The 2019 Chevy Colorado is at your service to help balance work and play. You can either equip it as a bare-bones work truck, or you can completely deck it out with some of the most advanced off-road features available within the midsized pickup segment. There are two bed lengths offered – the extended cab (49.9 cubic-foot bed) and the crew cab (41.3 cu. ft.) – and five trim levels: Base, Work Truck (WT), LT, Z71, and ZR2. The standard engine is a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder paired to a six-speed manual transmission (six-speed automatic for WT and above); the optional powertrains include a 3.6-liter V6 mated to an eight-speed automatic and a 2.8-liter Duramax turbocharged four-cylinder diesel coupled with a six-speed automatic.
As its name implies, the Base trim covers the basics and is only offered as an extended cab. Its standard features include vinyl upholstery, a four-way power driver’s seat with manual recline, front bucket seats, a rearview camera, a 7-inch infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a six-speaker sound system. With the WT things stay relatively the same, although it does offer the choice of either extended or crew cab. Standard with this version are fold-up rear jump seats (only for the extended cab), cloth upholstery, and floor mats. The WT, unlike the Base, gets a fair number of options to make it more complete, including various tech items, available engine upgrades, and a more expressive exterior finish. Specific notable options include keyless entry, an EZ-Lift tailgate, OnStar telematics with roadside assistance, automatic crash response, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity.
The more-loaded LT trim adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an 8-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, and some additional USB ports. Extra-cost options for the LT include heated front seats, automatic climate control, heated exterior mirrors, and some active safety tech in the form of forward collision warning and lane departure warning systems. You can also add a fantastic seven-speaker Bose audio system. Balancing luxury features and off-road capabilities is the Z71 trim, which comes standard with most of the equipment that was optional for the LT, plus all-terrain tires, an off-road suspension, a locking rear differential, and hill descent control. For the utmost in taking on the trails, the ZR2 will provide you with all of that plus a raised suspension, off-road chassis, larger all-terrain tires, Multimatic shocks, and an electronically locking rear differential. This trim can also be equipped with either the V6 or the diesel engine configuration.
With the standard 2.4-liter engine, you’ll be able to churn out the power of 200 horses and 191 pound-feet of torque while also being able to tow as much as 3,500 pounds. Trucks equipped with the 3.6-liter increase their output to 308 hp and 275 lb.-ft. of torque, and towing increases to approximately 7,500 lb., which beats every other competing V6 engine on the market. Rounding out the list is the Duramax diesel, which produces 181 hp and 369 lb.-ft. of torque while also raising the towing capacity by 200 lb.