The Chevrolet Colorado stays a truck that shouldn’t be ignored for these in search of a midsized truck, and for the brand new 2023 mannequin 12 months redesign, the Colorado will get a brand new standing amongst its specialised section. Having grown bigger and positioned in a extra aggressive standing, the brand new Colorado garners extra consideration due to how costly full-size vehicles have turn out to be. In the pure compromise of going for a midsize truck, the Colorado serves up some additional skills with its first rate powertrain that’s now only one engine.
For my first encounter with the newly redesigned Chevy Colorado, I get the Trail Boss trim, which provides in some rugged options, similar to a 2-inch carry, 3-inch wider observe up entrance, and aggressive strategy and departure angles. In a nutshell, the brand new Colorado Trail Boss trim offers consumers a substitute for the Z71 trim with extra of a give attention to off-roading however makes a compromise with inside options and choices, providing you with fundamentals, which embody an abundance of arduous plastics, material seats, dim halogen headlights, and no fog lights. However, you get the basics of a 4WD system with a 2-speed auto switch case with a defend and factory-installed 2-inch carry, all go the space for some added off-roading potential.
Powertrain and Driving Character
The newly redesigned 2023 Chevrolet Colorado will get a brand new 2.7-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that’s good for 310 horsepower and 391 lb-ft of torque in most trims, whereas the top-of-the-line ZR2 trim will get a bit extra torque at 430 lb-ft. There’s additionally the bottom WT (work truck) and LT trims solely get 237 horsepower from the two.7-liter turbo-4, however you could have the choice of upgrading to the extra highly effective turbo-4 with 310 horsepower and 391 lb-ft of torque within the LT trim.
In my Trail Boss trimmed check automobile, the brand new turbocharged 4-cylinder is a stunning engine because it surges with energy despatched by the 8-speed automated transmission to get the Colorado as much as 60 mph in about 7.3 seconds, which isn’t dangerous. There’s only a small trace of turbo lag out of the outlet, however the engine involves life with loads of midrange grunt for conquering off-roading challenges and towing as much as 7,700 kilos.
Where the Colorado shines is within the space of efficiency for a midsized truck. The drivetrain feels substantial in having the ability to get the job carried out with out subject. The solely concern is how coarse the engine sounds and feels if you rev it out. Otherwise, there’s quite a lot of pulling energy, and the experience high quality is first rate regardless of having the 2-inch carry and 32-inch Goodyear Territory A/T off-road tires.
Driving the brand new Colorado Trail Boss on the highway feels pure, and it adapts properly to present you confidence with none noticeable compromise in having the lifted suspension. The brakes really feel robust, with little or no software required to deliver the Colorado to a cease. Off-road, the Colorado Trail Boss additionally feels at residence the place it doesn’t beat you up a lot aside from the fabric seats feeling a bit arduous after half-hour to an hour of driving.
With the brand new Colorado having the brand new turbocharged 4-cylinder, engine gasoline financial system is considerably improved over the outgoing V6 engine however solely barely and simply within the base WT and LT trims that stand up to 25 mpg freeway. Unfortunately, the brand new 4-cylinder turbo drinks a bit extra gasoline than the previous V6, which I can forgive, contemplating it outputs a number of extra horsepower and much more torque. My Colorado Trail Boss check automobile will get principally constant gasoline consumption figures, principally matching the EPA estimates of 17 mpg metropolis, 21 mpg freeway, and 19 mpg mixed in the actual world.
Interior and Technology
The new Chevrolet Colorado does a number of issues a bit totally different with the way it integrates extra controls into the infotainment system, which is now a big 11.3-inch touchscreen normal throughout all trim ranges along with a brand new 8-inch digital gauge cluster, additionally normal for all trims. The integration options which might be generally simple to entry on the dashboard or door trim, such because the headlight controls and window lock-out change, is now embedded into the infotainment touchscreen. Such a easy change is usually annoying should you ever have to manually change your lights on.
The new cabin format is simplistic and really fundamental within the Trail Boss trim to maintain prices down. Here, you may see the apparent compromise within the Trail Boss trim to present you extra capabilities within the drivetrain and omit the creature comforts within the inside which might be discovered within the Z71 and ZR2 trims. However, you continue to get a bevy of normal options, similar to an influence driver’s seat with energy lumbar, wi-fi or USB-connected Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and a remote-locking EZ-lift tailgate with a StowFlex sealed storage compartment.
The cabin of the brand new Colorado is marginally extra accommodating than the earlier technology. There’s nonetheless an absence of rear seat room, as you’ll count on in a midsize truck, even with the one providing of its crew cab setup. Thankfully, the entrance seats appear to have a bit extra room for adjustment, and having the Trail Boss trim makes issues simple to scrub and wipe down with the arduous plastics all through combined in with a number of rubberized surfaces.
Another welcoming side of the brand new Colorado is having a number of normal driving aids on all Colorado trims, which characteristic automated emergency braking/entrance collision alert, lane departure mitigation, and automated high-beam help. Features similar to blind-spot displays with rear-cross visitors warning, heated exterior mirrors, rear parking sensors, and rear automated braking are all bundled up in an non-compulsory security package deal obtainable in any trim stage. Adaptive cruise management and a 360-degree digital camera system can be added as a part of a know-how package deal to any trim stage.
Chevrolet stored issues easy and civilized for the pricing scale that begins at $29,200 for the bottom WT trim earlier than any charges or choices. My 2023 Chevrolet Colorado Trail Boss check automobile, with only a handful of choices, is available in at $41,195, which features a vacation spot cost of $1,495.
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