Trucks & SUVs

How Many Miles Will a Chevy Colorado Last?

If you’re shopping for a pickup that can be had with a diesel engine under the hood or one that’s able to tow a maximum of 7,000-pounds when properly equipped, then odds are you have the Chevy Colorado somewhere on your list of trucks to check out. But is the Chevy Colorado the best option out there? As it turns out, it might not be, and it all comes down to how many miles you can expect a Chevy Colorado to last.

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 driving
2021 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 | Chevrolet

Is the Chevy Colorado a reliable truck?

Before we get into how many miles a Chevy Colorado will last, we should probably talk about how reliable this truck actually is because, unfortunately, this year’s model didn’t earn very high marks. In fact, according to Consumer Reports, the 2021 Chevy Colorado earned itself a two out of five predicted reliability rating, which is pretty terrible. The 2020 model fared significantly better, having earned a five out of five reliability rating. But before that? The 2019 Colorado earned a dismal one out of five reliability rating.  

But here’s the thing, the Colorado did earn better reliability ratings from Repair Pal. Unlike Consumer Reports, Repair Pal gave the Chevy Colorado an ‘Above Average’ reliability rating. Repair Pal added that the Colorado’s average annual repair cost is approximately $599, which means it has average ownership costs. According to Repair Pal, major repairs are uncommon for the Colorado too.

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How many miles will a Chevy Colorado last for?

Now that reliability is out of the way, let’s talk about how many miles you can expect a Chevy Colorado to last for. According to iSee Cars, which analyzed over 11.8 million cars sold in 2020 to determine which models boast the highest percentage of cars having reached 200,000-miles, you probably shouldn’t expect the Colorado to last for all that long.

After analyzing which light-duty pickup trucks are most likely to reach 200,000-miles and beyond, iSee Cars found that six pickup trucks rated above the 1.9 percent average for the segment. Unfortunately, the Chevy Colorado wasn’t among them. In fact, it wasn’t even close.

While iSee Cars reports that, on average, 1.9% of light-duty pickup trucks were able to last for 200,000-miles and beyond, only 0.8% of Colorado models lasted for 200,000-miles. If you have your heart set on the Colorado, that figure is probably extremely disappointing. 

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There are longer-lasting pickups out there

Now that you know how many miles you can expect the Chevy Colorado to last, you’re probably fairly disappointed. Fortunately, there are several longer-lasting pickups to choose from. So if you’re ready to give up on the Colorado? You can rest assured knowing there are other, longer-lasting trucks to choose from.

Take, for instance, the Toyota Tundra. According to iSee Cars, 3.7% of Tundra models sold in 2020 surpassed the 200,000-mile mark. iSee Cars reports that 3.4% of Honda Ridgeline models were able to reach 200,000-miles and beyond too. Other trucks on iSee Cars’ list include the Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Titan, Chevy Silverado, and the Ford F-150.

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Is the Chevy Colorado a good truck?

When it comes down to it, the Chevy Colorado may not be the best truck out there. But does that mean you should avoid it altogether? Not necessarily. In reality, it all comes down to what you’re comfortable with.

While the Colorado doesn’t get the most consistent reliability ratings and isn’t the longest-lasting truck on the market, it is available with a diesel engine and can tow a considerable amount. So before making any final decisions? We recommend that, at the very least, you take this year’s model out for a spin. You never know, the Colorado may still be a good fit for you.