Chevrolet Silverado 1500 vs. Chevrolet Colorado

August 5th, 2020 by

If you’re looking for a powerful pickup, you’re probably already considering purchasing a 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 or a 2020 Chevrolet Colorado. Though both trucks are incredible picks, they do come with unique features and advantages. Keep reading to learn more about the differences in their trims, pricing, power, performance, capabilities, standard features, and size.

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Here’s a detailed exploration of the differences and similarities in the Chevy Silverado and the Chevy Colorado:

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Price and Trims

The 2020 Chevy Colorado comes at a lower starting price of $21,300 MSRP, while the 2020 Silverado 1500 starts out at $28,300 MSRP. There’s no question, the Silverado definitely comes with more options. You can choose from eight different trim levels for the Silverado, while the Colorado only comes in five available models. If you’re looking at the top-end models, like the Colorado ZR2, you can expect to pay around $41,400 MSRP. The Silverado 1500 High Country, on the other hand, starts at $53,300 MSRP.

Performance and Power Capabilities

The base trim level of the 2020 Chevy Colorado comes standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, giving you 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque. The base trim of the 2020 Silverado 1500 has an impressive 4.3-liter V-6 engine that boasts 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque. Regardless of whether you purchase a Colorado or a Silverado, these base engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Additionally, both of these vehicle models come standard with rear-wheel drive, but you can upgrade to four-wheel drive if you’re looking for more traction for your off-road adventures.

Aside from the standard 2.5-liter engine, the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado has two other engines available for trims other than the base level. The first is a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that generates 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. This engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The other option is a 2.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine that gives you 181 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, combined with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Unlike the Colorado, once you get past the base trim level on the Silverado, a few upgrades to your engine come standard. For example, the LT trim comes with a 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission, giving you 310 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque.

The 2020 Colorado has a max available payload of 1,578 pounds combined with a maximum towing capacity of 7,700 pounds with the right configurations. Even with all of this power, the Colorado boasts a fuel economy of 20 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Though the Colorado is impressive, the Silverado 1500 beats it in each of these categories. With the Silverado, you can enjoy a max available payload of 2,250 pounds and tow as much as 13,400 pounds. On top of these astounding performance capabilities, the Silverado still enjoys a better fuel economy, getting 23 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.

Standard Features

The Silverado 1500 and Colorado have some similarities when it comes to standard features. Both models have an impressive suite of standard, modern-day amenities, like Chevrolet Infotainment 3, which comes with a 7-inch touchscreen display as well as Bluetooth, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay compatibility. At the base trim level, both vehicles also come with a six-speaker audio system, vinyl upholstery and floor coverings, a rearview camera, and steel wheels.

Even with all of these similarities, there are some key differences between the Colorado and Silverado 1500’s standard features. The Chevy Colorado’s entry-level trim is called Base, and it comes with standard features like two USB ports and power windows. Meanwhile, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500’s base trim level is known as Work Truck, or WT. The WT comes standard with features like a 12-volt auxiliary front power outlet, four-way manual driver and front passenger seats, a 40/20/40 split-bench front seat, and one USB port.

Size and Bed Capacity

The 2020 Chevrolet Colorado is a mid-size pickup truck, and therefore on the more compact side of the spectrum. The Silverado, on the other hand, is a full-size pickup built with work and performance in mind. That’s why it’s no surprise that the base trim of the Silverado is named “Work Truck.” Regardless of which vehicle you choose, both models come with varying bed lengths and crew-cab body styles.

For the Colorado, you can choose between an extended-cab or a crew-cab, but this choice isn’t available on the Base trim level. Instead, this option becomes available when you step up to the next model, the Colorado Work Truck. With the extended cab you just get a two-door pickup, but the crew cab upgrades you to four doors, making it the better option if you’re planning on regularly transporting passengers.

You also have the opportunity to customize your Colorado by choosing between a short or long box for the truck bed. The short box gives you a truck bed that’s just a little over five feet long, while the long box extends your bed by about a foot. With all of the available configurations, you have up to 49.9 cubic feet of available cargo space.

The Silverado 1500 comes with a few more options for customization than the Colorado. Cab styles include a two-door regular cab, a four-door extended or double cab, and a passenger-friendly crew cab with four full-size doors. Your cab and trim level selection influences the bed styles that are available to you, but there are three basic options:

  • An 8-foot long bed.
  • A 6.5-foot standard bed.
  • A five-foot-8-inch short bed.

In all, the Silverado has a maximum available cargo space of 89.1 cubic feet, which is more than double the Colorado’s cargo capabilities.

If you’re still on the fence and looking for more information or simply can’t wait to test these beautiful vehicles out for yourself, head on down to Stan McNabb Chevrolet of Columbia. One of our knowledgeable staff members would love to answer your questions and help you with your vehicle buying needs.


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