It's official! The Chevrolet Colorado has just been crowned MotorTrend's 2024 Truck of the Year. This accolade highlights the Colorado's exceptional balance of off-road chops and daily driveability, proving that you don't have to compromise ruggedness for comfort.
In a perfect timing play, Chevrolet’s introduction of the all-new Colorado, especially with the stunning off-road-ready ZR2 and the upcoming ZR2 Bison edition, has stolen the spotlight. This year’s MotorTrend Truck of the Year competition, now hosted in Michigan, has given the Colorado lineup a chance to truly showcase its capabilities in a new testing ground, and it did not disappoint.
This third-gen Colorado is a complete overhaul from the ground up. Think longer-wheelbase, a Silverado-derived frame, and a punchy 2.7-liter turbo four-cylinder engine paired with an eight-speed automatic.
The design’s been beefed up both inside and out, and while the body configurations have been streamlined, the new crew-cab/short-box combo doesn't skimp on functionality or style.
In terms of performance, the Colorado lineup stands out, especially off-road. The ZR2, with its spool-valve shocks and locking differentials, is like a dirt-road superhero. It balances off-road agility with on-road comfort, a feat few off-roaders can claim. The lineup also features a modern interior, replete with digital displays and an Off-Road Performance app, putting vital information at your fingertips.
The upcoming ZR2 Bison takes things up a notch with larger tires and additional suspension travel, promising to be the most extreme midsize off-road truck yet. The competition, like the Ford Ranger Raptor and Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro, has a steep hill to climb to match this level of off-road excellence.
But it's not just about off-road prowess. The Colorado impresses with its towing capabilities, safety features, and an interior that mixes tech-savvy elements with practicality, despite some choices like the all-window roll-down switch that could use a rethink.
Engineering-wise, the Colorado shines with its Multimatic spool-valve shocks, delivering a ride quality that's hard to beat. Though the turbo engine works hard, it's a powerhouse that keeps the Colorado zipping along, even with a full load.
Value-wise, the Colorado strikes a fine balance. Starting at $30,695 and going up to $48,295 for the ZR2, it offers off-road capabilities and features that justify its price, making it a solid choice for those looking for both ruggedness and refinement in a midsize truck.
The new Colorado has not only lived up to its predecessor's legacy but has raised the bar for midsize pickups. It combines impressive off-road ability, everyday usability, tough looks, and a wide range of models to suit different needs and budgets. Congratulations to the Chevrolet Colorado, a deserving winner of MotorTrend's 2024 Truck of the Year!