Don’t Expect the 2021 Chevy Colorado to be A Better Truck

When you think of the 2021 Chevy Colorado, play that comical whomp whomp noise in your head. Because despite trying to make a comeback, the Chevy Colorado is still heavily lacking in a few different areas. 

Is the 2021 Chevy Colorado a good truck? 

Yes, by all means, it’s a powerful workhorse. The Chevy Colorado ZR2 off-roading model could give the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro a run for its money. It also got a more confident and aggressive look to turn heads. 

It has a fair starting price with an MSRP of about $26,395. The Ford Ranger has a slightly lower MSRP of about $24,820, while the 2021 Honda Ridgeline starts around $33,000. Plus, when properly equipped, it can tow up to 7,700 lb. This makes it the midsize truck with the best towing capacity. 

2021 Chevy Colorado LT trim driving through the city
2021 Chevy Colorado LT Trim

However, sometimes with a vehicle, you have to settle. You give up some qualities, such as a smooth ride on the pavement for off-roading capabilities. With the Ridgeline, you may give up some towing capacity for an incredibly comfortable interior. So, let’s cover the weak spots with the Colorado. 

1. The interior is lacking 

According to Car and Driver, the 2021 Chevy Colorado has a subpar interior quality. Subpar is never a good description. They also elaborated by saying the interior materials look cheap. Also, the backseat is pretty tight. The ride can be bumpy with some noticeable wind noise too. 

While the storage bin under the rear seat and a deep center console provides plenty of storage space, there is less room than rivals. They managed to get 11 suitcases in the Honda Ridgeline, but only fit 8 in the Colorado. 

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On a positive note, the Chevy Colorado has a comfortable driving position. Plus, the Colorado has the best-in-class cargo bed. It has a 41-cubic-foot short box and a 50-cubic-foot long box. The Ridgeline has 34 cubes, and the Tacoma has 47-cubic feet in the long bed. 

2. Tech is missing 

Where is all of the modern tech that rivals have? The Colorado is missing standard driver assistance and safety features. It’s missing automatic emergency braking, blind-spot warning, pedestrian detection, rear-cross traffic alert, and more. Available safety features include forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, and a rear parking sensor.

But you will find a 7-inch infotainment center with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There is an available Wi-Fi hotspot, and if you pay to upgrade, you can access two intuitive touchscreens. You can get an HD rear vision camera, heat seats, a heated steering wheel, and other convenience features too. 

3. The Chevy Colorado has a low-reliability rating 

According to Consumer Reports, the 2021 Colorado is pretty unreliable. It has a score of two out of five for its predicted reliability rating. This score is based on surveys sent to thousands of drivers that allow them to report problems and provide feedback about their vehicles. 

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 driving through the desert
2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 | Chevrolet

Potential problem areas for the Chevy Colorado include transmission issues, especially with the 2015, 2017, 2018, and 2019 model. Also, engine problems plague the 2016, 2017, and 2018 models. More trouble spots include the body integrity, paint, electronics, and brakes. The 2021 model may have addressed and corrected these problems, but it feels like buying this truck is a gamble.