Introduction

Since it made its debut in 1998, Chevy Silverado has become one of the most potent mid-sized pickup trucks in the US market. It is a great pickup truck for those who want something as capable as the Silverado and is easy to maneuver on the city roads, as well. The 2020 Chevy Colorado is among the most appealing options in the segment. After its re-introduction in 2003, the car has gone through a host of changes that have retained its bang-for-the-buck persona. Its wide range of trim levels and powertrain options, like its older brother, could prove to be a bliss for the buyers with trims fitting every purpose.

In many ways, Colorado can be termed as a flexible truck due to its ability to adapt according to various needs thrown at it, with ease. From daily drives to weekend getaways, this truck can easily take on every situation tossed at it.

For 2020, Chevrolet has upped its ante by offering more creature comforts and features, in the new Colorado. It comes with premium quality elements in the cabin and is a hoot to drive as well. All this comes together on the table to make up for a car that is excellent at maneuvering in the city, while not losing out a lot in terms of practicality.

The 2020 Chevrolet Colorado comes with three powertrain options that include a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, a 3.6-liter V6, and a Duramax 2.8-liter turbo-diesel engine. The 2.5-liter engine has 200hp and 259 Nm of torque on tap and returns an acclaimed mileage of 20mpg in the city and 26mpg on the highway. Meanwhile, the 3.6-liter V6 churns out 308hp and 375Nm of torque while delivering 18mpg in the city and 25mpg on the highway. The 2.8-liter turbo-diesel churns out 500Nm of torque and delivers 30mpg on the highway.

2020 Chevy Colorado
2020 Chevy Colorado

Pros and Cons

ProsCons
Impressive towing capacityLimited off-road capability
Maneuverable size, good for tight spacesLeast in-cabin storage with seats folded down.
Simple and easy-to-use cabin controlsConfining front seats

What’s New in 2020 Chevy Colorado?

For 2020, Colorado offers an optional 8.0-inch touchscreen Infotainment screen with navigation. Also new is a tire-fill alert that will indicate when it’s time to fill the air in the tires. On the outside, it gets a remote-locking liftgate, along with the standard EZ-lift tailgate on the LT model. Also, unlike the outgoing version, the 2020 Colorado ditches the manual transmission for the automatic one.

Read the 2019 Chevy Colorado Review

Trims and Variants

One of the most pleasing aspects of Colorado in the eyes of a buyer is its wide range of trims that can cater to various needs. It is offered with two options of cargo-bed capacity, three engine options, and two cab variations. All this is aptly categorized into five trims – Base, Work Truck, LT, Z71, and ZR2.

TrimBaseWork TruckLT Z71 ZR2
Price$ 22,395$ 25,895$ 28,795$ 36,695$ 42,295
Engine Options2.5-litre four-cylinder
 2.5-litre four-cylinder3.6-litre V6
 2.5-litre four-cylinder3.6-litre V63.6-litre V62.8-litre Duramax engine3.6-litre V6
FeaturesChevrolet Infotainment 7-inch diagonal color touchscreens
Two USB data ports
SD card reader and auxiliary input jack4–way power-adjustable driver seat4-wheel antilock disc brakes with Duralife brake rotors
Dual rear seats with under-seat storage
Folding rear bench seat (Crew Cab).
2019 LT models include all WT features plus:
Mirror caps and door handles
MyLink Radio with an 8-inch diagonal color touch-screen display
Remote Keyless Entry
Top-line Z71 models include all LT features plus:
Chevrolet Infotainment 8-inch touchscreen
Limited-Slip Differential1/4-inch Skidplate
Colorado ZR2 in addition to or replacing Z71 features:
AutoTrac System Exclusive Interior and Exterior Accents

Independently lockable front and rear differentials

In terms of the engine, the 2.5-liter engine is available across all extended-cab versions except the ZR2, which is offered with the 3.6-liter V-6 motor, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The 3.6-liter V6 engine is the only one available with the Crew cab configuration. Additionally, there is also a Turbodiesel 2.8-liter inline-4 which is optional on all but standard with the Base trim.

Which 2020 Chevy Colorado we recommend?

The 2020 Chevrolet Colorado does a great job by offering the best of both the worlds. While it exhibits an affinity towards being a typical urban pick-up truck, it also has an impressive towing capacity and decent off-road capabilities. So, if you want an all-purpose pick-up, then LT Trim with the 3.6-liter V6 engine would be a perfect choice. This model is not just spacious, but also equips a good amount of equipment, and also has an impressive towing capacity of 7000 pounds.

