Video: I Found My Favorite New 2023 Chevy Colorado (No, It’s NOT the ZR2)!

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GM designers touched nearly every component when dreaming up the 2023 Chevy Colorado, and it shows. We check ’em out in Texas!

While ambling through the 2022 Texas State Fair, Andre and Nathan saw the 2023 Chevy Colorado over yonder. From there, they began to debate which one was their favorite. Oddly, neither came to the same conclusion, and neither chose the ZR-2 – which was unexpected.

Nathan worried about the cost, and Andre wanted to look at what he expected to be the volume seller. Simply put: I voted for the Colorado WT, and Andre voted for the Trail Boss. We don’t have pricing for the new Colorado yet, but the current base model runs $25,200 and that’s for a basic, anemic four-cylinder with an extended cab.

You can read more about the 2023 Chevrolet Colorado’s background (here).

Chevrolet’s new Colorado will be a completely different animal. The base model WT and LT get the 237 horsepower 2.7-liter Turbo. It makes 259 lbs-feet of torque and has a maximum tow rating of 3,500 lbs. For me, that’s just right. On top of that, you get a crew-cab standard. Unfortunately, you only get the short bed. Step up to the Turbo Plus, which is standard on the Z71 and Trail Boss, you get 310 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. That outshines the current Ford Ranger. It’s the same displacement 2.7, but with more cowbell. The Plus is rated to tow up to 7,700 lbs.

Step up to the Colorado ZR2 and you get the High-Output 2.7-liter I4 which makes 310 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque. All three versions of the 2.7-liter turbo get an eight-speed automatic transmission. Even the base engine makes acceptable numbers, but the High Output is best in class, by a wide margin.

We haven’t received any pricing for the new Colorado. The old one, with the base engine and extra-cab layout, had a base price of $25,200. Granted, that powertrain, along with the diesel and V6 are terminated at the end of this production year. This “one-size-fits-all” 2.7-liter turbo might be the ideal replacement. We’ll know more about its driving character soon.

In the meantime, enjoy the video and tell us which Colorado you would be interested in.