JULIAN, Calif. – The all-new, 2023 Chevrolet Colorado might feel like it’s subsequent on the heels of its significant brother, the Silverado, but don’t be so guaranteed. You see, whilst it’s real that the latest-generation Silverado was the first Chevy truck to get GM’s 2.7-liter turbo motor 3 many years back, the massive 4 was essentially designed with the upcoming-generation Colorado in intellect. It was also the Colorado’s new interior that motivated the layout route of the Silverado’s quasi-unexpected emergency redo a year back – not the other way around. Generally, we have been getting a gradual preview of this midsize pickup devoid of even being aware of it.
This is essential mainly because it illustrates that Chevy supposed for the Colorado to be a additional distinct, a lot less Mini Me sort of midsize truck. At minimum the Silverado did not steal its exterior styling cues, which are much more youthful, athletic and harder with no likely over the top rated with machismo (see Silverado Hd). You can see the influence of the Toyota Tacoma right here, or at minimum the influence of how a lot additional profitable it is regardless of not being particularly excellent. Persons who obtain those people do so in part mainly because it is more compact than a entire-sizer, appreciating the superior maneuverability and off-road capability. They also dig the accompanying search that definitely is not just a miniaturized Tundra.
This new Colorado is significantly much more Tacoma-like in that regard, even though becoming a whole lot improved at the form of primary issues Toyota’s wildly well-liked little pickup is not. The driving place is not glued to the floor like the Tacoma’s, the backseat legroom is sufficient, interior technologies is state-of-the-artwork courtesy of Google, the ride is smoother, and the engine is quieter and extra economical. Its hill-descent handle also doesn’t audio like tiny weapons fire is emanating from below the front bumper when in procedure. Which is all to say that the Colorado is seeking to steal some of the Tacoma’s lunch income, and if there’s any justice in the globe, it unquestionably need to. It’s a greater truck.
With that obvious comparison out of the way, although, let us dig deeper into this all-new Colorado’s particulars. That 2.7-liter turbocharged inline-4 is now the only engine obtainable, replacing the previous truck’s obviously aspirated inline-four and V6, and turbodiesel. “Only engine” is not just correct, nevertheless, as there are 3 states of tune. The base model, typical on the Function Truck and LT trim amounts, makes 237 horsepower and 259 pound-feet of torque. Although definitely superior to the previous unhappy sack NA 4 banger (200 hp, 191 lb-ft), it nevertheless feels on the gutless facet and suffers from excessive throttle delay accompanied by an awfully mushy pedal. It’s possible it was just our distinct examination truck, but this model of the motor may perhaps need to have some tweaking.
The mid-amount variation or “2.7 Turbo Plus” is not just a program flash – there are indeed additional parts concerned, together with a piston-cooling squirter that is not essential in the reduced output model, and numerous sound-quelling bits of foam. There are even so different 1s and 0s associated, much too, and it all amounts to an engine that generates 310 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. That would be a lot more electric power than the outgoing V6 and far more torque than the outdated turbodiesel. That absolutely sure sounds like mission completed, at minimum on paper.
Out on the street, this 2.7 responds a great deal far better to throttle inputs and is suitably gutsy for a truck. Chevy estimates that most trim amounts and drivetrain combos need to strike 60 mph in considerably less than 7 seconds. The eight-pace automated does are inclined to upshift far too quickly when momentarily lifting off the throttle when traveling on a quality (a activity mode would be wonderful, nevertheless there is a Tow/Haul mode that must in idea tackle that whilst towing and/or hauling).
Chevy states Silverado buyers complained that the 2.7-liter didn’t sound more than enough like a truck motor, so engineers experimented with to handle that in the Colorado (by 2024, the 2.7-liter will be similar in both equally vehicles). If you believe a truck motor should seem like a diesel, perfectly, mission attained there far too, considering the fact that you get a really turbodiesel-like wastegate whistle followed by the growl of the engine kicking it. All that premature upshifting can make this sound a bit irritating in particular steady-state cruising scenarios as each and every throttle suggestion-in is accompanied by the whistle-growl. With a heavier foot, however, the 2.7 continue to totally seems like a immediate-injected 4-cylinder engine. A duck is a duck is a duck. At the very least it’s a actually highly effective duck.
And it can get even much more impressive with the 2.7 Turbo Large Output, this time 100% the final result of a program flash that you can really get from a vendor soon after your original obtain. It provides the same 310 hp, but torque receives kicked up to 430 lb-ft. This is the set up that will appear common on the variety-topping, desert-storming ZR2, which we did not get to drive this go-close to, but all other trims can be optioned with it. Of course, even the Operate Truck.
