2016 Chevrolet Colorado 4WD Z71: Gas Saver & On-Star 4G LTE WI-FI
Reginald Dominique PerfectPublicity.net | 4/22/2016, 4:10 p.m.
The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado 4WD Z71 has definitely upped the ante when it comes to other midsize trucks in its class. General Motors proved that they get it and has announced that in addition to having fresh fuel-economy figures for the 2016 GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado diesel trucks in hand, it also has an EPA “Certificate of Conformity” that declares them totally compliant with emissions laws. Jump into the driver seat and experience what this 2015 Motor Trend Truck of the year winner has to offer!
New for 2016 drivers can expect a new Duramax 2.8L turbo–diesel with an enhanced multicolored driver information display and MyLink with phone intergration technology, featuring Apple CarPlay capability. The 4WD diesel-powered Colorado is EPA-certified for 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway giving you a real bang for your buck at the gas pump. This being the first diesel review, the MPG left our auto reviewer very impressed with nearly 600 miles to a full gallon. Cracking the 30-mpg mark has been truckmakers’ goal for some time, so for the 4WD mid-size GM twins to do so.
The tested Colorado 4WD Z71 had an M.S.R.P. of $41,905.00, including freight. Adding to those mentioned above, the options on hand were rear vision camera, remote keyless entry, airbags (driver, passenger, side-impact, rear seat and side head curtain), remote vehicle start (a plus for rainy/colds days & the air conditioner cools or heats according to the outside temp) and stability control with traction control. The base engine for the Colorado is a 4-cylinder Duramax diesel engine that makes 181 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. An available 3.6-liter V6 puts out 305 horsepower and 269 lb.-ft. of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard for both engines. Rear-wheel drive is standard, but four-wheel drive is optional (as the model tested was 4WD). When properly equipped, the truck can tow up to 7,000 pounds, which needless to say, outclasses the competition.
The interior of the redesigned Colorado is said to be well above the quality seen in the previous generation. The build quality and materials used make the truck a much more compelling option for buyers. The look is also more modern, complete with a modern layout that involves few physical buttons. The interior is mostly dark plastics, but on the upper-trim levels some silver accent pieces are included. New features like the smart phone integration and Chevy MyLink interface make ownership much more convenient.
The seating and space is relatively comfortable, making the Colorado a much better option for venturing on a long road trip and very appealing to big and tall drivers. Even the rear seat passengers have enough room that fairly tall adults can sit in comfortably. While driving this truck, road and wind noises are very slim to none. Even though the pickup truck is a rough and tumble vehicle, it has a soft enough ride that passengers aren’t likely to complain, even when driving on rough roads.
Overall, the 2016 Chevy Colorado is built with safety in mind while still satisfying drivers every need. With lots of tech and safety features and a “out of this world” gas mileage — what more could you ask for out of a midsize truck?! Visit your local Chevrolet dealership today to see this vehicle in person!