You’ll have to wait until next year to buy a 2023 Chevrolet Colorado, but you can take a good look at it right now in this sneak peek!
We covered the all-new 2023 GMC Canyon. Now it’s time for its cousin, the 2023 Chevrolet Colorado. The Colorado truck made our list of the Best Mid-Size Trucks of 2022, but how will the 2023 model compare? Twelve models ago, Chevy kicked off the second generation of the Colorado. It’s only now that the 2023 Colorado kicks off the truck’s third generation, so this update, inside and out, has been a long time coming.
Along with being the first Colorado model with a sunroof, the 2023 Colorado will feature a new trim, improved off-roading skills, and new technology to assist with a variety of tasks. This Colorado should give some strong competition for rivals like the Nissan Frontier, Toyota Tacoma, and Ford Ranger.
The 2023 Chevrolet Colorado comes in Work Truck (WT), LT, Z71, ZR2, and Trail Boss trims. That Trail Boss trim is a brand-new offering by Chevy. This lineup is tailored to specific needs and tasks with three chassis stances. All of them have a wheelbase that’s 3.1 inches longer than previous Crew Cab and short box models. The new Trail Boss trim has 2 inches of lifted suspension and a wider chassis. This provides more ground clearance than other 2023 trims. The ZR2, the off-roading King of this bunch, has a 3-inch lifted suspension.
A big change, starting with the 2023 Colorado, is Chevy dropping the diesel engine option. Instead, the WT and LT models come standard with the same 237 horsepower 2.7-liter turbo that makes 259 lb-ft of torque in the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado. It’ll tow up to 3,500 lbs. A 2.7-liter Turbo Plus engine boosts drivers to 310 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque in the Z71 and Trail Boss models. That engine is available in the WT and LT models, too. This engine can handle up to 7,700 lbs of trailering.
The last engine option is only available on the ZR2. It’s a 2.7-liter turbo high-output that makes the same 310 horsepower but delivers a whopping 430 lb-ft of torque. It can tackle 6,000 lbs of trailering. An updated eight-speed automatic transmission is mated to each of these engines.
There are different configurations and trims for different needs, but Chevy is making a push to offer mid-size truck consumers some good off-roading options with the 2023 Colorado ZR2. We know there will be up to five specific drive modes on the 2023 Chevy Colorado, depending on the trim that you choose. Adventure-seeking drivers have the ‘Off-Road’ setting, which includes specific performance features to make the drive more dynamic and provide more traction.
Other driving modes include the ‘Normal’ mode, which is for day-to-day road driving. A ‘Tow/Haul’ drive mode has a better throttle response and additional calibrations that are optimized for towing. ‘Terrain’ mode is designed for rock crawling at low speeds. It has specific throttle control and brake performance in three settings. ‘Baja’ was developed for high-speed desert running, also with transmission shifting, throttle control, and other calibrations.
To enhance off-roading abilities, Chevy is offering a Desert Boss safety package for the 2023 Colorado ZR2. It comes with an off-road bumper with a brush guard, rock sliders, a roof-mounted light bar, and an underbody camera with forward and rear-facing views. An Off-Road Performance display is part of the all-new infotainment features. The built-in display monitors real-time driving measurements like altitude, g-force, and 3D pitch and roll. There are up to 10 cameras on the 2023 Colorado, too, so there are several angles of different parts of the truck.
The Chevy Safety Assist package is included with every 2023 Colorado. That package includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, front pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, a following distance indicator, and automatic high-beam headlights. Other safety features, like adaptive cruise control, a rear pedestrian alert, and blind-spot steering assist, are also available. A Chevy Trailering app will be available to help with hitch guidance, offer specific camera views, and show coupler alignment. Updated technology infused into the 2023 Colorado includes an electronic parking brake, a first for the segment.
A revamped center console moves the shifter to the right-hand side for easier access. The infotainment display measures 11.3 inches diagonally. A screen up to 11 inches is available with the digital gauge, too. Front and rear USB ports are available to keep electronics charged, but the 2023 Colorado will also have an extra-large wireless phone-charging pad. Dual-zone climate control with rear-seat air conditioning vents will be available. Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Google integration for navigation, and other features drivers have come to expect are standard or available as a subscription service.
Production for the 2023 Chevy Colorado should begin in the first half of 2023. The models will be assembled at General Motors’ Wentzville, Missouri facility. Pricing hasn’t been revealed yet, but if it’s anywhere close to the 2022 Chevy Colorado, the manufacturer suggested retail price should range between $25,000 and $40,000.
In the meantime, if you want to look at some second-generation Chevrolet Colorado models, we compare a 2021 Colorado against older models in New vs Used: Chevrolet Colorado. We also have a full analysis in our 2020 Chevrolet Colorado Review.