New 2020 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab Pickup
Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab Pickup
From the utilitarian base model to the off-roading ZR2, the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado range offers something for every midsize-pickup buyer.
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The 2020 Chevrolet Colorado is a midsize pickup truck, but that’s okay. Although full-size pickups (like the Colorado’s stablemate, the Chevy Silverado) tend to get most of the attention, there’s still a large and accommodating place in the pickup world for midsize trucks.
For many buyers, the Colorado has all the interior space they require, plus adequate cargo and towing capacities, performance and handling abilities, and several tech features. All at relatively reasonable prices. We’d recommend a mid-level trim, since the more expensive models might make a Silverado a better choice.
The midsize truck scene is expanding with the resurrected Ford Ranger, while an all-new Ram Dakota is due later in 2020. Other rivals include the ever-dependable Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier and the Colorado’s re-badged sister — the GMC Canyon.
You'll Like This Car If...
- A more fuel-efficient alternative for those who don’t need anything bigger
- Easier to maneuver and park than a full-size truck
- Maximum towing capacity of 7,700 pounds still impressive
- Smart engine choices
You May Not Like This Car If...
- Naturally, it doesn’t have the ultimate capability of a full-size pickup
What's New for 2020
- Tire Fill Alert becomes standard throughout the range
- A remote locking tailgate is now available on the Work Truck trim
- LT trim gains previously optional EZ-lift tailgate as standard
- Z71 model now eligible for Safety Package
- Some previous versions & packages have been discontinued
Considering Chevy has been making pickups for decades and is one of the big names in trucks, it probably isn’t surprising to learn that the 2020 Colorado has a stable and well-planted ride, with sufficient punch even when the cargo bed is full. Although the base 4-cylinder gasoline engine has to work the hardest under such conditions.
The 2.8-liter diesel engine is a particularly smart choice for those seeking the best towing option as well as for buyers wanting optimum fuel economy. Its healthy torque output is also a boon when the tarmac ends and the Colorado driver goes off on a different adventure. The off-roading ZR2 is a well-engineered alternative to Toyota’s Tacoma TRD trucks. It’s designed to go rock-crawling over the weekend and then perform the usual commute during the week.
This turbocharged 2.8-liter engine is a gem. Muscular yet refined, it also achieves excellent fuel economy. An exhaust-braking feature enhances control on downhill stretches while reducing brake wear.
It probably starts in childhood, that desire to splash around in muddy puddles. And as we grow older, the wild landscape becomes bigger and more demanding. Luckily, our inner dust devil is well served by the ZR2, thanks to some serious off-road equipment including Multimatic shocks, independently lockable front and rear differentials, and additional under-body protection.
Despite some cheaper-looking plastics in the lower parts of the cabin, the 2020 Colorado generally has that tough air of a truck that can carry out serious duties. This is also blended with tech features that can (depending on trim) include an 8-inch touch screen, smartphone integration and Wi-Fi.
The crew cab’s rear seats can split and fold, allowing for plenty of interior cargo space. There’s also a substantial stowage area beneath those seats. A pickup truck is meant to be super-useful and the Chevy Colorado sticks to that script.
The traditional body-on-frame truck construction approach brings specific benefits, such as towing abilities. These rugged bones translate to a muscular exterior design, underlined by a family resemblance to the bigger Silverado. The ZR2 off-roading model features a lifted suspension (for greater travel), wider track, revised bumpers and a skidplate.
The 2020 Colorado is available with an extended or a larger crew cab, while bed choices run to 5.1 feet and 6.2 feet. The smaller bed handles 41 cubic feet, the longer bed holds 50 cubic feet; only the Ford Ranger does better. And Ford had the advantage of using the Colorado as a benchmark.
Notable Standard Equipment
There’s a version of the 2020 Colorado to suit almost any budget and set of demands. The base model comes with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, two USB ports, 7-inch infotainment display, 6-speed manual transmission, vinyl seat and floor covering, plus welcome features like the CornerStep rear bumper, locking tailgate and cargo-box lighting.
Work Truck models don’t offer much more, but become eligible for a greater number of options. The LT trim adds an 8-inch touch screen, 17-inch alloy wheels, leather-wrapped/tilt/telescope steering wheel, satellite radio and rear parking sensors.
