There’s a new leader among cheap trucks. Goodbye, Nissan Frontier. Hello, Chevrolet Colorado.
After years of holding the honor of being the least expensive pickup, the Frontier has been rebooted with more standard equipment. The result: The Colorado extended-cab for 2020 costs $22,495 (including its destination fee) as assumed the cheapest truck honors The Frontier for 2020 costs about $7,500 this year than it did in 2019.
The new Chevrolet Colorado has a lot to offer for its rock-bottom price. Its base trim features a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine with 200 horsepower and six-speed automatic transmission.
Chevrolet Colorado gets mixed reviews
Pickups rely on versatility. And while many pickups have higher maximums, the Colorado isn’t bad. Its payload capacity is 1,455 pounds; Its maximum towing capacity it 3,500 pounds. The numbers are sufficient to haul a lightweight flatbed trailer, but not heavy duty enough tow a camper or car trailer.
The Colorado also includes standard: a tilt-and-telescope steering column and power windows and locks. There’s only seating for two.
Trucks aren’t particularly economical, with the Colorado rated at 20 miles per gallon in city driving and 26 mpg on the highway.
And, top automotive publications give the Colorado mixed review. U.S. News & World Report reviews vehicles by aggregating many reviews and publishing the collective assessment of the reviews.
Here’s what the publication wrote about the Chevrolet Colorado:
“Despite its ranking, the Chevrolet Colorado is still a fine compact pickup truck. It comes with a fuel-efficient four-cylinder base engine and offers capable V6 and turbodiesel variants. The Colorado rides smoothly, and there are two trims with plenty of off-road ability for the more adventurous buyers.
“Inside, this Chevy has spacious, comfortable front seats, and every trim features a user-friendly infotainment system.
“The Colorado isn’t without its drawbacks, however. Many rivals are noticeably more upscale inside. The Colorado’s rear seats (at least in Crew Cab models) have enough space for adults, but rivals’ back seats are roomier. To make matters worse, this Chevrolet has a bottom-of-the-barrel predicted reliability rating.”
“The 2020 Chevrolet Colorado is capable, easy to drive, and available with some intuitive tech features. It places near the bottom of our compact pickup truck rankings, however, because other trucks are more well-rounded. The Colorado is a good truck and worth considering, but you might find something you like better if you compare it to the rest of the class.”
Here’s a list of the 13 cheapest 2020 model year trucks in the United States. Prices are for the base model and including its destination charge.
Chevrolet Colorado: $22,495
GMC Canyon: $23,395
Toyota Tacoma: $25,365
Ford Ranger: $25,605
Nissan Frontier: $27,885
Ram 1500 Classic: $29,895
Chevrolet Silverado 1500: $30,095
Ford F-150: $30,440
GMC Sierra 1500: $31,195
Ram 1500: $33,840
Toyota Tundra: $34,895
Jeep Gladiator: $35,040
Nissan Titan: $37,785