Trim levels on the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado
It used to be that if you wanted plenty of options, you’d have to go for a full-sized truck. But these days mid-size trucks are increasingly more customizable, and a perfect example of that is the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado.
With three engine options, four trim levels, and a dozen optional packages to choose from, no two Colorados will be the same for miles and miles. That being said, let’s first look at what’s under the hood as no truck is worth its salt without some decent towing power.
A powertrain for every need
- The standard engine is a reliable 2.5-liter four-cylinder that will deliver 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque. The engine comes with a 6-speed automatic and can tow upwards of 3,500 pounds. With that, it can also deliver 19 miles per gallon inside the city and 25 on the highway
- A step up is the 3.6-liter V6. Available on the WT and LT trims and standard on the Z71 and ZR2 upper trim levels, it can belt out 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. That much extra power-ups the towing capacity to an impressive 7,000 pounds while still delivering 25 miles per gallon on the highway.
- Made available later this year will be the 2.8-liter Duramax turbo-diesel four-cylinder. At 181 horsepower and a whopping 369 pound-feet of torque, the Duramax will be Colorado’s most powerful (7,700 pounds towing capacity) and most efficient (20 mpg inside the city and 30 on the highway) engine. Its single downside is that it will only be available on the ZR1 trim.
With engine options ranging from fuel-conscious to budget-friendly, there’s a Colorado powertrain to meet all needs. And so are its trims – diverse and covering a lot of sub-segments. But let’s take them one by one to see what prospective buyers can expect.
1. The WT Colorado – the base trim
Even though it’s designed for fleet purchases and budget-conscious prospective buyers, the WT Colorado is brimming with standard options. Future owners can expect perks such as 17-in. Ultra-Silver steel wheels, a chrome rear bumper, the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System complete with a 7-inch color touchscreen, both Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility, Bluetooth®, and the SiriusXM® Satellite Radio. But that’s not even half the story as the Wt is also fitted with cab-mounted cargo area lamps, the CornerStep rear bumper, daytime running lamps, halogen headlamps, vinyl seat trim, a four-way power driver's seat, and a two-way manual front passenger's seat, a 3.5-inch monochromatic driver information center, a rear vision camera, climate control, electronic traction control, and the StabiliTrak® electronic stability system.
Last but not least, the WT Colorado comes with Teen Driver Technology which allows parents to set limits for both radio volume and speed, plus you can keep track of the car’s location at all times and get a notification if it’s been involved in an accident.
2. The Colorado LT – better than your regular crossover SUV?
Under the LT trim, you get every feature from the WT base model plus 17-in. Blade Silver Metallic cast-aluminum wheels, body-color door handles, power outside mirrors, and rear bumper, the EZ-Lift and Lower tailgate, a remote locking tailgate, a spotter mirror, 4G LTE Wi-Fi® hotspot capability, a six-way power driver's seat, a bump up to an 8-inch color touch, cruise control, dual rear seats with under-seat storage, an inside rearview auto-dimming mirror, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, two rear USB charging-only ports, and upgraded cloth seat trim.
The bigger touch, the cruise control, plus the small touches like the leather-wrapped steering wheel and the rear-seats USB ports place the Colorado Lt on par with most crossovers, only that with the Colorado you also get massive towing power. Especially if you fit it with the 3.6-liter V6.
3. The Colorado Z71 – off-road excellence
The Z71 is Colorado’s off-road rendition and the first to start with the 3.6-liter V6 engine as standard. Not only that but future owners can expect most LT features plus an eight-speed automatic transmission, automatic locking rear differential, black recovery hooks, hill descent, hitch guidance, the off-road suspension package, 17-inch bright machined aluminum wheels with all-terrain tires, heated power outside mirrors, fog lamps, a manual sliding rear window, projector-beam headlights, an upgraded 4.2-inch color driver information center.
The Z71 also comes with the same Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus system with an 8-inch HD color touchscreen like the LT trim plus HD Radio™, an HD rear vision camera, heated driver’s and front passenger’s seats, power driver’s seat lumbar control, a rear window defogger, remote start, cloth and leatherette seat trim, wireless device charging, and rear park assist.
4. The Colorado ZR2 – the top-shelf trim
Colorado’s premium trim is dubbed the ZR2 and comes with most features under the Z71 trim plus standard 4x4, driver-selectable, full-locking front and rear differentials, an integrated trailer brake controller, off-road rocker protection, red recovery hooks, the ZR2 Off-Road Package, the trailering package, 17-inch Graphite and Oxide Gold aluminum wheels with 17-inch Goodyear® Wrangler DuraTrac® tires, spray-on bed liner, a four-way power front passenger's seat, and leather-appointed front seats.
With so many options to choose from, there’s bound to be a perfect Colorado rendition to meet all of your needs. The only difficulty is navigation through all the packages, trim levels, and engine options. But that’s where we come in!
Here at O'Neill's Chevrolet Buick in Avon, Connecticut, we have the Colorado in all trim levels on our lot, plus a knowledgeable sales team to help you sieve through all the options. Visit us today and not only will you be able to see the Colorado in person, but you’ll also be able to take it out for a test drive.