2021 Chevrolet Colorado Diesel Crew Cab Performance

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2021 Chevrolet Colorado diesel Crew Cab Performance, 0-60, Top Speed and MPG

Updated on: April 11, 2021

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The 2.8L Duramax 4-cylinderTurbo-Diesel is available in all LT, Z71 and ZR2 trim, except for the WT trim. . Therugged yet rounded appeal of the Colorado is properly complemented by the thrifty diesel engine. The variable-geometry turbocharger helps in producing a optimal power of 181 hp. Not the most striking of numbers for amidsize pick up of this size, for it is tuned to be efficient in its competition.GMC has given the Colorado a broad torque brand at low rpm and with a negligible turbo lag, the Colorado Diesel feels smooth, with the immediate power demand met satisfactorily. The diesel stature should not provide any notion that it might fail compromised in a polluting manner. For it gets all the necessary equipments to keep its emission under control and that includes: Close coupled diesel oxidation catalyst, selective catalytic reduction with urea injection, diesel particulate filter, cooled exhaust gas recirculation valve, positive crankcase ventilation

2021 Chevrolet Colorado diesel Crew Cab three quarter view

TheColorado ZR2 trim with the Duramax diesel engine starts at $47,895 without options, while thebase prices is at $41, 275 with the LT trim. All prices mentioned are for the Colorado in Crew Cab Short box trim. If fitted with the Extended cab/Long box or Crew Cab/Long box, the prices will differ accordingly. The Colorado Diesel Crew Cab/Short box finds itself competing in a market spewn with auto manufacturers with similar offers and equally thrilling engines, and the prime ones to head on with the Colorado are: GMC Canyon Diesel and the Jeep Gladiator. TheCanyon is the Colorado’ cousin when it comes down to its built quality and that is where theJeep outshines in its own rugged way.

So, how does the Chevrolet Colorado fair against its competitor in 0-60, mileage figures. Let’s find out.

Or Crew cab/ Long box. The expensive one of the three with a diesel engine will be the crew cab/ long box which gets an MSRP of $42,390.

"The Chevrolet Colorado (and its sibling, the GMC Canyon) is the only midsize truck available with a diesel engine, and the 2.8-liter Duramax is a prize" - Kelley Blue Book

What’s the Engine under the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado Diesel Crew Cab?

The 2.8L Duramax diesel engine on the Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab produces 181 hp and 369lb-ft of torque, which is the same as the GMC Canyon Diesel, which comes with the same engine as well. The engine is paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission

The transmission directs the power to the 2WD or 4WD drivetrain and that has to be specified at the start of the build, for there is no option. There is an optional performance package available ($1,850) which includes a performance air intake and a Cat-Back performance exhaust system.

Models

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Diesel

2021 GMC Canyon Diesel

2021 Jeep Gladiator EcoDiesel

MSRP

$41,275

$39,325

$41,040

Engine

2.8L Duramax Turbo-Diesel 4 cylinder 

2.8L Duramax Turbo-Diesel 4 cylinder 

3.0L V6 Turbo Diesel Engine

Drivetrain

2WD / 4WD

2WD / 4WD

4WD

Transmission

6 Speed automatic

6 Speed automatic

8 speed automatic 8HP75

Power

181hp 

181hp 

260 hp

Torque

369 lb-ft

369 lb-ft

442 lb-ft

The Jeep Gladiator Ecodiesel makes 260hp and 442 lb-ft of torque making the most amount of power and coming with 4WD standard. The GMC Canyon and the Chevrolet Colorado diesel both come with 181 hp. 

How fast is the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado Diesel Crew Cab?

The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado diesel does the 0-60 sprint in 9.7 seconds which is the slowest of the rivals - the GMC Canyon diesel which sets a time of 9.7 seconds and Jeep Gladiator Ecodiesel sets a time of 8.2 seconds.

It does the standing quarter-mile in 17.2 seconds, which again is slower than the GMC Canyon Diesel which is 0.3 seconds faster, and the Jeep Gladiator Ecodiesel sets a quarter mile time of 16.1 seconds which is 1.1 seconds faster than the Colorado Diesel.

Models

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Diesel

2021 GMC Canyon Diesel

2021 Jeep Gladiator EcoDiesel

0-60 MPH

9.7

9.3

8.2

Quarter mile

17.2

16.9

16.1

Engine

2.8L Duramax Turbo-Diesel 4 cylinder 

2.8L Duramax Turbo-Diesel 4 cylinder 

3.0L V6 Turbo Diesel Engine


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How well are the brakes of the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado Diesel Crew Cab?

Like other mechanical aspects, Colorado and the Canyon also share the same brake rotor size with 12.20 inches in the front and 12.75 in the rear. The brake rotors are Duralife long-life rotors which also heavy duty brakes and are best suited for a pick-up. 

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Brakes

The brakes come standard with ABS, stability control, and hill-decent control as added features. The safety features like brake assist, forward-collision warning system, and lane departure warning work well with the brakes.

