Meet one of the most affordable pickup models in the world: the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado.
The Chevrolet Colorado, along with its GMC Canyon ounterpart, have been in production by General Motors since 2003. The Chevrolet Colorado now sits in its second generation, where it has been since the 2012 model year. Since its been so many years since the model has been redesigned, one might expect that it has become outdated and unpopular. However, this model still remains competitive and is consistently ranked as one of the better compact pickup truck models.
What can we expect from the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado?
As previously mentioned, the road oriented Chevrolet Colorado mid size pickup truck hasn’t been redesigned since the 2012 model year, so a complete overhaul of this model is likely coming in the next few years, possibly in 2021. That’s not to suggest that the model needs it as it remains a popular and sufficiently competitive model. Assuming an all-new Chevrolet Colorado is coming, the interior of this model will benefit greatly from this. The current Chevy Colorado’s back seats are crampy and uncomfortable. Additionally, the interior design has become bland and outdated since General Motors has failed to make any notable changes to it in a long time. The cramped rear seats will be a tougher issue to address since the Chevrolet Colorado is a compact truck. But if the company elects to redesign the exterior, they could make the model longer allowing for additional room for the passengers. If a complete redesign happens, we could also expect some additional interior features for added comfort.
What users tell us about the Chevrolet Colorado
The Chevrolet Colorado ranks well in a compact pickup truck class which, within the United States, only includes a limited number of models, most notably the Honda Ridgeline, Ford Ranger, and Toyota Tacoma models. The most notable achievement of the current Chevrolet Colorado model is the class-leading towing capacity of 7000 pounds when properly equipped. The engine that unlocks the best in class towing capacity is also one of most fuel efficient engines of any compact pickup truck. As previously mentioned, the interior of this model leaves much to be desired with a cheap, outdated design and an uncomfortable back seat. The issues with the model’s interior is undoubtedly what prevents this model from being the best in its class. Overall, this is a great compact pickup truck model, but there are better options on the market. Anyone interested in this model should wait until it is redesigned, hopefully in 2021, before they consider buying it.
Chevrolet Colorado Highlights
The interior of the current Chevrolet Colorado holds it back from being one of the better pickup model on the road. The interior is outdated and in desperate need of an all-new design, which is almost certainly coming soon.
The exterior design of the Chevrolet Colorado is built on the GMT 31XX platform shared with the GMC Canyon. In fact, the GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado models (both of which are owned by General Motors) have virtually identical exterior designs with the exception of their logos and nameplates. The Chevrolet Colorado is certainly one of the nicer-looking models in its class.
We expect different trim levels like the current WT and LT that offer visual upgrades like customizable skid plates with sand dune metallic finishings, front and rear electronically locking differentials and even red tow hooks & cast iron control arms. There is even an option with a 3.5-inch wider track.
The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado pickups will have multiple engine options. The base engine is a four-cylinder engine that makes up to 200 horsepower. Next up is an available V6 engine that makes up to 308 horswpower. The 181 horsepower turbodiesel engine is undoubtedly the best engine of the lineup, unlocking the class leading towing capacity and being the most fuel efficient of any of the engines. Even if GM redesigns the Chevrolet Colorado, the engine options will likely be left unchanged.
The four cylinder base engine of the current Chevrolet Colorado model gets an EPA-estimated 20 city and 26 highway miles per gallon. The best engine, the 181 horsepower turbodiesel) averages 20 city and 30 highway miles per gallom, which are some of the best figures in its class.
The 2020 Chevrolet Colorado has a predicted reliability rating of three out of five by J.D. Power and Associates. This is considered an average score, and is one of the worst predicted reliability of of its class.
2021 Chevrolet Colorado Pricing and Expected Release Date
The current Chevrolet Colorado model has a starting MSRP of $21,3000. Throughout this article, I have mentioned the possibility of an all-new Chevrolet Colorado design in the coming years. If this happens, this price for the 2021 Colorado could potentially go up. We can expect the 2021 model year to be released to dealerships before the winter of 2020 at the car show in Las Vegas.
Images from the Chevrolet Pressroom from previous models for impression purposes: