The 2023 Chevrolet Colorado has been completely reimagined, creating a more professional look and feel, making it a far superior truck, with only a few minor trade-offs. A professionally crafted upgrade that makes this truck worthwhile and reliable.
It is no secret that Chevrolet’s mid-size pickup truck has outperformed the Toyota Tacoma for several years. However, Tacoma maintains its dominance in annual sales, especially in the influential California market, where it is nearly ubiquitous. As a result, Chevy decided to take its battle with Tacoma to new heights and introduced the all-new 2023 Chevrolet Colorado mid-size pickup at the heart of San Diego. With radical styling and high-power engines, the redesigned Colorado appears poised to challenge the Tacoma, Ford Ranger, and Nissan Frontier as the top choice in the mid-size pickup category. It remains to be seen if the Chevrolet Colorado can deliver the necessary punch to dethrone the Tacoma and seize the title of king of the mid-sizers.
The all-new 2023 GMC Canyon is redesigned and ready to take things upmarket. Colorado spans the spectrum from workhorse to packhorse, starting with the WT – perfect for those looking for an entry-level option. The WT will deliver great value at just $30,695 (including destination). It’s packed with powerful performance thanks to a turbocharged 2.7-litre four-cylinder engine that generates 237 horsepower and 259 pounds-feet of torque – much better than outgoing Colorado’s 2.5-litre four-cylinders 200 hp and 191 pounds-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, and part-time four-wheel drive is also offered. Unfortunately, the 2022 model’s optional turbo-diesel four-cylinder and V-6 engines are no longer available.
Out on the street, the new Chevrolet Colorado’s performance is top-notch. Even in its most basic trim, it proves that the truck engineers at Chevrolet know their stuff and that the value and capability of the larger Silverado 1500 are fine. Colorado has outstanding steering quality, boasting a tight, controlled feel with excellent feedback. The brakes are sturdy, firm, and progressive, clearly able to stop even the heaviest payloads. Ride quality and body control are both impressive – though it has a bit of bounce due to its rugged nature, Colorado will carry you beyond what is expected of a work truck. If you’re looking for a more comfortable, crossover-style ride, the Honda Ridgeline is an option worth exploring.
Colorado’s WT trim features a noticeably bare-bones interior, outfitted with hard plastic surfaces and lacking soft-touch skins. Cost-cutting is evident in the single stalk on the tilting-but-not-telescoping steering column, which controls turn signals, windshield wipers, and high beams. Surprisingly, headlight switches have been removed, and headlight controls must now be accessed through the multimedia system. Professional in its execution, the WT trim meets the budget-friendly model requirement.
The Chevrolet Colorado WT is an incredible value! You’ll receive surprising content for its modest costs, such as an 8-inch digital gauge cluster and an 11.3-inch touchscreen. This remarkable system includes Google Built-In, navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and various applications. In addition, this model features keyless entry, a remote start, a rearview camera with hitch guidance, and power seat options with adaptive cruise control and numerous safety warnings and controls. You can experience multiple features and creature comforts at an unbeatable price. The WT is surely an affordable and sophisticated option.
The Chevrolet Colorado’s interior offers quite a bit of comfort, with more headroom and seat adjustability than you would find with a Tacoma. Front-seat passengers will be pleased with the roominess, but rear-seat passengers may be surprised to note that the legroom has shrunk by an inch despite a 3.1-inch increase in wheelbase. Where did that extra length go? It is certainly not to be found in the cabin.
According to Chevrolet, the LT trim of their Silverado lineup is the most popular, offering a wide range of options, packages, and specifications so buyers can customize their truck to be slightly nicer than the base WT or nearly as nice as the luxurious Z71. With the optional Turbo Plus engine, the Silverado’s power and torque greatly increase to 310 hp and 390 pounds-feet-torque, respectively. This engine is available in The Z71 WT, and Standard trims feature an eight-speed automatic transmission coupled to the Trail Boss trim, which is tailor-made for increased power and torque. Professional grade performance and customizability make the LT trim of the Silverado a popular choice among truck buyers.
The LT offers a wide range of price points, starting at around $33,000 and reaching over $46,000. Its hard plastic has been upgraded with faux leather vinyl, with artificial stitching and added colour to the trim panels. As a bonus, you can opt for luxurious faux leather seats, and the telescoping steering column allows for greater driving comfort.
The Chevy Turbo Plus engine offers unmatched performance, quicker acceleration and more timely response. The powerful motor produces a deep growl and minimal noise inside the hood thanks to noise-insulating wrappers. Put your foot on the pedal, and you’ll find yourself easily navigating through traffic, hitting 60 mph in the remarkable seven-second range. This speed easily surpasses other competing pickup trucks and beats out the Tacoma. The only downside to this powerful engine is a slightly rougher idle and some resurgence noted in the tachometer. Nonetheless, the impressive power and speed of the turbo-plus engine make it a great pick for professional truck drivers.
If you’re looking for the nicest Colorado you can buy, the Z71 is your option. With interior components featuring contrast stitching, faux-leather-and-cloth upholstery, a dash and door trim, the Z71 provides a welcoming atmosphere. The Trail Boss and Z71 have a robust 2.7-litre Turbo Plus engine and 4WD. Additionally, 18-inch wheels with all-terrain tires come standard, while 20-inch alloys are optional.
The Colorado pickup truck offers a range of trims, from the on-road WT and LT models to three purpose-built off-road frames: the entry-level Trail Boss, the nicer Z71, and the all-conquering ZR2. The Trail Boss is a first for Colorado, having previously only been available in the larger Silverado lineup. This trim is based on the WT, with a hard-plastic interior and no telescoping steering wheel, but it comes with the 4×4 system; the Trail Boss is equipped with 18-inch wheels, which can be optionally upgraded to 20-inch wheels, and are fitted with either Goodyear Wrangler Territory all-terrain tires or Bridgestone Dueler all-terrain tires. In a few months, the ZR2 trim will arrive, offering an increased level of off-road capability.