New 2018 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab Pickup
Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab Pickup
The 2018 Chevrolet Colorado features a V6 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, plus the off-road extreme ZR2.
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The 2018 Chevrolet Colorado celebrates Chevy trucks’ 100 years with a special Anniversary Edition that includes a unique Blue exterior color with color-keyed grille and rear bumper. Bringing a smaller-than-full-size and larger-than-compact platform makes the Colorado a popular choice. With engine choices of gasoline inline-4 and V-6 and 4-cylinder turbodiesel, plus a maximum tow capacity of 7,700 pounds, the Colorado attracts a wide selection of drivers. The Colorado ZR2 continues to offer plenty of off-road gear that die-hard adventurers will love. New exterior paint colors and heated outside mirrors add to the 2018 Colorado feature list.
You'll Like This Car If...
The 2018 Colorado is perfect for those looking to haul or tow, but don't want the hassle of parking and maneuvering a full-size truck. A major advantage to the 2018 Colorado: It is garage-able. The diesel engine’s fuel economy is remarkably good, and the ZR2 may just be the off-road enthusiast's dream.
You May Not Like This Car If...
The Colorado is nearly 3/4-scale of a full-size pickup, so if you tow more than 7,700 pounds, need larger interior accommodations, want more capability than a small truck can offer or don’t mind parking outside the garage, you're better off with a full-sized one.
What's New for 2018
The special-edition truck features special paint, color-matching grille and rear bumper plus heritage graphics. Unique chrome accents such as two hooks, door handles and outside mirrors plus a spray-in bedliner complete with “100th“ logo. The new Colorado also receives an available Active Tow system to align the truck with a trailer.
We love the 2.8-liter Duramax diesel available for the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado. It is quiet, smooth and refined, with excellent power delivery, and there's just enough diesel soundtrack to remind that you have something under the hood that you can't get in a Toyota. However, the gas V-6 matched to the 8-speed automatic transmission is just as satisfying. The 2018 Colorado is responsive with either engine and easily maneuverable in parking lots and through city streets. The addition of the reworked off-roader, ZR2, raises the bar on capabilities to run back-country trails strewn with rocks and gutted washes.
The Chevrolet Colorado (and its sibling, the GMC Canyon) is the only midsize truck available with a diesel engine, and the 2.8-liter Duramax is a prize. Smooth and powerful, it offers a first-rate driving experience along with superior fuel economy. A Smart diesel exhaust brake enhances control while reducing brake wear.
Chevrolet pulled no punches with the 2018 Colorado ZR2, adding serious off-road equipment including Multimatic shocks, independently lockable front and rear differentials, and additional skidplates under valuable components.
The 2018 Colorado balances between its needs to appeal to those who might otherwise be interested in an SUV, so it's comfortable and quiet. Crew Cab models have a rear seat that is comfortable, too, albeit tighter than a full-size pickup. The Colorado even comes with premium features like heated seats, Apple CarPlay, and an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system. Yet it maintains the expected ruggedness of a truck, with tough-feeling plastics, durable seat upholstery, and touches like the foldable rear seat.
Chevy’s 2018 Colorado does everything to attract positive remarks on its midsize-pickup style, but holds back from rubbing your nose in faux-ruggedness, with curves and lines that are softened compared to the Toyota Tacoma. Even the new ZR2's visual modifications are for function rather than form, so the increased wheel arches, modified bumpers and hood scoop are all functional components. The standard CornerStep rear bumper makes it easy to get into the bed, and we suggest getting the EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate, which lets you open and close the tailgate with one hand.
Notable Standard Equipment
Sure, you can buy the base model 2018 Colorado with its 2.5-liter gasoline-burning 4-cylinder engine, and still get the utility-enhancing CornerStep rear bumper, locking tailgate and cargo-box lighting, air conditioning, a 4.2-inch touch-screen audio system with USB, and power windows. Those with young drivers will appreciate the standard Teen Driver. Most will no doubt look toward starting at the LT model, which includes an 8-inch touch-screen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an enhanced multicolor information display between the gauges, nicer wheels and interior trim, three months of Sirius satellite radio, cruise control and OnStar.
