Every year, the latest pickups need to pack a bigger punch than before. That’s why a new 3.6L V6 LGZ engine bumps the 2017 Colorado up to 308 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. There’s also a new eight-speed automatic transmission. The Hyrda-Matic 8L45 is built in-house, and the additional two gears help keep the engine producing maximum torque. The 3.6L LGZ engine also has cylinder deactivation, which shuts down two cylinders when the load is light. It helps to get better fuel efficiency with light loads, and still retain the ability to produce huge amounts of torque when you need it. All said, you can tow up to 3,500 lb. with the 2.5L engine, 7,000 lb. with the 3.6L V6, and a whopping 7,700 with the 2.8L turbo-diesel.
The 2.5L and 2.8L Diesel engines each come standard with the 6-speed automatic transmission, but the 8-speed Hydra-Matic is available on both. These three standard engines make the 2017 Colorado an incredibly versatile vehicle, made so you can tailor it to your needs. The base model Colorado with the 2.5L engine produces 200 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque, and it gets best-in-class fuel economy at 20 mpg in the city and 26 on the highway. The 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel engine is a popular choice, scoring three best-in-class titles for torque, towing capacity, and fuel economy. It creates only 181 horsepower, but makes up with 369 lb-ft of torque, and still gets 30 mpg on the highway. The base trim is only available in 2-wheel drive, but the other three trims offer 4-wheel drive too. The Z71 even features off-road suspension, so you can take that camping trip and not worry about mud or rough countryside slowing you down.
The new transmission options also help keep the noise down at highway speeds, and overall the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado handles much better in everyday driving than its predecessors. It comes equipped with four-wheel disc brakes with Duralife brake rotors to help reduce wheel shudder and provide a reassuring 183-ft stopping distance from 70 mph, which is 12 feet shorter than its closest competition. Electric power steering gives a confident, steady feel to the handling. The revised powertrain even beats out some full-sized models, making this a fierce competitor to beat. The 2017 Colorado has an amazing range of customization that lets you pick and choose what kind of performance you want from your pickup.