wheel drive vehicle, just makes me love my truck even more, which is hard to believe is possible. I wouldn't want any other vehicle. I love my girlfriend, truck, and dachshund in that order. My girlfriend had better behave herself, because the truck is vying for the first spot.

    5 out of 5 stars, Excellent all around truck
    NFMTX,
    Z71 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

    Have a 2019 Z71. Very well designed and built truck. Very good handling, Excellent maneuverability for a pickup. Well laid out dash, controls are easy to understand and use. The infotainment system works smoothly, nicely sized. Capabilities are very good. 1400 lbs payload and 7,000 lbs towing are more than enough for most people. Highly recomment

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    Chevy Colorado ZR2 vs. Jeep Gladiator Rubicon: 2019 Off-Road Truck Comparison Test

    Chevy Colorado ZR2 vs. Jeep Gladiator Rubicon: 2019 Off-Road Truck Comparison Test

    [MUSIC PLAYING] DAN EDMUNDS: In an Edmund's exclusive test, we're pitting the new Jeep Gladiator Rubicon against the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 on the road, on the trails, over obstacles, and in the dunes. We're here in Ocotillo Wells, California, which is a beautiful wide open desert landscape that has trails that run everywhere. I really like coming here, and I've seen a lot of it. But I've never seen this place. But what I do know about coming here is that you need a truck that can handle just about anything. CALVIN KIM: That's right. That's why we brought out the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2. It's a truck that we're intimately familiar with. We've had it on numerous comparison tests. We've driven it all over the place. We even have one in our long-term fleet. DAN EDMUNDS: Exactly. And while we know what the Colorado can and can't do, we don't know anything about the new Jeep Gladiator. I mean, they've been teasing us for years at places like Moab with concept vehicles, but now we finally got one, and we can find out once and for all if this is a Jeepy truck or a trucky Jeep. CALVIN KIM: That's right, and we can't wait to test the metal-- DAN EDMUNDS: I see we did there. CALVIN KIM: --and find out the good, bad, and the ugly of these two platforms by getting them out there. DAN EDMUNDS: Exactly. Let's hit the trail. But before we hit the trail, you hit Subscribe, and also remember to use Edmunds for all your truck shopping needs. [MUSIC PLAYING] Right now we're on one of the main thoroughfares here in Ocotillo Wells. We can get some speed up. This section is covered with whoop-de-doos which you get where there's motorcycle and side-by-side traffic. They really chop up the surface here, and the suspension on the Gladiator seems to be dealing with it really well. The FOX shocks are nicely tuned and the wheelbase seems to be helping settle out the motions. [MUSIC PLAYING] CALVIN KIM: If you don't have the right suspension, it can ruin your day. Thankfully, the Colorado ZR2 has these trick dampers from a company called Multimatic that kind of is speed sensitive, if you will, and keeps the truck pretty stable even on these wash boards. Now, an interesting fact is that sometimes going slow is bad, and for the Colorado, it really likes a little bit of speed so that it's just skimming the tops of these washboard bumps. [MUSIC PLAYING] DAN EDMUNDS: Wrangler is what this is based on. The Wrangler is known for being a vehicle that can pretty much do anything and go anywhere. And they've had a two-door version, and then they introduced the four-door version, of course. There doesn't seem to be any limit to the appetite for variants of this vehicle. So now we have a Jeep pickup, and they call it a Gladiator. The thing about a Jeep is it can go anywhere. On trails you might not even feel comfortable walking up, you can crawl up in a Jeep. The other thing is the top comes off, the doors come off, the windshield folds. I mean nothing puts you in the middle of the action like a Jeep. And now, the Jeep truck just gives the person who kind of needs a truck but wants a Jeep a way to have both at the same time. [MUSIC PLAYING] CALVIN KIM: Chevrolet has been making trucks for quite possibly a billion years, but the Colorado is actually fairly new. This second generation was only introduced about four or five years ago. But the ZR2 is a little bit different. Chevrolet saw people buying other trucks that were more enthusiast oriented, not so much for the 9:00 to 5:00, hence the ZR2. It's a little bit wider. It's got better suspension, and it's more meant for the weekend than the weekday. DAN EDMUNDS: Customization is almost expected. There's so many different aftermarket parts that Mopar sells, and independent companies sell. If you can dream it, they make it for a Jeep. I mean, the first thing people do is they usually lift it up and they add bigger tires. And the thing about the Gladiator is the Rubicon comes with 33-inch tires, but they say 35s will fit without any modification. Even the spare tire compartment, in the back, underneath the frame, will hold a 35-inch tire without any modifications. So right there they've even designed in the knowledge that people are going to want to mod this thing. CALVIN KIM: Enthusiasts like tinkering with their stuff, you know, upgrading. They've provided a catalog of parts. For example, the new Bison model with upgraded armor and underbody protection, and even performance parts from the GM Performance Parts catalog. And you can upgrade suspension, upgrade the power, so you can go a little bit faster than you're going now. [MUSIC PLAYING] DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah, these