Dec 22, 2019
 in 
Autos

Model Overview: 2018 Chevrolet Colorado Reviews and Specs

 By 
The Pit Boss

Review of the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado

The Chevrolet Colorado is often a headliner of any conversation involving the best pickup trucks available in the market. Though not as iconic as the Chevrolet Silverado, the Chevrolet Colorado finds its own place in a crowded category of serviceable pickup trucks.

With an attractive redesign for 2018 and increased off-road capabilities, the Chevrolet Colorado is a wonderful choice for those seeking thrills on the backroads. Though it doesn’t offer the same perks as a full-size pickup, there’s still plenty to like about the Chevrolet Colorado. True, it won’t stack up as great to its competitors including the Toyota Tacoma and Honda Ridgeline.  If fuel economy is important to a potential buyer, the Chevrolet Colorado is a great choice. The 2018 Chevrolet Colorado received some small upgrades to its past standard equipment which makes it an attractive buy.

All in all, if a customer is seeking a good balance between the equipment level and affordable pricing, the Chevrolet Colorado is a perfect choice. It doesn’t matter whether you’re in the market for class-leading towing capability or fuel efficiency, the Chevrolet Colorado is a great compact pickup truck. Don’t just take my word for it, see what the experts have to say.

Chevrolet Colorado | Photo Source: Autotrader.com

Photo Source: Autotrader.com

Review of the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado

The 2018 Chevrolet Colorado is available in five different trim levels: Base, WT, LT, Z71, and ZR2. The Base includes Bluetooth, a rear-view camera, Android Auto, Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system, a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, charging USB port, a six-speaker audio system, 3.5-inch instrument cluster display, 16-inch steel wheels, and vinyl seats. The WT trim includes the same as the Base but adds rear underseat storage for the extended cab models, folding rear bench seat for the crew cab, a six-speed automatic transmission, and carpeted flooring. The LT includes upgrades such as 17-inch alloy wheels, a bigger 8.0-inch touchscreen, keyless entry, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, two additional USB ports, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, cruise control, a 4.2-inch instrument cluster display, and cloth upholstery.

It gets even better from there: the Z71 trim option is one of the two off-road models and adds an off-road suspension setup, automatic locking rear differential, transfer case shield for 4-wheel drive models, automatic climate control, leather upholstery, an EZ lift & lower tailgate, hill descent control, a power-adjustable front passenger’s seat, heated front seats, and a remote start. Similar to the Z71 is the ZR2, which is considered the most capable model in the Colorado line. The ZR2 is only available with a V-6 or diesel inline-four. It also comes with an aggressive off-road suspension that’s been raised for extra ground clearance, Multimatic DSSV dampers, all-terrain tires, integrated trailer brake control, custom front bumper, black rear bumper, wide front fenders, and model-specific leather upholstery.

Engine options include the 2.5-liter 1-4 that produces 200 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque, 3.6-liter V6 with 308 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque, and a 2.8-liter turbodiesel I-4 with 181 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque.

2018 Chevrolet Colorado Specs

  • Engine: 4-cylinder 2.5 liter
  • Trim:  Base 2WD Extended Cab
  • Class: Mid-Size Pickup
  • Horsepower: 200 @ 6300 rpm
  • Transmission: Eaton N8D 6-Speed Manual
  • Body Style:  Truck
  • Drivetrain: RWD
  • Fuel Type:  Unleaded Regular
  • Seating Capacity: 2 persons

Chevy Colorado | Photo Source: Motortrend.com

Photo Source: Motortrend.com

2018 Chevrolet Colorado Gas Mileage

The 2018 Chevrolet Colorado fuel efficiency is rated at 20 City/26 Highway by the EPA.

2018 Chevrolet Colorado Safety

The NHTSA awarded the Chevrolet Colorado a four-star overall safety rating out of five stars. In IIHS testing, the crew cab trim received an overall score of “Good” on crash tests except for the passenger side front overlap test due to that particular test not being completed. Extended cab models performed a bit worse due to the “Average” rating on both the passenger side front small overlap test and side-impact test.

The front crash prevention test yielded a “Basic” rating for both cab styles. Safety features including Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Warning are only available on the LT trim option.

What It Is…

  • A smooth-riding pickup.
  • A class leader in towing capacity.
  • Fuel efficient.

What It Isn’t…

  • Highly reliable.
  • A full-size pickup.

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