The Chevy Colorado is an all-around solid mid-sized pickup truck for those who don’t require all the heft of a full-sized variant. Like its big brother, the Silverado, the Colorado offers a varied selection of trim levels, bed and cab styles, and available engines to fit individual needs for work and recreation. What’s more, it really maintains that solid truck feel since it’s simple, effective, and not overly luxurious (as is increasingly becoming the norm with this segment). That’s not to say that the 2020 Colorado is bare-bones, though. Let’s look at what’s new on it for this model year.
There are five main trim levels for the ’20 Colorado: Base, Work Truck (WT), LT, Z71, and ZR2. The ZR2 gets a Bison sub-trim with improved performance attributes. Most of the trims are offered in either extended-cab or crew-cab body styles, although the Base only comes in extended cab with long bed and the Z71 in crew cab with short bed. The standard engine is a 2.3-liter inline four-cylinder producing 200 horsepower and 191 pounds-feet of torque. On the Base, this engine is paired to a six-speed manual transmission, but for the WT on up, there’s a six-speed automatic. The WT and above trims can also opt for either a 3.6-liter V6 (308 hp and 275 lb.-ft. of torque) mated to an eight-speed automatic or a 2.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder diesel (181 hp and 369 lb.-ft. of torque) with a six-speed automatic that can tow a whopping 7,700 pounds.
Standard equipment for the Base includes the essentials: 16-inch steel wheels, air conditioning, and vinyl upholstery/floor covering. Not too much changes for the WT, although it does come in either an extended or crew-cab body style and adds cloth upholstery. To make it feel less basic, you can enhance it with options such as remote keyless entry, cruise control, an EZ-Lift tailgate, and a remote locking tailgate. The LT is outfitted with everything mentioned before in addition to 17-inch alloy wheels and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Add-ons for this trim include heated front seats, automatic climate control, and active safety systems such as forward collision and lane departure warning.
For the more casual off-roader, the Z71 comes with most of the LT’s optional features in addition to all-terrain tires, an off-road suspension, a locking rear differential, hill descent control, and optional leather upholstery. If you’re a more serious trail blazer, take note that the ZR2 provides a raised suspension, special dampers, larger all-terrain tires, fender flares, special front and rear bumpers, a spray-in bedliner (which is optional for the other trims), and an electronically locking rear differential.
The Base comes with a rearview camera, the all-new 7-inch GM Infotainment 3 system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, two USB ports, and a six-speaker audio system. The WT is the same, but it can include OnStar telematics and Wi-Fi hotspot as options. With the LT, Z71, and ZR2, an 8-inch touchscreen with satellite radio and an additional USB port comes standard, and you can add a premium Bose audio system plus integrated navigation as an option.