whoop-de-doos are really deep. I generally just have to tolerate them until I get where I'm going, but certainly this is easier in the Gladiator than it is in, say, my two-door Jeep Wrangler which really gets tossed around because it's so short. [MUSIC PLAYING] CALVIN KIM: I just turned off the stability control system because as we're skimming the tops of these bumps, the computer's kind of flipping out a little bit and kind of directing me, giving me inputs that I don't really want. So by turning it off, it's giving me a little bit more control over how we're going down the road. Whee. DAN EDMUNDS: Calvin in the Colorado is probably saying that the ride's pretty good, but the Multimatic dampers don't seem to be as well suited to the terrain as you think they might be. My impression is they're tuned really well for the pavement, and they could stand to have another tuning session out here on this type of terrain. CALVIN KIM: The Colorado's independent front suspension pays dividends on these flatter washboard roads. It's not that great on rock crawling because of the lack of articulation, but out here the dampers can really control each wheel individually. And on top of that, the rack-and-pinion steering gives me fingertip control and pointability. The Gladiator's front suspension, on the other hand, has to do a lot more work simply because the solid front axle is a lot heavier. On top of that, the Gladiator's recirculating ball steering system just isn't as precise as the ZR2s rack and pinion. Let's take it somewhere where it can really flex its muscles. [MUSIC PLAYING] CALVIN KIM: We're here at the off-road training area here at Ocotillo Wells, and there's a lot of obstacles designed to test the agility and capability of both modified trucks and side-by-sides. DAN EDMUNDS: Right, and modified is the key word here because have you seen some of this stuff? I mean, it's really difficult. I can't imagine an unmodified vehicle, even attempting some of it. That's why we're here at a fairly simple obstacle that's meant to test approach, departure, ground clearance, and break-over angle. CALVIN KIM: These are all things that we don't know about on the Gladiator. DAN EDMUNDS: Exactly. So, I think we're going to know a little bit more in a few minutes. I'm lined up with the tubular obstacle. The Gladiator has a longer wheelbase, not only than a Wrangler Unlimited, but also a mid-sized pickup with a 5-foot bed and a crew cab which is what this is. So let's see how it does. Do I look like I'm lined up OK? CALVIN KIM: Looks good from here. DAN EDMUNDS: I can actually see pretty well over the hood of this vehicle. The fenders drop away, and it's pretty easy to see. It's got a good crawl ratio so I don't have to go very fast. CALVIN KIM: It's pretty good. No problems with approach, and now the first breakover. DAN EDMUNDS: Whoa. Whoa. CALVIN KIM: Oh just barely. DAN EDMUNDS: Oh yeah. CALVIN KIM: Oh he's on there. DAN EDMUNDS: That felt important. It's still touching. Yep. Is that anything important sounding underneath there? CALVIN KIM: Oh no, no. It's just your frame rail and maybe a drive shaft? DAN EDMUNDS: Drive shaft? CALVIN KIM: No, I'm just kidding. It's just the skid plate. DAN EDMUNDS: I'm riding the brakes a little bit to control my speed because I don't want to go over one of these things too quickly. CALVIN KIM: The good thing is the approach angle is nothing to worry about. Just a little drag on the-- on the hitch. DAN EDMUNDS: Oh. Oh. CALVIN KIM: Oh, but it's that breakover. DAN EDMUNDS: Another drag. CALVIN KIM: Yeah, you're just laying on that skid plate, but thank goodness it's there. DAN EDMUNDS: Oh, it's just a skid plate. I feel much better. CALVIN KIM: One of the benefits of a skid plate is it helps you slide right off obstacles like that. So far, departure doesn't seem to be an issue. So it's just the breakover height. DAN EDMUNDS: Almost done. CALVIN KIM: So close. No, looks good. Good job. Good job, Gladiator. DAN EDMUNDS: I rub-a-dub-dubbed a little bit more than I thought I might there. [MUSIC PLAYING] CALVIN KIM: We're about to do tubular, so I'm going to go ahead and put it 4 low. DAN EDMUNDS: If you keep it slow, you probably won't kill it. CALVIN KIM: Dan, I don't have a lot of visibility out the front. You think you can tell me and let me know if I'm OK laterally? DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah, you're pretty well centered. You might cheat it just to the right a little tiny bit, but not much. CALVIN KIM: Approach angle is really good. First breakover angle test was good. Let's see the first departure angle test out for the back. Now, Dan, was a little bit of a rub on the exhaust? DAN EDMUNDS: No harm, no foul. CALVIN KIM: Well, all right. DAN EDMUNDS: That was pretty good. Couple of light taps, but nothing major. [MUSIC PLAYING] We just left the training area, and we drove on an obstacle that we picked because it highlighted the approach, departure, and breakover angle of these two vehicles. This truck has a very long wheelbase. I was worried about it, departure angle a little bit as well, because you know the rear end does hang out there a little bit. But it performed much better than I thought, especially departure. The spare is tucked up nice and tight, and it's got a little rub rails to protect the bed corners, which we didn't need because it didn't rub. And the skid plate that they have is right where it needs to be. And that's the only thing that touched. And it didn't touch that bad. I crawled underneath there. Not even that many detectable scratches. So, it did pretty well. I'm less worried about that aspect of this vehicle