While the 2021 Chevy Colorado is technically a midsize truck and not a compact, Consumer Guide says it places the industry’s various midsize trucks in this category anyway, as they are the smallest trucks on sale in the United States at the moment. It also points out that despite their designation as compact or midsize, some of these trucks “are almost as large as some full-size pickups were 30 years ago.”
To receive a Consumer Guide Best Buy award, a vehicle must impress its panel of judges and “has to distinguish itself as being a good dollar value,” compared to other vehicles in its class, the publication says.
Consumer Guide praised the 2021 Chevy Colorado for its “up-to-date technology features and excellent all-around refinement,” along with some of the available options it has “that its competitors can’t match.” Judges were also impressed with the available Duramax turbo-diesel 2.8L LWN I4 engine and the off-road-focused ZR2 trim level with its Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve (DSSV) shock absorbers.
The jury also had some negative comments for the 2021 Chevy Colorado, however. Consumer Guide said the rear-seat space in the truck is “cramped, even in crew cab models,” and they were less than impressed to see how fast the truck’s price can escalate as features are added.
Consumer Guide also gave a Best Buy Award to two other vehicles in the Compact Pickup Trucks category: the 2021 GMC Canyon, which is closely related to the Colorado, and the 2021 Honda Ridgeline.
GM introduced a mildly updated version of the Colorado for 2021, which introduces updated exterior styling and a slightly different trim level structure. The 2021 Chevy Colorado is assembled at the GM Wentzville Assembly plant in Missouri, with prices starting at $29,100 for the base WT trim level.