2017 Chevrolet Colorado extended cab

Pros: Refined road manners for a pickup truck; good selection of modern comfort, safety, and technology features

Cons: Rear seat space is tight, especially in extended-cab models; prices rise quickly as options are added; Colorado (except for ZR2) doesn’t offer the more-sophisticated full-time 4-wheel drive system that is available on the GMC Canyon

CG Says: For 2017, Chevrolet Colorado offers a redesigned V6 engine with cylinder deactivation for improved fuel economy. The V6 mates to a new 8-speed automatic transmission that replaces the previous 6-speed. ZR2 is a new model with greater off-road capabilities. ZR2 has a wider track, increased ground clearance, and off-road suspension. ZR2 is the only 4×4 Colorado with full-time four-wheel drive. Both the Chevrolet Colorado and its upscale cousin, the GMC Canyon, are really more midsize than compact. However, they are notably smaller than the typical full-size pickup, which makes them a bit easier to manage in tight quarters. Gasoline 4-cylinder and V6 engines, and a diesel engine are available, as are extended-cab and crew-cab body styles. A standard cab is not offered. The Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon are a shot in the arm to the dwindling compact-pickup segment. They offer up-to-date technology features and all-around refinement. Though pricing on top-line Colorados reaches into the realm of some lesser-equipped full-size pickups, the smaller, more-tractable dimensions should make Colorado a practical alternative for many big-truck intenders.

The Facts
Class Compact Pickup Truck
Body Style(s) extended-cab, crew-cab
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive, 4-wheel drive
Manufacturer Chevrolet
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices (Only select models listed)
Base Ext. Cab: $32,920
WT Crew Cab, 5-ft. box: $25,635
LT 4×4 Ext Cab: $30,510
Z71 Crew Cab, 5-ft bed: $31,080
Z71 4×4 Crew Cab, 6-ft. box: $35,930
ZR2 4×4 Ext. Cab: $40,055
ZR2 4×4 Crew Cab: $41,625

Base Engine
2.5-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
200
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual (ext. cab only)
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
19-20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
24-26

Optional Engine
3.6-liter V6
Horsepower
308
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
17-18
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
24-25

Optional Engine
2.8-liter turbodiesel 4-cylinder
Horsepower
181
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
20-22
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
28-30