than I was going into this test. CALVIN KIM: We were surprised at the ground clearance that the ZR2 had. I honestly thought it dragged body parts a little bit more than it did, but all things considered, the built-in skid plate did its job, and you know that's what it's there for. The exhaust tip did touch down, as well as the spare tire. And while we'd like to see both of those items higher up in the body, not too bad. DAN EDMUNDS: Before we came here, I put both these trucks on a RTI ramp, that's Ramp Travel Index. It measures the articulation of the suspension, the amount it can flex. And the Gladiator really did a great job. It has an advantage though because the stabilizer bar can be disconnected. But even when it was connected, it matched the ZR2. When it was disconnected, it added a significant advantage, and that didn't really come into play on the obstacle we just drove, but it came into play on the way to that obstacle. CALVIN KIM: Out here on the road, the ZR2s independent-foot suspension is not magical, but compared to the Gladiator's, it is. See, the Gladiator's heavy solid front axle has a lot of joints and stuff to make it turn and articulate, whereas ZR2s does not what that means is, yeah I lose a little bit of flex on the rocks, but I get absolutely straight precise tracking on the road. Now normally, big knobby tires don't ride so well. But surprisingly, the ones on the ZR2 are pretty good. And combined with the Multimatic dampers that I mentioned earlier, it's actually a pretty good ride. In fact, it's better than some trucks that are specifically just meant for the street. DAN EDMUNDS: The highway ride of the Gladiator is a little bit better than the Wrangler because of the longer wheelbase, but it's not quite as settled and poised as the ZR2 and other trucks that have independent front suspension. It's pretty smooth over the wavy stuff, but when you hit individual single wheel bumps, the front axle can shudder just a little bit. The other thing you notice, when on the highway, is this is a boxy vehicle and there's a fair bit of wind noise because of it. The other thing that's kind of interesting though is the Gladiator has adaptive cruise control right up here by the mirror. They've actually built a sensor to enable that, and what's neat about that location is you can put on a winch or another bumper, and it'll still work. And you can even fold the windshield down and it'll still work. CALVIN KIM: ZR2 is powered by a V6 engine that makes a little over 300 horsepower, and it's made it to an 8-speed automatic transmission We like this setup because it's very responsive and does what you want. When you want it to go a little bit faster, the downshifts are crisp and quick. And when you're done, it upshifts back to save gas. In fact, it even has a cylinder deactivation mode. Not much to dislike here. DAN EDMUNDS: Both of these trucks have the same displacement engine. They're both 3.6 liter [? V6es, ?] And they both have the same transmission in terms of gears. The ZR2 makes a little bit more horsepower and torque. It's not a significant amount, but the Jeep makes up for it off road because in low range, the transfer case has a 4 to 1 ratio. So if you're crawling in low-low this is going to feel a lot more torquey, and it's going to be easier to control speed, like we saw on the tube obstacle. The Gladiator has the highest tow-rating in the segment. Now, there is an asterisk there. That applies to the Sport which is the entry-level model. If you get a Rubicon like this one, the maximum tow rating is 7,000 pounds. That's still pretty darn good. CALVIN KIM: The same trick suspension that gives the ZR2 its immense capability, both on and off the road, is also its Achilles heel for both payload capacity and towing capacity. For payload it's 1,100 pounds. For towing it's only 5,000 pounds. That doesn't even hold a candle to the Z71 model and certainly not to the Gladiator. While realistically speaking, it's more than enough for most people, if you're looking for the ultimate in towing and payload, ZR2 isn't it. DAN EDMUNDS: One thing that Jeep wanted to make sure of was that the Gladiator had a bed that was useful. So it has a five-foot bed just like the crew cab versions of its competition. It's got four tie downs that come with it. Front two are D rings that pivot. There are a system of three rails and sliding tie downs that is a factory option, not an accessory. You can get a 110 volt outlet in the bed. It's not terribly deep, which I think in my mind a positive. Because let's face it, the Colorado ZR2s bedsides are comically high. What is it going to be? A Jacuzzi? You're not going to fill it up to the brim with anything anyway. CALVIN KIM: I hope you've been doing your CrossFit because you're going to need it to get into the bed. The Cargo bed in a Colorado pickup truck has a high-load floor and high bed sides. Great for loose stuff, but not so good for anything else. ZR2 makes it even worse because it has two more additional inches of ground clearance, which means the load floor and the bedsides are that much higher. DAN EDMUNDS: So two things that I like about this tailgate is one, it's tied into the central locking. So if you lock the truck, you lock the tailgate. The other thing that's really cool is it's got a 45-degree open position by just taking the cables that hold it open and looping them around a stay that they have there. What's neat about that is the 45-degree tailgate, the edge of it is lined up with the Fender top. So you can stack plywood flat. It's kind of a neat setup, and it's real simple. This weekend something happened. I have four orange trees in my backyard, and we