2017 Chevrolet Colorado
The 2017 Chevy Colorado is mixing its current strengths with new gear. Last year a diesel engine option was added to the lineup, and this year Chevrolet is adding a V6 option. In addition to its various engine choices, the Colorado has features like Chevrolet MyLink and a wi-fi hotspot, and it's a strong rival for its competitors. Plus, with 4x4 off-road capability, even Jeep enthusiasts may blush as they take a look at the Chevy Colorado’s comfortable interior and towing power. Being a small truck, the saying sings true - big things come in small packages.
Duramax Turbo Diesel
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Maximum Towing Capacity
Like any good truck, the Colorado is very customizable, and it is available in several trims and configurations. With two-wheel drive (2WD), four trims are available - the base, WT, LT, and Z71 trims. The WT, LT and Z71 trims are also available with four-wheel drive (4WD), and they are available with an extended cab with a long box (74”), a crew cab with a long box, or a crew cab with a short box (61.7”). The base comes standard with an extended cab and long box. Depending on the trim, one of two engines come standard, but buyers have the option of a third engine on some of the upper-level trims.
The standard engine for the 2017 Chevy Colorado Base and WT trims is a 205-horsepower 2.5-liter I4 DOHC engine with VVT. “VVT”, or “variable valve timing” technology is a design implemented into engines today to optimize its power and fuel economy by altering the timing of an engine’s intake and exhaust valves. The standard engine on the Colorado LT and Z71 trims is a 3.6-liter V6 DOHC engine with VVT, able to generate 308 horsepower. Lastly, the Colorado LT and Z71 trims are available with the 2.8-liter Duramax Turbo-Diesel I4 engine, generating 181 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque for an extra push when towing.
Transmission and Towing
The standard transmission for the base is a 6-speed manual, whereas the Colorado WT is paired to a 6-speed automatic, although housing the same engine. An 8-speed automatic is available for the Colorado WT, and it is standard on the Colorado LT and Z71 trims. The fuel economy for each engine, is as follows: the 2.5-liter I4 has a fuel economy of 19/24 mpg city/highway; the 3.6-liter V6 has a fuel economy of 17/24 mpg city/highway; and the 2.8-liter Duramax Turbo-Diesel has a fuel economy of 20/28 mpg city/highway.
Maximum towing capacity varies quite a bit between the base model and the rest, with the diesel engine adding that little extra we mentioned. The base trim can tow up to 3,500 pounds; when a Chevy Colorado is equipped with the V6 engine, the towing capacity increases to 7,000 pounds; and the Duramax Turbo-Diesel has a towing capacity of 7,600 pounds. The GCWR, or the maximum weight of the total vehicle plus cargo and people, cannot exceed 8500 pounds for the base, 12,000 pounds for trims powered by the V6 engine, and 12,700 pounds for trims powered by the diesel engine.
When it comes to exterior features on the 2017 Chevy Colorado, personal styling plays a large part. The standard features are few, and the list of available options is nearly endless. Standard features that consumers can expect are a cargo box light, halogen headlamps, daytime running lamps, a locking tailgate, and 16- or 17-inch wheels. Available upgrades consist of assist steps, bed rails, a cargo divider or tie down loops, fog lamps, an EZ-Lift and lower tailgate, splash guards, front recovery hooks, a keyless entry keypad, tow hooks, wheel flares, and various packages available on select trims.
Packages include: a black out exterior appearance, a black Chevy bowtie emblem, a chrome exterior appearance package, door decals, various packages with GearOn equipment, an interior protection package consisting of all-weather floor mats, a convenience package with a rear sliding window, remote vehicle starter, and EZ-lift tailgate, two luxury packages for added comfort, the list goes on. Like we said, a lot of the features are left as options for the consumer. If you’re looking to design your dream truck, the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado is it.
The interior follows the same pattern as the exterior. Standard features consist of the following: a multi-color driver information display, some type of floor covering, front bucket seats, a 4-way power adjustable driver seat, a 2-way manual adjustable driver seat, a rear vision camera, and a rear folding seat (not on the base). Everything else is again, left up to the consumer.
Choices consist of leather or vinyl seating trim, heated seats, and many packages. Here’s a sample of those available: GearOn equipment packages, an interior illumination package, a premium interior package, Shoreline special edition packages, and more. The amount of choices on the 2017 Chevy Colorado is almost overwhelming, but it’s guaranteed to get you what you want in a truck.
A standard 6-speaker system makes up the stereo, with a 7-speaker Bose audio system option available on the Colorado LT and Z71 trims. A 4.2-inch color display is standard on the Colorado base and WT trims, a 7-inch color touchscreen with Chevrolet MyLink is available on the Colorado WT, and an 8-inch color touch screen with Chevrolet MyLink is standard on the Colorado LT and Z71 trims. A wi-fi hotspot is available on select trims. Steering wheel mounted controls are standard on the Colorado LT and Z71 trims.
Safety Features and Warranty
Many safety features come standard on the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado. These consist of advanced dual stage front airbags, OnStar plans (not available for the base trim), teen driver mode, a theft-deterrent system with engine immobilization, and traction and stability control systems. Advanced available safety options consist of lane departure warning, forward collision alert, and an unauthorized entry system.
All new Chevrolet vehicles are backed by a three-year or 36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty and a 5-year or 60,000-mile powertrain warranty (100,000 miles for qualified fleet purchases). Additionally, the vehicle’s exterior is protected by a 3-year or 36,000-mile corrosion warranty, a 6-year or 100,000-mile rust-through warranty, and buyers receive complimentary roadside assistance for 5 years or 60,000 miles. There is also a 2-year scheduled maintenance plan that comes standard.