2016 Chevrolet ColoradoBase 4x2 Extended Cab 6 ft. box 128.3 in. WB

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[The Chevrolet Colorado] is long overdue, but should attract many buyers because it has everything from handsome styling to two new engines.
- MSN Autos
It has the size, the features and the looks necessary to become the dominant truck in the compact class -- just don't mistake it for a midsize.
- Edmunds.com
The Chevy Colorado is designed for the owner who wants the utility of a pickup at hand, but doesn't regularly tow or haul heavy loads.
- New Car Test Drive
The new inline engines deliver smooth, refined power, but their off-the-line punch is a little disappointing.
- Edmunds.com


The Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon are the best of the mid-size pickups, at least as of this writing.Completely redesigned from the ground up and launched for 2015, the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon went up against an aging and diminished group of mid-size trucks that included the Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma (though an all-new Tacoma is being launched for the 2016 model year).

New for the 2016 Colorado is the late availability of a diesel engine: a 2.8-liter turbocharged Duramax four-cylinder.2016 Chevrolet Colorado models benefit from updated integration with Apple iPhones, using Apple CarPlay capability, more apps supported, and an enhanced driver information display.Otherwise the 2016 Colorado models carry over unchanged from the 2015 model year.

The Chevrolet Colorado is an excellent alternative to a car for someone who wants or needs a pickup bed.Colorado's payload capacity is 1540 pounds, more than that of a half-ton truck.

The base engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that's also used in the Impala.It makes 200-hp and 191 lb-ft of torque, using a manual transmission or automatic 6-speed.Colorado is rated to tow 3500 pounds.

The upgrade engine is an impressive 3.6-liter V6 making 305-hp and 269 lb-ft of torque, the same engine used in the Cadillac ATS.It sacrifices only a mile or two in fuel mileage.It's rated to tow 7000 pounds, more than the Frontier and Tacoma, as well as some versions of Chevy Silverado, Dodge Ram, and Ford F-150.A Ram 1500 V6 is rated to tow 4190 pounds.

The Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon use a boxed frame, coil springs in front, leaf springs in rear, electric power steering, and disc brakes with long-life rotors.Two-wheel drive is standard, four-wheel drive is an option.Colorado uses a more traditional four-wheel-drive system that includes a low range than the more sophisticated system used for the Canyon.

Different body styles work for buyers with different needs.There's a four-door crew cab for carrying people, with a either a five- or six-foot pickup bed.There's an extended cab with a six-foot bed.

The Colorado drives well and offers excellent packaging and interior space, bed features, fuel mileage, driving position, and connectivity.


The base Colorado is called the WT, for good ol' work truck.The Colorado LT is nicely equipped, the one many will buy.The Z71 is the offroad model, with its own headlamps, 17-inch wheels, dark grille trim, and hill descent control.

Standard equipment on all Canyon models includes rearview camera, six airbags, stability control with trailer-sway control, and hill start assist.Connectivity-wise, there's a USB port and touchscreen audio.Bluetooth and navigation are options, as is Chevy's OnStar.

New for 2016, the Colorado's MyLink interface now incorporates Apple CarPlay, which uses the truck's touchscreen as a mirror display for some iPhone functions like messaging, streaming audio, and mapping.


The Colorado stretches and pulls the truck shape into a good-looking vehicle.With its smaller slimmer grille and soft rising shoulder line, the Colorado is not as in-your-face as are full-size trucks like the Silverado.The fenders are boxy enough to still say truck.It's a global design, and that makes things tricky.The shape has to appeal to buyers from San Diego to San Salvador to Sumatra.


Inside, the Colorado is more like the Silverado, roomy and rugged, with better finish than 2015 Tacoma and Frontier.It feels like a GM sedan in the seat bolstering and aluminum-look door and dash trim.The beefy steering wheel has lots of control buttons, the center console with a shifter is wide.

It's not roomy in the back seat of the crew cab.Okay for child seats but cramped for adults, in upright seatbacks with not much knee room.At least it will be quiet.Indeed, the Colorado is far and away the quietest pickup in its class.It seems quieter than a lot of cars and SUVs as well.

There's a step on the bumper to get up into the bed, a tailgate that's easy to lower and raise, and no less than 17 tie-down spots.Bed creations are numerous, from either a sprayed bedliner or a drop-in one; with cargo dividers, the GearOn racks and carriers, cargo nets, tonneau covers and toolboxes.

Driving Impression

GM's 2.5-liter four-cylinder is smooth but runs out of steam over 75 mph.It's fine everywhere else.It comes with a manual transmission, while the V6 doesn't, so if your truck must have a manual transmission, you take the smaller engine with it.The 6-speed automatic gets the most out of that engine, working with the 191 foot-pounds of torque.It has acceptable acceleration with an EPA-estimated 22 mpg Combined, same as Tacoma and Frontier.

The 3.6-liter V6 brings strong acceleration, while being more refined than some of the other sixes in the segment.Being a Cadillac engine, it's smooth, although it makes more noise than the four-cylinder.Its Tow/Haul mode and automatic grade braking make towing bass boats and other light trailers a breeze.

