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Which 2020 Chevrolet Colorado Configuration Is the Best for You?

Buying a new truck is a big decision. With so many options, it’s hard to figure out which vehicle best fits your needs. Once you determine the brand you’re going to go with, it then becomes an issue of choosing the trim level, cab length, powertrain, and performance package. It’s a lot to take in, so we’ve done our best to break down your available choices for the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado.

Trim level options for the Chevrolet Colorado

The 2020 Chevrolet Colorado has five available trim options. The base model is the lowest trim level with an MSRP of $21,300. The only configuration available for it is the Extended Cab with a long bed and no rear seating. Some of the standard features include an infotainment system, a rearview camera, and a six-speaker stereo system.

The WT trim offers the same standard features as the Base model and is available in the Extended Cab/long bed configuration with a starting MSRP of $24,800. It is also available in the Crew Cab, starting at $26,700 for the short bed and $29,000 for the long bed. The Crew Cab seats five people and offers more room for rear-seat passengers with full-size doors, dual rear seating, and under-seat storage.

The Colorado LT trim includes an EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system that includes satellite radio. The starting price ranges from $27,700 for the Extended Cab to $31,900 for the Crew Cab with a long bed option.

The Z71 trim level offers heavy-duty suspension to meet the demands of off-road driving. A locking rear differential, hill descent control, and recovery hooks are included options. Standard features include climate control, remote start, and rear parking sensors. Starting prices range from $33,900 to $35,600.

The ZR2 trim includes high-end features that won’t be found in any of the lower trim levels. Included are full-locking front and rear differentials and an off-road appearance package. Leather seats, trailer assist monitoring, and an integrated brake controller are also included. The starting price for the Extended Cab is $41,400. The MSRP for the Crew Cab is $43,000 and is only available in the short bed length.

Powertrain options

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There are three engine options in the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado. The drivetrain is standard rear-wheel drive, with an available option of four-wheel drive. The base and turbodiesel engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The V6 comes with an eight-speed automatic.

Standard in the Base, WT, and LT trims is the 2.5-liter four-cylinder base engine with 200 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque. A 3.6-liter V6 with 308 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque is standard in the Z71 and ZR2 trims, and it’s also available as an option in the WT and LT trims.

The LT, Z71, and ZR2 configurations can be fitted with a 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel that outputs 181 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. 

Appearance and performance packages

There are seven appearance packages available in the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck. Optional upgrades include a spray-on bedliner, roll-up soft tonneau cover, and all-weather floor mats. Exterior features consist of black body moldings and an enhanced black grille. Off-road packages offer tow hooks, step bars, and off-road lights. Package prices range from $1,095 to $3,215.

Performance packages range in price from $375 for skid plates to $5,750 for the ZR2 Bison package. The Power Package includes a performance air intake and exhaust system, and the Trail Runner Special Edition package is designed for off-road driving with 31-inch all-terrain tires and accent lighting. The high-end ZR2 trim offers trim-specific features and is the best option for serious off-road enthusiasts.

Which Chevrolet Colorado configuration offers the most value?

According to U.S. News, the LT model offers the best value in the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado lineup. The infotainment features that are standard in the LT are unavailable in the lower trim levels. The LT also offers the EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate that is a nice upgrade for this truck. The midrange price gives the most bang for the buck in this class.