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The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado has gotten some bad ratings. In fact, this Chevy earned poor reliability ratings from Consumer Reports and J.D. Power. But the 2021 Chevy Colorado is still a good pickup truck.

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

First of all, these reliability ratings are for predicted reliability. Longevity and durability for the 2021 model year are as yet unknown. What we do know is that there are plenty of older Chevy trucks still chugging along. Maintenance and care are key.

Is the Chevrolet Colorado a good truck?

A silver 2021 Chevy Colorado ZR2 driving through dirt
The 2021 Chevy Colorado ZR2 in action | Photo via Chevrolet

Most agree that the 2021 Chevy Colorado is indeed a good midsize pickup truck. According to U.S. News and World Report, the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado is a good truck with decent gas mileage and class-leading tow strength. The Colorado’s turbodiesel powertrain gets 20 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway and tows up to 7,700 pounds.

The four-cylinder configuration gets 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway and tows 3,500 pounds. The Chevy Colorado with a V6 engine gets 18/25 mpg city/highway and tows up to 7,000 pounds. While its base engine is nothing to write home about, the available V6 engine and turbodiesel powertrain are both worth-it additions. It also offers the off-road designated ZR2 model.

The Colorado loses a few points for its tight rear seats and low-quality cabin materials. However, it gains some back with its nice open cockpit in the front and simple infotainment. It’s still a good pickup truck despite its flaws.

Consumer Reports says “the world needs more small trucks”

the Honda Ridgeline tops nearly every list of small pickup trucks, lording over the 2021 Chevy Colorado
2021 Honda Ridgeline | Honda

Consumer Reports ranks the 2021 Chevy Colorado No. 5 out of seven compact pickup trucks. In fact, there are plenty of reasons to appreciate the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado. It actually outsold both the Ford Ranger and the Jeep Gladiator last year, according to MotorBiscuit writer Peter Corn.

“Almost a large-truck alternative, especially when you factor in the available diesel engine.”

Consumer Reports

The 2021 Colorado and its GMC counterpart, the 2021 Canyon, are the only midsize pickup truck options with a diesel powertrain available to U.S. consumers. If you are looking for the size, refinement, and maneuverability of a smaller truck but want to have more power and brawn than a Honda Ridgeline, the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado is a good pickup truck to test out.

The 2021 Chevy Colorado is already making people happy

According to owner reviews on, the 2021 Chevy Colorado is a 5-star midsize pickup truck. It’s a little early on in the model year, but so far owners are happy with the comfort, style, value, reliability, and performance. People who buy this truck are happy with it. Despite some low blows from critics like Car and Driver, it’s still a good pickup truck.

“This truck is all the truck I need and more love it. Plenty of power not to big .. it’s perfect.”

Owner Review |

“The [2021] Colorado is just the right size for what I need to haul or pull. It is my second Colorado & I like the way it handles…”

Owner Review |

Still a good truck

“[This truck] leaves many contemporary driver-assistance features off the roster. The 2021 Colorado has a good enough resume to suit many pickup shoppers, but it lacks the qualifications to interest a wider audience.

Car and Driver

Options like the 2021 Toyota Tacoma, Ford Ranger, and Honda Ridgeline all have a list of compelling features. However, each truck buyer has different needs. For those that want a starting price of around $25 grand and a diesel option with great towing capability, the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado is a nice truck.


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