For almost any job or application around Yellowknife and beyond, you might need a vehicle that doesn’t require more than five seats; it’s fair to say the 2023 Chevrolet Colorado makes a compelling case for itself. The Chevy Colorado is smaller, lighter, more maneuverable, and more fuel efficient than a full-size pickup truck. The impressive capability is comparable to what was considered perfectly acceptable for a full-size, light-duty truck not so long ago. And on top of all that, the Chevy Colorado also looks sensational, especially after raiding the list of available options and accessories.
There are plenty of ways to configure the 2023 Chevrolet Colorado to suit a wide variety of shoppers and applications, but the specifications are more straightforward than you might expect. If you sometimes find the almost unlimited number of ways you can configure a full-size truck a little overwhelming, you’ll love the more simplistic approach adopted by Chevy Colorado for 2023. All five trim levels get the same powertrain, crew cab, and short bed, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a specification for most shoppers.
The range starts with the non-nonsense, fleet-focused WT (Work Truck), so most retail shoppers will want to choose from the LT, Trail Boss, Z71, or the sensational ZR2. The available trim levels cover plenty of ground, from the affordable and relatively utilitarian to the sporty off-roader and everything in between.
On the face of things, it looks like all versions of the 2023 Chevrolet Colorado get the same engine. However, that’s not strictly true, as the 2.7-litre turbo-four actually comes in three different versions to suit the different trim levels. The WT and LT trim levels get the 2.7L Turbo variant, a version of the power unit tuned to develop 237 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque.
Once you get to the Trail Boss and Z71 trim levels, the engine under the hood is called the 2.7L Turbo Plus, which means it’s tuned to put out 310 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque. The three available tunings conclude with the 2.7L Turbo High Output for the range-topping ZR2. It still produces the same 310 horsepower as the Turbo Plus, but torque increases by 40 lb.-ft. to an extremely capable 430 lb.-ft. And when properly equipped, the 2023 Colorado is rated to tow up to 3,493 kg (7,700 pounds), which is best-in-class for a midsize pickup truck.
All the features you’d want to find as standard and available in a pickup truck are present. Some of the features are overtly practical, including the class-exclusive integrated tailgate that’s available with its lockable, built-in watertight storage compartment for storing things like tools or emergency equipment that even includes a drain so you can use it as a cooler. Inside the cabin, it’s hard not to be impressed by the 11.3-inch Diagonal Infotainment Display, up to an 11-inch Diagonal Digital Driver Information Centre, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and best-in-class camera technology with as many as ten camera views.
Five drive models are available that make getting the most of the Colorado easier, although how many drive modes your truck comes with will depend on the trim level and specification. The five modes are Normal for everyday on-road driving, Tow/Haul for trailering and hauling, Off-Road for general off-road adventures, and Terrain for low-speed rock crawling. And last but certainly not least, the ZR2 comes with the exclusive Baja mode designed for high-speed desert running.
If 3,493 kg is enough towing capacity for your requirements, the all-new 2023 Chevrolet Colorado makes a compelling case for you to own one. It’s a superb vehicle for many different uses and drivers, and it’s hard to come up with anything the all-new Colorado wouldn’t be able to handle. Check out the all-new 2023 Colorado today with a test drive from Yellowknife Motors Chevrolet Buick GMC at 360 Old Airport Rd, Yellowknife, NWT, or call us at (867)-766-5000 for more information and to book a test drive for a time that fits your schedule.