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A potent and multipurpose midsize truck.

2019 Chevrolet Colorado | CarMax

The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado is the chameleon of the midsize pickup segment, blending in seamlessly with your work schedules, family routines, and weekend adventures. Whether you are looking for a solid rig on the job site or a comfortable daily driver to boot around the city, you'll find that and a whole lot more in this truck—especially with its heroic off-roading capabilities. For work or play, the Colorado handles it all, providing great versatility and power, along with a complete range of engine options, cab configurations, bed lengths, and features.

Want to learn more about this midsize pickup? Here's what we'll cover in this 2019 Chevrolet Colorado review:

Key Specs & Features

  • The 2019 Chevy Colorado Base comes standard with a 2.5L four-cylinder that makes 200 horsepower and 191 lb.-ft. of torque.
  • The WT trim (crew cab long box 2WD and crew cab 4x4 models) runs off a 3.6L V6 with 308 horsepower and 275 lb.-ft. of torque.
  • The V6 pairs to a six-speed manual transmission (extended cab 2WD models), a six-speed automatic transmission (crew cab and extended cab 4x4 models), or an eight-speed automatic transmission (crew cab long box 2WD and crew cab 4x4 models).
  • An available Duramax® 2.8L turbo-diesel four-cylinder with 181 horsepower and 369 lb.-ft. of torque can tow an estimated 7,700 lbs. when properly equipped (on 2019 models).1
  • The 2019 Colorado is available in both 2WD and 4x4 variants.
  • All 2019 models come standard with a rearview camera, Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™ compatibility, and Bluetooth® connectivity.

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5 Reasons to Buy

1. POTENT POWER

Don't be deceived by the 2019 Chevy Colorado's midsize status—this pickup isn't lacking guts. Right out of the gate, the 2.5L four-cylinder, which comes standard on Base, WT, LT, and Z71 trims, pushes out 200 horsepower and 191 lb.-ft. of torque. With an estimated payload capacity of 1,440 lbs. and an estimated 3,500-lb. max tow rating (2019 models), this rugged little road-warrior makes a great delivery truck or tool hauler with the 2.5L engine when properly equipped.1 Stepping up to the 3.6L V6 (standard on ZR2, optional on Base, WT, LT, and Z71 trims) will get you more muscle with 308 horsepower and 275 lb.-ft. of torque, along with an estimated 7,000-lb. maximum towing capacity and an estimated 1,574-lb. payload capacity when properly equipped.1 That's full-size capability but in a more agile package.

2. SIPS FUEL AND PACKS TORQUE

2019 Chevrolet Colorado: Engine | CarMax

Looking for a well-rounded pickup with rugged diesel performance? The 2019 Colorado offers an available Duramax 2.8L turbo-diesel four-cylinder that generates 181 horsepower and 369 lb.-ft. of torque. With this durable cast iron engine anchoring the truck, the 2019 Colorado can tow an estimated 7,700 lbs. when properly equipped.1 It matches this power with an EPA-estimated 30 mpg highway (2WD models).2

3. ROOMY INSIDE AND OUT

2019 Chevrolet Colorado: Front Seats | CarMax

With room for your crew and job site materials, this Colorado truck packs a serious punch when it comes to space. 2019 WT, LT, and Z71 trims with the crew cab can accommodate five passengers with 35.8 inches of rear-seat legroom, plus all seats feature special contouring for maximum support to limit fatigue when you're out on the job. 2019 crew cab models also offer the choice of a 5' 2" or a 6' 2" bed to store your tools and materials.

2019 Chevrolet Colorado: Backseats | CarMax

The long bed can hold a maximum of 49.9 cubic feet of cargo or up to eight-foot lengths of lumber by opening the tailgate, which is very good versatility for a midsize pickup.

2019 Chevrolet Colorado: Trunk Cargo | CarMax

4. OFF-ROAD CAPABILITIES

Need to blow off steam after a long day of work? The 2019 Colorado ZR2 dominates the great outdoors. This trim boasts rugged features, such as front and rear electronic locking differentials and a special dampening system that ensures an exceptional ride, along with large all-terrain tires with big fender flares, so you can travel where you want to go. There is also a one-touch terrain select for desert, mud, or mountains to customize off-road performance to suit the conditions. With nearly two inches of front and rear lift and a 3.5-inch wider stance, the 2019 Colorado ZR2 is the midsize pickup to quench your thirst for adventure.

5. IN-TRUCK TECHNOLOGY

2019 Chevrolet Colorado: Tech Dash | CarMax

The 2019 Colorado includes Chevy's robust Infotainment 3 system, which is easy to use and very feature-rich. Base and WT trims come standard with a seven-inch touchscreen display with Bluetooth connectivity and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, while LT and higher trims get a larger eight-inch touchscreen display and built-in 4G LTE WiFi.3 All models also include a rearview camera to help with hitching up a trailer or reversing onto a loading dock. Forward collision alert, lane departure warning, and rear park assist are optional on the LT trim as a special package. You can also upgrade the base six-speaker audio system with a Bose® premium seven-speaker sound system on LT and higher trims.


