You may have recently been thinking about buying a pickup truck as your next vehicle, or you are considering purchasing one for your son or daughter. No matter the reason, you’ve probably spent some time looking at various makes and models, trying to decide which one is best for you and/or your family.

As you do your research, you may notice that one particular make and model seems to stand out among the rest: the Chevrolet Colorado. There are plenty of good reasons why the Colorado gets so much positive press, and why it would be a top choice for you when considering to purchase a truck. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why you should invest in the Colorado:

A Brief History of the Chevy Colorado

Chevrolet was the first domestic automaker to offer a compact pickup truck. The Chevy Colorado got its start back in the early 1980s, when General Motors wanted to get in on the smaller pickup truck market with the 1982 Chevrolet S-10; in 2004 the S-10 was replaced by a new version with a new name: Colorado. The truck sold well for a number of years until it was briefly removed from the Chevy inventor in 2012. When it was brought back in 2015, it was named the Motor Trend Truck of the Year for both that year and 2016.

What Makes It Stand Out

With its three engines, including a 3.6L option with best-in-class 308 horsepower and the GM-exclusive Duramax® 2.8L turbo-diesel option, this truck can handle the toughest work jobs or off-roading adventures. The Colorado also offers the best-in-class available towing, handling 7,700 pounds with ease, thanks to the 2.8L turbo-diesel engine. The Colorado also has OnStar service as an option, and is available with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi system.

It’s Gentle on the Wallet

With a base price of $20,200, the Chevrolet Colorado will not break the budget; of course you could add a number of nifty features that could push up the price, but no matter which version you end up buying, it will not take a huge investment to keep it on the road. Referred to as “America’s most fuel efficient pickup,” the Colorado gets about 19 miles per gallon in the city and 36 on the highway, so you won’t have to take an extra job in order to pay for fuel.

It’s Fun to Drive

Some pickup trucks are so massive they can be intimidating. It’s an uneasy feeling when getting into the driver’s seat requires climbing up a small ladder. With the Chevy Colorado, you can open the door and slide right into the driver’s seat, just like a regular vehicle; specifically, its step-in height is 22 inches, and the seats feel comfortably low. Once you are on the road, the Colorado feels more like a sedan than a pickup. It’s easy to park, it can handle narrow streets with cars parked on both sides and steering and braking is smooth and car-like. As a bonus, the backseat offers room for three people and includes cup holders and plug-ins for devices; if you are toting your teens to and from school and practice, there will be plenty of room for them and their massive piles of stuff.

Spend a bit of time test driving the Chevrolet Colorado and you will see what the hype is about. This pickup truck has plenty of pep, is easy and comfortable to drive and can still handle towing large items with ease, all while being budget-friendly at the pumps.

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Will Hopstetter

Will is an automotive market enthusiast living in the United Kingdom. He holds a diverse background in automotive and enjoys utilizing that to produce insights into the inner workings of the industry.

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