2016 Chevrolet Colorado

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$20,404–$37,060 Inventory Prices

Key Specs

of the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado base trim shown

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Strong, balanced power (gas V-6 and diesel)
  • Front-seat headroom
  • Crew cab has adult-friendly backseat
  • Connectivity and multimedia options
  • Appealing base price
  • Towing capability (diesel)

The Bad

  • Sluggish acceleration (gas four-cylinder)
  • Choppy two-wheel-drive ride
  • Rough, long-throw manual transmission
  • No automatic four-wheel-drive option
  • Some cheap cabin materials
  • Mediocre fuel economy (gas engines)
2016 Chevrolet Colorado exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado

  • Turbo-diesel 2.8-liter four-cylinder (late availability)
  • MyLink multimedia system with Apple CarPlay integration available
  • Four-door crew- and extended-cab models
  • Two cargo box lengths
  • Forward collision alert, lane departure warning available

2016 Chevrolet Colorado Road Test

Aaron Bragman

With the addition of the powerful, efficient, beautifully integrated Duramax diesel powertrain, the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado becomes quite possibly the world's perfect pickup truck.

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado won our Best Pickup of 2015 award, and deservedly so — it's a fantastic combination of big-truck ability, useful interior technology and decent fuel economy all wrapped up in a reasonably sized rig that's easy to park. When Chevrolet said that it was going to offer a four-cylinder diesel engine a year after the truck's introduction, we couldn't wait to get our hands on it (compare the diesel 2016 model with the top gasoline 2015 truck here, and see our evaluation of the gas models here). Well, the wait is over, and the Chevrolet Colorado Duramax is here. We spent two days driving, hauling, towing and off-roading in it through the ranchlands north of Santa Barbara, Calif., to see if the diesel version of Chevy's hit pickup was worth the wait.

Exterior & Styling
The 2016's exterior is unchanged, and the diesel version isn't differentiated at all aside from a badge on the door. If you want to get a bit of a custom off-road look, however, Chevy offers a Trail Boss version of the Z71 off-road package. It adds unique wheels and trim, a bed-mounted sport bar and LED spotlights that strangely seem to be aimed more at the roof of the cab than the way forward. It certainly looks the part of the tough off-road rig, but the sharp-... Read more

2016 Colorado Video

Chevrolet made a bet on the midsize pickup truck market that some brands weren't ready to take when it introduced a new Colorado for the 2015 model year. And it's upped the ante for 2016 by offering a new Duramax turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine.

Latest 2016 Colorado Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

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Value For The Money

Latest Reviews


I love this truck

by Dbrunell from Avondale Louisiana on March 15, 2018

It gets great gas mileage it’s very comfortable nice seats ,nice stereo ,very clean on the inside, The truck has very sporty body style. Has a great stance. Read full review


Great little pick up truck

by Swisher20 from North Haven, CT on March 14, 2018

I first saw this truck during a super bowl commercial and was impressed by it's appearance. My father in law leased a 2015, which he just got done with. He let me check it out and I really liked the ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls


The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado currently has 3 recalls

NHTSA Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Base

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

4 Star
Overall Front
4 Star
Overall Side
5 Star
Overall Rollover Rating
3 Star
5 Star
4 Star
Side Barrier
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
5 Star
Side Pole
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
5 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.
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