Model

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Diesel

2021 GMC Canyon Diesel

2021 Jeep Gladiator EcoDiesel

Brake Front (in)

12.20

12.20

12.9

Brake Rear (in)

12.75

12.75

13.6

Curb Weight (lbs)

4028

3996

4651

60-0 MPH (ft.)

123

121

129

The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado diesel comes to a stop from 60 mph in 123 feet, a distance that is shorter than the Jeep Gladiator Ecodiesel's 129 feet stopping distance. However, the GMC Canyon stops 2 feet lesser than the Colorado Diesel. 

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Ride and Handling:

The base Colorado LT trim is not as specially equipped which has been built for off-roading. Yet, the driving behavior of Colorado remains unanimous through the lineup. Being 72.4-inch tall pick-up, Colorado does tend to tilt a bit but not that much like old times. The suspension feels more on the soft side, which ensures a comfortable ride.

The handling is good and is electrically assisted and gives more car-like handling than a pick-up truck. The suspension also helps with the handling and makes it sharper too and much easier to drive. 

Should you buy the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado Diesel Crew Cab?

With good performance and meant to be more economical and have a better towing capacity than the standard Colorado. However, if you do want a diesel with better off-road capabilities the Gladiator EcoDiesel is the better option.

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2021 Chevrolet Colorado Performance Reviews


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Eleanor P. Hill

2021 Chevrolet Colorado diesel Crew Cab

Z71 3dr Crew Cab 4WD (2.8L 4cyl Turbodiesel 8A)

7

User Overall Rating

Posted On: March 24, 2021

Turbo diesel for workaday

Pros - Impressive low end, mpg, best for hauling and towing

Cons - Noisy engine, cold morning start, no body protection

Love my Colorado for what it can do A diesel truck for work purposes, sounds the best thing and it is no doubt an ideal truck for workaday. Low end is amazing which gets it going no matter what is holding it back with just a tap on the throttle. Sure gets noisy past 2k revvs. A lot noisy I should add Turbo diesel engine which not only makes it better for towing and hauling but also saves the day because of its economy I got this Colorado for work and comfort was not the priority. It does a great job keeping us comfortable on the inside. The design looks simple and I like it Not having body protection on the sides as well as underneath does leave room for things to get ugly Turbo diesel which saves on fuel cost and delivers exactly what a truck owner would want @496/m of lease for four years, I think we got pretty lucky at the dealership My brother works there in finance which eased out the process quite significantly

7/10
Features
7/10
Interior
7/10
Design
8/10
Safety
7/10
Reliability
6/10
Deal Value
10/10
Dealer Review

LH

Louise D. Herman

2021 Chevrolet Colorado diesel Crew Cab

LT 3dr Crew Cab 5 ft. SB (2.8L 4cyl Turbodiesel 8A)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: March 24, 2021

2021 Colorado

Pros - Features, quiet cabin, excellent value

Cons - 2.8L engine is not enough, transmission

Great truck for the price. Colorado is a surprisingly good family vehicle, that's why we bought it so we could eventually fit 1-2 kids in the car and when they get slightly bigger. If I wanted a better car for cornering and gas mileage I would have gotten a Toyota or something but I wanted practicality and capability hence Colorado. A backup camera is a necessity in trucks Good size and airy inside! The interior is quiet and comfortable. I could not have asked for anything more. I like it but the new 2019 version was much nicer and sportier. Overall, it is a really practical design. Colorado has good safety features! Plus, it is big and sturdy! Great value. Has been working really Did $0 down payment. Now, I? paying $427/month. well.

8/10
Features
9/10
Interior
9/10
Design
9/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
8/10
Dealer Review

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Sam B. Parmley

2021 Chevrolet Colorado diesel Crew Cab

LT 3dr Crew Cab 5 ft. SB 4WD (2.8L 4cyl Turbodiesel 8A)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: March 24, 2021

I like this truck

Pros - Handling, smooth, roomy

Cons - Gas mileage

I love my Colorado. The driving experience is good. It handles well, not as good as a sedan but definitely better than the competition. If pushed too hard around bins and turns, you can feel the understeer/oversteer. This can be remedied with suspension upgrades. Performance-wise, I am happy. Powerful enough for me, if I had a car full of people all of the time, then I'd say you may want a little more power. Feature-wise, Colorado is perfect for someone looking for simplicity or a person that wants something nice without breaking the bank. Overall the interior of Colorado is simple and easy to operate. The cabin is roomy and airy!. The seats are really good too and are adjustable. The outward visibility is clear and there are no visible blindspots. I love the overall exterior styling. Chevy has really put in effort into designing Colorado. I feel safe in Colorado. It is well built and is very sturdy. Colorado has been extremely $389 per month is what I? paying and it the ideal one to have this vehicle. reliable!!

9/10
Features
9/10
Interior
8/10
Design
9/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
8/10
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Great truck for the price.

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