The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado midsized pickup truck functions as both a practical, everyday vehicle as well as a capable off-roader. Unlike its full-sized brethren, which are generally chosen for their sheer brawn, midsized variants are more versatile since they effectively blend strength with agility. So, what exactly has changed with the Chevrolet Colorado for the 2021 model year? For starters, the ZR2 trim level is showing off a brand-new look. This more trail-oriented version now flaunts a bolder front fascia and a wide-open grille that’s broader and lower than in previous ZR2 iterations. Not only that, the base-level trim has been removed, and some minor revisions have been made to the standard and optional equipment. On the whole, this multi-faceted pickup boasts commendable towing and hauling capabilities, and its optional diesel powerplant distinguishes it from other trucks in this class.
Some of the WT’s notable standard features are 17-inch wheels with all-season tires, two front USB ports, a backup camera, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and cloth seats. It also receives an infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and sound system with six speakers. To accessorize this low-frills pickup a little more, buyers can add keyless entry, cruise control, an EZ-lift and-lower tailgate, a remote-locking tailgate, OnStar telematics services, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and rear park assist.
Those items just mentioned as optional on the WT are standard on the LT, with the exception of rear park assist. This trim also has ambient interior lighting, two additional USB ports, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and an 8-inch touchscreen. Its options include fog lights, a deluxe seven-speaker Bose sound system, navigation, remote start, a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, rear park assist, lane departure warning, forward collision alert, and automatic emergency braking.
The Z71 trim is ready for the trails, with its off-road suspension, auto-locking front and rear differentials, all-terrain tires, hill descent control, rear park assist, and a wireless smartphone charger. Leather seats, lane departure warning, forward collision alert, and navigation remain optional, but the other available upgrades mentioned for the LT come standard. Automatic emergency braking is not available, though.
For the hardened off-roader, the ZR2 is the way to go. It lacks the Z71’s driver aids (automatic emergency braking, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, and rear park assist), but it has standard four-wheel drive, segment-exclusive Multimatic shocks, a raised suspension, driver-selectable front and rear electronic locking differentials, a spray-on bedliner (available for the other trims), a special front and rear bumper, and fender flares. Skid plates, leather upholstery, and navigation remain available.
Standard, Optional and Technology Features
The Work Truck comes with the essentials, such as 17-inch all-season tires, cloth upholstery, power windows, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and a rearview camera. Some optional items can be included, like remote keyless entry, cruise control, and an EZ lift-and-lower remote-locking tailgate. The LT comes with those options and adds a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and ambient interior lighting. Fog lights, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and remote start can be added as options. The Z71 is a little more off-road-oriented. It delivers the LT’s optional items as standard along with all-terrain tires, an off-road suspension, automatic-locking front and rear differentials, hill descent control, and trim-specific upholstery.
For the ultimate trailblazing experience, you’ll want the fully loaded ZR2. It comes with a raised suspension, segment-exclusive Multimatic shocks, selectable front and rear electronic locking differentials, fender flares, unique front and rear bumpers, and a spray-on bedliner (which is optional for the other trims). Various skid plates are optional for this trim, and leather upholstery is available for most trims.
The active safety features offered on the 2021 Colorado are forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and rear park assist.
The basic infotainment system in the WT is nicely set up with a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth hands-free and audio streaming, two front USB ports, and a six-speaker audio system. OnStar Connected Services and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot are available. The LT provides OnStar and the hotspot on its standard features list and upgrades to an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen. This trim also gets two additional USB ports, and a premium seven-speaker Bose audio system is optional. The Z71 gets a wireless device charging pad, and integrated navigation is available for the LT, Z71, and ZR2.
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