Trucks & SUVs

What’s New in the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado?

Chevrolet drives in its banner at the top of the midsize truck heap once more with the 2021 Colorado. There are plenty of must-see updates to this year’s model. Kelly Blue Book (KBB) echoes our observations while adding a few eloquent impressions of their own as they note that the Chevrolet Colorado will outlast the onslaught from midsize market competitors once again.

What’s being added or changed in the 2021 Colorado?

In both form and function, the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado checks off more boxes than any other midsize truck on the market, according to KBB. That’s not just talk; there are lots of feature upgrades on the 2021 Colorado that reach beyond what is being offered by competitors.

In relation to form, the 2021 Colorado is getting a facelift. WT, LT, and Z71 models will introduce upgrades that include lower fascias, center bars, and skid plates. ZR2 models will see a more significant exterior upgrade, which includes a “meaner” look while retaining its retains its classic rugged exterior and body-on-frame bones design.

A raised suspension, a wider track, and revised bumpers are among the off-road package upgrades along with improved visibility, Multimatic shocks, and independently lockable front and rear differentials.

The most exciting news for prospective buyers of the 2021 Colorado is the option of installing a Duramax diesel engine in your midsize truck before they disappear from the market. The 2.8-liter Duramax provides drivers with a smooth, powerful driving experience while providing improved fuel economy and decreasing brake-wear with its smart diesel exhaust brake.

By delivering 369 lb-ft of low-end torque, the 2021 Colorado will boost its lead in the midsize truck class with a 7,700-pound towing capacity with the Duramax option, but its standard engines will continue to provide top-end performance as well. With its low-range gearbox option, both inline-4 (200 hp, 191 lb-ft) and V6 (308 hp, 275 lb-ft) competitors will strain to match Colorado’s performance.

Although the interior of the 2021 Colorado remains mostly unchanged, WT model buyers can look forward to a 7-inch touchscreen display. A few additional upgrades come standard with the LT model with an 8-inch touchscreen and Chevy’s Infotainment 3 system along with a little extra room and enhanced comfort in second-row seating.

Beyond the choice of upgrading to either a 3.6-liter V-6 or the 2.8-liter inline-4 Duramax diesel, Chevy also offers a wide range of body styles, including extended or crew cab, as well as standard- and extended-length beds.

Typical options for 2021 Colorado will also include a spray-in bed liner, fog lights, and cargo-bed storage rails, four-wheel drive (4WD), and a low-speed transfer case. Since lane-change assist is the only standard safety feature on the Chevy Colorado, safety-conscious drivers will have to add forward collision alert and rear parking assist.

Where Kelley Blue Book says there is still room for improvement

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There are not a lot of areas where Colorado needs to improve according to KBB’s review. The 2021 Colorado does not lead the class where the price is concerned, which may be understandable when you have remained at the top of the heap in the midsize class for such a long time.

A $4,000 price hike in base price represents a possible weakness for competitors to exploit. Another pointed out by KBB is its lack of standard safety features, which might be features potential Colorado buyers place as a low priority.

The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado will remain atop the midsize truck heap

In spite of an onslaught by the closest competitors to the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado, it’s unlikely that the Chevrolet banner will be removed from the top of the heap this year. Colorado’s well-rounded resume, which includes robust off-road capabilities coupled with a surprisingly un-trucky feel on the highway continues to make it tough to topple.