Are you planning to purchase a new Chevrolet pickup truck but unsure which model is the best choice for you? Two of the most popular options are the 2018 Silverado 1500 and 2018 Colorado. To help you out, we’ve detailed the key differences between the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and 2018 Chevrolet Colorado.
Size and Capability
The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is larger than the Colorado, which means it can haul heavier objects. If there is a lot of towing in your pickup future, you will likely prefer the Silverado 1500 over the Colorado: The 2018 Silverado 1500 can tow up to 12,500 pounds while the Colorado can tow up to 7,700 pounds. If a smaller truck is more your style, however, the Colorado is still a strong choice, with its best-in-class tow rating.
Due to its smaller size, the Colorado is the more efficient of the two. It achieves up to an EPA-estimated 30 miles per gallon on the highway with a 2.8-liter Duramax® Turbo-Diesel engine, when equipped with two-wheel drive and an automatic six-speed transmission.* The Silverado 1500 is still efficient in its larger segment, however, achieving a best-in-class V8 fuel economy of 24 miles per gallon on the highway.**
When you’re shopping for a small car to help you get through your daily commute, Chevrolet is the place to look. Why? Because it has not one, but two subcompact car options that are sure to meet your needs. Below, we delve into the 2018 Chevrolet Sonic and Spark differences to help you decide which vehicle is the right fit for you.
If you like having engine options to choose from, then the 2018 Sonic is there for you. This small car comes standard with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder EcoTec engine that puts out 138 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque. A 1.4-liter EcoTec turbo engine is also available, which gets the same horsepower but increases the torque to 148 lb-ft. The 1.8-liter engine has an EPA-estimated fuel-efficiency rating of 28-29 mpg combined, depending on the configuration. For the 1.4-liter engine, this number rises to 30-32 mpg combined.*
On the other hand, the 2018 Spark offers a single engine option with plenty of pep. Its 1.4-liter four-cylinder EcoTec engine gets 98 horsepower and 94 lb-ft of torque, while also getting an EPA-estimated 33 mpg combined.** While it’s not the most powerful option in its segment, it’s fuel efficiency makes it a great choice, especially if you have a long commute.
Both of these vehicles come standard with an array of top-notch features, so your choice really depends on what you’re looking for. The Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system is standard on the base models, giving you access to Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility, along with OnStar 4G LTE WiFi. They also both have a standard rearview camera. The Sonic does offer active safety features like Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning on more of its trim levels, though.
Test drive both models for yourself when you stop by El Dorado Chevy for a visit.
*EPA estimate for Sonic with available 1.4L turbocharged engine with 6-speed manual transmission.
**EPA-estimated 29 MPG city/39 highway with 5-speed manual transmission and 30 MPG city/38 highway with available Continuously Variable Transmission.
Chevrolet prides itself on its wide range of vehicles, from the durable Chevrolet Silverado (great for the jobsite) to the super fast Chevrolet Corvette (great for the track). But perhaps Chevy’s greatest strength is in its family vehicles. These are four of the best Chevy vehicles for families, available now at El Dorado Chevrolet:
Chevrolet Equinox: Though compact, this SUV is plenty roomy for small families with 63.5 cubic feet of cargo volume. It’s also highly efficient for families on a budget: The new turbo-diesel engine yields up to 39 miles per gallon on the highway.*
Chevrolet Bolt: Speaking of efficient, the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt is Chevy’s economy EV. The Bolt offers incredible eco-friendly tech—it can go 238 miles on a single charge and can charge to a 90-mile range in just 30 minutes with DC Fast Charging.
Chevrolet Traverse: The Traverse offers best-in-class max cargo space of 98.2 cubic feet and boasts up to 14 available advanced safety features, such as Forward Collision Alert and the Rear Vision Camera.
Chevrolet Suburban: Chevy’s largest SUV offers incredible towing (up to 8,300 pounds) for family camping or boating trips. It also offers plenty of room for family members and their luggage with 121.7 cubic feet of cargo space.
Stop by El Dorado Chevrolet to test drive one or more of these family-friendly models that are sure to make each drive a bit more pleasant.
*EPA-estimated 39 MPG highway for 1.6L Diesel FWD models.