The 2018 Chevrolet Colorado can be whatever you need it to be: in-town runabout, suburban slogger, or off-road racing champion.
Mid-size pickups are multi-purpose tools for their owners. Trucks like the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado are work haulers, family wagons, tall-riding weekend machines, even small baja bruisers.
This pickup’s lineup spans a wide range yet never feels like it’s stretching too far, which is why we’ve rated it a solid 6.0 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
Late last year, the Colorado lineup added a dedicated off-road model with a lifted suspension and unique bodywork called ZR2 to the existing lineup of base, Work Truck, LT, and Z71 trim levels. This year, the Colorado lineup is newly available with a 100th Anniversary Edition package celebrating the bowtie brand’s truck-building centennial.
GMC sells a nearly identical mid-size truck called the Canyon, but it aims more for luxury-minded buyers with its decadent Denali trim level rather than off-roaders like the Colorado Z71 and ZR2.
Base and Work Truck versions aren’t as spartan inside as you might expect with standard air conditioning, rearview camera, power driver’s seat, and windows. However, only the LT trim level is available with more advanced safety tech like forward-collision and lane-departure warnings.
Colorado ZR2s are serious off-road machines that ride on a raised suspension with a significantly wider track and hefty 31-inch Goodyear all-terrain rubber. If you’ve seen the Ford F-150 Raptor, think of the ZR2 as a scaled-down, more manageable, adventure machine.
Depending on trim level, the Colorado lineup is available in a choice of extended and four-door crew cab configurations with three bed lengths as well as either rear- or four-wheel drive. A 2.5-liter inline-4 engine is standard, but most Colorados leave the factory with a 3.6-liter V-6 rated at 308-horsepower paired to an 8-speed automatic. Colorado’s pricey optional 2.8-liter turbodiesel inline-4 delivers excellent fuel economy—as high as 30 mpg on the highway with standard rear-wheel drive.
Properly equipped, the Colorado is rated to tow up to 7,700 pounds with the turbodiesel. More mainstream V-6 models come in at a still impressive 7,000 pounds and all variants have a bed payload rating of around 1,500 pounds.