It took a few years but the mid-size Colorado we saw the Asian market get back in 2011 is now for sale here is the US. Here is the Asian version: And here it is in US trim. Similar but strikingly different: Seeing these in the flesh really makes the best impression. There are visuals that are just not caught in pictures. It’s also a bit bigger than you would think it would be, making it definitely a mid-size truck where the previous model was more of a compact…comparatively. Thankfully the designers have freshened the front end so it’s a bit more muscular and aggressive, which fits nicely with the current styling of the Silverado full-size pickup and the rest of the Chevrolet family. I’ve heard a lot of people asking why GM decided to reenter the mid-size market now. Unfortunately I really don’t have an answer to that unless it’s as simple as GM didn’t want to beat in the pickup game by the imports, namely the Nissan Frontier, Toyota Tacoma and, indirectly, Honda Ridgeline. Yes folks, those are the only small/mid-size pickups in the US. There is no more Ford Ranger or Dodge Dakota as of this writing. As with the exterior, the interior of the brand new Colorado is leaps and bounds better than the previous Colorado and has a clean, modern look with a standard display of either 4.2- or 8 inches for radio and navigation (nav on the bigger display, natch) and quality materials all around. My how far trucks have come in the last 30 years. Built in Wentzville, Missouri, Colorado comes with two different engine choices; a 2.5-liter inline four cylinder (200 hp/191 lb.-ft.) and a 3.6-liter V6(305 hp/269 lb.-ft.), both with direct injection and variable valve timing. Transmission choices are many, as long as you want six-speeds a prefer an automatic as a manual is only available on “select extended cab models” with either engine choice. Expect decent fuel mileage with the gas engines: the four cylinder has an EPA rating of 20/27 city/highway with 2wd and19/25 in 4wd. The V6 is EPA rated at 18/26 with 2wd and 17/24 with 4wd. Here’s a nice graphic explaining how Colorado tows compared to its competition. Pricing (with destination charge included) begins at $20,995/$27,760 2wd (4-cylinder/manual)/4wd (4-cylinder/automatic) for extended cab and $26,725/$30,880 2wd/4wd for the crew cab long box (V6/automatic for both drivetrains).