Chevrolet Colorado

Chevrolet Colorado

  The Chevrolet Colorado is a mid-size pickup truck that is neither glitz or glamour in Chevrolet's lineup. This truck was introduced in 2004 and has done well only because Chevy was smart enough to add as many options as they could along with a competitive price tag. Customers can choose from two bed lengths, three cab styles with seating for up to six people, and a number of suspension options. Towing as much as 6,000lbs, the Colorado is powered by a 2.9L I-4 producing 185hp and 190 lb-ft of torque, a 3.7L I-5 delivering 242hp and 242 lb-ft of torque, or the newest engine, a 5.3L V8 producing 300hp and 320 lb-ft of torque.

Buying a new vehicle for cheap these days can be a daunting task, especially a pickup truck. As customer demands have grown, so have the trucks’ capabilities and price tags. If you’ve got $50,000 to blow, the options are nearly limitless. But what about $30,000? Or even under that? What kind of truck can be had for less than that magical money ceiling?

The truck market is a highly competitive one with each automaker gunning to outdo and one-up the competition. This is great for those looking for feature-laden trucks with more technology than the best luxury cars could boast five years ago or tow ratings that seem to compete with Peterbilt and Kenworth trucks.

Consequently, prices for these “work vehicles” have become luxury-like in the process. Sure, some buyers need a truck to pull double duty as the family sedan throughout the week while still towing the boat or RV on the weekends. For that purpose, modern full-size trucks in mid- to upper-grade trim reign supreme.

Because prices have jumped so high, folks wanting to spend $30,000 or less on a truck only have a few options, consisting mostly of single- or extended-cab full-size trucks or smaller midsize trucks. It all depends on how the truck is optioned out.

Those looking to tow will have to sacrifice interior amenities for a larger engine and a towing package. Those looking for interior room will ironically have to stick with a midsized truck that offers a four-door crew cab model. For buyers, it all boils down to how the truck will be used. Evaluating personal use is perhaps the most critical aspect of buying a truck on a budget.

Click past the jump for TopSpeed’s 5 best trucks under $30K

The covers have finally been pulled off the last new member of the Chevrolet truck lineup and we couldn’t be more excited. The 2015 Chevy Colorado debuted today at the LA Auto show joining the still fresh Silverado and Silverado HD.

The Colorado is based on the global truck platform, but is highly ‘Americanized’ with many key components swapped out for heavier-duty items based on the new Silverado. The Colorado rides on a fully-boxed, hydroformed steel frame giving it a sturdy platform for hauling and towing. Initially the Colorado will come with two gasoline engine options with a diesel debuting the following year.

The base powerplant is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with an optional 3.6-liter, V-6 engine. Both feature the latest suite of GM technology, like variable valve timing and direct injection. They share similar construction materials with aluminum blocks, forged-steel crankshafts, and oil jet-spray piston coolers. A Six-speed automatic transmission is standard across the board and features tow/haul mode and auto grade braking.

Exterior features include Chevy’s clever bumper CornerStep and bed rail hand-grabs, an EZ lift tailgate, two-tier loading capabilities within the bed, and no less than 13 tie-downs for securing payload. Available projector beam headlamps light the way while front bumper tow hooks provide a means of recovery if the going ever gets too muddy. Silverado-derived inlaid doors with triple seals keeps wind noise to a minimum while active aero grille shutters open and close to maximize aerodynamics and cooling efficiency.

Interior accoutrements are similar to the Silverado with a large, pronounced center stack with similar knobs and buttons. An available eight-inch color touchscreen inhabits the prime real estate up top while multiple USB ports down low live in a specially designed front compartment for charging personal electronics. A center console-mounted gear shifter splits the front bucket seats and gives plenty of storage options big enough for hiding a tablet safely out of sight. GM’s next-generation OnStar and MyLink are also present, along with a standard rear-view backup camera.

The folks at General Motors say the new Colorado is designed for customers who want the extra capabilities a truck offers like hauling and off-road agility, but don’t need the size and expense of a full-side truck. GM is now the first manufacturer in quite a while to offer a full plethora of mid-sized, full-sized, and heavy-duty trucks. Our hats are especially off to the fact that GM revamped its entire truck lineup within a two year model cycle.

Click past the jump for photos and details of the all-new 2015 Chevy Colorado

In the rough and tumble world of pick-up trucks, the constant development for the baddest, meanest, and most powerful off-roader is a constant race for automakers determined to build the most imposing of them all and find the one that can be called the kingpin of all-utility vehicles. At the International Motor Show in Buenos Aires, Chevrolet introduced their latest offering to the fold, the Colorado Rally Concept. Next the concept will be making its way to Franfurt for its European premiere.

Based on the Colorado line of pick-ups that are considered one of the most popular in the world, the Colorado Rally Concept is the latest iteration concept that shows the new direction Chevrolet is undertaking for their next-generation off-roaders, particularly those that have rally racing in their future.

"Chevrolet has built trucks right from the start and they are an essential part of our brand. Through its purposeful design, refinement and uncompromising capability, the Colorado Rally Concept creatively reinterprets our proud heritage," said Wayne Brannon, President and Managing Director of Chevrolet Europe.

More details on the Chevrolet Colorado Rally Concept after the jump.

Away from the bright lights of the Geneva Motor Show comes the introduction of the 2012 Chevrolet Colorado at the Bangkok International Auto Show. Bet you didn’t know that, did you?

Weird as it looks to have an American mid-size pick-up have its debut at an unheralded Asian auto show, it’s worth noting that Thailand just happens to be the world’s largest market for mid-size pick-up trucks. Bet you didn’t know that either.

Featuring Chevrolet ’s new design language, the new Colorado certainly looks the part of a heavy-hitter in a mid-size pick-up’s body. But the bigger question surrounding this pick-up doesn’t have anything to do with its aesthetic or performance specs, but rather on the possibility of the Colorado being sold in the US. Chevrolet has given no indication on that matter yet, but since the Silverado is the only pick-up on Chevrolet’s roster, it might make sense for the US market to be given a choice on which Chevy pick-up they might prefer.

Details on the Chevrolet Colorado after the jump.

The 2007 Chevy Colorado Crew Cab Z71 Plus is an off-road enthusiast’s dream interpretation of one of Chevrolet’s most popular trucks – the just right-sized Colorado crew cab. Keeping with the rugged Z71 image, the suspension has been fitted with HUMMER H3-derived components, front and rear. Custom-milled 20 x 9-inch alloy wheels are wrapped with aggressive 285/50R20 off-road tires. Underneath the restyled front fascia, hood and fenders is a powerful 320-horsepower 5.3L V-8.

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Colorado continues to offer one of the widest model ranges, including Regular Cab, Extended Cab or Crew Cab body styles; two pickup bed lengths; three available suspensions; and two inline engines. Vehicles are offered in WT, LS and LT trims. The popular Colorado Xtreme combines performance with an attractive sport-truck appearance package.

The new Chevrolet Silverado is based on the GMT900 platform. The model it was sheduled to arrve as a 2008 model, but is likely to debut this fall, in earlu Ocromber. It has an unique look including stacked headlamps, which separate the trucks from the SUVs. It does not have all the signature styling from the 2003 Cheyenne Concept - such as the wraparound glass at the back of the cab. The Silverado is equipped with a roof-rack and back-up (...)

The Chevrolet Colorado was among the first of a new generation of larger compact pickups when it was introduced as a 2004 model and all but Ford followed quickly on its heals. In fact, we don’t even call them compact pickups anymore. Now they’re called midsize pickups.

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