2016 Chevrolet Colorado Review Apr 5, 2016 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
For those who want a pickup truck without the cost or fuel consumption of a full-size model, the 2016 Colorado from Chevrolet is a great choice. Experts and drivers agree that that this small truck excels in almost every area, and the new diesel engine ensures that it stands out from the crowd.
Under the Hood
Drivers who prefer a gas engine can maximize fuel efficiency with the 2.5-liter I-4 and its best-in-class 200 horsepower, plus best-in-class torque of 191 pound-feet. This output is accompanied by the best-in-class fuel economy of 20 mpg in the city and 27 on the highway, plus the ability to tow up to 3,500 pounds. The upgraded 3.6-liter V6 engine has additional best-in-class figures, including horsepower of 305 horses, a towing capacity of 7,000 pounds, and fuel economy of 18 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. This engine also gives drivers 269 pound-feet of torque. The option that makes the 2016 Colorado truly unique is its Duramax 2.8-liter Turbo Diesel engine. It gives you 181 horsepower to work with, along with three best-in-class figures: 369 pound-feet of torque, a 7,700-pound towing capacity, and fuel economy of 22 mpg in the city and 31 on the highway.
Behind the Wheel
Just reading the numbers related to the Colorado’s engines won’t necessarily give you an idea of how it handles. For this, you need to look at reviews. Anyone will tell you that the Colorado feels confident and polished on the road, although you still know it is a pickup. The handling is nice and secure, and you don’t have to worry about body lean on curves or turns. Most drivers will probably want to go with the V6 or the Turbo Diesel engine. Either option gives you enough power to tow a trailer without an issue. The diesel engine has the bonus of being very quiet. It’s important to note that while it excels on the road, the Colorado only does okay off the road because of its modest ground clearance. This is made worse by the front air dam, which hangs low. While this air dam improves your fuel economy through aerodynamic boosts on the highway, you will probably want to take it off for any serious off-roading.
Interior Styling and Comfort
While the exterior of the Colorado is very different from the larger Silverado, the interior is more similar. You will notice rugged styling with an upscale finish. In fact, there are better options for high-quality finishes than in the competitors, such as the Frontier and Tacoma. The steering wheel feels nice and beefy and has accessible buttons to keep you in control while the dashboard is polished. The base version of the Colorado is fairly basic, but higher trims can give you the MyLink infotainment system and comfort features such as four-way power-adjustment for the passenger in addition to the standard power adjustment for the driver, cloth and leatherette upholstery, and power lumbar adjustment up front. If you need more room, the extended cab and crew cab models with long or short truck beds offer impressive customization for a more versatile vehicle.
The Chevrolet Colorado’s best-in-class engine and fuel economy, optional diesel engine, confident handling, and polished cabin make this pickup one of our top choices in 2016.