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Chevrolet introduced headlights that automatically turn on and off based on ambient exterior lighting several years ago. While it is a nice feature that relieves drivers from remembering to turn off their headlights, there are times when manual control is necessary. So is removing the physical headlight switch in the 2023 Chevy Colorado aimed at creating a sleeker cockpit, or is it a weak attempt to save a dime?

Did Chevy Colorado delete the physical headlight switch to save money?

It might seem odd to question if Chevrolet’s motive for deleting the 2023 Colorado’s headlight switch revolves around cost savings. That is until you look at the example of the Dodge Viper with its original MSRP three times that of the Chevy Colorado. The Viper retained an odd headlight leveling bubble used during the car’s assembly to save $1.50. 

2023 Colorado drivers still have control over the headlights. However, they must navigate the touchscreen menu instead of the customary physical switch on the dash. While it might take some getting used to, it only takes two touchpoints to turn the headlights on or off. 

Do Chevy Colorado drivers need manual headlight control?

In most situations, the Chevy Colorado’s automatic on/off headlight control works flawlessly. The headlights come on at dusk while driving without anyone thinking about turning them on. After parking the truck or when the sun comes up, the headlights shut off automatically, as expected. 

However, there are situations where manual control of the headlights is necessary, such as if it’s foggy or smokey. Additionally, switching off your headlights is not only courteous but sometimes required if you’re in a line of cars.

Is the 2023 Chevy Colorado a good value, or just cheap?

Chevrolet has employed some cost-cutting measures to keep the price of the 2023 Chevy Colorado affordable. But a new Colorado is still a great choice if you’re looking for a midsize cab-on-frame pickup truck. 

With its $30,695 starting MSRP, the 2023 Colorado offers tremendous value. Car and Driver notes that the newest Colorado is an improvement over previous versions. Reviewers particularly enjoyed the Chevy Colorado’s smooth and stable ride on- and off-road and powerful base engine.

But, they found the base engine “noticeably coarse” and the lack of cab and bed configuration options frustrating. Finally, they called the digital-only headlight and door lock manual controls a low point. 

At $38,495, the 2023 Colorado Trail Boss comes with the following standard equipment:

  • A turbocharged, 310-horsepower 2.7-liter engine
  • An eight-speed automatic transmission
  • An Autotrac two-speed transfer case
  • An automatic locking rear differential
  • Powertrain grade braking
  • A two-inch factory-installed lift plus a three-inch wider track
  • Five included exterior color options plus three premium choices under $500
  • Six wheel options ranging in price from included to $4,495
  • Black cloth seats or upgrade to Evotex seat trim for $1,250
  • Standard driver-assist features:
    • Lane-keeping with departure warning
    • Forward collision alert with automatic emergency braking
    • Following-distance indicator
    • Front pedestrian braking with bicyclist detection
    • Teen driver settings

Chevrolet offers a number of optional packages designed to “enhance your driving experience.” Here are a few of the choices:

  • Trail Boss Convenience Package for $375 
  • Safety Package for $505
  • Advanced Trailering Package for $620
  • Technology Package for $950
  • Dark Essential Package for $2,995

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