had to pick the oranges and take them to a donation center. And that ended up being about 700 pounds in the back of the bed, and one thing you notice about this truck is the rear axle kind of crowds the cab a little bit more than some of its competition. The effect of that is the center of gravity of your payload is going to be a little bit further behind the rear axle, which will unweight the front a little bit more and make the ride a little bit less flat. And I certainly did observe that. It wasn't bad but certainly something to be aware of. [MUSIC PLAYING] The thing about the Gladiator that's really nice is it is, for all intents and purposes, a Wrangler pickup truck. Doors come off, windshield folds. It just happens to have a five-foot bed back there. If you want a Jeep and you don't really need a truck, well you might as well get a Wrangler. But if you're the kind of person that, yeah you want a truck, but you want to be able to take it off-road, it's going to be hard to recommend against this one. CALVIN KIM: We've done tight trails and the street. So now we're going to do something completely different. We're going to go out to the dunes where we can open these trucks up and see what they can do when it's soft but hopefully fast. [MUSIC PLAYING] So we made it to the dunes. DAN EDMUNDS: Absolutely. Look at them. They go for miles. CALVIN KIM: It's pretty gnarly out here. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah, and I think it's going to be a lot of fun. CALVIN KIM: That's right. And you know what? That's what these trucks are all about, aren't they? DAN EDMUNDS: Absolutely. I mean, we don't have to do this. But we want to. CALVIN KIM: [LAUGHING] Let's get out there then. DAN EDMUNDS: All right. [MUSIC PLAYING] [LAUGHING] It's fun, but I don't want to get stuck. [MUSIC PLAYING] CALVIN KIM: This is awesome. Super fun way to test out the whole drive system. Multimatic dampers don't mind this sort of abuse. In fact, they like this. [MUSIC PLAYING] DAN EDMUNDS: So this is Tectonic Wash, which is a really cool formation. It looks like they could have filmed Star Wars here. The Gladiator is longer than a Wrangler or compact pickups that are similar, and so I'm just watching the rear corner when I go around some of these tighter corners. But it's not that bad because a Jeep is narrower than a regular compact pickup or midsize, I should say. This also has protection on the lower corner of the bed, so I don't really feel like I'm going to tear anything up if I rub the side of the bank as I go around one of these tight corners. And even if it gets really bad and I rip off a fender, well it's not like a trip to the body shop necessarily. The black plastic fender that sticks out this far is something you can buy and bolt on another one or not. You see people with Jeeps where they have removed the fenders to give them that much more clearance. I guess you could do that if you wanted to. And the interior here is utterly familiar. It's just like the Wrangler's, which is good because the new Wrangler that they just introduced last year has some great improvements and they're all here, as far as the organization of all the controls, the seats, the dashboard, just the way it all looks and operates. It has a real nice quality feel to it. All these controls are really fantastic. CALVIN KIM: The Colorado is fundamentally a work truck, and the ZR2 shares a lot of the benefits that that brings, such as a very usable interior with buttons that are large and easy to access. All the switch gear falls right in hand. DAN EDMUNDS: Got an Apple CarPlay, Android Auto built into that 8.4-inch Uconnect system. It's a touch screen, but there's also some fixed buttons that are really prominent, some virtual buttons that are always in the same place, that are easy to find. And it's really easy to operate the system. Navigation is available. It doesn't cost a lot to add it to the system. So I can use the maps on my phone if I have signal, but since we're out here. I don't have signal. So the built in native maps are really nice to have because I wouldn't have maps otherwise. CALVIN KIM: The navigation system is not quite as detailed as the Gladiator's. In particular to showing trail detail when you're going off-road. Having said that, Chevrolet's Link III is very responsive and has all the smartphone connectivity that anybody that's into tech would want. The screen's big, colorful, and very responsive. There's a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot connection available with it, and an induction charging pad although the induction pad is a little too small for any of today's larger phones. [MUSIC PLAYING] DAN EDMUNDS: The interesting thing about the audio system here in Gladiator is it sounds better than the same system in a Wrangler Unlimited, and that's because the cab is smaller. I mean, it's got the same size back seat, but because there's a rear window there and you don't have-- the storage is outside the cab, not inside the cab, there is a smaller volume. And so the sound just sounds better. It's also quieter background noise because there's less resonance of just road noise and the other stuff. So the sound just is that much clearer. The audio system can be upgraded with an optional Bluetooth speaker, and the speaker has a dock that is behind the rear seat back that keeps it out of sight, and it keeps it from rattling around, and it keeps it fully charged. So when we stop and I pair it to my phone, I can listen to my tunes in the campground. CALVIN KIM: The Colorado's back seat is roomy and perfectly suited for two full-size adults or three kids. The seat backs fold 60-40, and the seat bottom is fold