The 2018 Chevy Colorado has beauty and brawn. It’s a slick-looking truck with the muscle to give you the performance you want and the payload you need. And thanks to its four trim levels, you can be sure to get the features you need, as well, whether that be a nice audio system or safety features that will protect your family.

Here’s a look at how the four trim levels for the 2018 Chevy Colorado compare to give you an idea of what configuration might work best for you.

Base Trim WT

The base model Chevy Colorado is the WT, and it offers plenty for its $20,000 starting price. The WT comes with a 2.5-liter Inline4 DOHC VVT engine, but two additional engines are available that can increase the horse power and the towing capacity, depending on your choice. Four-wheel drive is available, as are different cab and bed configurations. You can get exactly what you need for transporting family or equipment or both.

Four-wheel antilock disc brakes, the StabiliTrak electronic stability control system, and all-speed traction control help you stay in control behind the wheel. Safety features include daytime running lights, a rear vision camera, and a suite of six airbags.

The interior of the 2018 Chevy Colorado has plenty of great features that make it fun to drive, as well. The base model comes with a 3.5-inch monochromatic driver information center and a 7-inch color touch-screen for the infotainment system. The infotainment is linked to a six-speaker audio system and the rear vision camera. If you sign up for Chevy MyLink, you’ll get access to phone apps and other extras.

The bucket seats are adjustable for comfort, and rubber mats protect the floors in all weather. The base model Chevy Colorado combines practicality and a bit of polish, making it fun to drive. The base model isn’t a luxury vehicle, but it gives you just enough to feel like you aren’t just driving a dowdy work truck.

LT Trim Level

With the LT trim level, which is the next level up, you’ll get everything that the base trim offers plus a little more. You have the same engine, drive, and cab options for all the trim levels, so you can still get what you need in terms of power, payload, and capacity.

Some more features come standard on the LT, and some are just available as options, where they were not for the base model. For example, you have the option to add an automatic locking rear differential on the LT trim, as well as a cat-back performance exhaust system and an engine block heater. Two/Haul mode is also available with the LT, as well as the integrated trailer brake controller.

On the exterior, the LT gets bigger 17-inch metallic cast aluminum wheels (the base comes with 16-inch wheels). All-season blackwall tires also come standard. A drop-in bedliner, fog lamps, EZ-lift and lower tailgate, cargo tie-downs and dividers all become optional, as well as some other exterior accessories. Folding side mirrors are added as standard.

Inside the LT trim model, you get extras like a bigger driver information center (4.2 inches), a bigger infotainment touch screen (8 inches), and cruise control. The floors get upgraded with carpets, and the rear seats get underseat storage. A leather-wrapped steering wheel, an overhead console, and OnStar 4G LTE all become standard. Carpeted floor mats are also standard, but all-weather mats are optional.

Other extras you’ll find on the LT trim include remote keyless entry, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, USB ports, and available automatic climate control.

You get a little more luxury with the LT trim level without a huge increase in the price tag!


The Z71 trim is where you start seeing some of the more luxury features on the 2018 Chevy Colorado becoming standard. You also start to get some of the more advanced mechanical and performance features.

The automatic locking rear differential is now standard, as is hill descent control. You get the same 17-inch metallic cast aluminum wheels, but the finish is Dark Argent instead of Blade Silver. Black painted wheels are available, if you prefer, as well as gloss black aluminum wheels. You can also upgrade to 18-inch wheels for a cost.

Halogen-projector headlights come standard with the Z71 trim, and you also get manual-folding heated sideview mirrors. Recovery hooks and a sliding rear window are additional standard exterior features.

All the interior upgrades from the LT are still included, as well as few extra features. The seats get more adjustment options, so you can get exactly the fit you want, whether you are a driver or a passenger. The front seats are also heated, so you can have a cozy ride even on the coldest days. Other perks include an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a rear window defogger, automatic climate control, and remote start.

Trail-Ready ZR2

The top trim level, the ZR2, is where you really get the best of all the Chevy Colorado has to offer, both in terms of performance and luxury. This trim comes with Multimatic shocks and front and rear electronic locking differentials. It has an available 2.8-liter Turbo-Diesel engine for top performance. Not only are these features exclusive to the trim, but they are exclusive to the segment.

An off-road chassis lets you amble over rugged terrain, and extra lift at the front and rear, skid plates, and rock sliders ensure the truck can handle anything the road throws at it. The truck also comes with front and rear wheel flares, an Autotrac transfer case, and tubular rocker protection.

You can even opt for a special edition that includes darker wheels and exterior accessories.

Which is Right for You?

Do you want more features in your truck? Or do you need more power or towing capacity? Or do you want the basics while prioritizing a lower price? The answer to these and other questions will help you determine which trim level of the 2018 Chevy Colorado is right for you.