Following a discontinuation in 2012, the Chevrolet Colorado returned to the U.S. market for the 2015 model year, marking the first total redesign for the nameplate since the first-generation model launched in 2004. The midsize pickup truck has been receiving a few updates and changes throughout its lifecycle, but a midcycle refresh is no in the cards. Though with as many as five different trim levels to choose from, it can be difficult to determine which model is which, so we’re breaking it down with the following 2020 Colorado visual comparison guide. Technically speaking, this comparo also works back to the initial, 2015 model year of the first-gen Colorado.
Trims & Body Styles
The Chevrolet Colorado is offered in five trim levels. Listed from base to range-topping, those five trims are:
The ZR2 trim level is only available with 4WD. In terms of body styles, there are three configurations on offer:
- Extended Cab plus Long Box
- Crew Cab plus Short Box
- Crew Cab plus Long Box
For the sake of consistency, each trim level listed in this comparison is in the Extended Cab, Long Box body style and covered in Summit White paint. No optional equipment is included beyond what is standard for the given trim level.
The front fascia of the Chevrolet Colorado lineup is differentiated by six elements: the headlamps, fog lamps, Bowtie badge, grille, front bumper, and hood
|Trim||Headlamps||Fog Lamps||Bowtie Badge||Grille||Front Bumper||Hood|
|Base||Halogen||-||Gold||Black, chrome bar||Standard||Standard|
|WT||Halogen||-||Gold||Black, chrome bar||Standard||Standard|
|LT||Halogen||-||Gold||Black, chrome bar||Standard||Standard|
|Z71||Projector beam||Yes||Gold||Black, black bar, Z71 badge||Standard||Standard|
|ZR2||Projector beam||No||Black||Black, ZR2-specific||ZR2 spec||ZR2 spec|
From the profile, the Chevrolet Colorado lineup is differentiated by seven elements: the wheels, beltline moldings, door handles, sideview mirror caps, fender trim, running boards, and the decals.
|Trim||Wheels||Beltline Moldings||Door Handles||Sideview Mirror Caps||Fender Trim||Running Boards||Decals|
|Base||16-inch Ultra Silver metallic steel||Black||Black||Black||Body color||-||-|
|WT||16-inch Ultra Silver metallic steel||Black||Black||Black||Body color||-||-|
|LT||17-inch Blade Silver metallic cast aluminum||Chrome||Body color||Body color||Body color||-||-|
|Z71||17-inch Dark Argent metallic cast aluminum||Black||Body color||Body color||Body color||-||Z71|
|ZR2||17-inch aluminum (ZR2 spec)||Black||Body color||Body color||Black||Black||ZR2|
|Trim||Rear Bumper||CornerStep Rear Bumper||Bowtie Badge||Rear Park Assist|
So, which Chevrolet Colorado is your favorite? Sound off in the comments.
About The 2020 Colorado
The Chevrolet Colorado was completely overhauled for the 2015 model year to offer greater capability, more power, improved efficiency, a smoother ride, sharper handling, and the latest cabin technology. The 2019 model year saw a few minor exterior updates, including an exterior paint reshuffle, new wheel designs, and different badging for ZR2 models, all of which carried over to the 2020 model year.
The latest 2020 model year Chevrolet Colorado also includes the same powertrain and drivetrain setup as the 2019 model year. Under the hood, the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado offers three engine options:
- 2.5L inline four-cylinder LCV gasoline engine, producing 200 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 191 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 rpm, mated to the six-speed automatic MYB transmission and 4.10 rear axle
- 3.6L V6 LGZ gasoline engine, producing 308 horsepower at 6,800 rpm and 275 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm, mated to the eight-speed automatic M5T transmission and 3.42 rear axle
- 2.8L inline four-cylinder LWN diesel engine, producing 181 horsepower at 3,400 rpm and 369 pound-feet of torque at 2,000 rpm, mated to the six-speed automatic MYB transmission and 3.42 rear axle
The 2020 Chevrolet Colorado is built on the GMT 31XX platform and is assembled at the GM Wentzville plant in Missouri. The international-market Colorado, also sold as the Chevrolet S10 in some markets, is related to the U.S.-market Colorado, but is notably different in terms of powertrain, dimensions, cabin, and capabilities.