There are so many ways to describe a pickup truck. You can call it a beast of burden, a tool with four wheels, a marvel of engineering. Depending on how you use a pickup, you may refer to it as a family hauler or a work vehicle. A truck can be a pavement pounder, a rock crawler, or a mud monster.
You can also label it a maker, whether it makes pulling a 10,000-pound trailer a breeze, taking the kids to school and sports practice a comfortable experience, or getting to your hideaway in the snow-covered woods safe and easy.
When it comes to getting the right Chevrolet truck, you have to make something yourself: a decision. Which one is the right size for you and the people you’ll be carrying in it? Which Chevy pickup will have enough power to pull your weekend toys or the building materials you’ll need for your next job?
Luckily, Chevrolet makes it easy for you to choose. It manufactures three different kinds of trucks: the midsize Colorado, the full-size light-duty Silverado 1500, and the heavy duty Silverado 2500 and 3500.
For the 2017 model year, Chevy has given its smallest truck numerous upgrades which include a new 3.6-liter V6, an eight-speed automatic to go with it, other pieces of hardware for trailering and dropping the Colorado into four-wheel drive, and two new exterior colors.
One particular 2017 Colorado LT 4X4 that Chevrolet made wound up in our driveway for us to review. We made it our exclusive set of wheels for an entire week.
2017 Chevrolet Colorado LT Exterior
Chevy’s designers could’ve just taken the lines of the Silverado, shrunk them down, and called it a day. They didn’t, though. Visually, the Colorado is its own truck, from its trapezoid-like fog light surrounds to the upward sweep of its headlights to the more pronounced curve at the end of the side greenhouse area.
Our Red Hot test vehicle was equipped with projector-type headlamps, a handsome set of Dark Argent Metallic cast aluminum 18-inch wheels, a pair of full-length chrome running boards, and a rear bumper with a pair of helpful Cornersteps molded into it.
2017 Chevrolet Colorado LT Interior
According to window sticker we received, Chevrolet dressed up our review vehicle with more than $4,500 in options. Nearly all of them upgraded the Jet Black interior. The leather seats were bundled with a $1,080 luxury package which added niceties that included heated front seats, a four-way power front passenger seat, and chrome accents on the power-adjustable mirrors, door handles, and rear bumper. A remote start system, fog lamps, a manual sliding rear window with an electric defogger, and an EZ-Lift and Lower tailgate were part of the $690 LT Convenience Package.
An eight-inch color touchscreen allowed us to contact OnStar for directions to new destinations, tune to our favorite XM satellite radio station, and quickly and easily pair our smartphone with the truck’s Bluetooth system and 4G LTE WiFi connection.
2017 Chevrolet Colorado LT Performance
Our Colorado media special had the new gas V6 under its curvaceous hood. Powertrain engineers packed the 3.6-liter power plant with continuously variable valve timing, as well as direct fuel injection and Active Fuel Management which allowed the Colorado to run on four cylinders when full power wasn’t needed. According to the EPA, that combination of technologies and the wealth of gears in the new eight-speed automatic enabled our review rig to achieve fuel economy ratings of 17 city, 24 highway, and 19 combined mpg.** We had a heavy right foot and did a lot of city driving, so we averaged a little over 16 mpg.
Chevy’s media site states that a 2017 Colorado like the one we tested – with four-wheel drive, a Crew Cab, and a 5’2” cargo box – can tow a maximum of 7,000 pounds and haul as many as 1,548 pounds in its bed. One of our relatives needed to return a dishwasher to a home improvement store, which gave us a chance to put the Colorado to work. The soft-drop tailgate made no noise when we lowered it. We had more than enough space to fit the dishwasher in between the wheelhousings and plenty of payload weight left in reserve. The hardest part of the whole process was the lifting! The Colorado made everything else a cinch.
2017 Chevrolet Colorado LT Safety
The Colorado comes standard with front and side-impact airbags in the first row and curtain airbags to protect the heads of occupants in the outboard seats of the first and second rows. Stability and traction control run in the background, making sure the Colorado stays shiny side up.
The Teen Driver feature is standard, too. Chevy states, “It encourages safe driving habits with teenagers, enabling parents to view the vehicle’s maximum speed, distance driven and the number of times active safety features were engaged during a drive.” So is a rear vision camera. That helped us keep the Colorado Chevrolet sent us crumple-free and wearing only its own paint – not that of another vehicle or the bright yellow of a parking lot bollard post.
An available $395 Safety Package, which our Colorado loaner had, includes Forward Collision Alert, which emits a warning when you approach a vehicle in front of you too quickly, and Lane Departure Warning, which lets you know when you move out of your lane without using your turn signal.
2017 Chevrolet Colorado LT Overall
There you have it. Chevrolet makes an aesthetically unique midsize pickup with a new available engine and transmission, a long list of features to pick from, and several standard and optional safety technologies – and the ability to carry bulky appliances with ease. Colorado prices start at $20,000.* A 2017 Colorado LT 4X4 just like the one you see here goes for $39,095. If you want to get one of your own, you need to make one more thing: your way to an AutoNation Chevrolet dealership.
*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.