The Right Spec: 2023 Chevrolet Colorado

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy

It’s been more than a minute since we have delved into the world’s build & price configurators, an activity which surely litters the search history of every gearhead reading this site. Since our last installment, there has been no shortage of new vehicle introductions, including a few trucks which predictably tweak your author’s interest

Midsize pickup trucks were arguably on the verge of extinction – or at least on the engendered species list. Even just a decade ago, we witnessed Ford take the Ranger out behind the bar, while GM was content to let its Colorado/Canyon twins wither on the vine. No longer. After a comprehensive overhaul in the middle of the last decade, GM is recommitting to the segment with a comprehensive revamp both inside and out.

Chevy plucked the 2.7L Turbo engine from their Silverado full-sizer for duty in the Colorado, a move which rips a page from the book of Old Detroit in which automakers would routinely stuff big engines into small(er) vehicles. That mill is available in three states of tune, all the way up to 310 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque. We don’t need to tell you which one we fancy. For ’23, all Colorado pickups are built with a crew cab and short box, making that decision easy.

And you’re damn right I’ve chosen what looks like the spiritual successor to Marty McFly’s truck as my preferred trim of the ’23 Colorado – price notwithstanding. Festooned with addenda such as what we old guys call nerf bars plus a jacked-up ride height and knobby tires, Chevy seems intent on putting a knee in the groin of aftermarket suppliers across the nation. And, gadgetphile that I am, the concept of a protected underbody camera to scan the earth for off-road obstacles and errant loose change is too good to pass up.

Of course, alert readers will note that while the Colorado makes do with a trio of engine outputs, GMC chose to endow every single Canyon pickup with the highest horsepower tune. In that light, those who simply seek a sensibly sized truck with ample grunt should check out a GMC showroom. The rest of us – McFly fans and all – are more likely to head for the bowtie store.

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Matthew Guy
Matthew Guy

Matthew buys, sells, fixes, & races cars. As a human index of auto & auction knowledge, he is fond of making money and offering loud opinions.

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  • Norman Stansfield Norman Stansfield on Oct 04, 2022

    Why are leaf springs still a thing on this truck?

  • Kosmo Kosmo on Oct 05, 2022

    Short bed? That's it?! Ranger becomes the only option if you want an actual truck bed?!

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    • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Oct 05, 2022

      Chevy and Toyota were the only one's to offer a 6 ft. box in a crewcab. It looks like Toyota will be only hold out. In the ZR2 you needed to get an extended cab to get a 6ft box. In 2023 the extended cab is gone.

  • Tsarcasm No, Japan only. Life costs by Rank:#1 - House (150k+)#2 - Education (30k+)#3 - Automobile (30k+) why waste hard earned money in inferior crap => Korean, Chinese, and American cars are trash. a toyota or honda will last twice as long.
  • Tassos In the 90s we hired a former PhD student and friend of mine, who 'worked' at GM "Research" labs, to come work for us as a 'temp' lecturer and get paid extra. He had no objection from GM, came during the day (around 2 PM), two hours drive round trip, plus the 1.5 hour lecture, twice weekly. (basically he goofed off two entire afternoons out of the five) He told me they gave him a different model new car every month, everything (even gas) paid. Instead of him paying parking, I told him to give me the cars and I drove them for those 90 mins, did my shopping etc. Almost ALL sucked, except the Eldo coupe with the Northstar. That was a nice engine with plenty of power (by 90s standards). One time they gave him the accursed Caddy Catera, which was as fun driving as having sex with a fish, AND to make it worse, the driver's door handle broke and my friend told me GM had to pay an arm and a leg to fix it, needed to replace almost the whole damned door!
  • 3-On-The-Tree I only buy Toyota cars. But if the Chinese cars are cheap people will buy them. They don’t care about the above issues that were stated in this forum.
  • Tassos Ford models are like dumb Hollywood movies. The original is far better than their god damned sequels. This was true of the Mustang vs the II, AND the Capri vs its second gen, and their BEV PORKER atrocities many decades later
  • Jeff I would not buy a Chinese car with the current global situation with Taiwan and Ukraine but I believe eventually China will become the number 1 producer of vehicles globally. Lou brought up a valid point that much of the content of new vehicles has components made in China. Even many of the tires that are sold are made in China. Try buying a small appliance or electronics that are not made in China. Many of the electric motors that go in power reclining furniture are made in China. Many auto parts especially replacement parts are made in China.