up 60-40. So you've got some flexibility in cargo. Now, behind the seat backs there's really not much there, only the attachment points for child seats. Of course, you can fold the seat backs down for additional cargo space, but the ZR2's right height becomes its curse yet again. When the seat backs are down, the cargo floor is really high. So it'll make getting bulky or heavy cargo in and out a real pain in the back. DAN EDMUNDS: The back seat of the Gladiator is really nice. It's got the most leg room of anything else in the class except for the Ridgeline, which wouldn't be caught dead out here. It's also great for storage. You know, if you're just two people here and you're out somewhere exploring and you want to have a cooler and some other stuff inside the cab with you, the seat bottoms flip up. The seat backs flip down. They give you a platform to put things on. There's a couple of places to store things behind the rear seat backs when they're folded up, and they're lockable. And the lockable feature is really important because this is a convertible. You might be out here with the top off and you might want to have that stuff that you've got in those storage compartments under the seat or behind the seat locked away where people can't take them. CALVIN KIM: The seats are comfortable, and they're covered in a leather like surface that makes long road trips a breeze. Getting in and out is going to be a little bit harder, and you're going to have to do that a lot because the visibility in the Colorado is not that great. [MUSIC PLAYING] How's the visibility out of that Gladiator, Dan? DAN EDMUNDS: It's really, really good. I mean, there's a rock at the apex of this corner, and I've been able to keep my eye on it. I'm not worried about it at all. The hood falls away. It's not very long to begin with. The windshield's nice and vertical up close, so no A-pillar problems. And then the fenders drop away, so yeah. No problem at all. CALVIN KIM: Yeah that's one area where I'm definitely envious. The ZR2 is remarkable in many ways, but exterior visibility is not one of them. Where they A-pillar meets the dash in particular, is a huge blind spot, and that huge hood protrusion looks great. But man, it's not doing me any favors out here on this tight trail. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah, and I remember that the hood's really wide out towards the headlight, so it sticks way out there in the corners or-- you know, I can't imagine you're seeing half of what I can see. CALVIN KIM: I'm just thankful for the cutaway bumper letting me crawl over anything that I miss. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah, but you're fenders really stick out wide. Are you rubbing around any of these corners? The rear fender? CALVIN KIM: Thankfully, no. But I've been playing it pretty safe and taking the high line. Having said that, I have scraped some of the tops of the rocks. But nothing enough to cause any damage, thankfully. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah, that's the thing about the Colorado, and it applies to the ZR2 as well is the rear shocks are kind of exposed at the bottom. They're lower than the [? pumpkin ?] of the differential, in fact. CALVIN KIM: Yeah, that's a good point. I mean when you're just going straight or doing broader, wider turns, your wheels kind of follow the same track. But out here in this little tight wash, each tire is just going its own place. So you know, rocks that I miss with the front end, the rear end stuff, they're pegging them. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah, that's the thing. This trail is so tight you don't really have the option to steer around some things. Ground clearance is your only friend. CALVIN KIM: Yeah, at the end of the day, the ZR2 just has more things dangling down. DAN EDMUNDS: What's the Colorado done well out here? CALVIN KIM: Well, definitely I like the ZR2's power train. It's super accurate and responsive, and the steering too. While the rear end, I've been kind of just letting it go wherever it wants to go. The front end I can point just with inch precision, and with the very accurate throttle I can use the exact amount of throttle without upsetting the chassis. DAN EDMUNDS: I'm actually in the same boat back here. You know, the steering that goes along with a solid axle may not be the most accurate out on the highway. But here, I'm having no problems at all, and you know, it doesn't kick back violently if I hit a big rock. It's pretty stable and steady in that regard. CALVIN KIM: Normally, I would think the ZR2 would be better out in the open, but aside from the ground clearance issues, it's doing really well. [MUSIC PLAYING] DAN EDMUNDS: We're here on a trail through the mud hills, and the thing about this trail is every time you come here, you never know what you're going to get because every time it rains, it changes. Every time somebody in a [? razor ?] throws up a roost of mud, it changes. CALVIN KIM: It's a perfect place to try out trucks that have a lot of articulation, a lot of ground clearance, and really good driveability. Wouldn't you say? DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah, you need traction and you need clearance, for sure. And we're going to need a lot of it here pretty soon if we don't get going because it looks like it's going to rain right away. CALVIN KIM: It's been pretty even, although rough, terrain but I heard over the radio that up ahead is something a little bit gnarlier, so I'm going to go ahead and put it in 4 low just to get it ready. All you-- all you've gotta do is put a neutral and put the knob and literally in that amount of time it's low. And