2020 Chevy Colorado Performance

Engine and Transmission

Like the outgoing version, the new Colorado offers three engine options: a base 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, a performance-oriented 3.6-liter V6 engine that outputs 308hp through an eight-speed automatic transmission and the only diesel motor, the 2.8-liter four-cylinder that churns out an impressive 369 lb-ft of torque.

The base 2.5-liter is apt but grumpy and loses out majorly on engine refinement. While the output figures make up for its grumpiness, the motor feels a bit laid back when it comes to towing. Sitting above the base is the 2.8-liter variant. Being the only diesel offering in the line-up, the motor provides great towing capabilities with the right towing packages available to further enhance this experience.

Chevy Colorado Engine
2020 Chevy Colorado Engine

For the ones who are looking for outright performance, the 2.8-liter diesel motor gets the job done impressively. It is a perfect dance partner for Colorado with its quick acceleration and impressive towing capacity that one can expect from a performance truck.

Off-Road Performance

Now that we have the numbers on paper, let’s see how it performs on the asphalt. The Z71 variant equips raised suspension, exclusive dampers, and limited-slip rear differential that helps this truck offer a great off-road experience. This along with the with DuraTrac tires makes this beast powerful enough to ascend or descend from those mucky terrains.

The top-rung ZR2 variant, however, is the blackjack that comes with off-road appearance package and Multimatic DSSV damping system. The damping systems have quick reflexes to any kind of suspension movement making the ZR2 a serious off-roader that any die-hard adventurer will appreciate.

Acceleration

Needless to say, the 3.6-liter V6 is the fastest among the lot and can clock 60mph in 8.1 seconds, which is by far the best among its competitors. From a standstill, Colorado can cover a quarter-mile in 16.2 seconds.

Braking and Handling

On paper, Colorado gets 12.2-inch brake pads that are at par with some of its rivals, if not better. However, on-road, in tandem with the suspension set up, the brakes give much better feel and bite, against its rivals. From 60 mph, the car comes to a halt in 124 meters, which is decent but still makes it fall behind the Tacoma and the Canyon, both of which stop at 119 and 121 meters respectively.

On steep climbs, Colorado shows no tardiness and manages to maintain a steady speed throughout the course. With an empty cargo-bed, one might be able to feel the light rear struggling for traction. However, the stability control electronics help this truck out. The electric steering on the car gives impressive feedback and won’t let you break a sweat while maneuvering in the city.

Towing Capacity

The four-cylinder base model Colorado can tow up to 3500 pounds. Meanwhile, with the Trailer Equipment package, the 2.8-liter diesel and the 3.6-liter V6 can tow up to 7700 and 7000 pounds respectively.

Fuel Efficiency

In its standard 2.5-liter variant, the 2020 Colorado returns an acclaimed fuel economy of 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highways. The 2.8-liter diesel engine returns an impressive 30 mpg on the highways while the 3.6-liter V6 petrol returns the lowest with 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highways.

2020 Chevy Colorado Interiors

Seating and Comfort 

On the inside, the new Colorado ships with one of the most pleasing and comfortable cabins in its segment. While the build quality could be a tad better by ditching the hard plastics, the cabin does score extra points when it comes to filtering out unwanted outside noise.

The 2020 Colorado boasts one of the most spacious cabins among its competitors. However, the rear seat does feel a bit cramped in the extended cab version. At the front, the cockpit is a bliss for the driver as the driver’s seat offers an upright driving position and easy access to all the buttons around. Other seating options in the car include leather upholstery, power-adjustable passenger seats, and heated front seats. The seats in the new Colorado provide apt support to the thigh, however, they lose out in terms of lumbar support.

Chevy Colorado Seating
2020 Chevy Colorado Seating

Infotainment System

Unlike the outgoing version, except for the base variant, all-new Colorado variants now ship with an 8-inch touchscreen as standard. The infotainment system comes with Chevrolet’s latest Infotainment 3 Premium system that features:

  1. Bluetooth streaming
  2. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  3. Two USB ports front and two optional in the back
  4. Auxiliary Cable Input
  5. Voice Recognition System
  6. Bluetooth Audio Streaming
  7. AM/FM/HD Radio
  8. SiriusXM Satellite Radio

To charge mobile phones, there are two USB ports up front and two at the back, as well as 110-volt outlets front and back. Chevy’s Wi-Fi hotspot setup is also one of the easiest systems to use as it offers a 4G LTE connection and can handle up to seven devices.

