The Right Spec: 2023 Chevrolet Colorado

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
the right spec 2023 chevrolet colorado

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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  • 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.

  • Jwee More range and faster charging cannot be good news for the heavily indebted and distracted Musk.Tesla China is discounting their cars. Apart from the Model 3, no one is much buying Tesla's here in Europe. Other groups have already passed Tesla in Europe, where it was once dominant.Among manufacturers, 2021 EV sales:VW Group 25%, Stellantis at 14.5%,Tesla at 13.9%Hyundai-Kia at 11.2% Renault Group at 10.3%. Just 2 years ago, Tesla had a commanding 31.1% share of the European EV marketOuch., changed their data, so this is slightly different than last time I posted this, but same idea.
  • Varezhka Given how long the Mitsubishi USA has been in red, that's a hard one. I mean, this company has been losing money in all regions *except* SE Asia and Oceania ever since they lost the commercial division to Daimler.I think the only reason we still have the brand is A) Mitsubishi conglomerate's pride won't allow it B) US still a source of large volume for the company, even if they lose money on each one and C) it cost too much money to pull out and no one wants to take responsibility. If I was the head of Mitsubishi's North American operation and retreat was not an option, I think my best bet would be to reduce overhead by replacing all the cars with rebadged Nissans built in Tennessee and Mexico.As much as I'd like to see the return of Triton, Pajero Sport (Montero Sport to you and me), and Delica I'm sure that's more nostalgia and grass is greener thing than anything else.
  • Varezhka If there's one (small) downside to the dealer not being allowed to sell above MSRP, it's that now we get a lot of people signing up for the car with zero intention of keeping the car they bought. We end up with a lot of "lightly used" examples on sale for a huge mark-up, including those self-purchased by the dealerships themselves. I'm sure this is what we'll end up seeing with GR Corolla in Japan as well.This is also why the Land Cruiser has a 4 year waitlist in Japan (36K USD starting MSRP -> buy and immediately flip for 10, 20K more -> profit) I'm not sure if there's a good solution for this apart from setting the MSRP higher to match what the market allows, though this lottery system is probably as close as we can get.
  • Jeff S @Lou_BC--Unrelated to this article but of interest I found this on You Tube which explains why certain vehicles are not available in the US because of how the CAFE measures fuel standards. I remember you commenting on this a few years ago on another article on TTAC. The 2023 Chevrolet Montana is an adorable small truck that's never coming to the USA. It's not because of the 1.2L engine, or that Americans aren't interested in small trucks, it's that fuel economy legislation effectively prevents small trucks from happening. What about the Maverick? It's not as small as you think. CAFE, or Corporate Average Fuel Economy is the real reason trucks in America are all at least a specific dimension. Here's how it works and why it means no tiny trucks for us.
  • Gabe A new retro-styled Montero as their halo vehicle to compete against the Bronco, Wrangler and 4Runner. Boxy, round headlights like the 1st generation, two door and four door models, body on frame.A compact, urban truck, Mighty Max, to compete against the Maverick. Retro-styled like the early 90s Mighty Max.A new Outlander Sport as more of a wagon/crossover to compete against the Crosstrek and Kona. Needs to have more power (190+ HP) and a legit transmission, no CVT.A new Eclipse hybrid to compete against the upcoming redesigned Prius. Just match the Prius's specs and make it look great.Drop the Eclipse Cross, I am not sure why they wanted to resurrect the Pontiac Aztec. Keep the Mirage and keep it cheap, make the styling better and up the wheel size. The Outlander seems fine.I like the idea of some sort of commercial vehicle, something similar in size to the Promaster City but with AWD.