what that lets me do is not use the brakes so I can maximize traction on this loose surface. It's pretty steep and rocky, but ZR2 doesn't care. Right now we have a steep climb out of this little gully, and the gear reduction that we get gives us all that extra torque and modulation so we pop out without any problems. Ta dah. DAN EDMUNDS: Hey Calvin how was that? It looks a lot worse than it is. You gotta watch out at the very bottom. There's a little bit of a divot. DAN EDMUNDS: All right. I'll keep an eye out. I don't think I'm going to pop it into 4 low. I've got a secret weapon, my stabilizer bars are disconnected. I do that a lot because it makes for a nicer ride. You don't have as much jostling left or right, but that will also give me a little bit more articulation than he's got. And I know I've got better approach clearance than he does. So I don't think I'm going to have as much trouble at the bottom. But we'll see. Famous last words, right? [MUSIC PLAYING] OK. Here's what he was talking about. This doesn't look too bad. Just ease through. I'm still in 4 high, Oh I touched my trailer hitch which is what they're for, right? I probably took a little bit deeper line than I needed to. CALVIN KIM: Looks like it wasn't a problem regardless. DAN EDMUNDS: Man, that was in 4 high the whole time. [MUSIC PLAYING] Well that was fun. CALVIN KIM: Yeah, I mean overall we learned a lot, right? DAN EDMUNDS: Exactly. CALVIN KIM: What was the biggest surprise? DAN EDMUNDS: Well, you know I came into this really suspicious of the Gladiator's long wheelbase. It's quite a bit longer than the ZR2, but that didn't turn out to be an issue at all. CALVIN KIM: I got to drive it a little bit too, and I was really impressed with the ride comfort especially over all that washboard. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah, but the ZR2 was way better on the highway on the way here. CALVIN KIM: Yeah, and I actually really liked it on the washboard, on the faster stuff. DAN EDMUNDS: Uh huh. CALVIN KIM: I really like the pointability, and honestly it's handling surprisingly in the tight stuff. DAN EDMUNDS: Oh absolutely. But in the tight stuff, I had a couple of problems with it. Namely visibility. The hood is really wide. It's hard to find out where the corners are, and then in the back, that spare tire hangs down a lot. And I remember taking a really hard hit when I dropped into a gully. I thought I broke something, but actually it was just the spare grounding out. CALVIN KIM: Now, the most important question for a lot of people is going to be price. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah, well that's the thing the. Rubicon is typically pretty pricey, and that hasn't stopped Jeep people from buying it. So we'll see. But certainly the ZR2 is a lot cheaper. CALVIN KIM: It is. I mean, I guess if you want to spend more money, you can get the Bison with its additional protection. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah? CALVIN KIM: But honestly, the capability between the two is the same. DAN EDMUNDS: So, Yeah. I got some friends here, and I'm coming back in a couple of weeks. I think this is the one I'll bring back because I've got some more canyons to explore, and I've seen how this maneuvers through the tight stuff, and I just-- I just like it. CALVIN KIM: For me, while I love the Wrangler and now the Gladiator, the ZR2. Just because it's so much fun to play in the open desert floor, and man it's almost three hours back home. I really like being comfortable on the highway. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah, that's for sure. I can't argue with that. [MUSIC PLAYING] DAN EDMUNDS: When all was said and done, we compiled everything we learned about the entire Gladiator lineup, and compared it to the full range of its competition. Setting aside the Honda Ridgeline, which is more of a pavement specialist, the Gladiator is now our highest ranked 4-wheel-drive midsize truck. If off-road capability is remotely important to your next truck purchase, the Gladiator is worth a hard look. [MUSIC PLAYING] You know I really enjoyed this trip, but I'm almost disappointed that we're leaving now just as it's starting to rain here and snow in the higher elevations. You know, it's not just about perfect weather. It's about all the different kinds of weather and all the different kinds of terrain, the wildflowers that come out at certain times a year, hot weather, the cold weather. I love it all. I'm one of those people, I see a line on the map, I want to know where it goes. I want to be there. I want to see what it's all about. And that's what's really neat about the Gladiator is it can go off-road exploring in its own right. But if you want to go deeper, you could bring a side-by-side on a trailer and tow it out there with this. CALVIN KIM: You know, a lot of people will say, hey, how come you're out there when it's raining and miserable? Well frankly, because it's fun, right? I draw a lot of parallels to the original American settlers that went out and explored the countryside in horse-drawn carriages. You know that feeling of going up a rise and seeing the valley floor below for the first time must have been exhilarating. And while I know that sounds a little bit silly, I can kind of experience a little piece of that in this truck, and you know the ability to just look out at a mountain, see a trail, and go I want to do that trail, and then go and do it. That's pretty amazing. And you know what? I haven't found an experience that beats that. If you like videos of adventures like these, click Subscribe. And don't forget to go to Edmunds for all your truck buying needs. [MUSIC PLAYING]