Notable Optional Equipment
There are two optional engines available for the 2018 Chevy Colorado: the 3.6-liter V6 or the Duramax diesel. Also available is 4-wheel drive with a low-speed transfer case. Like many trucks, there's your choice of extended- or crew-cab body, plus a standard-length or long bed. Available features include a spray-on bedliner, fog lights, cross rails for the cargo-box storage system and a locking rear differential. The Z71 model offers specialized suspension, differential and underbody shields for off-road capability. If that's not enough, the ZR2 exponentially expands the off-road experience.
Under the Hood
The 2018 Colorado engine choices begin with the 200-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, which is fine, but you'll most likely want to spring for the 308-horsepower 3.6-liter V6, or if diesel is your flavor the 2.8-liter Duramax 4-cylinder with its 369 lb-ft of torque. The V6 also comes with the 8-speed automatic transmission. The other two engines come with a 6-speed automatic, or a 6-speed manual in the case of the base-model Colorado. Two-wheel drive (2WD) is standard, and 4-wheel drive (4WD) is optional with all engines. Fuel economy reaches up to the segment’s best 30 mpg with the diesel.
200 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm
191 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/26 mpg (manual, 2WD), 20/26 mpg (automatic, 2WD), 19/24 mpg (4WD)
308 horsepower @ 6,800 rpm
275 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25 mpg (2WD), 17/24 mpg (4WD), 16/18 mpg (ZR2)
2.8-liter turbodiesel inline-4
186 horsepower @ 3,400 rpm
369 lb-ft of torque @ 2,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/30 mpg (2WD), 20/28 mpg (4WD), 19/22 mpg (ZR2)
The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for a 2018 Chevrolet Colorado starts at about $21,000 for a base model with extended cab and 4-cylinder gasoline engine. Most buyers will skip the base model and instead start at the LT model level, about $28,000 for an extended-cab and long-bed 2WD version. At the northern end of the pricing spectrum, a 4WD long-bed Z71 Crew Cab with the Duramax diesel can top out well over $45,000, but you can get a diesel for about $30,000 if you mind your options. If the ZR2 captures your off-road attention, it starts just above $41,000. These prices are in line with the Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma. Check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others are paying in your area. The Colorado offers better resale than the Frontier, but both get whomped by the Tacoma.
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Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab Consumer Reviews
October 18, 2018
2018 Colorado Z71 4x4 Crew Cab. Awesome Truck!
I have owned many vehicles from a 88' 4Runner, a few S-10s, a Suburban, two Silverados, a Frontier, and a 1st gen Colorado that I sold @...
August 23, 2018
Awesome Urban road toy.
Hang - the thing warns you when you are too close to another vehicle. OnStar talks to you. Go anywhere, do anything machine. And all...
August 10, 2018
enjoy driving and its apperance
great vechicle with good miles per. gal.
June 05, 2018
traded my 2010 Colorado 2wd for this truck got the base with locking diff and V6 plenty of power and very comfortable 4wd. off road...
October 29, 2017
Perfect as a truck, & not a (monster) TRUCK...
I decided to trade in my baby, a 10 Camaro SS/RS, for a 17 V-6 Z71 Colorado 4X4, which also allowed for the sale of my 02 Tracker winter...
September 07, 2017
A Pleasure to Own
This is a review for the 2016 Z71 4x4 w/ V6. // I have now owned this car for a little over a year and about 14000 miles. I am very...
March 09, 2017
best truck yet
excellent in every respect.
February 03, 2017
Perfect truck for my needs
I bought my 2016 Colorado quad cab Z71 short bed in 11/16 equipped with the 2.8L Duramax turbo diesel. I currently have 7900 miles on it...
February 01, 2017
I have owned Toyota, Nissan, Mazda, and Ford small pickups. I traded my Nissan Frontier, which I liked, for this new 2017 Colorado. I...
January 20, 2017
have owned my Colorado 2 years. my second one. love it!!!!
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|#3||2019 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab||200|
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|#5||2019 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab||159|
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|#2||2018 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab||22|
|#3||2019 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab||21|
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|#1||2018 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab||8.8|
|#2||2018 Nissan Frontier King Cab||8.5|
|#3||2019 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab||8.4|
|#4||2018 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab||8.4|
|#5||2019 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab||7.7|