The Colorado's four-wheel-drive system is simpler than the automatic system used by the GMC Canyon.It's an electrically switched part-time system with low-range.

The Colorado's ride and handling are by far superior to the Tacoma and Frontier.The electric power steering is weighted well, has no dead zones, mostly tracks true, and adds effort quickly so you're aware of cornering forces.The Colorado changes directions well for a truck.The body is stiff and doesn't roll much.We thought 2WD four-cylinder models offered the best handling.

The suspension deftly deals with bumps, using its coil-over front shocks and a live rear axle and leaf springs.An empty bed might kick over railroad tracks, but remember it's not a crossover, with unibody construction; it's a body on a boxed frame.The ride might be less comfortable than a crossover, but it's not like riding in a Wrangler.We found the Z71's suspension setup gave the best comfort/handling compromise.


The versatile Colorado does a full-size job, especially with its Cadillac V6 engine.It offers ruggedness with a touch of sedan inside.Good six-speed automatic, real good ride and handling.

Driving impressions by The Car Connection.Sam Moses contributed to this report.

ABS Brakes
Air Conditioning
Front air conditioningManual
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st and 2nd row
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeIntegrated roof
Digital Audio InputYes
Memory Card SlotYes
RadioAM/FM stereo
Radio Data SystemYes
Total Number of Speakers6
Front brakesVentilated disc
Fabric TypeVinyl
Fabric Type 2Vinyl
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Shift knob trimUrethane
Steering wheel trimUrethane
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet2
Center ConsoleFull with covered storage
CupholdersFront and rear
Door pocketsDriver, passenger and rear
Power steeringSpeed-proportional electric power steering
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Steering wheelTilt-adjustable
Bed Length Measurement1,880 mm
Front Head Room1,052 mm
Front Hip Room1,397 mm
Front Leg Room1,143 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,461 mm
Front track1,585 mm
Overall height1,788 mm
Overall Length5,398 mm
Overall Width1,887 mm
Rear track1,585 mm
Wheelbase3,259 mm
left rear passenger door typeReverse opening
Rear door typeTailgate
right rear passenger door typeReverse opening
Driver Seat
Height AdjustablePower
Manual Adjustments6
Power Adjustments4
Axle ratio4.10
Driven WheelsRear-wheel
Block HeaterRegular duty
Compression Ratio11.30 : 1
Displacement150 cm^3
Engine ConfigurationInline
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Horse Power200 hp
Max RPM6,300 RPM
Max Torque RPM4,400 RPM
Size2.5 L
Torque259 Nm
Total Valves16
TypeRegular unleaded
Valve GearDOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsLEV II
Exterior Features
Fuel Consumption
City12.2 L/100 km
Combined10.8L/100 km
Highway9.1 L/100 km
Bed Length1,880 mm
Driven WheelsRear-wheel
Engine Size2.5 L
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Mfr Bed TypeRegular
Number of CylindersI-4
Trans Speeds - VA6
Trans Type - VAManual
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual adjustable
ClockIn-radio display
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
Rear View CameraYes
Trip computerTrip computer
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
Headlights auto delayAuto delay off
Headlights dusk sensorDusk sensing
Power door locksPower door locks
Driver mirror adjustmentManual
Passenger mirror adjustmentManual
Vanity mirrorsPassenger vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
Manual Adjustments4
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Front seat typeBucket
seating capacity2
Total Seating Capacity2
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Spare Tire
Mount LocationUnderbody w/crankdown
Spare Wheel
Rim typeAluminum
Stability and Traction
Stability controlStability control with anti-roll
Traction controlABS and driveline
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeShort and long arm
Rear Spring TypeLeaf
Rear Suspension ClassificationRigid axle
Rear Suspension TypeLeaf
stabilizer barFront
Speed RatingS
Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemTire specific
Width265 mm
Manual / automaticManual
Number of speeds6
Transmission Hill HolderTransmission hill holder
Truck Features
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Pickup Bed TypeRegular
Vinyl floor coveringVinyl floor covering
Video System
Primary Video Monitor Size4.2"
Video Monitor LocationFront
basic distance60,000 km
basic months36 months
drivetrain distance160,000 km
drivetrain months60 months
roadside distance160,000 km
roadside months60 months
rust distance160,000 km
rust months72 months
Weights and Capacities
Curb weight1,796 kg
Fuel Capacity80 L
Gross vehicle weight2,449 kg
Ground clearance213 mm
Payload640 kg
Towing Capacity1,588 kg
Turning radius6 m
Rim TypeSilver steel
Wheel CoversHub
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
One-touch windows1
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassLight
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Rear step bumper
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
1-touch up
Air conditioning
Driver door bin
Front beverage holders
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power windows
Rear beverage holders
Rear door bins
Tilt steering wheel
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
AM/FM radio
Radio data system
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Delay-off headlights
Exterior parking camera rear
Fully automatic headlights
Low tire pressure warning
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
Block heater
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
4 wheel disc brakes
ABS brakes
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Front centre armrest
Power driver seat
Front anti-roll bar
Front wheel independent suspension
Power steering
Speed-sensing steering

2016 Chevrolet Colorado Base 4x2 Extended Cab 6 ft. box 128.3 in. WB, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta

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