    This video chronicles an off-road truck comparison test of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon and the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2. The Gladiator is by far the most anticipated new vehicle of the year. This all-new crew-cab 4WD midsize pickup is basically a four-door Wrangler with a 5-foot truck bed instead of an enclosed cargo area. The Chevy Colorado ZR2 is a more traditional crew-cab pickup that has been around a few years.


    Features & Specs

    LT 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB features & specs
    LT 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB
    2.5L 4cyl 6A
    MSRP$31,300
    MPG 19 city / 24 hwy
    SeatingSeats 4
    Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower200 hp @ 6300 rpm
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    Work Truck 4dr Extended Cab SB w/Prod. End 12/18 features & specs
    Work Truck 4dr Extended Cab SB w/Prod. End 12/18
    2.5L 4cyl 6M
    MSRP$24,100
    MPG 20 city / 26 hwy
    SeatingSeats 4
    Transmission6-speed manual
    Horsepower200 hp @ 6300 rpm
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    Work Truck 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB features & specs
    Work Truck 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB
    2.5L 4cyl 6A
    MSRP$28,700
    MPG 19 city / 24 hwy
    SeatingSeats 4
    Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower200 hp @ 6300 rpm
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    4dr Extended Cab SB w/Prod. End 12/18 features & specs
    4dr Extended Cab SB w/Prod. End 12/18
    2.5L 4cyl 6M
    MSRP$20,600
    MPG 20 city / 26 hwy
    SeatingSeats 2
    Transmission6-speed manual
    Horsepower200 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 4 out of 5 stars

    The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

    Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
    Side Crash RatingRating
    Overall5 / 5
    Side Barrier RatingRating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
    Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
    RolloverRating
    Rollover3 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover22%

    IIHS Rating

    The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

    Side Impact Test
    Acceptable
    Roof Strength Test
    Good
    Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
    IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
    Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

    Chevrolet Colorado vs. the competition

    Chevrolet Colorado vs. Toyota Tacoma

    The Tacoma is undoubtedly king when it comes to sales and resale value, but it's not all perfect. The Colorado has a friendlier infotainment system, peppier engines and a lower starting price. Some may also find the Tacoma's interior to be on the small side. Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Toyota Tacoma.

    Compare Chevrolet Colorado & Toyota Tacoma features

    Chevrolet Colorado vs. GMC Canyon

    If the Canyon and the Colorado seem similar, it's because they're veritable twins. The Canyon differentiates itself with higher-grade interior materials and a classier design, but they're mechanically identical. But there's no ZR2 version of the Canyon, so if a hardcore off-roadable midsize truck is what you're after, the Colorado wins.

    Compare Chevrolet Colorado & GMC Canyon features

    Chevrolet Colorado vs. Chevrolet Silverado 1500

    The Silverado is much larger on the inside and out, has more payload and towing capability, and is available with more powerful V8 engines. Although you can get a Silverado for less than certain Colorado configurations, when configured equally, the Colorado will be more affordable. And there is no Silverado equal to the Colorado's off-road-focused ZR2. Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Chevrolet Silverado.

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    First Drive: 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison

    A ZR2 With Plate Mail

    Calvin Kim by Calvin Kim , Vehicle Test EngineerDecember 5th, 2018

    Since its introduction in 2017, Chevrolet's Colorado ZR2 has established itself as a true off-road truck. Its wider stance, locking differentials, knobby all-terrain tires and trick suspension transform the street-oriented Colorado into a vehicle capable of taking on some truly treacherous terrain. We've tested the ZR2's mettle ourselves by adding a Colorado ZR2 to our yearlong test fleet.

    But what if the ZR2's mods are still too mild for you? Well, Chevy's got an answer: the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison.

    To satisfy the truly rugged off-roader, the engineers at Chevrolet teamed up with American Expedition Vehicles (AEV), a hardcore aftermarket off-roading parts manufacturer. Together, they developed a set of skid plates, bumpers and wheels designed specifically for the ZR2.

    What Is a ZR2 Bison Anyway?

    The bumper and skid plates don't necessarily add more off-road capability, but they do add peace of mind. There are a total of five skid plates, and all are made from an extremely strong boron steel. They are designed to protect key underbody components when off-roading over sharp and jagged rocks. The plates are located under the oil pan, fuel tank and transfer case as well as under the front and rear differentials. They also augment the steel rock sliders that were already equipped on the ZR2.

    Compared to the stock ZR2's standard bumper covers, the Bison's front and rear steel bumpers improve durability, particularly when rock crawling or maneuvering at low speeds on tight trails near boulders and trees. Chevy and AEV's engineers say the new front bumper maintains the truck's cooling capability, even when the bumper is partially covered with a front winch. Both bumpers also include built-in recovery points, and the foglights in the front bumper are standard equipment.

    Does It Work, and How Much?

    To put it simply: yes. During a brief drive on rugged rock and boulder-strewn trails, we were able to test the durability of the skid plates and rock sliders. Although the skid plates are in multiple pieces, they're designed so that the whole truck can still slide off obstacles without getting hung up. We drove over some rocks that struck the truck's underbody. A post-drive inspection revealed that most of the damage caused by the rocks and boulders were superficial. In fact, the rock rails and exhaust pipe seemed to take more damage. Either way, not taking any body damage during this drive proved the value of having the Bison's additional protection.

    Overall, we think the Bison's added durability, combined with unique wheels and contrast stitching and embroidery on the seats, make it a good addition to the Colorado lineup. Pricing will start at $48,045 for the extended-cab ZR2 (with the V6 engine) and $49,645 for the crew cab. Both prices include Chevrolet's standard $995 destination charge. Compared to a regular ZR2, that's about $6,000 more. It's a pricey upgrade, and we suspect many off-roaders will prefer to piece together aftermarket parts to make a ZR2 of their own. Then again, for those Colorado shoppers happy to have the factory handle all the work for them — and have it covered under warranty — the ZR2 is just the right truck.

