Ever since its return in 2015 after a 7-year hiatus, the Chevy Colorado has taken on some tough competition. But, it carries on. For 2019, this midsize pickup continues to break new ground, drawing in a loyal following, as well as several new owners.
Available in at least three varying power trains (4-cylinder 2.5 and 2.8), our four-wheel drive Z71 trim was equipped with a 3.6-liter V-6 engine putting out 308 horsepower. Step on the gas and the Colorado may surprise you as it takes off the line. Power reaches all the wheels via a crisp-shifting 8-speed auto gear box.
An independent coil-over-shock front and solid axle rear suspension soaks hurdles with skill, sure-footedness and confidence. The electric power-assist rack-and-pinion steering is direct and precise. Sound-damping materials hold wind and road noise to a minimum, guaranteeing silence and poise at highway speeds. And, if you need to haul a sailboat or another car, tow capacity is an astounding 7,000 pounds. Our crew cab version was equipped with a 5’ 2” short bed that had 13 tie-downs.
Step inside the lap of luxury to be impressed by aluminum trim on the large and eligible instrument cluster of speedometer and tachometer. The tilt/telescopic steering column will be welcomed by drivers of all statures. The 8-inch color touchscreen for audio, navigation and Intellilink readings is easy and clear to read. Underneath, climate control buttons are logically placed and straightforward to use.
The interior is quite spacious with six-way power driver and four-way front-passenger heated seats. In fact, there is plenty of space for children, and even 6-foot adults, for a long journey in the folding second-row bench.
Storage spaces are abundant with a good-size center console, cellphone tray, door pockets and the usual cup holders. The innovative lift-and-lower locking tailgate in the Colorado using an internal torsion bar (effortless to raise and even better, lowers slowly) is most likely to be incorporated into other pickups.
This being an off-road prowess truck, a rotary dial offers the option of 2WD, Auto, 4WD Hi and 4WD Lo modes. Of course, dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag, four-wheel antilock brakes, stability and traction control, rearview camera, remote keyless entry and vehicle start, driver selectable, rear-park assist, hill descent control, daytime running lights and tire pressure monitoring system come at no cost.
So, why should you buy the Colorado? Well, you will be hard-pressed to find a full-size pickup that delivers notable cargo and towing capability, and creditable fuel efficiency. At the same time, you enjoy a decent and sophisticated ride.
Wheelbase: 128.3 inches
Length: 212.7 inches
Width: 74.3 inches
Height: 70.7 inches
Weight: 4,481 pounds
Fuel capacity: 21 gallons
City: 17 mpg
Highway: 24 mpg
Base price: $36,900
Price as tested: $41,565
Test drive the Colorado at Maus Family Chevrolet, 16414 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, call (813) 448-3949, or visit www.mausfamilychevrolet.com.
Published February 20, 2019