Many trucks come and go, but the 2019 Chevy Colorado is one rugged truck that’s survived all the blows and has been our favorite for a long time since. This 2019 model is the part of second-generation Colorados and is revamped and improved to a significant extent.
The 2019 Colorado gives a wider range of choices with its array of available five trims. Right from the base trim, there are standard features and latest tech inside. You also get options to choose from three varying engines and two body styles. The 3.6 L V-6 available from the WT trim onwards gruels out an enormous 308hp along with 275-pound feet of torque. The range starts from $21,300 for the Base trim and goes up to $42,900 for the range-topping ZR2 trim. Here’s a more detailed review down below.
- Choose from three strong engines
- New Infotainment-3 interface
- Excellent Interior
- Offroading ability with the ZR2 trim
- Below Average safety score
- Rivals offer more cargo behind rear seats
Which Trims are available in 2019 Chevy Colorado?
Chevrolet gives you two-bed choices for Colorado and a vast variety of total of five trims to choose from. These are Base, Work Truck (WT), LT, Z71, and ZR2. Out of these, the Base and WT models are more suitable for the daily driver and come with limited features and affordable pricing. The LT trim offers a considerable amount of features as a midrange trim while the latter Z71 hosts a plethora of user-centric features. The last one, ZR2 trim focuses more on performance and has an improved suspension and significant body changes
2019 Chevy Colorado Base
The Base trim gets a 2.5 L Inline-4 under the hood putting out a decent 200 horsepower and 191 lb-ft of torque. The transmission is a six-speed manual while the steering wheel comes with a tilt-only adjustment. Other standard features in the basic trim include air conditioning, power driver’s seat having four-way adjustability, vinyl upholstery, power windows, 16-inch steel rims, and front bucket seats. On the infotainment side, you get a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen fitted with GM’s latest Infotainment 3 interface, a rearview camera, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, USB connectivity with two USB ports. There’s one six-speaker generic audio unit also available for playing your favorite music. That’s all for the Base trim, it doesn’t go far than that.
2019 Chevy Colorado WT
RWD $28,400 | AWD $32,000
The next one, the Work Truck differs not much from the Base trim. Though it has options for two body styles viz. Crew-cab and Extended-cab. What’s more noticeable is that you can actually opt for different packages in the Work Truck including some tech upgrades. These options include a 4G LTE WiFi Hotspot, OnStar Telematics system, cruise control, remote keyless entry and an EZ-Lift tailgate. And along with the Base four-cylinder engine, there are two more engine choices: One is the 2.8 L Turbocharged four-cylinder diesel putting out 181 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque with six-speed automatic shift. Another choice is a 3.6 L V-6 engine pumping a maximum of 308 hp and 275 nm of torque.
2019 Chevy Colorado LT
RWD $31,200 | AWD $34,600
Then comes the mid-range LT trim which gives you almost all the features available in the above trims. Along with that, it adds a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, a bigger 8-inch touchscreen, bigger 17-inch alloy rims, Satellite Radio, and more USB ports. It does have optional packages which include auto climate control, lane departure and forward collision alert, heated front seats. A premium seven-speaker Bose audio is also available.
2019 Chevy Colorado Z71
RWD $34,000 | AWD $37,300
Next up is the Z71. It has all the LTs equipment as standard and along with that adds some performance improvements and features. The tires are all-terrain rather all-season and there’s an improved suspension specially tuned for offroading. The 17-inch alloy rims come with dark tint, there’s simulated leather upholstery available along with locking rear differential and a hill descent control.
2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2
AWD Exterior Cab $41,300 | AWD Crew Cab $42,900
The top trim is the ZR2 which resembles the true off-road capability of the Chevy Colorado. The suspensions are now raised and have special damping for offroading. The all-terrain tires are much bigger and hence there are fender flares, electronically locking rear diff and improved bodywork. The engine choices are a 3.6L V-6 or a 2.8 L Diesel engine.
Which 2019 Chevy Colorado We Recommend?
Since there are a whopping five trims available for the Chevy Colorado, most of the people would easily find their ideal Colorado. But for the deep thinkers, we have a suggestion. The LT trim would be a decent choice for most of the drivers as it gets all the standard features and options to choose from three different engines. For people wanting more offroad capability, the ZR2 or even the Z71 is your best bet.
2019 Chevy Colorado Performance
Engine And Transmission
There are three choices as mentioned above: A 2.5L I-4 engine with a six-speed manual shift, a 2.8 L Turbocharged four-cylinder engine with six-speed auto shifter and lastly the 3.6L V-6 engine with eight-speed automatic transmission. The first one of the above comes in the Base trim while latter trims provide options for all three. The 200 hp and 191 lb-ft torque generated by the 2.5L I-4 engine is sufficient for daily commuting around the city and some minor tows and hauls around. It is paired with a six-speed manual shifter. The V-6 delivers smooth power all around and provides high revving 275 lb-ft torque at the wheels. It’s more focused on performance and comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 2.8 L turbodiesel gives the most numbers for towing (7,700 pounds) and payload(1,574 pounds). It is also the most economical engine on the lineup providing 30mpg at the highway. It gets a six-speed auto transmission.
