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It feels like the Chevy Colorado just came back into the midsize truck market, but this pickup is already set for a new generation. The 2023 Chevy Colorado offers a wide array of changes from the previous generation, reducing the number of powertrains to one and offering more off-road capabilities across the lineup. Does this Chevy pickup offer the excellence and aggression you want to enjoy?

How single-minded is the 2023 Chevy Colorado?

Not only find one powertrain or this new generation midsize truck but there’s also only one cab and cargo bed. Chevrolet went to the drawing board and built this new model with the most desirable qualities to give us a truck that’s made to tackle the toughest wilderness terrain at every trim level.

Thankfully, three is still an important number for this midsize truck

2023 Colorado
2023 Chevrolet Colorado | GM

The previous generation of the Colorado had three powertrains that were completely different from one another. The 2023 Chevy Colorado might only have a single powertrain, but it’s offered at three different power levels. Unlike the GMC Canyon cousin, if you have a bowtie on the front of your midsize truck, three possible power outputs are offered.

Every model of this Chevy midsize truck now uses a 2.7-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine derived from the larger Chevy Silverado 1500. This engine mates to an 8-speed automatic transmission which pushes plenty of power to the wheels.

The power outputs for this Colorado are:

WT and LT Trims

237 horsepower, 259 lb-ft of torque

3,500 pounds of towing capacity

Z71 and Trail Boss Trims

310 horsepower, 390 lb-ft of torque

7,700 pounds of towing capacity

ZR2 Trim

310 horsepower, 430 lb-ft of torque

7,700 pounds of towing capacity

Is the new Colorado significantly more expensive than the previous version?

Red 2023 Chevy Colorado Midsize Truck on a Dirt Trail
Red 2023 Chevy Colorado Midsize Truck on a Dirt Trail | Chevrolet

The WT trim of the 2023 Chevy Colorado starts at $32,190, which is $4,560 more expensive than the outgoing version. Production for this new midsize truck begins in Q1 2023. Considering how much more you get for your money, it’s not too surprising to find a significant price increase for this pickup truck.

If higher trims of this truck are what you’re more interested in, the starting prices for those trims are:

  • LT – $33,095 (2WD), $36,395 (4WD)
  • Trail Boss – $38,495
  • Z71 – $41,395
  • ZR2 – $48,295
  • ZR2 Desert Boss – $57,590

What are some pros and cons of the new generation of this midsize Chevy truck?

2023 Chevy Colorado price
2023 Chevrolet Colorado | GM

Kelley Blue Book offers a strong list of pros and cons, and what’s new for the 2023 Chevy Colorado. Here’s what they have to say:


  • Strong turbo 4-cylinder engine
  • Many standard active safety features
  • Large 11.3-inch touchscreen
  • Towing capability
  • Extra ground clearance and off-road driving prowess


  • Only one size cabin and cargo bed
  • Rock-crawling ZR2 trim is pricey
  • Turbodiesel and V6 engines are gone

What’s New?

  • Completely redesigned for the 2023 model year
  • Trail Boss trim added to the lineup
  • ZR2 has even more off-road capability
  • One turbo 4-cylinder engine in three power levels

How can you learn more about the new 2023 Chevy Colorado?

MotorTrend features The Truck Show Podcast, which can be played from various streaming sources. Check out their coverage of this new midsize pickup and what it brings to be a much better midsize truck than before.

Next, learn more about the new 2023 Chevy Colorado by following this link, checking out the podcast mentioned, or watching this video below: