The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado is the midsize pickup segment’s jack-of-all-trades: a smartly-sized truck with efficient and powerful engine choices, a comfortable daily driver, and even an off-road superstar.
The 2019 Colorado range spans a wide variety of needs, and that’s why we’ve rated it 6.0 out of 10 overall. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
The Colorado’s changes for 2019 are minimal, limited to a new 7.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment in the base trim and a new 8.0-inch system for LT trims and up. The 2019 Colorado also gains rear USB ports, a 6-way power driver’s seat, an HD backup camera on some trims, and an available heated steering wheel. Finally, a few visual touches and off-road goodies like new wheels and skid plates are available, as well as three new colors, Crush, Pacific Blue Metallic, and Shadow Gray Metallic.
Although full-size trucks deservedly rule the roost in terms of sales, the midsize pickup segment has started to come into its own. The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado exemplifies this evolution with flexible configurations that cover both work and play. The Colorado starts off as one of the least expensive bare-bones truck on the market. But it can be optioned up to be an out-of-the-box adventure machine with a lifted suspension that boasts trick shocks and fully lockable differentials. And let’s not forget technology features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. No matter which version of Colorado you choose, you’ll get well-mannered handling and respectable fuel economy.
Based on our testing, the interior of the Colorado doesn’t hold as many carry-on suitcases as the Honda Ridgeline, but it’ll carry more stuff in either of its two voluminous cargo beds. A variety of interior storage spaces are highlighted by a deep center-console bin and a massive compartment under the crew cab’s rear seat.
Bask in the Colorado’s connectivity options and eye-catching graphics of its infotainment system. Featuring a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, two new-for-2019 intuitive touchscreens, and the introduction of Chevrolet Infotainment System 3, it remains near the top of the segment in terms of infotainment. The base Colorado isn’t available with a touchscreen, but a new 7.0-inch MyLink system is optional on the WT trim. All other models have an 8.0-inch infotainment system that features attractive menus and responsive touch functions. The only way Chevy could improve the MyLink interaction experience would be by incorporating telepathy. Base models may miss out on useful equipment such as Bluetooth streaming, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, but that’s all standard starting on the LT.
With the rear seats folded, we fit 11 pieces of carry-on luggage in the rear passenger compartment of the Colorado crew cab. The Honda Ridgeline swallowed 18 pieces of the same-size luggage, while the Toyota Tacoma TRD double cab can only find room for seven. As for exterior cargo, both the Colorado’s 41-cubic-foot short box and the 50-cubic-foot long box dwarf the Ridgeline’s maximum of 34 cubic feet of cargo room. The Tacoma does slightly better than the Ridgeline, offering 38 and 47 cubic feet of storage in its short- and long-bed models, but the cargo-bed crown belongs to the Colorado.
But the Colorado isn’t alone in this segment, and the competition is fierce. Toyota’s Tacoma starts at a higher price, but it excels in rough off-road terrain and has a higher resale value that levels out the value proposition. And then there’s the Honda Ridgeline, which is more comfortable and roomy, though it can’t tow or handle tough off-road trails as well as the Colorado. Ford is also getting back into the game with its new Ranger. The decision is tough, but picking a winner will primarily come down to what you want out of your next truck. The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado is worth a look.
Notably, we picked the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 as one of Edmunds’ Best Off-Road Trucks, the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado Diesel as one of Edmunds’ Best Trucks for Towing, and the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado as one of Edmunds’ Best Gas Mileage Trucks for this year.
the Colorado is a good pickup truck. An attractive lineup of engines is available to choose from, and all of them are polished and ready for action. With the Colorado’s diverse powertrain and trim-level configurations, you can build this truck as a comfy and fuel-efficient daily driver, a workhorse with a class-leading tow rating, or as an off-road adventurer.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Kudos to GM for making its Teen Driver system standard on every Colorado; it allows parents to monitor the speed and location of the truck and mute the radio until all occupants have buckled their seatbelts. In a curious move, the Colorado’s two driver-assist items—lane-departure warning and forward-collision warning—are only optional on LT models and not available at all on the pricier Z71. Key safety features include:
Standard front, bolster, curtain, and rear curtain airbags Available lane-departure warning and forward-collision warning on LT trims
Between its below-average base price and alluring list of standard infotainment features, the Colorado is an excellent value. You’ll have a hard time finding rivals outside of the GM umbrella that are as hardworking. If you want a cabin with a bit more class, though, you may want to consider a couple of alternatives. The Colorado’s close kin, the GMC Canyon, has many of the same mechanical components and amenities, bundled in a premium-grade cabin. The Honda Ridgeline can’t haul as much as the Colorado, but it handles and rides more like a cushy SUV than a stiff pickup.