Can the All-New 2023 Chevy Colorado Dethrone Consumer Reports Favorite Truck?

The Honda Ridgeline may be on top for now, but get ready for the all-new 2023 Chevy Colorado truck. The new Chevy Colorado is bigger, more powerful, more fuel efficient, and comes in several new trim levels that take it from work truck to trail truck. It’s too early to say whether it will have the chops to get to the top of midsize truck list, the 2022 version certainly didn’t. But should Honda be worried that the 2023 Ridgeline could be nearing the end of its run on top?

The Honda Ridgeline is one of the best midsize pickup trucks

2021 Ridgeline Sport with HPD Package | Honda

The Honda Ridgeline tops both Consumer Reports’ and Edmunds’ lists of best midsize pickup trucks because it’s reliable and competent. The unibody Honda Ridgeline has a couple of tricks up its sleeve that make it a great alternative pickup. Its in-bed trunk provides waterproof, lockable, storage in the composite bed. Its tailgate swings out like a door or flops down like a traditional tailgate.

The Ridgeline makes a great daily driver truck, too, because it can seat five in SUV-like comfort with standard all-wheel drive and punchy 3.5-liter V6 that makes 280 horsepower. It’s based on a Pilot, and in many ways drives like a Pilot with a bed, and it’s a Top Safety Pick+ at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. All that makes it, objectively, the top pick at both rating publications. But the new Chevy will bring some powerful new turbo engines, making as much as 310 horsepower, and more torque than the 2022’s diesel in a traditional body-on-frame design that adds off-road ability.

What will the 2023 Chevy Colorado look like?

2023 Chevy Colorado Z71 Towing a Light Trailer
2023 Chevy Colorado Z71 Towing | Chevrolet

People buy trucks because of how they look as much as how much they can tow and haul. The new 2023 Chevy Colorado will bring the good looks of the full-sized Silverado truck to the midsize segment, as well as a boost in capability. The new 2023 Chevy Colorado is based on a new frame that is 3.1 inches longer and though that doesn’t sound like much, it’s just enough to give the new truck an entirely different, tougher, look. That look makes the Ridgeline, which was introduced to great fanfare in 2017, look staid and old.

Honda has done some work to update the look of the Ridgeline with a refresh in 2021. It added the Honda Performance Development, or HPD, appearance package that adds a blackout grille, fender flares, and bronze wheels.

Chevy drastically improved the interior for 2023

The Ridgeline interior was state-of-the-art when it debuted and it set a high bar, but a lot has changed in six years. The new 2023 Chevy Colorado comes in four distinct interior trims that feature a new 11.3-inch infotainment screen, which easily trumps the eight-inch screen in the Ridgeline. Across the board the new interior of the Chevy has a nicer interior than before and it includes new design language that looks more like the Silverado’s, and dozens of new soft-touch trim pieces that add a touch of luxury. Hard black plastic still dominates the Honda’s functional interior.

Will the Honda Ridgeline still feel like a bargain?

One of the great things about the Honda Ridgeline has always been its value. The Sport, which includes the big V6 and all-wheel drive, starts at $36,890. The RTL and RTL-E versions come with heated seats, a blind spot information system, automatic braking, and more, for $39,870 and $42,820. The Ridgeline Black Edition has an MSRP of $44,320. Chevy hasn’t released pricing for the new Colorado yet, but you can expect the base WT version to start at around $30,000 with top line ZR2 and Bison trims topping out in the mid $40,000 range.

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