There is just something so appealing about driving a pickup truck. Among the most versatile vehicles on the road, pickup trucks are forces to be reckoned with – and they’re just plain fun. But, there are a few drawbacks, especially when we’re talking full-size models. The primary pain point comes down to your paycheck. These trucks are expensive – both at point of purchase and at the pump. Which is why midsize trucks, like the 2018 Chevy Colorado, seem to offer the best of truck benefits, while protecting your bottom line.

Midsize trucks are celebrated for their ability to maneuver like a car, making them easier to drive and more comfortable on long hauls. Still capable, these trucks don’t cost quite as much as their full-size counterparts and they tend to be kinder at the pump as well.

In other words, going midsize actually gets you more bang for your buck. The 2018 Chevy Colorado is a top contender, sporting a few minor enhancements over last year’s model, including additional standard features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, along with a considerably bigger touchscreen – 7 inches versus the former 4.2. Available as an extended or crew cab model, the 2018 Colorado features two bed lengths and five trim levels.

When you shop the midsize 2018 Chevy Colorado, you’ve got some choices to make…



The 2018 Colorado offers three engine options: a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, a 3.6-liter V6, and a class-exclusive 2.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel I-4 engine.


The Chevy Colorado’s latest generation took the automotive industry by storm, being named Truck of the Year two years in a row by Motor Trend!


Best price is one thing, but the 2018 Colorado also offers more value than its closest competitor. It’s simply unmatched in performance, fuel economy, technology, and special features!


Every manufacturer claims to have the best truck on the market. But only Chevy can back their claims up with awards and critical praise. The Colorado has won dozens awards in the past few years since it was re-introduced into the market, from Best Truck to Best Resale Value.

Having a few awards is one thing, though. Backing that up with consistent praise is another. Luckily, the Colorado has the praise and the awards, having the highest aggregate critics rating on U.S. News and World Report with a 9.4 out of 10 score.

Last year, the Colorado also took home Kelley Blue Book’s prestigious 5-Year Cost to Own Award for best mid-size pickup truck. This award takes sale price, maintenance, depreciation, fuel costs, and even insurance costs into account when determining the winner of this award.

Of all the awards out there, this is the one buyers should give the most weight toward. Because at the end of the day, NH Chevy dealers understand that overall value is a huge factor when buying a truck.

While the KBB award is a huge win, Betley Chevrolet is still proud of the fact that Motor Trend has named the Colorado Truck of the Year the past two years in a row. In 2016, the newly-released Colorado Diesel took home the prize, innovating as the only diesel option in the U.S. mid-size truck market.

With its consistent improvements and innovation, there’s no doubt we’ll continue to see the Colorado dominate awards for its segment in the coming years!


With respect to performance, pertinent figures like horsepower and torque are dependent primarily upon chosen trim level. As mentioned, there are five trim levels to choose from: The Base, Work Truck (WT), LT, Z71, and ZR2.

Trim Level Performance Features

Starting with the entrant Base Colorado – exclusively offered as extended cab – expect standard power from the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which generates 200 horsepower and 191 lb-ft of torque, paired to a six-speed manual transmission. Other notable features include four-way power driver seat which reclines manually, vinyl interior, bucket seats up front, power windows, tilt-adjustable steering wheel, backup camera, air-conditioning, six-speaker sound, complete with Chevy’s own MyLink app, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, Bluetooth capability, 7-inch infotainment screen, and 16-inch steel wheels.

One jump up to the Work Truck (WT), and you’ll have the choice of an extended or crew-cab body. Choosing the extended cab gets you fold-up jump seats in the back, while both models offer cloth interior, complete with carpeting and protective floor mats. There are some additional options that are available on the WT, which are not optional on the Base model. For instance, drivers can swap out the six-speed manual for a six-speed automatic or switch up the engine from the standard 2.5-liter to the 3.6-liter V6, producing 308 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque, matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission; while the other option is the 2.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine, making 181 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, coupled with the six-speed automatic transmission.