The massive 306 hp power outputted from the 3.6 L V-6 engine makes this beast sprint a 0-60 mph in a total of 7.3 seconds. Now that’s not the greatest when compared to rivals but for a truck as big and heavy as this, the acceleration is quite decent. The massive power and torque available at the wheels make you forget its weight and the truck just thrusts off in no time.
Ride And Handling
The suspensions are so tuned that they’ll absorb most of the big and tiny road bumps. This results in a smoother ride which is again far better-damped than the rivals. Though the Honda Ridgeline may have a smoother ride, this one’s quite decent.
The brakes are quite slow when it comes to response time on critical speeds. Still, they’re quite certain and can be easily regulated over daily commuting. It takes a total of 141-foot long for Colorado to halt from 60 – 0 mph. Though that’s a number with offroad tires for family stuff, it doesn’t look much reliable.
2019 Chevy Colorado Fuel Economy
The Chevrolet Colorado is one fuel-efficient vehicle in the truck arena. It might show off some great power and hauling capabilities but regardless, it’s quite greener from within! The costly Turbodiesel engine doesn’t cost you much on fuel. With the rear-drive option, it gives a chart-topping 22/30/25 mpg economy and with FWD the figures drop to20/28/23 mpg.
The Base I-4 engines provide a decent fuel economy of 20/26/22 mpg for both the transmissions available. Whereas the V-6 gives 17/24/19 mpg for the FWD model and slightly improved 18/25/20 mpg for the rear-wheel drive.
Overall, Colorado provides a decent fuel economy and even when hauling or towing it doesn’t dwindle much.
2019 Chevy Colorado Interior
Chevrolet keeps interior posh and techy for every vehicle it makes and for Colorado, it is no different. As soon as you get inside you’ll find comfortable seats positioned at an optimum height and a clean dashboard with minimalistic but upscale controls and features. The dashboard is symmetrical and the controls onboard are placed slightly higher but within reach. There’s an array of controls down below the infotainment screen placed in the center. Four AC vents are also placed on the dashboard.
The front seats have nice leather upholstery for all the seats in the higher trims with premium looking stitching. Those seats in the front are much comfortable but you’ll have to live with the bucket styling and a center console as it’s the only option. The seats are quite firms and have more flexibility in terms of adjustment. Vinyl or cloth upholstery can be chosen in Base and WT trim. The front seats provide long-distance comfort overall and are reliable. There’s a decent amount of headroom in the front for passengers as tall as six-foot to sit comfortably. The heating feature can be added for the front seats in LT, Z71 and ZR2 trim. The rear seats whereas might feel a bit cramped because of less legroom. Though a 7-inch increase in legroom can be availed in the crew cab body styles that too doesn’t change the situation significantly. The rear headroom is also quite less so taller passengers might face difficulty sitting. The extended cab models of the WT trim add fold-up rear seats. These can be folded bottoms-up or seatbacks down. In both ways, it doesn’t contribute much to the storage space.
Getting in the front is quite easy but due to more height of rear seats, getting back there is quite hard. Also, the side steps are not available as standard and you have to include them optionally if you’re getting difficulty “climbing” to the back. The door on the front is quite wider but on the rear, there’s a narrow door causing even more difficult to get in.
There’s air conditioning standard on all the trims while the climate control system works flawlessly. Though it’s single-zone only. The seat heating feature also goes well mostly. The ride’s also quite smoother due to improved suspensions and damping. Though there’s a bit of wind and engine noise present inside the cabin, it doesn’t exceed it a certain level to interfere with normal communication.
The technology offered by Chevrolet is solid and you can get the most of it in this Chevy Colorado truck. Infotainment 3 interface is the new member in the family that adds in a lot of user-centric intuitive features. What’s not much pleasing is the absence of some standard active safety features inside.
The center touchscreen measures for 7-inches in the Base trim which can be upgraded to 8-inch in latter trims. It features the latest Infotainment 3 interface by General Motors and has much to offer in terms of the latest features. For smartphone integration, there’s Android Auto and Apple CarPlay available onboard but you can also use the inbuilt smartphone integration feature which also works flawlessly. The infotainment system is quite fast to respond and features great graphics with lots of colors and sharpness. The standard 4G LTE WiFi hotspot is just a bonus. There are a total of four USB ports available (2 in front and 2 in back) along with Bluetooth connectivity. A navigation system is available as an option in the WT trim and standard in the latter trims. The voice control feature is also available which works as expected. Though the pre-defined phrases might be hard to use you’ll get used to it. Still, it’s quite of a time-saver in certain times and the touchscreen also shows the commands.
