CAN YOU TOW & HAUL WITH A CHEVY COLORADO?
If you are here to find out whether the Chevy Colorado is good for towing or hauling, you’ve come to the right place.
Chevy Colorado trucks have been around for years, but the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado is probably the most capable of them all. It looks and handles better than any of its predecessors. Best of all, it boasts a tough engine that’s perfect for off-road adventures with or without cargo in the back.
Cargo and Towing Capacity
Every Chevy Colorado comes with a 5-foot-2-inch truck bed. If you feel you need more space for transporting cargo, you can upgrade to a 6-foot-4-inch bed. Regardless of which you choose, the bed can hold up to 1,566 pounds.
For your towing needs, the truck has a towing capacity of up to 7,700 pounds (almost 4 tons). That’s impressive considering the Chevy Colorado is a mid-size truck, and some full-size trucks can’t handle such loads.
When asked if consumers need a bigger truck, Chevy Colorado’s Performance Manager, Brent Deep replied, “No.” According to him, the Chevy Colorado has undergone extreme tests, which included towing over 7,700 pounds for 20 minutes up a seriously steep incline, 300 feet below sea level!
But note that while the truck can handle various towing and hauling jobs, your driving and the cargo’s weight distribution will also impact the truck’s performance. Fortunately, the truck comes with various features for safe loading and driving.
For instance, there’s the Trailer Brake Controller, which offers greater control and stability while towing. There’s also a user-friendly trailer hitch and 7-pin connector for easily connecting your cargo. Other towing assistance features are the Trailering Assist and the Tow/Haul driving mode.
2019 Chevy Colorado Engine Options
The bigger the engine, the higher the towing capacity. Fortunately, the Chevy Colorado comes in various engine options to suit your unique towing needs.
The smallest engine is a 2.5-liter DOHC I-4 that yields 200 horsepower and 191 pounds per foot of torque. Then there’s the 2.8-liter I-4 Turbo-Diesel engine that generates up to 186 horsepower and 369 pounds per feet of torque. There’s also the option of a 3.6-liter DOHC V6 engine, which yields up to 308 horsepower and 275 pounds per foot of torque.
To support all that power, you can choose between one of three transmission types – the Hydra-Matic six-speed automatic, the Eaton 6-speed manual, or the Hydra-Matic eight-speed automatic. Regardless of which you choose, you’ll get a truly fuel-efficient mid-size truck that delivers around 30 mpg on the highway.
Real World Use
On the road, the Chevy Colorado is a gorgeous beast to look at from the front and back. Beneath that beauty is a high-strength steel body that works with the engine to deliver efficient towing.
While taking the truck for a spin with cargo that weighed a little over 7,000 pounds, it took the engine a minute to acclimate to the weight. Once it did, everything went smoothly and safely.
Of course, with the weight, there was a drop in the Colorado’s fuel-efficiency. But that’s to be expected from any truck while towing or hauling.