Chevrolet Colorado Takes 2016 Motor Trend Truck of the Year


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For the second year in a row, the Chevrolet Colorado has won the Motor Trend Truck of the Year award.

Motor Trend called it a "Jack-of-all-trades, a Swiss Army knife."

Jack-of-all-trades. Swiss Army knife. There are many descriptors for the immensely versatile Colorado. With the new Duramax, Chevy’s midsize workhorse delivers best-in-class fuel economy (we expect the EPA to certify it at 31 mpg highway), superb drivability, and up to 7,700 pounds of towing and 1,547 pounds of payload capacity. Can we call it a Swiss-Army-jackknife-of-all-trades? Opt for the V-6, and towing and payload adjust to a still impressive 7,000 and 1,580, respectively. Want to take a run at the Rubicon? The new Trail Boss with an automatic locking rear diff, transfer case shield, and gnarly Goodyears is ready to give it a shot.

Need a commercial truck without a box? The Colorado is the first in its segment to offer a box delete package for custom body upfits. Want to jump online or power up multiple devices? The Colorado offers a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot and up to four USB ports. Carry an iPhone? The Colorado’s MyLink now touts Apple CarPlay, enabling the use of myriad apps through the center-mounted multicolor touchscreen.

“The Colorado performed well in all the tests,” the magazine said. “Towing, hauling, cruising, hustling, soft-roading—it impressed thoroughly. The torquey, nicely sorted powertrain, its handsome design, the long amenities list, its superior fuel economy, and the handy versatility push the Colorado marque—and the popular segment it occupies—further.” And ultimately, that’s more than enough to make the 2016 Chevy Colorado a pickup worthy of the Motor Trend Truck of the Year title two years running.

Chevrolet also took the award for Motor Trend car of the year, with the Camaro.