    You can expect to see the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison in dealerships in January 2019.

    FAQ

    Is the Chevrolet Colorado a good car?

    The Edmunds experts tested the 2019 Colorado both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.6 out of 10. You probably care about Chevrolet Colorado fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Colorado gets an EPA-estimated 17 mpg to 22 mpg, depending on the configuration. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Chevrolet Colorado. Learn more

    What's new in the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado:

    • New Infotainment 3 software, with more USB ports front and rear
    • High-definition rearview camera
    • Part of the second Colorado generation introduced in 2015
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    Is the Chevrolet Colorado reliable?

    To determine whether the Chevrolet Colorado is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Colorado. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Colorado's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

    Is the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado a good car?

    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2019 Colorado and gave it a 7.6 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2019 Colorado is a good car for you. Learn more

    How much should I pay for a 2019 Chevrolet Colorado?

    The least-expensive 2019 Chevrolet Colorado is the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado 4dr Extended Cab SB w/Prod. End 12/18 (2.5L 4cyl 6M). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $20,600.

    Other versions include:

    • LT 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A) which starts at $31,300
    • Work Truck 4dr Extended Cab SB w/Prod. End 12/18 (2.5L 4cyl 6M) which starts at $24,100
    • Work Truck 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A) which starts at $28,700
    • 4dr Extended Cab SB w/Prod. End 12/18 (2.5L 4cyl 6M) which starts at $20,600
    • LT 4dr Extended Cab SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A) which starts at $27,600
    • Z71 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A) which starts at $34,300
    • ZR2 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $41,300
    • Z71 4dr Extended Cab SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A) which starts at $30,700
    • 4dr Extended Cab SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A) which starts at $21,300
    • Work Truck 4dr Extended Cab SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A) which starts at $24,800
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    What are the different models of Chevrolet Colorado?

    If you're interested in the Chevrolet Colorado, the next question is, which Colorado model is right for you? Colorado variants include LT 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A), Work Truck 4dr Extended Cab SB w/Prod. End 12/18 (2.5L 4cyl 6M), Work Truck 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A), and 4dr Extended Cab SB w/Prod. End 12/18 (2.5L 4cyl 6M). For a full list of Colorado models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado

    Full-size pickup trucks are immensely popular with American buyers, but a midsize truck such as the Chevrolet Colorado makes a lot of sense. It's smaller and easier to maneuver, and with its vast 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 realize 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. Even so, 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 2019 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.

    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. Storage space is decent, and backseat passengers enjoy good headroom, though limited legroom.

    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 2019 Chevrolet Colorado for you.

    2019 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab Overview

    The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab is offered in the following styles: LT 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A), Work Truck 4dr Extended Cab SB w/Prod. End 12/18 (2.5L 4cyl 6M), Work Truck 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A), 4dr Extended Cab SB w/Prod. End 12/18 (2.5L 4cyl 6M), LT 4dr Extended Cab SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A), Z71 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A), ZR2 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Z71 4dr Extended Cab SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A), 4dr Extended Cab SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A), and Work Truck 4dr Extended Cab SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A).

    What do people think of the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2019 Colorado Extended Cab 3.8 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 2019 Colorado Extended Cab.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2019 Colorado Extended Cab featuring deep dives into trim levels including LT, Work Truck, 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 2019 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab here.

    Our Review Process

    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 2019 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab?

    Shop with Edmunds for perks and special offers on new cars, trucks, and SUVs near Ashburn, VA. Doing so could save you hundreds or thousands of dollars. Edmunds also provides consumer-driven dealership sales and service reviews to help you make informed decisions about what cars to buy and where to buy them.

    Which 2019 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cabs are available in my area?

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    Why trust Edmunds?

    Edmunds has deep data on over 6 million new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles, including all models of the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab and all available trim types: Base, LT, LT, etc. Rich, trim-level features & specs and options data tracked for the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab include (but are not limited to): MSRP, available incentives and deals, average price paid, warranty information (basic, drivetrain, and maintenance), features (interior and exterior color, upholstery, bluetooth, navigation, cruise control, parking assistance, lane sensing, keyless ignition, satellite radio, folding rears seats,run flat tires, wheel type, tire size, sunroof, etc.), vehicle specifications (engine cylinder count, drivetrain, engine power, torque, engine displacement, transmission), fuel economy and MPG (city, highway, and combined, fuel capacity, range), vehicle dimensions (interior cabin space, vehicle length and width, seating capacity, cargo space). Edmunds also provides tools to allow shopper to compare vehicles to similar models of their choosing by warranty, interior features, exterior features, specifications, vehicle dimensions, consumer rating, edmunds expert review, safety rating, and color.

    Should I lease or buy a 2019 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab?

    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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