01 Feb 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Z71
By Lacey Elliott
The exterior of the Colorado hasn’t changed. It’s under the hood that sees some updates this year, but I will touch on that later. It’s a nice looking truck that is not flashy or overly aggressive looking.Some people have commented the interior is lackluster, but I like the how uncomplicated it is. Sizeable, easy to access knobs and large buttons that can be used while wearing gloves. This Z71 comes standard with an 8-inch diagonal color touch screen. Yes, some of the other trucks have a more fancy looking interior but it does what you need it to do and a lot of people will appreciate it.
The 2016 Colorado has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to integrate your cell phone into the infotainment system by displaying apps on the large screen. 4G LTE connectivity is available on all but the base model, which means that the vehicle has LTE connection, not your cellphone. A useful feature for work projects or long road trips with the family. It provides connectivity for up to seven different people.
Comfort and ease of everyday use is always at the front of my mind when I drive trucks. The top of the line Z71 for just over $31,000 has some standard features that I wouldn’t choose to live without. Heated seats for driver and passenger, a tilt and telescopic steering column, remote vehicle starter, a tailgate that has EZ-lift and lower are just a few things that make day to day driving a bit more enjoyable.
On the Road:
The 2016 Colorado won Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year Award. It is the first 4-cylinder diesel available in a compact pick up truck. The 2.8L Duramax with 181hp has an impressive 369 lb-ft of torque available at 2000rpm. Truck buyers know that torque rules. The towing capacity has increased on both the 2WD and 4WD models. Now the 2WD has a max towing capacity of 3,492kg and 3,447kg on the 4WD. The other most important quality when looking at your future truck purchase.Everything that makes the Silverado a great truck is here in its smaller sibling; just in a smaller package.
I am a bit disappointed that I didn’t get a chance to drive the diesel this time. It would be nice to know first hand what all the fuss is about. Hopefully will get my hands on it in the months to come. There are still two great gas powered engines to choose from. The base 2.5L 4-clinder has 200hp and the 3.6L V6 puts out 305 horses. I have been incredibly happy with this V6 and impressed with the smooth shifting 6-speed automatic.
It’s the size that puts the biggest smile on my face. I don’t feel so overwhelmed driving it every day for groceries or parking in crowded lots.
Safety and Technology:
This truck has the technology to prevent, protect and respond in all emergency situations. Forward Collision Alert and Land Departure Warning are available and a rear vision camera is standard on all models. Body on frame with reinforced safety cage and a strong durable high-strength steel frame keep occupants safe inside. If you happen to get in a collision, the truck automatically unlocks the doors, shuts off the fuel pump and turns on lights for maximum visibility.
I have never given OnStar much of a thought; I have never needed it. This week however, my new little puppy got out of his kennel and some how managed to lock the door with my keys inside. Very random, one of a kind situation… but thank the stars above for OnStar. With one simple phone call and a password, they were able to unlock my doors. OnStar is not available on the base model that starts at just over $21,000 and is optional on the WT. It comes standard on the LT and the top trim Z71.
The Colorado has the same level of sophistication and performance that is found in a full size truck, just in a smaller package. With impressive torque and improved towing, I can see what the fuss is all about.