Having a glimpse at the trim lineup, it’s clear just how popular off-roading is to midsize truck customers (or at minimum the visual appeal of currently being capable to off-street). Of the six Colorado trim amounts, four are of the additional rugged wide variety. The Path Boss, a new trim that really was inherited from Silverado, builds off the Perform Truck’s astonishingly good aspect content material with a 2-inch manufacturing facility elevate, a 3-inch-broader keep track of, normal four-wheel generate, off-highway generate modes (Off-Highway for slick surfaces and Terrain for rougher kinds), an computerized locking rear diff, hill-descent command, restoration hooks, and special styling features including even larger fender flares, lots of gloss black trim and 18-inch wheels wrapped in all-terrain rubber. We drove a Trail Manager with the optional mud terrain tires, which didn’t insert as significantly further sounds as we have been expecting, but you do discover the firmer reactions to pavement imperfections that in change send more vibrations via the truck’s frame. Moreover that, this overall body-on-body pickup with rear leaf springs comports alone properly in conditions of equally ride and managing. It is fairly composed, comfy and civilized.
Its midsize proportions also make it considerably more maneuverable than a whole-sizer, a point that we in all probability appreciated most while traversing a rutted trail east of San Diego. We didn’t have to be concerned about scraping the paint on shrubs, and it was a lot a lot easier to stay clear of massive rocks or ruts. There’s absolutely no comparison when parking.
On the other hand, you’re definitely giving up a ton of house by likely with the Colorado compared to a Silverado. The Colorado also only features a person physique combination now: crew taxi and what previously would’ve been regarded as a shorter bed. Its 61.7-inch length is best-in-course for a brief bed, but if you want a prolonged mattress with a crew taxi, you are going to want to go with a Tacoma or Nissan Frontier.
Inside of, it’s a pretty good issue that the Silverado acquired its model of this style motif very first, because we all would’ve been composing “the Colorado now has a better interior than the pricier Silverado.” As it is, they are definitely similar aesthetically, but the cheaper Colorado has a whole lot far more difficult plastic throughout, most notably on the doors and center console. The proper side of the sprint has it, too, in the Perform Truck and Path Boss (pictured previously mentioned), but it gets changed by nice, padded pleather in the LT and Z71 with shade-accent stitching.
Each Colorado does, however, aspect the exact same 11.3-inch touchscreen as higher trim degree Silverados, which includes its working technique by Google. Navigation is consequently the Google Maps interface you’re utilised to, natural voice commands arrive courtesy of Google Assistant, and the all round consumer interface is quick sufficient to determine out. We appreciate, nevertheless, that GM has held its exact common radio format showcasing digital preset buttons underneath music/station information. As a refresher, the running technique might be a typical Android Automotive one particular shared by several models, but it really is reskinned so that a Chevrolet and Volvo don’t glance or even perform totally the exact same.
It also will get exceptional attribute information, such as off-highway-unique auto information pages and a multitude of readily available camera angles. The Colorado Z71, which is essentially a ritzier Path Manager, can insert a distinctive underneath-physique digicam and a very low-mounted ahead camera to go with the typical ahead and rear cameras accessible on the Trail Boss. You can break up these numerous feeds (the two ahead feeds would’ve been particularly handy when inching up to a blind drop-off if the lower digital camera hadn’t been caked in mud), or go with facet-by-facet views of the entrance or rear wheels.
Other highlights contain a damped tailgate with an readily available storage compartment and the means to halt 50 %-way in its travel to prop up a extended surfboard, plywood, and so forth. The entrance overhang is also shorter now and the spare tire lifted better off the floor, enhancing tactic and departure angles, respectively. It also after once more has a detachable entrance air dam for enhanced clearance, but it’ll surely be less necessary now as it doesn’t dangle as perilously near to the floor. The creatively scalloped hood doesn’t just glimpse interesting, but it’s a compromise in between the aesthetic tastes for a challenging-guy, higher-hood glimpse and visibility rewards of a lower hood.
Back in 2019, we put the outgoing Colorado 3rd out of 4 in a midsize truck comparison examination. We appreciated its journey, dealing with and utility, but identified its motor to be just Okay and its inside in significant want of a modernization and high-quality advancement. Nicely, those positives have been maintained and all those negatives have been dealt with. Would it be adequate to topple that test’s winner, the then-new (for the U.S., anyway) Ford Ranger? We just cannot know for positive, but the odds would be in its favor looking at its comparable pricing. At the extremely minimum, we would’ve considerably most popular the Colorado’s look. Oh, and by the way: The truck that arrived in past in that comparison approximately four years ago? That would be the Tacoma. It seriously should not stand a prospect now … as extensive as clients are ready to give this Colorado a prospect.