The used Chevrolet Colorado is a prime-choice midsize truck, besting competitors with its modern capabilities and passenger-friendly cabin. This all-American truck does it all – including traveling the off-road, towing best-in-class loads, and getting you around in style. Check out our used buying guide to learn more about how the Colorado has changed over the years.
Second Generation: 2015-Current Model
Why you’ll love the second-generation used Chevrolet Colorado:In the midsize truck segment, these used Colorados outdo the competition with their in-cabin refinement and smooth performance. These used trucks speak to the masses with their high-tech features and fuel-efficient engine options. You’ll also love that these used Chevrolet Colorado trucks can tow up to 7,000 pounds – a best-in-class figure.
As you cruise the streets, the Colorado offers a quieter ride than their midsize rivals. And the cabin is home to handsome style and all the latest infotainment gear, including a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and an optional 8-inch touchscreen infotainment interface.
Compared to the previous generation of used Chevrolet Colorado trucks, these models are even bigger, which means even more passenger space for you. The regular cabin was also dropped from the lineup, leaving the extended cabin (paired with a 6-foot-2-inch long bed) and a crew cabin (paired with either the 5-foot-2-inch short bed or the long bed). Both feature rear seating – the crew cab just offers more in the way of rear seat legroom.
What you need to know:As the Colorado progressed from model year to model year, Chevy made a lot of improvements along the way. For 2018, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity became standard for every model. This technology helpfully displays smartphone apps on the central touchscreen, minimizing distraction.
For the 2019 model year, Chevy introduced its updated Infotainment 3 system, which replaces the MyLink infotainment interface. While both do a good job offering access to apps, the Infotainment 3 system is faster and more sophisticated.
First Generation 2004-2012
Why you’ll love the first-generation used Chevrolet Colorado: When the Colorado first joined the lineup, it replaced Chevy’s S-10 compact pickup truck. However, the Colorado is bigger than the S-10, straddling the gap between a compact and midsize truck. And that of course means more passenger space and comfort for you and your friends. The Colorado also improved on the S-10 frame to boost ride refinement.
The off-road-friendly Z71 equipment and suspension package was available for first-generation used Colorados with four-wheel-drive. Back on rear-wheel-drive models, shoppers could add the ZQ8 handling package for a sportier performance and 17-inch wheels.
What you need to know:For the 2005 model year, the Colorado offered a new Xtreme package, which will remind S-10 aficionados of the S-10 Xtreme package with its special exterior flourishes and flashy 18-inch wheels.