Chevrolet Colorado

The Chevrolet Colorado comes with a choice of three engines. The standard truck comes with a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine making 200 horsepower, while an optional 3.6L V6 makes 308 horsepower. The Duramax turbodiesel is a 2.8L four that boasts 181 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.

All three engines achieve solid fuel economy numbers. The Colorado is rated at 26 mpg on the highway for 4-cylinder 2WD models, with the V6 truck coming in at 25 mpg highway in 2-wheel drive trim and an impressive 31 mpg from the diesel. Despite this, the truck is still able to tow up to 7,700 pounds when properly equipped with the Duramax diesel engine and a tow package.

The Colorado is available in three basic body styles: extended cab long box, crew cab short box and crew cab long box. While the extended cab has rear hinged back doors and a small pair of rear seats, the crew cab features four doors and rear seats big enough to comfortably sit adults, even on long drives. 4-wheel-drive and 2-wheel-drive variants are available in any of the three body styles.

There are four trim levels for the Chevrolet Colorado: Base, WT (Work Truck), LT and Z71. Base models are only available on extended cab variants and while they obviously feature the fewest amenities, bells and whistles, they still have several notable features. Base models come standard with 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, a 6-speed manual transmission, a rearview camera, pickup box light and a chrome rear bumper.

WT trims are similar to the base model but can be ordered with the crew cab. The WT trim also adds heavy-duty suspension, an improved infotainment system and an automatic transmission.

The LT trim adds a little bit of luxury to the mid-sized pickup. A 4-way power adjustable driver's seat is standard, as are 17-inch wheels, a body-colored rear bumper, an 8-inch color screen, remote entry and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

For buyers who want a Colorado with improved off-road capabilities, there's the Z71 off-road package, including heavy-duty suspension, a locking rear differential, some underbody protection, a powered front passenger seat, automatic climate control and an automatic liftgate.

Safety features on the Colorado include Stabilitrak stability control, traction control and anti-lock brakes. There are six airbags in the Colorado including dual stage front airbags. A rearview camera is standard, as are 4-wheel disc brakes.

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When I hear the word "bison," two things come to mind. Naturally, there's the big, beefy animal. But there's also M. Bison, the final boss in the Super Nintendo game Street Fighter II, who cleaned 8-year-old Jon Wong's clock more times than I care to remember. Either way, "bison" evokes thoughts of strong and tough specimens. Very fitting for this off-road-ready 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison.

Tougher truck

The ZR2 Bison is the most rugged version of Chevy's Colorado, wearing an array of pieces that better prep it for serious trail duty. Chevy didn't develop the parts in-house, either, instead looking to the off-road experts at Wixom, Michigan-based American Expedition Vehicles.  

The result is five heavy-duty, hot-stamped, boron steel skid plates to shield the radiator, front and rear differentials, transfer case and gas tank from taking damage when crawling over rocks. That's all the better for serious overlanding trips.

A bit more noticeable are the steel bumpers with the front featuring mounting points for a winch. The rear gets integrated recovery points for the times you need pull a stuck compatriot's vehicle out of a mud bog or get tugged out of one yourself. AEV also offers an optional snorkel that's compatible with any Colorado model to provide clean, filtered air to the engine when churning through dust and sand.

Completing the meaner look is a new grille that forgoes the traditional Chevy bowtie for a bolder in-your-face "CHEVROLET" grille, standard fog lights, Bison-specific 17-inch aluminum wheels wrapped with 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler tires and AEV badges. All of that joins the ZR2's tubular rocker protective side rails and wheel flares.

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