The audio unit is generic in the Base trim and consists of six speakers only. The sound quality is not premium though but up to the mark. A premium eight-speaker Bose audio can opt from the LT trim onwards. The audio is decent but might have been more “premium”.
There’s a couple of active driver safety features onboard. There are blindspots monitoring, lane departure warning and a forward collision system from the LT trim onwards. Out of these, the forward collision system seems to be overly responsive. The WT trim includes cruise control and OnStar Telematics. With OnStar onboard, you get access to automatic crash response, roadside assistance and turn by turn navigation. A unique hill descent control feature is available in the Z71 trim.
Some key infotainment features at a glance:
- Infotainment 3 interface
- Android Auto / Apple CarPlay
- 4G LTE WiFi hotspot
- 7-inch touchscreen( 8-inch in advanced trims)
- 4 USB ports
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Navigation system
- Voice control
- Premium 8-speaker Bose Audio
- Cruise control
- Lane departure warning
- Forward Collision Alert
How much will the 2019 Chevy Colorado Cost?
The 2019 Chevy Colorado provides an extensive range of trims to suit every type of driver. The 2019 model offers a total of five trims whose prices may go from a low $20,600 to as high as $41,300. The Base trim starts from $20,600 which comes with an I-4 engine and loads of standard features. The next ones are the WT and LT which start from $24,100 and $27,600 respectively which add engine choices and a couple of more features into the basket. On top of the chart, there are the Z71 and ZR2 which are priced at $34,300 and $41,300 respectively. These offer more performance tune-ups and active safety features.
5-year Cost Of Ownership.
The 5-year cost of ownership of a vehicle gives you the total amount you’ll spend in owning a certain vehicle for 5 years. It is calculated by taking into account the state fees, fuel cost, maintenance, insurance, tax credit along with its depreciation over the five years. The true 5-year cost of 2019 Chevy Colorado is calculated as follows
|CRITERIA||Year 1||Year 2||Year 3||Year 4||Year 5||Total|
|Taxes & Fees||$1,559||$46||$46||$46||$46||$1,743|
Virginia state. From above it is clear that it will cost you around $41,603 in total to own a 2019 Chevy Colorado (LT Crew Cab) in Virginia for five years considering all the charges, maintenance and fees incurred. Though this number is quite certain in Virginia state, the cost might change as states change. The 5-year cost of ownership of 2019 Chevy Colorado (LT Crew Cab) for top five US states is given below
- Virginia – $41,603
- Massachusets – $40,528
- North Carolina – $36,477
- Florida (Miami) – $38,144
- Texas – $44,095
From the above data, we can conclude that it is cheapest to own a 2019 Chevy Blazer in North Carolina with a total 5-year true cost of $36,477 due to less financing and taxes fee in the state. Whereas getting one in Texas would hit your pocket as hard as $44,095 due to relatively higher taxes and insurance charges.
2019 Chevy Colorado Competition
Some rivals are consistent in the arena as Colorado is and prove to be a tough competitor. The top rivals are Toyota Tacoma, GMC Canyon, and the Honda Ridgeline.
Comparison with the above competitors is given as follows:
2019 Chevy Colorado Vs 2019 Toyota Tacoma
Unlike Colorado, the Toyota Tacoma provides many active safety features and has bold styling. The base engine is weak though and it’s also a bit too pricey. Still, it has more sales and resale value. But if you’re looking for a truck with an intuitive infotainment system and great offroad capability, you better go for Colorado.
2019 Chevy Colorado Vs 2019 GMC Canyon
These two are the bona fide twins and share much stuff in common. The body structure is almost identical while the differentiating criteria come in terms of quality of interior materials and design both of which are great in the Canyon. But the 2019 Chevy Colorado has the performance heavy ZR2 trim to offer which can’t be found in the Canyon. So we can sort of say true offroading needs the mighty Chevy Colorado.
2019 Chevy Colorado Vs 2019 Honda Ridgeline
The Honda Ridgeline is one strong competitor to the Chevy Colorado in the mid-size truck segment. The Ridgeline with its independent rear suspension provides buttery-smooth rides that can’t be experienced in the 2019 Chevy Colorado. The AWD system works exceptionally well whereas the crew cab body style has lots of space to offer. One drawback of the ridgeline is that the technology used is cumbersome and not upscale while the driver aids may distract you. Both the trucks are better in their places so the final choice is yours.
What We Think about 2019 Chevy Colorado?
The 2019 Chevy Colorado is undoubtedly the undisputed champ in the mid-size truck arena. It offers a great variety of trims to choose from and a plethora of power-packed features. Overall, it’s a great pick in the mid-sized truck segment.
Keshav Katyal is a person who is an admirer of everything with an engine, and especially when it comes to the American muscle and Japanese imports. He drives his ’10 Chevrolet Cobalt SS. During his leisure time, he loves playing with Legos or just reading about upcoming cars and bikes or just working on his ride in the garage.