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ENJOY FULL-SIZE PICKUP CAPABILITIES IN MIDSIZE COLORADO

By NITISH S. RELE - motoringtampabay@gmail.com
Ever since its return in 2015 after a 7-year hiatus, the Chevy Colorado has taken on such tough contenders as the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier. For 2019, this midsize pickup continues to break new ground, drawing in a loyal following as well as several new owners.
Available in at least three varying power trains (2.5 and 2.8), our Z71 trim was equipped with a 3.6-liter V-6 engine putting out 308 horsepower @ 6800 rpm and 275 pounds-feet of torque @ 4000 rpm. It is mated to an 8-speed auto transmission. An independent coil-over-shock front and solid axle rear suspension soaks hurdles with skill, sure-footedness and confidence. The electric power-assist rack-and-pinion steering is direct and precise. Tow capacity is a remarkable 7,000 pounds though the crew cab we drove had a 5 2” short bed with 13 tie-downs.
A massive body-colored grille with the familiar bowtie, though black, is surrounded by projector-beam headlights and LED daytime running lights and fog lamps. Mammoth vertical tail lights with a chrome bumper greet the onlooker. Step inside the lap of luxury to be impressed by aluminum trim on the instrument panel of speedometer and tachometer along with tilt/telescopic steering column, 8-inch color touchscreen for audio, navigation and Intellilink readings, auto a/c, 6-way power driver and 4-way front-passenger heated seats, folding second-row bench, sliding rear window and a leather steering wheel. We wish the innovative lift-and-lower locking tailgate using an internal torsion bar (effortless to raise and even better, lowers slowly) was incorporated into all other pickups.
Standard safety features include dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag, four-wheel antilock brakes, stability and traction control, rearview camera, remote keyless entry and vehicle start, driver selectable 2WD, Auto, 4WD Hi and 4WD Lo modes, rear-park assist, hill descent control, daytime running lights and tire pressure monitoring system.
So, why should you buy the Colorado? Well, it is not a full-size pickup but serves the purpose of one with notable cargo and towing capability, creditable fuel efficiency while delivering a sophisticated and decent ride.

COLORADO Z71
Tires: P255/65R17
Wheelbase: 128.3 inches
Length: 212.7 inches
Width: 74.3 inches
Height: 70.7 inches
Weight: 4,481 pounds
Fuel capacity: 21 gallons
City: 17 mpg
Highway: 24 mpg
Base price: $36,900
Price as tested: $41,565
Web site: www.chevrolet.com

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