2020 Chevy Colorado Exterior

Design and Styling

Chevrolet’s design language has been known to please the buyers with its unique charm. The 2020 Colorado is no different. The car sports some handsome lines, but lacks a sense of modernism. In its most hardcore ZR2 attire, Colorado looks rugged in the right ways, but its dowdy cabin takes away the fun significantly. With fresh and appealing competitors like the Jeep Gladiator, it won’t be long until Chevy seeks for a new design language that supplements the overall package. Till then, the ZR2 stands to be the most aggressive looking Colorado.

2020 Chevy Colorado Exterior
2020 Chevy Colorado Exterior

Exterior Features

The design ethos of the new Colorado aims at being a mid-size pickup truck. Hence, unlike the Tacoma, the Colorado sports subtle lines and angles. In its most aggressive ZR2 stance, Colorado sports:

  1. 17-inch wheels
  2. A bed-mounted spare-tire carrier
  3. Front and rear locking differential for standard AWD

Safety Features

With 2020, GM has made the Teen Driver System mandatory for all the cars produced under its umbrella. It allows parents to monitor the speed and location of the vehicle and mute the radio until all occupants have buckled their seatbelts. The 2020 Chevy Colorado also equips two driver-assist items—lane-departure warning and forward-collision warning which are only optional on LT models and not available at all on the pricier Z71. Key safety features include:

  1. Standard front, bolster, curtain, and rear curtain airbags
  2. Available lane-departure warning
  3. forward-collision warning on LT trims

How much will the 2020 Chevy Colorado cost?

Price of the 2020 Colorado starts at $22,398 in Texas, $24,645 in Florida, Los Angeles, New York and $ 25,175 in Pennsylvania.


TexasCaliforniaFloridaNew YorkPennsylvania
Insurance$ 7,052$ 7,089$ 3,664$ 4,590$ 3,979
Maintenance$ 5,037$ 5,499$ 4,992$ 4,815$ 4,757
Repair$ 842$ 966$ 835$ 778$ 778
State Tax$ 2,078$ 3,387$ 2,363$ 2,561$ 1,876
Financing$ 4,639$ 4,545$ 4,460$ 4,562$ 4,487
Total$ 19,648$ 21,486$ 16,314$ 17,306$ 15,877

It is no news that the resale value of a pickup truck is the least impressive. This depreciation, in 5-years, will go up to $9,774 as well.

2020 Chevy Colorado Competition

2020 Chevy Colorado vs Toyota Tacoma

The Tacoma is evidently built for more serious ruggedness with its raised body and better suspension. In addition to that, the truck is also available in a wide range of configurations with all the pickup truck vibe that one can ask for. On the contrary, Colorado is a bit more refined with better ergonomics for the driver and more available powertrain options that could easily woo a buyer who’s looking for a much friendlier pickup truck.

2020 Chevy Colorado vs Nissan Frontier

In many aspects, the Nissan Frontier feels outdated and deficient. The lack of any modern engine and supplementary safety assists makes it an option that most won’t prefer. Also, the Frontier is the shortest among the lot as it majorly sacrifices on the interior space. However, what works in its favor is its payload and towing capacity that outclasses the Tacoma. All of the aforementioned added to its affordable price tag might please many.

2020 Chevy Colorado vs Ford Ranger

While the 2020 Ford Ranger might be all-new to the United States, the car has been available in the international markets for several years now. And those reasons why Colorado feels more premium and up to date on the inside. Like the Ranger, Colorado also provides plenty of cab and cargo-bed options that makes it catchy for buyers who want to pull a trailer almost every day.

Our Final Verdict

In a nutshell, the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado does an apt job of being the master of both worlds. With its wide range of powertrain options, cab-configurations, and cargo-bed options, Colorado screams practicality and flexibility. However, the car might end up disappointing the ones who need outright performance both on and off the road. In addition to this, top-rung Colorado almost costs as much as a base Silverado, but again this truck is for those who seek a mid-size truck for daily driving. While this might quench all the rugged needs, Colorado will carry more features in terms of creature comfort and safety.

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