Review: 2018 Chevrolet Colorado

Review: 2018 Chevrolet Colorado

Virginia is for lovers, but we know life isn’t all fun and games. For drivers in Richmond who need a car that’s as suited to weekend getaways as it is professional use, the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado is the perfect fit.

This mid-size Chevy pickup is easy to maneuver, but still has a 7,700-pound towing capacity and the option for a 74-inch-long box. The minute you get inside the cabin, though, you’ll notice it’s more than just a utilitarian ride.

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Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2018 Colorado comes in five trims – including the base, WT, LT, Z71, and ZR2 – and has three engine options. The standard powertrain is a 2.5-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine ( 200 horsepower and 191 lb-ft of torque) with a 6-speed manual transmission, or the option for a 6-speed automatic.

WT trims and higher also come available with a 3.6-liter DOHC V6 engine (308 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque) with 6- or 8-speed automatic transmission. The LT and above are available with a 2.8-liter turbo-diesel 4-cylinder engine with 6-speed automatic transmission. Upper trims are also available with 4X4 drive, letting you tackle Virginia mountains with ease.

The Z71 and ZR2 trims are best suited to heavy-duty use because they feature off-road suspension, automatic locking rear differential, transfer case shield, Hill Descent Control, front recovery hooks, projector-beam headlamps, and foglamps. The ZR2 also has a Mulitmatic DSSV Damping System, increased clearance and track width, and a trailer hitch with integrated trailer brake controller.

The Colorado base model has a fuel economy of up to 20 MPG city and 26 MPG highway, while the V6 gets up to 18 MPG city and 25 MPG highway. The turbo-diesel is, on average, the most fuel-efficient model, getting up to 22 MPG city and 30 MPG highway.

Comfort and Convenience

Your Heritage Chevy rep can help you find a model that's ideal for you, whether you want an Extended Cab or Crew Cab, or Short Box (41.3 cubic feet) or Long Box (49.9 cubic feet). The base model comes as a two-seater, while the WT, LT and Z71 Extended Cab can seat up to four passengers and Crew Cab models seat up to five.

The Colorado base model comes standard with Teen Driver technology (which is also useful if employees will be driving your truck), a rear-vision camera, cargo box lighting, manual climate control, and Chevrolet MyLink Radio with 7-inch touchscreen display and Bluetooth technology. The WT trim adds dual rear seats with under-seat storage (Extended Cab) or a folding rear bench seat (Crew Cab).

The Colorado LT features cruise control, OnStar Basic Plan for five years, Sirius XM Radio, Chevrolet Mylink Radio with 8-inch touchscreen, dual USB ports, Enhanced Driver Information Center, and the OnStar 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi. The Z71 adds leather-appointed seating and wireless charging for compatible phones.


Starting at $20,000 MSRP

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