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Performance on this model is quite robust, with three different powertrains available, including a four-cylinder base engine that makes 200 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque; a V6 that serves up a best-in-class 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque; and an all-new turbocharged inline-four that puts out a commanding 181 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Maximum fuel economy comes from the turbocharged engine, which Chevrolet predicts to get an impressive 31 mpg highway. You’ll also get best-in-class towing from the turbocharged engine at up to 7700 pounds when properly equipped.
- Kelley Blue Book: “For best-in-class towing and hauling, smooth power and torque delivery, a refined driving experience, likely best-in-class fuel economy, and all the bells and whistles the LT trim comes with like Apple CarPlay, it’s actually kind of a bargain.”
- Edmunds: “With its refined demeanor and feature-laden interior, the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado is a very appealing option for a midsize pickup or an alternative to a full-size truck… [T]he Colorado’s new diesel engine is a game-changer.”
- Forbes: “After spending quality time in the new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon (as well as their competition) it was obvious GM has set a new benchmark in the midsize truck category.”
Future iterations of the Chevrolet Colorado could feature a surround view monitor, for example, to make maneuvering the vehicle during a job even easier than with just the rearview camera. Also possible are upscale flourishes like a heated steering wheel or more power adjustable seat settings, but we’ll have to wait and see about these and other upgrades to come.