CR recently published its new list of “Popular Cars to Avoid and What to Buy Instead,” which does exactly what’s on the tin: lists hot-selling vehicles that aren’t so great and suggests high-quality, reliable alternatives. The Chevy Colorado was named as a vehicle to avoid in the Compact Pickup Truck category, with CR saying the truck has poorly designed seats, an awkward driving position and less-than-adequate reliability.
“Sure, this truck is far more refined than the rough-and-tumble Toyota Tacoma that perennially tops the sales charts in this class. But ultimately the Colorado and twin GMC Canyon break little new ground beyond offering an extremely efficient diesel engine,” CR says, referencing the truck’s available 2.8L LWN four-cylinder Duramax turbodiesel engine. “Big truck fans might love that, but the diesel groaning grows tiresome around town. The real deal-breakers here are the seats and driving position. Looking at the ratings, the below-average predicted reliability is a deterrent and owners rate satisfaction as merely average. Together, these survey-based insights bring down the Colorado’s overall score.”
Based on this, CR suggests car shoppers in the market for a Compact Pickup buy a Honda Ridgeline instead. The Ridgeline, by comparison, has “car-like” comfort, a refined ride, better-than-average predicted reliability and good predicted owner satisfaction. CR acknowledges the Ridgeline’s shortcomings, however, which include a shallow bed, limited off-road capability and a sub-par 5,000-pound towing capacity.
It’s worth noting that the Chevy Colorado is not a Compact Pickup as CR classifies it, but rather a mid-size. General Motors does not currently compete in the compact pickup class in North America. The Ford Maverick, which entered production earlier this month, is the only true compact pickup offering available in the United States.
GM applied minor changes and updates to the 2022 Chevy Colorado, including the introduction of a new Trail Boss package for both the LT and Z71 trim levels. The truck will continue to offer the same powertrain options, which include the naturally aspirated 3.6L V6 LGZ gasoline engine, naturally aspirated 2.5L I4 LCV gasoline engine and the aforementioned 2.8L I4 LWN turbodiesel Duramax engine.