A practical and flexible truck.

Chevrolet Colorado | CarMax

The Chevrolet Colorado is a compact pickup truck that offers the utility of a pickup while being small in size with a comfortable ride. The Colorado has seating for two to five people and a bed that has a length of 6 feet 2 inches, longer and more versatile than most other compact trucks. The Colorado's many options, smaller size and attractive interior make it a good pickup for people who do lots of urban driving.

Read on to learn more about the second generation of the "Chevy" Colorado, which launched in 2015, including:


Key Specs and Features (2017 and 2018 models)

  • The 2017 and 2018 models come with a standard 200-horsepower, 2.5L four-cylinder engine. Optional 308-horsepower V6 or 181-horsepower turbodiesel are available.
  • Chevrolet Colorado: Engine | CarMax
  • Manual transmission comes standard, but automatic is available.
  • Rear-wheel drive is standard, but four-wheel drive is available in all trims except the base level.
  • Bed options include a standard 6-foot-2-inch bed, or an optional 5-foot-2-inch bed.
  • Standard seating for two, with additional cab options that provide seating for up to five people.
  • Standard USB connection, Bluetooth® and 4.2 inch display screen, with available wifi hotspot and Apple CarPlay™ (data plan required).
  • Best-in-class towing capacity of up to 7,700 pounds (enough to tow a small trailer) with a Duramax®2 2.8L turbodiesel engine with two-wheel drive, when properly equipped. 1This is similar to the GMC Canyon, but nearly 1,000 pounds more than the next-best Toyota Tacoma.

5 Reasons to Buy

1. Plenty of Space

Chevrolet Colorado: Trunk Cargo | CarMax

The Chevy Colorado offers all the benefits of a small pickup, while still giving you plenty of space to work from. The six-foot bed (available across all generations) is sufficient for fitting most equipment, including eight-foot lengths when the tailgate is lowered. The towing capacity gives additional options for transporting gear.

2. Seating Options

Chevrolet Colorado: Front Seats | CarMax

The Chevy Colorado comes standard with two seats in the base model across all years. Above that trim level, the extended cab models come with two rear seats, although there are only 28.6 inches of leg room in the back in the 2018 model. The crew cab offers seating for five and more space for adult passengers with 35.8 inches of leg room in the back in the 2018 model.

Chevrolet Colorado: Backseats | CarMax

3. Lots of Configurations

The Chevy Colorado has plenty of options so it's easy to find the right truck for you. The Colorado has five trim levels in the 2017 and 2018 model years, and is available in either extended cab or crew cab configurations, with a five- or six-foot bed and two- or four-wheel drive. Although not all options are available in all trims, there are plenty of configurations available.

4. A Smaller Impact

The Chevy Colorado is a good choice if you're conscious of minimizing your impact on the environment, but still need to haul lots of gear for your job or hobbies. The 2018 model with the standard 200-horsepower engine in four-wheel drive gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg combined.2 The 2018 with the turbodiesel engine in two-wheel drive offers an EPA-estimated 25 mpg combined.2

5. Comfortable Interior

Chevrolet Colorado: Tech Dash | CarMax

The Chevy Colorado offers utility and is a great work truck. That doesn't mean that it compromises comfort, however. With standard Bluetooth and optional features including a Bose® sound system and EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate, the Colorado offers plenty of creature comforts, as well as a quiet and smooth ride.

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What You Need to Know

Chevrolet Colorado Average CarMax Pricing3

  • 2014-2017: average prices less than $24,000
  • 2018: average prices less than $30,000


The Chevy Colorado Comes in the following five trim levels in the 2017 and 2018 model years:

  • Base: The base model comes with seating for two, standard rear-wheel drive 2.5L four-cylinder engine and manual transmission.
  • WT: The Work Truck trim offers more options than the base, including standard seating for four, with an optional crew cab finish that seats five. Four-wheel drive and automatic transmission become available at this trim, as do packages with features including keyless entry and an infotainment system with a seven-inch display.
  • LT: The LT comes with all of the configurations that the WT does. It comes standard with keyless entry, upgraded infotainment with an 8-inch touch screen and satellite radio. The LT also offers more available packages including technology package with features like lane departure warning.
  • Z71: The Z71 is a trim for people who plan to go four-wheel driving regularly. It has off-road specific features including an automatic locking rear differential, hill descent control and an off-road suspension package.
  • ZR2: This trim level, introduced in 2017, offers higher ground clearance, an off-road appearance package and wireless charging


The Chevrolet Colorado comes with a flexible interior that seat two to five people. Standard features like standard Bluetooth, and power-adjustable drivers seats make it comfortable for distance driving (2017 and newer models)


The 2018 Chevy Colorado is available in these nine colors:

  • Black
  • Cajun Red Tintcoat
  • Deepwood Green Metallic
  • Graphite Metallic
  • Kinetic Blue Metallic
  • Red Hot
  • Satin Steel Metallic
  • Silver Ice Metallic
  • Summit White

Years In Review

The first generation of the Chevy Colorado was manufactured until 2012. Then, there was a production gap until the second generation launched in 2015.

2015 Chevrolet Colorado

The first year of the second generation is available with 2.5L four-cylinder engine or 305-horsepower V6. It is available in four trims: base, WT, LT and Z71.

2016 Chevrolet Colorado

The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado was the first model available with the 181-horsepower turbodiesel. Other than that, there were no major changes.

2017 Chevrolet Colorado

In the 2017 Chevy Colorado, a new 308-horsepower V6 was introduced, as was an optional eight-speed automatic transmission. Chevy's teen driver feature, which allows owners to set a speed alerts and volume limits, became standard on all models. This year, the ZR2 trim level was also introduced.

2018 Chevrolet Colorado

On the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado, Chevy introduced an active tow system that is standard for all V6 and turbodiesel models.

The Bottom Line

The Chevrolet Colorado is a good vehicle for people who need a pick-up, but don't want a large full-sized truck. The available engine options, trim configurations and features packages result in a unique truck that can fit a variety of needs, from work utility to off-road capabilities.

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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 when vehicles 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 for details.
3Based on CarMax average prices between August 1, 2018 through January 31, 2019.
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