The Z71 has some off-road equipment like a dedicated suspension setup, all-terrain tires and a locking rear differential, while the ZR2’s equipment list is even more specialized.
Notable Optional Equipment
Many items that are standard in higher trims of the 2020 Chevy Colorado range are optional further down the ladder, such as the EZ-lift tailgate, Wi-Fi and the remote-locking tailgate. From the Work Truck level upward, the Colorado can be ordered with a crew cab, all-wheel drive, and a choice of engines.
Other extras include a spray-in bedliner, 7-speaker Bose audio setup, fog lights, cargo-bed storage rails, and a low-speed transfer case for the all-wheel-drive system.
Under the Hood
A base 2.5-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine motivates the Chevrolet Colorado with 200 horsepower. Rear-drive (RWD) versions link up to either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic; there’s no manual option with all-wheel drive (AWD).
This engine is okay for the purpose, but it’s worth spending extra to obtain either the 308-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 or the 2.8-liter 4-cylinder turbodiesel for a more pleasurable driving experience.
The diesel makes 180 horsepower, but delivers the best torque of the 2020 Colorado range. And torque (that feeling of muscle when pressing the accelerator) is arguably the more important quality. It also results in the range’s highest towing figure and the best fuel-consumption figures: 23 mpg combined (RWD).
The 3.6 V6 connects to an 8-speed automatic transmission; the 2.8 diesel deploys a 6-speed automatic.
200 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm
191 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/26 mpg (manual, RWD), 19/24 mpg (AWD)
308 horsepower @ 6,800 rpm
275 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25 mpg (RWD), 17/24 mpg (AWD), 16/18 mpg (ZR2)
2.8-liter turbodiesel inline-4
186 horsepower @ 3,400 rpm
369 lb-ft of torque @ 2,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/30 mpg (RWD), 19/28 mpg (AWD), 18/22 mpg (ZR2)
Starting with the base trim, the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado (available in extended-cab form only) has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $21,300 plus a destination charge of $1,095, coming to $22,395. The Work Truck (WT) trim is next, priced from $25,895.
The LT trim should be the sweetest spot of the range, though — with plenty of cab, bed and engine permutations — yet still beginning at $28,795. The upper reaches of the Colorado costs are home to more specialized versions such as the ZR2 off-roader variant, starting at $44,095. The turbocharged diesel engine is almost $7,000 extra in an LT, or $3,500 more in the ZR2. Get lavish with the options, and a diesel-powered ZR2 could easily approach $55,000.
However, 2020 Colorado prices are in line with comparable versions of the Ford Ranger, Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma. Check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for their new Colorado. Regarding resale values, the Toyota Tacoma is out in front, but the Colorado does fairly well.
Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab Consumer Reviews
January 14, 2019
August 21, 2011
You can actually carry 5 kids in belts no other small vehicle can do this no mechanical problems at all. Good mileage comes with...
May 09, 2011
March 02, 2011
I have had my colorado for almost a year now, its a 2010 crew cab. I love it runs great, and very comfortable even on long road trips. I...
April 27, 2010
I have had my 2010 z71 crew cab for just over a month and so it has been great power is perfect great for towing my trailer.
April 20, 2010
Great so far
I have only had my z71 crew cab for just a month and it has been great no issues I feel the 3.7 engine has plenty of power even for...
May 03, 2007
August 16, 2018
January 21, 2011
I have had the truck for a year now and only one problem with it. The backup lights went out and it was a switch in the transmission....
November 18, 2009
2010 2WD LT Crew Cab Colorado
I have previously owned a 2006 Colorado and I liked the way it handled and drove so much, that I just purchased another 2010 model...
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How does it compare?
|#1||2020 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab||200|
|#2||2020 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab||159|
|#3||2020 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab||159|
|#1||2020 Ford Ranger SuperCrew||23|
|#2||2020 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab||22|
|#3||2020 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab||21|
|#4||2020 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab||21|
|#1||2020 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab||4.3 / 5|
|#2||2020 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab||4.2 / 5|
|#3||2020 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab||4.2 / 5|
|#4||2020 Ford Ranger SuperCrew||4 / 5|
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