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2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab
Starting Price: $37,830 | Price yours
Above Average: Reliability, towing and payload capacity, infotainment
Below Average: Conservative styling and technology
Consensus: Great capability and value in a reliable package

 

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2018 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab
Starting Price: $29,990 | Price yours
Above Average: Styling, capacity and comfort
Below Average: Almost as big as a full-size without the capability
Consensus: Good-looking addition to the segment, with interesting powertrain options

 

The Chevrolet Colorado and Silverado 1500 are members of the same pickup truck family, the smaller Colorado a midsize and the Silverado a full-size. The Colorado appeals to people who prefer its SUV-like styling and interior, and smaller footprint. It’s not as traditional-looking as the Silverado, and that has piqued the interest of people who left the midsize truck segment to buy SUVs instead. When it comes to serving truck work duty, the larger Silverado is the more capable of the two: in crew cab form, it can tow a trailer that weighs 12,500 pounds (the Colorado can tow up to 7,700 pounds), and can carry significantly more payload than the Colorado. They are both built on tough frames, and offer a comfortable ride, quiet interior, modern amenities in the cabin and impressive off-road chops.

Chevrolet Silverado Advantages

From the bigger cab to the available longer bed, the Silverado is larger overall, roomier and offers more space for gear. Styling is a modern take on traditional truck design, with some cues that serve as a tribute to Chevy’s storied truck history. It has higher towing and payload capacities than the Colorado, and offers more luxury: trim levels that include the High Country have rugged, leather-lined upscale looks that the Colorado can’t touch. The Silverado is also offered with a terrific 420-horsepower, 6.2-liter V8 that makes the truck feel like a hot rod, and impressive off-road options.

Chevrolet Colorado Advantages

The Colorado is smaller, making it easier to park – and it can fit into garages that are too small to house a Silverado. While it can’t match the Silverado’s capability, the Colorado offers best-in-class towing and payload capacity, as well as an available diesel engine. The Silverado offers many off-road options and features, but it doesn’t have an off-road-tuned model like the ZR2. This truck uses special shocks, wider track, and lifted suspension that make the ZR2 capable of everything from desert-running to rock-crawling, without sacrificing on-road ride comfort.

Similarities

These trucks offer excellent capability in their respective classes and quiet, roomy interiors. Both trucks do a fine job of balancing work and play, and can be pleasant daily drivers. They have legitimate off-road prowess, and both have easy-to-use smartphone connectivity, easing phone and navigation use, and making it easier to safely text as you drive.

Final Recommendation

If you are debating which of these trucks should be parked in your driveway, the first thing you should do is decide how you want to use your pickup. If you don’t need to tow more than 7,700 pounds and don’t mind a smaller interior, the Colorado is a truck that will save you money, is easier to park and maneuver around town, and gets better fuel economy. However, if your towing and hauling needs are greater than what the Colorado can handle, the Silverado is a comfortable, capable truck that’s bigger and can give you more upscale trim models and options. Both are strong candidates worth considering.

  2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 4.3-liter V6 3.6-liter V6
Horsepower 285 hp @ 5,300 rpm 308 hp @ 6,800 rpm
Torque 305 lb-ft @ 3,900 rpm 275 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission Automatic, 6-speed Automatic, 8-speed
Fuel Economy 20 mpg (18 city, 24 hwy) 19 mpg (17 city, 24 hwy)
Also Available 5.3L V8, 6.2L V8, 8-spd automatic 2.5L I4, 2.8L diesel I4
Specs    
Warranty 3 years or 36,000 miles 3 years or 36,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 Stars 5 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 6 passengers 5 passengers
Wheelbase 143.5-153.0 inches 128.3 inches
Overall Length 230.0-239.6 inches 212.7 inches
Width 80.0 inches 73.9 inches
Height 73.9-74.1 inches 70.7 inches
Turning Diameter 47.2 feet 41.3 feet
Headroom, Front 42.8 inches 41.4 inches
Headroom, Rear 40.5 inches 38.3 inches
Legroom, Front 45.3 inches 45.0 inches
Legroom, Rear 40.9 inches 35.8 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 66.0 inches 57.5 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 65.7 inches 56.2 inches
Max Payload (Crew Cab) 2,250 pounds 1,574 pounds
Max Towing (Crew Cab) 12,500 pounds 7,700 pounds
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