The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Crew CabDuramax 4X4 is Chevrolet’s entry in the mid-sized pickup truck segment going up against the Toyota Tacoma and shares its inner workings with the GM Canyon. To keep up with the demand and the rising gas prices not to mention stricter regulations with emissions, the Colorado is offered with a diesel engine that puts out the torque to leave gasoline V6’s in the same class straining for pulling power.
The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Crew CabDuramax 4X4 is of American Origin, But Has the Heart and Soul of Thailand
Like most mid-sized pickups common in Asia, the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Crew CabDuramax 4X4 is assembled in their factories based in Thailand where it aims to compete against the likes of the Toyota Hilux, Ford Ranger, Isuzu DMax to name a few. Despite the place where it’s conceived, the design is 100% American offering a very current Chevrolet look to the front end, sometimes even mirroring the fascia of the Camaro when you look at the grille. At the side it’s boxy and masculine especially on the front end. As you move towards the rear, the shape becomes a more familiar Asia-based pickup truck. Under the hood is a powerful yet frugal 2.8 Liter four cylinder turbodiesel that puts out a modest 181hp and a whopping 369lb-ft of torque readily available at 2000rpm; that’s a lot of pulling power for a pickup of this size.
The 2016 Colorado Crew CabDuramax 4X4 is mated to a 6-speed automatic and is finished off in a 4×4 layout in this trim. On the inside, materials are kept simple with the interior being a bland gray and dark gray interior. Hard plastic on the dash, soft touch and padded materials on the touch points, a modestly-sized navigation and infotainment screen on the center flanked by the center vents and HVAC controls at the bottom. Overall the interior is pretty much standard for a pickup of this class and is no way luxurious but it gets comfort just right despite the stiff front suspensions.
There’s not much to say about the driving performance of the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Crew CabDuramax 4X4 given it’s a pickup truck with a high center of gravity and loadt-focused suspension, you won’t get much of a fun drive in this type of vehicle as it’s purely made for utility. The diesel engine’s performance goes from 0-60 in 9.2 seconds, and cruises along with a 22mpg rating. Towing capacity is at a very good 7700 pounds. Ride comfort is a bit bouncy when not towing or carrying anything on the bed, steering response is okay and the cabin is well-insulated from outside noise.
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