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The 2020 Chevrolet Colorado: A Trucking Jack of All Trades

The 2020 Chevy Colorado is a compact or mid-size pickup truck that’s designed to be performant in virtually every situation.

The truck boasts a sturdy—in aesthetic and function—exterior, with an impressive infotainment system to boot. However, it isn’t perfect; there are cons, such as its wanting driver-assistance technology.

Despite these drawbacks, though, one wouldn’t be remiss to call the truck a vehicular jack of all trades. Here’s a more in-depth review of the truck and whether it really qualifies as a trucking jack of all trades.

History

‘Chevy Colorado’ refers to a series of compact and mid-size pickup trucks that were introduced in 2004 to replace the Chevrolet S-10. The truck was named after the state of Colorado, and it also has a twin truck: the GMC Canyon.

The Colorado began production in 2003 and its first generation was rolled out in 2004. From then until 2012, the first generation was periodically outfitted with performance and design improvements.

In 2007, the Colorado received a design renovation; new engines (2.9L LLV I4 and 3.7L LLR I5), new colors, and new wheels. In 2009, the Colorado received a Bluetooth phone system, and in 2010, it was outfitted with side curtain airbags.

The Colorado is currently in its second generation, which went on sale in 2012. This generational shift came with a new, larger design. The Colorado is now more akin to a mid-size pickup truck than a compact. Moreover, it also comes with a much better interior than the first generation, which was a commonly criticized aspect. Periodic changes to the Colorado’s engines, cabins, accessories, and more bring us to the 2020 model

Specs and Features

The 2020 Colorado comes with an assortment of powertrain options. The truck’s base 2.5L LCV I4 isn’t that powerful, however, and will likely leave thrill-seekers wanting. However, if speed and towing power aren’t what you’re looking for, the base engine is adequate.

The Colorado’s two most notable engines are the 3.6L LFX V6 and the 2.8L LWN I4 (turbodiesel). The former has a horsepower of 308 and can reach 60 mph in 6.1 seconds. Accordingly, it’s guaranteed to satiate the driver’s speed needs.

The base, gas-powered engine has an EPA rating of 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. The V6 has an EPA rating of 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. While these aren’t necessarily bad, they’re not as efficient as the turbodiesel engine. The turbodiesel clocks in with an EPA of 20 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Consequently, if you’re looking for the best fuel economy in the Colorado, the turbodiesel engine is your best bet.

Compared to the first generation, the 2020 model’s interior is significantly more performant. However, the first generation left much to be desired, so this isn’t saying much. A common criticism was that the interior felt cheap. This was made more apparent by the truck’s sleek and impressive exterior. Unfortunately, the 2020 model’s interior still feels cheaply made, albeit less so than the first generation.

With regard to interior storage space, there are more spacious options available. The Honda Ridgeline, for example, can store more luggage inside the cabin. With regard to interior cabin space, the Colorado is pretty good; it’s neither expansive nor cramped. The Colorado’s exterior storage space—its cargo beds—however, are some of the best in the market. The short box option is 41 cubic feet in volume, and the long box option is 50 cubic feet. To put this into perspective, the Honda Ridgeline’s maximum cargo bed volume is 34 cubic feet.

The Colorado also compensates for its wanting interior with one of the best infotainment systems in the market. The features include a user-friendly and responsive touchscreen, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple Carplay, Android Auto, and more.

All of these features are underpinned by the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Premium System, which replaced MyLink with the 2020 model. The base Colorado comes with a 7-inch touchscreen, whereas the other models come with an 8-inch touchscreen. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more interactive and connected infotainment system in the market.

Pros

Engine Quality and Variety: As discussed above, the Colorado comes with a variety of engine options

Engine Quality and Variety: As discussed above, the Colorado comes with a variety of engine options.

While the base engine isn’t particularly powerful, it’s adequate for the regular driver. However, the Colorado has an engine variant to scratch every itch. The turbodiesel satiates more economical drivers, whereas the speedy V6 is plenty for speedsters.

Towing Capacity: The V6 and turbodiesel engines offer great towing capacities (7,000 and 7,700 pounds, respectively). This makes the truck ideal for lugging around trailers, such as for trekking.

Infotainment System: The Colorado’s infotainment system is connected, interactive, intuitive to use, replete with useful features, and at the top of the market.

Cons

Low-Quality Cabin Materials: The Colorado is slowly shaking off its first-generation legacy, but its interior still looks and feels cheaply made.

Compact Cabin: In tandem with the somewhat chintzy-looking interior, the interior is also limited in space. The exterior, however, makes up for this in terms of luggage space.

Conclusion

The 2020 Chevy Colorado’s variety of engine options and sturdy exterior design make it a versatile truck. The ZR2 model is the most expensive of the 2020 models, but its off-road capabilities more than justify the cost.

However, the other models also have rugged designs, giving them some off-road capabilities. Moreover, the V6 and turbodiesel engines further expand the truck’s versatility. Consequently, calling the Colorado a trucking jack of all trades wouldn’t be an inaccurate statement.

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