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Chevy has been around for over a century and has earned a reputation of quality and trust amongst its fans. Not only is this the case in America, but on an international level, Chevrolet is a legendary manufacturer that has become a household name for drivers all around the globe. While the entire lineup is well-loved by fans, Chevy trucks are the reason the brand is so popular today. Vehicles such as the 2021 Chevy Colorado have been a high-ranking choice amongst Chevy drivers, both on an average consumer and enthusiast level. The Colorado is well-loved for its ability to tow, haul, and its adventure-worthy design.
The 2021 Colorado is available in an assortment of trim levels as well. Starting at the base level, the WT, also known as Work Truck, is the base trim and starts at an MSRP of $25,200. The WT will come with a plethora of features, including a versatile infotainment center, along with the option to swap out the standard powertrain with a more performant one. The LT is the next available trim for Colorado, and with this trim, the 16-inch wheels found on the WT are replaced with 17-inch wheels along with an upgrade to the infotainment center. If off-roading is of interest to you, the next two trims are what you should consider.
The Z71 and ZR2 then make up the higher-end of the trim levels, both of which come equipped with a powerful V6 engine and off-roading necessities such as a specialized suspension. Most notably, the ZR2 comes equipped with an extra package that’s targeted at peak off-roading performance thanks to the inclusion of features such as locking front and rear differentials and AWD right out of the gate.
There’s a trio of available powertrain configurations for the 2021 Chevy Colorado, and this helps to offer a layer of customizability for the driver. This is also one of the more notable reasons why the 2021 Colorado can offer impressive towing performance as the higher-end engines provide plenty of torque, in addition to excellent horsepower output. At the base level, the 2021 Colorado will have a standard 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that comes paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. This engine will provide your Colorado with 200 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque, lending itself to a maximum trailering capacity of 3,500 lbs when properly equipped. Impressively, this engine is also rather fuel-efficient as well, with EPA-estimated ratings of 19 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway (RWD models).
Opting for extra performance for your Colorado will offer you two extra options. The first of these is a 3.6L V6 that comes paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. With this V6, your Colorado will produce 308 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque, which is a significant 54% and 43.97% increase in both horsepower and torque over the base 4-cylinder engine. Even with the massive uptick in performance, this V6 also retains ample fuel efficiency with EPA-estimated ratings of 18 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway (RWD models). Additionally, this increase in power also means a greater towing capacity, and with a properly equipped example, this V6 can tow upwards of 7,000 lbs.
Lastly, if you’re seeking the best towing performance out of your Colorado, then you should opt for the available turbo-diesel 2.8L 4-cylinder engine. This diesel engine produces 186 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, approximately 34% more torque than the aforementioned V6 and 93% more than the base 4-cylinder engine. Whether you’ve opted for four-wheel drive or decided to keep rear-wheel drive, this turbo-diesel engine is highly efficient with EPA-estimated ratings of 20 MPG in the city and 30 MPG on the highway (RWD models), and 19 MPG in the city and 28 MPG on the highway (4WD models). If you’re seeking the utmost towing performance out of your Colorado, then this turbo-diesel engine is the best choice as a properly-equipped model can tow a maximum of 7,700 lbs.
The 2021 Chevy Colorado is constructed with a spacious cabin that will always provide a comfortable experience, no matter your height or where you’re sitting within the vehicle. There are two separate cab configurations for the Colorado, along with a choice of two bed sizes. Depending on the configuration that you opt for, your Colorado will come with a maximum seating capacity of either four or five passengers, with either two seats in the rear-row or a singular bench that seats three people.
Your two bed sizes for the Colorado are a long box that is about 6'2" or a short box that is roughly 5'1". As for cargo volume, for a Colorado with the long box, you will have a maximum of 49.9 cu.ft. If you opt for the short box, you will get a maximum cargo capacity of 41.3 cu.ft.
Regardless of which cab configuration that you opt for, the head and legroom that you’ll have in the front-row will remain unchanged. This means that you and your front-row passenger will both have 41.4-inches of headroom accompanied by 45-inches of legroom. It’s in the rear-row where these head and legroom measurements begin to change depending on which cab style you purchase.
Should you opt for a Colorado with a Crew Cab, passengers in the back will have 38.3-inches of headroom and 35.8-inches of legroom, while going with the Extended Cab will net your rear-seat passengers with 36.7-inches of headroom and 28.6-inches of legroom. By default, with the base trim, your driver’s seat will be a 4-way power-adjustable seat, however, opting for higher-tier trims will upgrade this to a 6-way seat. With the default configuration, your front seat passenger will have a 2-way manually-adjustable chair that can be swapped out for a 4-way power-adjustable chair in higher-level trims.
Many of the more high-end interior features are relegated to higher-tier trims. However, this doesn’t mean that lower-end trims are void of any robust features, as every Colorado comes equipped with an integrated infotainment center. At the entry-level, this infotainment center comes with a 7-inch screen, although this may be upgraded to an 8-inch HD screen, with additional navigational features. Costlier trims such as LT and above will further expand upon this infotainment center with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot for wireless internet on the road. It’s worth noting, however, that you may still opt for a hotspot if you purchase the Colorado WT, but it’ll come at an extra cost.
Front USB ports are found near the infotainment center, which is perfect for a few reasons. First, many devices that you may own can support USB charging, meaning you can get that tablet or Bluetooth speaker charged in no time. Secondly, if you plug a smartphone into one of these USB ports, you can sync your device directly to the infotainment center to utilize either Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. With both of these features, you can utilize the major functions of your smartphone, namely phone calls and navigation.
There are a host of safety features that you may add to your Colorado. Coming standard with every 2021 Colorado is a rear vision camera that will display its video feed onto the infotainment center’s screen. This camera is highly useful in situations that call for reversing, such as leaving your driveway or a parking space, for example. Combining the camera with the available rear park assist is a terrific way of ensuring the utmost safety while reversing, as rear park assist will warn the driver if the vehicle is approaching an obstruction while parking.
The other available safety features that you may add to your Colorado include forward collision alert, which is another feature that will warn the driver of potential danger. However, as the name would suggest, forward collision alert is designed to warn the driver of a potential collision on the front-end of the vehicle, prompting the driver to apply the brakes. Lastly, lane departure warning is available for the 2021 Colorado, which is the last of the available alert systems. This feature is designed to warn you if you’re accidentally swerving out of your intended lane to fix your positioning on the road.