Trucks & SUVs

The Chevy Colorado Is the Worst Truck For Clear Reasons

Warning alert! The 2020 Chevy Colorado is ranked as one of the worst midsized pickup trucks of the year. Don’t let it trickyou. It’s even listed toward the bottom with the 2019 Nissan Frontier. Save your money for a more reliable truck.

The Chevy Colorado Falls Behind Competitors 

The Chevy Colorado is already rumored to be a truck that should be avoided at all costs, and the trend continues with the all-new 2020 model. 

Don’t let the price fool you. We know that getting a midsized truck for $21k seems like an outstanding deal, but for just a little more, you can be off in the Toyota Tacoma or Ford Raptor. These options both start around $24k. 

Also, don’t be fooled by its fuel economy. We know that getting up to 20 mpg in the city and up to 30 mpg on the highway is pretty intriguing, but it’s not worth what the rest of the Colorado has to offer. 

What People Dislike About The Chevy Colorado 

One of the biggest reasons the U.S. News ranked the Chevy Colorado so low is because of it’s poor reliability rating. It earned a two out of five from J.D. Power, which gets insights from real drivers and owners. 

Another complaint involves cheap interior materials. The cab and dash are flush with cheap-feeling plastic that breaks easily. 

Having dashboards that crack is a common problem that Chevy needs to address among all of its trucks and SUVs. 

And again, for just a little more cash, you can have a more comfortable ride with an upscale interior with one of the Colorado’s rivals. 

Also, the interior of the Chevy Colorado feels small and uncomfortable. The back seat can fit adults, but it doesn’t say how well. For more passenger room, check out the Honda Ridgeline or Toyota Tacoma. 

The Chevy Colorado at the Annual Chicago Auto Show
The Chevy Colorado | Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

Plus, on top of all that, the Chevy Colorado has barely received any updates from the 2015 model. It did get a more powerful engine and an updated infotainment center, but there’s nothing too impressive to make the 2020 model better. 

Is The Chevy Colorado Capable? 

If you’re still hooked on the Chevy Colorado for some reason, it can perform well as a midsized truck. You will just have to spend a bit more to access its capabilities. 

The base model has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 200 horsepower and 191 lb-ft of torque. That’s a little weak for a truck. 

There is also a 2.8-L diesel engine with 369 lb-ft of torque and a V6 engine with 308 horsepower. 

Depending on which option you choose, the Colorado can tow between 3,500 to 7,000 lb. The Tacoma can only tow up to 6,800 lb, giving the Colorado a slight edge here. 

But don’t let this amount of power reel you in. The Chevy Colorado takes 9.6 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph, making it one of the slowest options out there.

Other midsized trucks go from 0 to 60 in about 6.9 seconds, leaving the Colorado in the dust, where it belongs. 

So, yes, the Chevy Colorado is capable of doing some truck stuff, but you might not have fun or feel comfortable while using it for that truck stuff.

Spending a little more on a better truck could save you a lot of time and trouble. The Colorado is too risky to invest in.