Chevrolet Colorado vs Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Chevrolet trucks have always been the staple vehicle of a hard-working American citizen. The fastest-growing full-line brand of 2020 continues to build upon the success with the 2021 models of the Silverado and Colorado trucks.

Colorado is a highly capable midsize truck designed to fit every lifestyle, while the Silverado has remained the unmatched king of the full-size segment. Let's take a look at what sets the two apart, and some of the most prominent features.

Dimensions & Capabilities

In terms of size, Colorado is an imposing vehicle, but Silverado is in a league of its own. Bigger in just about every dimension, Silverado is also the most capable in terms of trailering and carrying cargo. This isn't to say that Colorado is not keeping up, with a stellar performance in the mid-size segment.

Colorado

  • Up to 12,700 lbs of GCWR
  • Towing up to 7,700 lbs
  • Maximum payload of 1,550 lbs

Silverado

  • Up to 19,100 lbs of GCWR
  • Towing up to 13,300 lbs
  • Maximum payload of 2,280 lbs

Colorado Cab Configurations

Colorado is available as an extended cab with a long box, or crew cab with either a short or long box. The room in the front remains unchanged between the three, but crew cabs offer considerably more space in the rear. In crew cab, long box configuration combines the large cargo area with the more interior room, with an increase in overall length by 12.2 inches for a total of 224.9 inches.

Silverado Cab Configurations

Silverado can be purchased in a crew cab with a short or standard bed, double cab with a standard bed, or regular cab with a long bed. Just like with Colorado, front row space stays the same, and the main differences are seen in the cargo and rear row space, as well as the overall width. The long bed has an impressive length of 98.1 inches, while the longest configuration is the crew cab with the standard bed, measuring 241.2 inches. 

Powertrain

Chevrolet has delegated a lot of its workforce into designing the best engine options for its trucks. With Colorado, there are two petrol and one diesel engine to choose from. Because of the wider application, Silverado can be equipped with one of 4 petrol engines or 1 diesel variant

Colorado:

  • 2.5L 4-Cylinder Petrol, 200 Horsepower & 191 lb.-ft. Torque, Towing up to 3,500 lbs
  • 3.6L DOHC V6 Petrol, 308 Horsepower & 275 lb.-ft. Torque, Towing up to 7,000 lbs
  • Duramax 2.8L Turbo-Diesel, 181 Horsepower & 369 lb.-ft. Torque, Towing up to 7,700 lbs

Silverado:

  • Duramax 3.0L Turbo-Diesel, 277 Horsepower & 460 lb.-ft. Torque, Towing up to 9,500 lbs
  • 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 Petrol, 420 Horsepower & 460 lb.-ft. Torque, Towing up to 13,300 lbs
  • 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 Petrol, 355 horsepower, 383 lb.-ft. Torque, Towing up to 11,100 lbs
  • 4.3L EcoTec3 V6 Petrol, 285 Horsepower & 305 lb.-ft. Torque, Towing up to 7,900 lbs
  • 2.7L Turbo Petrol, 310 Horsepower & 348 lb.-ft. Torque, Trailering up to 9,300 lbs

Colorado Performance

Colorado's engines manage to achieve excellent fuel economy of up to 19 MPG in the city and 25-28 MPG on the highway. Turbo-diesel Duramax has the least power but achieves the best fuel economy and towing capability. The two petrol engines have nearly identical fuel economy, but the larger 3.6L V6 can tow more and has more power. 

Silverado Performance

In the Silverado, the Duramax 3.0L turbo-diesel and the 2.7L turbocharged petrol offer respectable power and great fuel economy, without sacrificing towing capability. Of the two V8s, the 6.2L EcoTec3 makes more sense as the strongest and most capable option. The 4.3L EcoTec3 V6 seems like the odd one out of the group, outperformed by the smaller, turbocharged options. 

Trims & Equipment

Silverado and Colorado encapsulate the best Chevrolet has to offer in design and quality of construction, but also in technological innovations, luxury, and safety. The tailoring process starts with the selection of trim, followed by individual packages and features. Let's take a look at the best features each trim has to offer.

Colorado:

WT: Available 2.5L petrol engine with Hydra-Matic 6-speed automatic transmission or 3.6L V6 engine and Hydra-Matic 8-Speed automatic transmission. Available dual rear seats with under-seat storage, and folding rear bench seat.

LT: Everything from WT, plus body-color rear bumper, mirror caps and door handles, Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system, 6-way power-adjustable driver seat, and EZ Lift & Lower tailgate.

Z71: Everything from LT, plus Z71 off-road suspension package, automatic locking rear differential, unique 17-inch painted wheels, all-terrain tires, and HD rear vision camera.

ZR2: Everything on Z71, with equipment added or replaced, including off-road appearance package, ZR2 off-road suspension, Multimatic DSSV damping system, and increased ground clearance.

Silverado:

Custom: custom value package, custom convenience package, infotainment package, trailering package, and 20" painted aluminum wheels.

Custom Trail Boss: 2" suspension lift, automatic locking rear differential, 18" black wheels with Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires, custom convenience package, infotainment package, trailering package.

LT All Star: All Star Edition, convenience package, trailering package, automatic locking rear differential.

LT All Star Z71 Plus: All Star Edition, All Star edition plus package, Z71 off-road & protection package and 20" aluminum wheels.

RST All Star Z71: All Star edition and Z71 off-road and protection package.

RST All Star Z71 Plus: All Star Edition, All Star edition plus package, Z71 off-road & protection package, leather package.

LT Trail Boss: 2" suspension lift, 18" black wheels with Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires, convenience package with bucket seats, convenience package II, safety package, bed protection package.

LTZ Z71 Plus: LTZ plus package, Z71 off-road & protection package, 20" polished wheels.

LTZ Z71 Premium: LTZ plus package, LTZ premium package, Z71 off-road & protection package, technology package.

High Country 4x4:High Country deluxe package, technology package, 22" polished aluminum wheels, power up & down tailgate.

Summary

In the truck industry, only a few manufacturers can compete with Chevrolet's Silverado and Colorado, but none can beat them. With the right configuration, these trucks can serve any purpose, and be not only a trusted means of transportation but also an essential tool in your everyday life.

The unique design of Colorado, especially with the appearance packages, is a proper vehicle for a lifestyle that requires a lot of practicality, without sacrificing fun. Colorado on the other hand can handle the largest and heaviest loads, but will also carry you in luxury and comfort.

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