We’re Driving The 2023 Chevy Colorado – What Do You Want To Know?105
GM debuted the third-generation 2023 Chevy Colorado this last July, unveiling new styling, an overhauled cabin space, a new powertrain, and an updated model line to boot. Now, GM Authority has been given an opportunity to drive the 2023 Chevy Colorado for ourselves, which leads us to ask – what do you want to know, dear reader?
In terms of design, the 2023 Chevy Colorado incorporates a bold new fascia highlighted by thinner headlamps, a new grille, a new bumper, boxier fenders, and sharper, more technical lines. The trim level lineup includes WT, LT, Z71, ZR2, and the new Trail Boss. The Trail Boss was previously available as a package upgrade for the LT and Z71 trim levels. LED lighting is available for ZR2 and Z71 models, with wheel sizing up to 20 inches in diameter. A new built-in storage system offers enhanced practicality, and is equipped as standard for ZR2, and offered as optional for the rest of the lineup.
As for the new cabin, the standard spec throws in an 11.3-inch diagonal color infotainment screen and 8-inch diagonal digital color instrument display, both of which are customizable. The 2023 Chevy Colorado also incorporates a variety of safety tech items via the standard Chevy Safety Assist package, such as Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, and IntelliBeam automatic high-beam assist, among others.
The powertrain spec is centered around the turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B gasoline engine, which is available in multiple power levels. The “base” tune, dubbed 2.7L Turbo and tagged with its own RPO code, puts down 237 horsepower and 259 pound-feet of torque, while the mid-range 2.7L Turbo Plus puts down 310 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. The range-topping 2.7L Turbo High-Output tune puts down 310 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. All three engine options connect to the second-generation GM 8-speed automatic transmission as standard.
The 2023 Chevy Colorado rides on the updated 31XX-2 platform. Production 2023 Chevy Colorado got underway at the GM Wentzville plant in Missouri late last month.
While we will soon have a chance to drive the third-generation 2024 Chevy Colorado, driving impressions will be embargoed until February 17th, so we’re still a few days away from giving you the full rundown on the experience behind the wheel. For now, though, we encourage readers to post their most-pressing questions in the comments section, which we’ll answer as soon as we’re able. And remember to subscribe to GM Authority for more Chevy Colorado news, Chevy news, and around-the-clock GM news coverage.
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What is the steering feedback like? Is it similar to the 2nd generation?
It seems obvious some people drop by here just to dump on stuff. Why else would anyone down vote your question?
Why doesn’t GM Offer this Awesome Truck in Oz. The Silverado over here is great and making in inroads. However the smaller truck like the Colorado will fill a gap against the Toyota Hilux, Ranger, Nissan Navara, Triton and Amarock. Sales to loyal GM (Holden) fans would prove it to be a good strategy.
1. Power and acceleration at the light and at highway speeds on-ramp etc?
2. Seating position. High or is it low like Tacoma?
3. How does it handle on turns.
4. Ride, seat comfort and suspension. Is it bouncy like the Ranger? How much wheel hop if any?
5. Noise at highway speeds?
7. How intuitive are the interior and dash controls?
8. Engine noise and harshness? shifting?
9. Estimated or observed fuel economy. What does the dash menu say the average is?
10. Quality inside and out. Overall fit and finish. Is it a Tacoma beater?
Would I lose much stepping into a 2023 Colorado versus my 2021Silverado 1500 LT Trail Boss? I think I want to make the change but I really like my Silverado.
Observed mpg on trip reader @72mph for 25 miles
Observed squat with 500 lbs in the back,
How quiet is it when a car pulls up and their blasting the subwoofers.
What’s the gas mileage
What engine output will you be testing?
there is only one engine option, the 2.7l turbo designed for the silverado, this truck will have power to spare. Up to 310 hp and 430 lb ft of torque
That 2.7 comes with 3 different tunes from the factory. I also believe the transmissions may have some differences as well; even though its an 8 speed transmission.
The base engine will use the smaller 8L45 thats currently used with the V6.
It’s been verified it’s the 8l90, not the 8l45
And the numbers you quoted are for the high output tune.
I again wonder what the motivation is for people to down vote a reasonable question. Paid schills for the other side maybe?
How comfortable will it be to have four 6′ tall adults in the truck, can I toss a 100lbs dog in with the two in the back and not significantly compromising passenger or driver comfort?
Could you tow a camaro or vette on a trailer in one of these?
What’s acceleration feel like in various engine options
How does the ride comfort vary through various trims
I towed a 6Gen Camaro on a U-Haul trailer with my 2nd Gen Canyon CCSB V6. It was more than capable. The new one should be even better.
Does the “2nd-generation” 8-speed still not fill it’s clutches and hesitate to shift like the old one?
Can you fit 2 car seats in the back seat and still have enough room for a 6’ driver/front passenger?
How does the 2.7 compare to a Silverado with the 5.3 in relation to power delivery and nvh?
Does the Colorado feel like a compromise to a Silverado or is it a better alternative if you don’t quite need the size of a Silverado?
I would like to know the turning radius. The turning radius on the 2nd Gen is 3 to 3 1/3 ft small than the 1st Gen. Hopefully the 3rd Gen is about the same or better.
do they need premium or regular gas?
and what would be the mpg on every trim level?
Regular 87 Octane gas – I have the Chevy and GMC Owners Manuals
How about the sound of the powertrain – does it have an econocar 4 cylinder sound, or were they able to muffle the sound enough to make you think it might be a 6?
My six sounds like a 4 now.
How does the interior space feel in comparison to the outgoing model. Yes, the metrics show smaller, but does it feel smaller?
Average size male, wife, 2 kids and 60lbs gsp dog. How will they fit?
Do the skid plates protect the catalytic converter from theft? It’s a new world out there.
If your going to be looking the trail boss or z71 I’m curious on what shocks they’ll be using and maybe a suspension picture but mostly wondering about the 0-60 time
There’s an option for a steel drive shaft. What’s the advantage versus the stock shaft and why not just make them all steel?
Steel is stronger for off road.
Aluminum is lighter for more MPG.
Most buyers do not need the steel but want the MPG.
You could get a steel shaft for the ZR2 in the second gen if you wanted it.
I have the same question. Curious to know if there is any mpg changes as the person responding to your question asked. And also want to know how big of a difference this makes.
Does the 4×4 system have a neutral setting for four down towing?
Per the owners manual which is available, the neutral setting is available on the two speed transfer case. The one speed transfer case available on lower trims does not have that option.
Does the trail boss interior feel overtly cheap? I know it is based on the WT, but hell it’s $40k.
Are there plans to make an extended cab with a 6ft bed for the coming model year or do I need to turn to another brand to get that layout?
They stated awhile ago that the crew cab 5 ft box was going to be the only configuration.
if there were possibly other configurations, even introduced later, we would have already seen prototypes on the roads.
AFAIK, and I have been researching this, it has not been unequivocally stated that this gen of pickup will never get different cab or bed lengths, just that they only had plans right now to build the crew cab with 5ft bed, leaving it vague and open to guessing about whether there were unannounced future plans to do so.
Current demand for the CCSB body style plus the full size vans exceeds what can be produced at the production facility. Unless that drastically changes, there won’t be additional body styles.