The midsize truck market confuses me in a way. For the longest time the trucks were just so tiny, barely held a grown man, but they did give you the convenience of having a truck bed to haul things. In 2016 the mid size trucks seem to have grown in size to what full size trucks used to be. They no longer only hold just two people. Like the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado 4WD Z71 Crew Short Box Duramax Diesel, they can now hold 4-5 adults and have a pretty decent size bed for hauling stuff.
We had a carnival at my kids’ school and we were able to load up the bed of the truck with some good size pallet projects that I swore wouldn’t fit in and they did. I forgot to take a picture, but the Chevrolet Colorado bed is more than enough for an everyday kind of truck and would still be helpful in a move. The outside of this truck is pretty beefy looking and reminds me a lot of a smaller version of the Silverado. I like that they are making the midsize trucks looks just as desirable as the full size. I mean why skimp and make it look goofy just because it is a smaller truck.
My only thing that I was iffy on the outside was the side assist steps. The kids made use of them since the truck was a little high for them, but for me they were almost in the way. If I used them to get into the truck, I was too high and had to crouch down to get in. When exiting, it would have made just sliding out easier if they were not in the way. They gave the truck a better look, but weren’t really necessary.
For the price, I thought there would be more upgrades to the inside. This version of the Chevrolet Colorado was fairly basic and did not have as much tech as I expect for certain price points, but I am guessing that being that it was a diesel played into the pricing. For the gas mileage that it got, the diesel upgrade might be something to think about. I was able to go about 250 miles and only used up about 1/2 tank of gas. I have never driven a vehicle with that kind of range.
Now I am not the biggest fan of the diesel.. don’t know why but it just isn’t my thing. I do love a good growl of a truck, but not the buzz and rumble that comes from having a diesel especially in the smaller trucks. I got in the Chevrolet Colorado diesel back in the fall and something just rubbed me the wrong way. Don’t get me wrong this is a good looking truck for only being considered a mid size, but I would probably get the gas version if I was going to buy it. One of the teachers at the school thought something was wrong with the truck with the noise that it made even while idling. If it is my personal vehicle I don’t really want to feel like I am driving a work truck on an everyday basis. The diesel rumble was more annoying than anything.
With all that being said, my vote was swayed a bit towards liking mid-size trucks and seeing their uses versus getting the full size truck. My kids still fit in nicely to the back seats. I had plenty of space up front. It was mostly a comfortable ride and can see its’ appeal to certain markets. The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Duramax Diesel could be a good compromise for someone who couldn’t necessarily afford a full size, but needed the use of an open truck bed.
Specs on the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Duramax Diesel in Cyber Grey Metallic: MSRP $41,905
- 2.8L Duramax Turbo diesel, 4-cyl engine($3905)
- Z71 Suspension package, off-road
- Trans case, electric, 2-spd
- Locking rear differential fully automatic
- Rear vision camera
- Remote keyless entry
- Remote vehicle start
- Locking tailgate, ez lift and lower
- Rear bumper cornerstep
- Projector type headlamps
- Front fog lamps
- Front recovery hooks
- 17″ dark argent metallic cast wheels
- Assist steps($795)
- Audio system- premium Bose ($500)
- Chevrolet MyLink audio system with 8″ nav ($475)
- Trailering equipment package ($250)
- Leather wrapped steering wheel
- Apple CarPlay with 4G LTE Wifi hotspot, Onstar, XM Radio
- Sport cloth/leatherette seats
- Heated front seats
- Rear sliding window
- Spray on bed liner ($475)