Drivers are treated to a driving position that's more natural than that found in the Tacoma and Frontier.Rear seats are big enough for two child safety seats or act as tight accommodations if you plan on piling full-sized adults in the back thanks to a lack of legroom. The Colorado's 6-foot bed may be a tad shy on length compared to its full-size brethren, but an available bed extender means you can secure loads up to 8-feet long if needed with the help of 17 available tie-down locations.
The V-6, which also does duty in the Cadillac ATS and CTS, is a bit grumpy under full trot but not nearly as rough as some other V-6 options in the mid-size segment.
But if it's torque you're after, look no further than the Colorado's new 2.8-liter turbodiesel.
Brand-new along with its GMC Canyon twin, the Colorado simply outclasses the Tacoma and Frontier on a variety of fronts, whether it's packaging and interior space, clever new connectivity and bed features, V-6 gas mileage, or simple things like driving position.
Mid-size trucks effectively replaced compact trucks about 15 years ago, when the Dakota, the Tacoma, and the Frontier all were nudged up in size and mission.
Regardless of trim, six airbags, rearview camera, hill start assist, stability control, and trailer-sway control are standard equipment, while lane-departure and forward-collision alert systems are optional extras.
Keeping you connected are a touchscreen audio system and USB input as standard for cranking your tunes from your phone or music device.With last year's Colorado, Chevy joined the Toyota and Nissan trucks in the mid-size class.Now it towers over them, not in terms of size, but in terms of modern design.Between its three body styles and trio of trims, the Chevy Colorado caters to some distinctive bands of truck drivers.Those who haul passengers often will want the four-door crew cab, with a either a 5- or a 6-foot pickup bed.The Chevrolet Colorado takes its pared-down truck shape and somewhat more manageable size and offers three powertrains choices.