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Which 2021 Chevrolet Colorado is Right for You?

What trim level of the mid-size Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck is the right choice as your next new vehicle?


The mid-size pickup truck market teems with worthy contenders, such as the Ford Ranger, Nissan Frontier, Toyota Tacoma and Honda Ridgeline. But the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado checks off more boxes than most when it comes to truck form and function. And like its GMC Canyon corporate cousin, the Colorado offers up plenty of options for powertrain choices through its four trim levels: WT, LT, Z71 and ZR2.

The base WT—or Work Truck—trim gets powered by a standard 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine making 200 horsepower mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with a 5,500-pound/2,495-kilogram towing capacity with the rear-wheel-drive (2WD) trim. Even the base WT offers some welcome features, such as the CornerStep rear bumper, locking tailgate, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. An optional 3.6-litre 6-cylinder produces 308 horsepower and uses an 8-speed automatic to combine for a 7,000-lb./3,175-kg. tow rating. Traction at all four wheels is optional.

For 2021, the 5-passenger Chevrolet Colorado (and GMC Canyon) remains the only mid-size truck available with a diesel engine. Available starting with the Colorado LT trim, the 2.8-litre 4-cylinder turbodiesel makes only 186 horsepower but, more importantly, 369 pound-feet of torque, delivering a best-in-class towing capacity of 7,700-lb./3,493-kg. and excellent fuel economy: 10.1 litres per 100 kilometres city and highway combined for RWD trims, 10.5 for AWD.

The AWD-only Z71 and ZR2 trims beef up the Colorado’s off-road capabilities. The top-line ZR2 adds off-road goodies such as a Multimatic DSSV Damping System, full locking front and rear differentials, increased ground clearance and track width, and ZR2-exclusive styling features inside and out.

To help you make the right call on your next Chevy mid-size truck, here's a breakdown of 2021 Colorado trim levels:

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab 2WD Short Box WT - Starting MSRP: $29,648 

Key standard features include:


  •  Standard 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine/6-speed automatic transmission/2WD
  • Available V6/8-speed automatic transmission 2WD, $31,298/4WD, $34,948
  •  4-way power-adjustable driver seat
  •  Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system with 7-inch diagonal colour touch-screen
  • Bluetooth,, Apple CarPlay/ Android Auto compatibility
  •  Rear Vision Camera
  •  CornerStep rear bumper
  • Locking tailgate
  • Folding rear bench seat (Crew Cab)
  • Cloth seating surfaces


2021 Chevrolet Colorado 2WD Crew Cab, Short Box LT - Starting MSRP: $32,648 

Includes or replaces WT features plus:

  • Available V6 engine/8-speed automatic transmission 2WD $34,298/4WD $38,248
  • Available Turbodiesel/6-speed automatic transmission 2WD $40,648/4WD $44,883
  • Body-colour rear bumper, mirror caps and door handles
  • 17-inch Blade Silver cast aluminum wheels
  • Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system with 8-inch diagonal colour touch-screen display
  • USB charge ports on rear of centre console
  • Overhead console
  • Auto-dimming interior rear-view mirror
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Tilt and telescopic-adjustable steering column
  • 6-way power-adjustable driver seat
  • EZ Lift and Lower tailgate


2021 Chevrolet Colorado 4WD Crew Cab, Short Box Z71 - Starting MSRP: $41,048 

Includes or replaces LT features plus:

  • Standard V6 engine/8-speed automatic transmission/2WD 
  • Available Turbodiesel/6-speed automatic transmission/4WD $46,148
  • Z71 Off-Road Suspension Package
  • Automatic locking rear differential
  • Transfer case shield
  • Hill Descent Control
  • 17-inch Bright Machined aluminum wheels and All-Terrain tires
  •  Fog lamps
  • Heated power exterior mirrors
  •  Automatic climate control
  • Rear sliding window with defogger
  •  Driver seat power lumbar control
  •  Heated steering wheel
  •  Wireless charging for compatible mobile devices
  • HD Rear Vision Camera
  •  Multi-colour Driver Information Centre display
  • Remote vehicle start


2021 Chevrolet Colorado 4WD Crew Cab, Short Box ZR2 - Starting MSRP: $48,348 

Includes or replaces Z71 features plus:

  •  Standard V6 engine/8-speed automatic transmission/4WD 
  •  Available Turbodiesel/6-speed automatic transmission/4WD $52,438
  •  Off-Road Appearance Package
  •  Off-road suspension
  •  Multimatic DSSV Damping System
  •  Driver-selectable full locking front and rear differentials
  •  Increased clearance and track width
  • Trailering Package and integrated trailer brake controller
  •  Spray-on bedliner with ZR2 logo
  •  Unique hood, fascia and grille
  •  Black rear bumper
  • Front and rear wheel flares
  • P265/65R17 All-Terrain blackwall tires
  • Leather-appointed front seats
  •  4-way power front-passenger seat adjuster
  •  Front-passenger seat power lumbar control

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