Chevy Silverado vs. Chevy Colorado: Which One Is Right for Me?

Chevy makes great trucks, including its flagship Silverado and its popular Colorado models. Each truck has features that can benefit different types of drivers, and which Chevy truck is right for you will depend on your lifestyle and needs.

Chevy Silverado

The Silverado is a great workhorse truck and is perfect for folks working in construction or those who have large boats or trailers to tow. The Colorado is ideal for folks who need the practicality of a small truck for hauling items for home improvement projects or who want a fun truck for off-roading.

Let’s take a look at some key criteria and how the vehicles differ:

  • Performance – Although the Silverado has a much more powerful engine than the Colorado (a 420 horsepower engine vs. a 200 horsepower engine), the Silverado is a much heavier truck than the Colorado, so the smaller truck is more athletic than its larger sibling. Reviewers praise the Colorado for offering good acceleration and passing power and nimble handling.
  • Off-roading – The Chevy Colorado’s ZR2 offers a variety of specialized equipment that makes it perfect for off-roading, including a redesigned front end and enhanced suspension. There’s no Silverado variant with the same ability.
  • Fuel efficiency – The smaller Colorado is the more fuel-efficient The Colorado gets 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. By comparison, the Silverado gets 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.
  • Towing – If you have a large trailer or boat to tow or you need a truck that can haul a lot of materials, the Silverado is the right vehicle for you. The Silverado has a maximum towing capacity of 12,500 lbs. and a max payload of 2,250 lbs., making it among the best in its class. The Colorado’s towing capacity isn’t as robust, and the truck is more suited to light-duty work.

Chevy Colorado

  • Comfort – When it comes to the interior, both the Colorado and Silverado have comfortable and attractive interiors. Upper trim levels of the Silverado have more luxury features than the Colorado, but those features come at a cost, as the Silverado is significantly more expensive than the Colorado. Not everyone will need all the interior space offered by the Silverado, and the Colorado is a great option for those drivers, as they won’t sacrifice any interior comfort by downsizing to a more practical pick-up for their needs.
  • Price – The Colorado starts at about $24,475 and a maxed-out version of the truck will set you back about $41,155. The Silverado’s base level truck starts at $28,805, and a fully outfitted version will cost around $51,000.

Whether a Colorado or a Silverado is right for you, you can find the truck you need at Community Chevy, a Spencer Chevrolet dealership. Come shop the Chevy dealer’s wide selection of new trucks and talk to experienced and friendly staff today.