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What You Need to Know

2019 Chevrolet Colorado Trim Configurations

The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado configurations include five trim options:

Base– The Base trim comes standard with 16-inch ultra-silver metallic-painted steel wheels, a rearview camera, single-zone manual climate control with air conditioning, a seven-inch touchscreen display with Bluetooth capabilities, a locking tailgate, and more.

WT– The WT trim features dual rear seats with under-seat storage (extended-cab models), a folding rear bench seat (crew cab models), carpeted flooring and front and rear carpeted floor mats, a four-way power driver seat, power windows with driver express-up and -down, and more.

LT– The LT trim includes 17-inch blade silver metallic-painted cast-aluminum wheels, an eight-inch touchscreen display with built-in 4G LTE WiFi3, power-adjustable manual-folding side-view mirrors, remote keyless entry, a six-way power driver seat, and more.

Z71– The Z71 trim features 17-inch dark argent metallic-painted cast-aluminum wheels with all-terrain tires, a Z71 Off-Road Suspension Package, automatic locking rear differential, transfer case shield (4x4 models), Hill Descent Control, and more.>

ZR2 – The ZR2 trim comes standard with an Off-Road Appearance Package, off-road suspension, increased clearance and track width, leather-appointed seats with the ZR2 logo, a black grille and rear bumper, and more.

2019 Chevrolet Colorado Interior

The 2019 Chevy Colorado's interior can accommodate two passengers in the Base trim with the rear seat delete, four passengers in WT, LT, and Z71 trims with the extended cab, or five passengers in WT, LT, and Z71 trims with the crew cab. Cab and bed configuration choices include an extended cab model with a 6' 2" bed, a crew cab with a 5' 2" bed, and a crew cab with a 6' 2" bed. With the tailgate down, the 6' 2" bed can fit items that are eight feet long.

2019 Chevrolet Colorado Available Colors

The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado is available in 11 exterior colors, including:

  • Black
  • Cajun Red Tintcoat
  • Crush
  • Dark Copper Metallic
  • Kinetic Blue Metallic
  • Pacific Blue Metallic
  • Red Hot
  • Satin Steel Metallic
  • Shadow Gray Metallic
  • Silver Ice Metallic
  • Summit White

Similar Vehicles

Toyota Tacoma

Another solid off-roader worth considering is the 2019 Toyota Tacoma. This midsize truck is made for harsh conditions by using high-strength steel in the frame and hot-stamped, ultra-high-strength steel in the body for maximum durability. All 2019 Tacoma models also feature a double-wishbone coil-spring front suspension and leaf-spring rear suspension with staggered outboard-mounted gas shocks to deliver a nice ride whether on- or off-roading. If you prefer off-pavement conditions, the TRD Pro trim is up for any adventure. This model sports 2.5-inch Fox Internal Bypass shocks on all four corners for a cushioned, plush ride even on the toughest terrain.

GMC Canyon

A close cousin of the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado is the GMC Canyon. This 2019 midsize pickup also offers extended cab and crew cab body styles with two bed lengths and a trio of engines: a 2.5L four-cylinder, a 3.6L V6, and a 2.8L turbo-diesel four-cylinder. If you opt for the turbo-diesel, you'll have access to 186 horsepower and 369 lb.-ft. of torque, along with an estimated max towing capacity of 7,700 lbs. when properly equipped.1 The trim-topping Denali wears a bold exterior if you want to stand out on the job site with a unique chrome grille and 20-inch aluminum wheels. Inside the cabin, the Denali is lush and plush boasting perforated leather-appointed seats with heat and ventilation for the driver and passenger.

Ford Ranger

Need a turbocharged gas engine to crush your to-do list? The 2019 Ford Ranger's 2.3L EcoBoost® engine, with its class-executive 10-speed automatic transmission, deserves a close look. This powertrain delivers 270 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque, giving the 2019 Ranger serious get-up-and-go. The 2.5L on 2019 models also offers an estimated 3,500-lb. towing capacity and a max payload capacity of 1,860 lbs., but adding a Trailer Tow Package lets the 2019 Ranger pull an estimated 7,500 lbs. (all when properly equipped).1 This strong performance boasts an EPA-estimated 21 mpg city and 26 mpg highway when equipped with the V6 and 2WD.2

The Bottom Line

The 2019 Colorado is a great all-around truck well-suited for a variety of needs. Whether you're shopping for a used pickup for work, a truck to tote your family in, or a fun off-roading vehicle, this Chevy easily adapts to both work and play.

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1Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
2Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.
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