In case that wasn’t enough to consider, check out the available options on the WT, starting with cruise control, OnStar telematics, remote keyless entry, EZ-Lift tailgate, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot capability. Of course, most of us like to bundle options into one package and in that case, you’ll want to take a look at the Colorado LT.

In addition to the equipment featured as options on the WT, the LT adds an 8-inch touchscreen, 17-inch alloy wheels, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel wrapped in leather, two extra USB ports, and satellite radio. Making the leap to the LT also affords extra options like automatic climate control, forward collision and lane departure warning, heated seats up front, complemented by heated outside mirrors, along with an available Bose sound system, and navigation.

Drivers in need of more creature comforts and a certain degree of capability off-road should focus their midsize pickup truck search on the Z71. Borrowing the LT’s optional equipment and making it standard, the Z71 also provides all-terrain tires covering 17-inch alloy wheels, a locking rear differential, suspension tuned for off-road excursions, hill descent control, and a blend of cloth and simulated leather interior materials. Bear in mind, we did say “degree” of off-road capability. The Z71 is better reserved for on-road warriors than those with serious off-road ambitions.

However, the ZR2 exists for just about any all-terrain adventure. Between its larger all-terrain tires, raised suspension, complete with special dampers, fender flares, electronically locking rear differential, and enhanced approach and departure angles, the ZR2 also comes with a spray-in bedliner – standard. Engine options are restricted to the V6 and diesel engine variant.

No matter which trim level you ultimately prefer in the 2018 Chevy Colorado, this year’s exterior color palette ensures you’ll turn heads wherever you travel. Choose from seven possible shades, including Black, Cajun Red Tintcoat, Deepwood Green Metallic, Graphite Metallic, Kinetic Blue Metallic, Red Hot, and Satin Steel Metallic.


The 2018 Chevy Colorado brings some serious bragging rights to the table with its best-in-class tow rating of 7,700 pounds from the diesel engine, with the V6 not far behind, coming in at 7,000 pounds. Chevy provides helpful towing options like various hitch styles, an integrated trailer-brake controller, exhaust brake, and 7-way electrical connector.

The V6 also returned a respectable payload rated at 1,548 pounds.

Acceleration and Braking

Acceleration and brake testing performed on the V6 resulted in a zero to 60 mph time of 6.7 seconds and a complete stop time from 60 mph of 124 feet. Both figures are respectable, on par with the rest of the midsize pickup truck segment.


In addition to the fun and functionality of the pickup truck segment, drivers are increasingly using these vehicles to haul their most precious cargo. Chevy takes safety seriously and has equipped the 2018 Chevy Colorado with the safety features you would expect to find in a competitive truck. Standard on trims starting with the LT and moving up the line, drivers and passengers are supported by OnStar telematics – a system that automatically contacts emergency services in the event of a collision. Included with OnStar is also stolen vehicle notification and remote locking/unlocking capabilities.

Exclusive to the LT is Chevy’s Safety Packages, which features forward collision and lane departure warning.

Chevy’s own Teen Driver safety suite can be found in the 2018 Chevy Colorado, and this technology not only encourages safe driving practices for teenage drivers, but also gives parents the opportunity to monitor how the car was driven and establish pre-set limits on speed, volume, and radio operation until every passenger has fastened their seatbelts. The Colorado is also equipped with the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) safety system for ease of car seat installation.

Although the 2018 Chevy Colorado has yet to be evaluated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) did award the truck a four out of possible five stars, overall.


The fun part of buying a car is falling in love with a specific model. The not-so-fun part is actually buying the vehicle, and Betley Chevrolet realizes it can sometimes be a stressful process.

But thanks to our highly-trusted and experienced sales staff, you’ll find we take the stress out of buying a new truck. Because we treat every single customer like a friend or family member, instead of a number on a whiteboard or spreadsheet. Not only does this keep us humble, but it also ensures our customers feel welcome and well taken care of throughout their car buying experience.

If you’re ready to jump in a new Colorado in NH, feel free to drop by our incredible showroom in Derry, NH, give us a call at (888) 606-3324, or contact us online! Still need time to decide?

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