Edmunds has picked its best vehicles for the current year in its “Top Rated 2024” list, with the 2024 Chevy Colorado as the winner in the Truck category, winning an accolade as “one of the best pickup trucks currently on sale.”
As the Edmunds report makes clear, the Colorado won its first-place position not just in the midsize truck category, but as the top-rated truck among all size classes based on its versatility and features.
The 2024 Chevy Colorado achieved its success among Top Rated 2024 vehicles thanks its “clean-sheet redesign,” which makes it an effective and comfortable everyday driver while remaining capable of handling off-road duties. Its solid payload and towing metrics also come in for praise. Overall, it is rated as an 8.1 on a scale of 1 to 10.
Some specific positives mentioned about the 2024 model-year Colorado include a high-quality ride with comfortable interior design, fast acceleration, and certain powerplant options making its towing capability and powerful performance possible. The infotainment system’s Google integration is also mentioned as a plus, as is the lineup of trim levels which provides multiple options to meet specific owner needs.
Singled out for notice among the Bow Tie truck’s trim levels, the 2024 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison is highlighted as one of the model year’s notable attractions. Described as turning “off-road capability up to 11,” the Colorado ZR2 Bison is hailed for its approach, departure, and breakover angles along with the extra ground clearance provided by its 35-inch tires and three extra inches of suspension lift.
Edmunds also noted several weak points to the Chevy Colorado. These include an entry-level powerplant that is relatively weak and noisy, and an uncomfortable rear seating row compared to front-seat comfort.
The study looked at over 500 vehicle models in all, with extensive testing used to narrow this down to 82 segment leaders and then 18 finalists. According to Edmunds editor-in-chief Alistair Weaver, “these are the cars, trucks and SUVs we’d advise our friends to buy.” The overall winner for 2024, dubbed “The Best of the Best,” was the 2024 Kia EV9.
The 2024 Chevy Colorado’s two closest competitors were non-GM trucks, including the 2024 Honda Ridgeline and the 2024 Toyota Tacoma. The Ridgeline was noted for its excellent on-road driving characteristics, but not quite matching the Chevy’s off-road chops, while the Tacoma was described as likely to “last a lifetime,” but falling somewhat short of the Colorado in hauling and towing.
Edmunds senior editor Clint Simone summarized the 2024 Chevy Colorado by remarking how “the fantastic new interior, strong engine and sleek design make it the new benchmark” for pickup trucks.