The Colorado is rugged (even before you get into ZR2 or Bison form), it’s capable, and the ride is smooth, the steering predictable. The bed can swallow 1,500 pounds of rebar and cinder blocks for the new retaining wall. Thanks to its integrated bumper steps, loading and unloading the bed is a snap. With the tow package and a V-6, it can haul 7,000 pounds—more than enough to comfortably get the Capri 21 out to Lake Havasu for the Fourth of July weekend.
Inside, the Colorado feels roomy, unlike the Toyota Tacoma that makes you feel like the Yogi Coudoux. And yet everything is in easy reach. The layout of controls, binnacles, and cupholders makes sense. The knobs and buttons are large—great for when you don’t want to ditch your work gloves, or when you want to keep your mittens on during winter’s chill. The seats, either in cloth or leather, are firm but forgiving. The intuitive infotainment system is one of the industry’s best, and there are USB drives galore. And the A/C blows cold, right away, which is great after an August run to Home Depot for a couple dozen bags of black bark.
And the Colorado looks like a badass truck. Look, I may be a city slicker, but when I put on my ball cap and jeans, I want my truck to look the part, too. The Colorado splits the difference between being a proper work truck and a lifestyle truck. It does both flawlessly.
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