With both Ford and Chevrolet showing off their midsize Ranger and Colorado, as well as the compact Ford Maverick pickups, there’s a huge market for smaller trucks. In many ways, today’s midsize trucks are the same size as the full-size pickups of yesteryear. Both companies are debuting new midsize trucks for 2023, and both don’t have what looks like a huge market in the segment.
What is missing from Colorado 2023?
We are talking about hybrid and electric trucks. We’ll forgive them for being late to the electric car market. But hybrids are starting to take off, and Ford need look no further than the Maverick. Standard equipment is a hybrid transmission, which accounts for 50 percent of sales.
But neither Colorado nor Ranger will get hybrid systems anytime soon. But there is a big difference between the Ranger and Colorado engines. The point is that the Ranger has no engine options, only one. It’s a 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Compare that to Colorado, which offers three.
It is also combined with a four-cylinder engine. But it’s offered in ever-increasing performance scores based on trim levels. They all start with a standard 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
How much power and towing capacity does the Colorado have?
For the base WT trim, and later for the LT, the four produces 259 lb-ft of torque at 5,600 rpm. At the other end are the Z72 and Trail Boss models. Engine power with four engines increases to 301 hp. and 390 lb-ft of torque at 3,000 rpm.
That’s more power than the Jeep Gladiator, Honda Ridgeline and Toyota Tacoma. And even the base 2.7-liter has more power than the Toyota Tacoma’s base engine. So Chevrolet increased the power of the 2.7 engine, bringing it to the level we’ve come to expect from the V6 and V8 architectures. And the Z71 and Trail Boss also got a limited-slip differential.
The Colorado has the highest towing capacity of any midsize pickup at 7,700 pounds with the Z71 and Trail Boss trims. With ZR2 models, towing capacity drops to 6,000 pounds. And with the base WT and LT packages, it can handle 3,500 pounds.
Has the interior improved by 2023?
In the Colorado 2023 cabin, the number of appointments and materials has increased significantly. Since many buyers of the full-size Silverado were disappointed with the interior when it was introduced in 2019, Chevrolet took a hint. Not only did he do a great job of improving the Silverado’s interior, but he also took advantage of the new Colorado.
The 11.3-inch screen of the infotainment system greets drivers and passengers in all configurations. New for 2023 is wireless phone charging, but you can still charge because the USB ports are included. By subscribing to Google Built-In, you’ll get navigation, music, and many other personalized features that you can use through your Google Account.
As for the hybrid Colorado, insiders say it won’t happen. An electric version will appear at some point, but probably not before 2026. But GM is going all-in with electrification and ditching the interim hybrid system for the Colorado.
ON THE TOPIC: Is the 2023 Chevy Colorado Really Bigger Than a Toyota Tacoma?