Inside Chevy’s New Truck Line-up
Chevy continues their long-running legacy, offering excellence in comfort, power, and durability at reasonable prices. They meet or beat the competition hands down. The 2017 Chevy Colorado and Chevy Silverado 1500 won Car and Driver’s Editor’s Choice awards over the Toyota Tacoma and Tundra as well as Nissan’s Titan and Frontier. The heavier Chevy work trucks, Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD were touted by Car and Driver as having the “brawn to tackle just about anything” and given a 4 ½-Star rating.
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Your new Chevy Colorado can come with OnStar, a lane-departure warning system and a remote starter for some nice oo-la-la in your work truck. You can also get a fully boxed frame, EZ lift/lower tailgate and a CornerStep rear bumper to make it easier to load and unload cargo. Duralife brake motors and 4-wheel disc brakes are a couple of nice safety options that you can also get on your new Colorado.
It does, indeed. You can make your 1500 into your mobile WiFi hot spot, too, just like the Colorado with 4G LTE WiFi. You can get that option in the Heavy Duty work trucks, too. Speaking of Silverado’s available extras, you can get a 6.6-liter Duramax turbo-diesel with 910 lb-ft and an Allison six-speed automatic in the Silverado 3500HD. That thing will haul whatever you could need to haul with your truck and give you a smooth, quiet ride.
Yes! The Chevy Colorado isn’t your usual mid-sized or compact truck that might haul a love seat home from the store or a few bags of mulch. This is a tough little truck with a V-6 engine, 8-speed automatic transmission, 4-wheel drive and a nice-sized crew cab to boot. We’re talking 308 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. It will do the job for you. It can also be your little WiFi hotspot so you can access the internet while you are on the job to look up or connect to who- or whatever you need to. You can even get an 8-inch touch-screen computer with this truck.
The Chevy Colorado and Silverado 1500, as well as the 2500HD and 3500HD, come in at the same price or slightly lower than their closest competitors. Depending on which available options you go with, the Silverado 1500 costs about the same as or a little less than the Ford F-150 and Nissan Titan and the Colorado beats the price of the GMC Canyon and Honda Ridgeline by quite a bit. The HD work trucks beat the prices of their competitors, too.
The Chevy Colorado won Best Buy from Consumer Guide Automotive in the Compact Pickup category. Hispanic Motor Press awarded this versatile yet rugged little truck the Best Pickup Medium Size award. The Silverado 1500 received Consumer Guide Automotive’s Best Buy award for Large Pickup.
After you decide what you want, check the current listing prices on Edmonds or Kelley Blue Book to get an accurate price range for these trucks in your area. Prices do tend to vary from region to region. They will give you the base price and how much you should expect to pay for added features. Get these figures before you even go to the dealer or test drive the truck. Be prepared for a little back and forth with the dealer but remain steadfast. As long as you are prepared to pay a reasonable price, based on your research, you should be able to get your truck for your price. Just be vigilant when it comes time to sign the paperwork. Watch out for “add on” costs that could inch the price up to more than what you want to pay.
Chevy trucks get about the same mileage as its competitors. The Silverado 1500 gets 18 mpg city and 24 highway, which is about the same as the Ford F-150, GMC Sierra 1500 and Ram 1500. The 2500HD and 3500HD will not go quite as far on a gallon of gas, but they are still right in there with their competitors. The Colorado is also about the same as its competitors with 19 mpg city and 26 highway.