Avoid the Chevy Colorado and Choose One of These Reliable Alternatives Instead

There’s a lot to consider when buying a new truck. And, chances are, one of the things you’re considering is how reliable particular trucks are. Unfortunately, that more than likely means avoiding the Chevy Colorado. The good news is there are several reliable alternatives to the Chevy Colorado that are well worth your consideration.

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The Jeep Gladiator is a reliable alternative to the Chevy Colorado

When it comes to the Chevy Colorado, there’s no getting around it. It’s just not that reliable of a pickup truck. According to Consumer Reports, the 2021 Chevy Colorado earned a two out of five predicted reliability rating, which is pretty disappointing. Unfortunately, such a low score is to be expected. Aside from the 2020 model, which earned a five out of five reliability rating, reliability has been a struggle for the Chevy Colorado for quite some time.

For a more reliable alternative to the Chevy Colorado, consider the Jeep Gladiator. While this year’s Colorado was given a lowly two out of five, Consumer Reports gave the 2021 Jeep Gladiator a perfect five out of five predicted reliability rating. Much like this year’s model, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator also earned a five out of five reliability rating.

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Choose the Honda Ridgeline if you value reliability and safety

Maybe the Jeep Gladiator isn’t the right fit for you. If that’s the case, you might want to consider the Honda Ridgeline. Much like the Gladiator, this year’s Ridgeline makes for a reliable alternative to the Chevy Colorado. Not only did Consumer Reports give this year’s model a four out of five predicted reliability rating, but it also gave the 2020 and the 2019 Honda Ridgeline a four out of five reliability rating.

The Ridgeline is more than a reliable alternative to the Chevy Colorado. According to the NHTSA, this year’s Ridgeline also did better in crash tests than the 2021 Chevy Colorado. While the NHTSA gave the 2021 Chevy Colorado a four-star overall safety rating, it gave the 2021 Honda Ridgeline a five-star overall safety rating. According to the NHTSA, the Colorado struggled in the front driver side and front passenger-side crash tests.

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The Toyota Tacoma is a slightly more reliable alternative to the Chevy Colorado

Of course, there’s always the iconic Toyota Tacoma. It’s been a favorite for years and is practically an icon among the truck segment. Unfortunately, the 2021 Toyota Tacoma is only a slightly more reliable alternative to the 2021 Chevy Colorado. With a three out of five predicted reliability rating from Consumer Reports, this year’s model is only able to best the Colorado by one point. For some, however, that’s more than enough.

Unfortunately for the Chevy Colorado, the Toyota Tacoma does have the edge when it comes to resale value. In fact, the difference is pretty significant. CarEdge reports that the Chevy Colorado will depreciate 49% after five years, giving it a five-year resale value of approximately $18,140. As for the Tacoma? CarEdge reports that it will depreciate 29% after five years and have a five-year resale value of $26,400.

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Take your pickup of choice out for a spin

While the Chevy Colorado may not be the most reliable truck available, several more reliable alternatives are out there. However, before settling on the best fit for you? We recommend taking the pickup of your choosing out for a test drive.