Last month marked four years of sales for the Chevy Colorado, America’s most efficient pickup truck. In those four years, Chevrolet has sold more than 428,792 Colorado pickups. To mark the occasion, Chevy has released two special edition Colorado models, the off-road Z71 TrailRunner and the street-savvy RST.
The Colorado Z71 Trail Runner takes the popular Z71 off-road package and builds upon it with the ZR2’s underbody protection. The Colorado RST is similar to the street-focused Tahoe, Suburban, and Silverado RST models, adding a black beltline and body side moldings, special badging, and a black tailgate bowtie.
Why has the Colorado been so successful over the last four years? Chevy asserts that it’s because of the Colorado’s three-engine powertrain lineup, including a popular diesel option. The Colorado is also a best-seller because of its high fuel economy ratings and its 7,000-pound max tow rating.
“The success of Colorado helped reignite the midsize truck segment, which increased 27 percent from 2015 to 2017,” explained Sandor Piszar, director of Marketing for Chevrolet Trucks. “It changed what customers expected from a midsize truck, brought new customers to Chevrolet and road package inspired competitors to follow Chevy’s lead.”
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.**
It makes sense that the US Army is the only party who has access to the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2. Whoever is behind the wheel of this super-truck is the veritable king of the road—an important title when you are engaged in desert warfare.
The ZH2 is very big, as any proper war machine should. At six-and-a-half feet tall and seven feet wide, this is one intimidating truck. And sitting on 37-inch tires with a “specially modified suspension,” it’s able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! …Well, not really. But it has no trouble negotiating difficult desert terrain.
Despite the belittling effect its size might have on the enemy, the ZH2 is designed for stealth. This is where its unique powertrain comes into play.
A state-of-the-art hydrogen fuel cell powers the ZH2. The Army has employed the truck to study whether hydrogen fuel-cell technology can provide “near-silent operation” and “reduced thermal signatures” — two qualities essential for stealth. Fuel cells also provide high torque, important for off-road operation. The Army is even studying how to use the H2O by-product in the field.
Charlie Freese, the man who oversees all things fuel cell at GM, said the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 is “a terrific example of GM’s engineering and design skill.” It’s hard not to agree.