The standard equipment level, even in the basic LS version, would put top-of-the-range models from just a few years ago to shame and the higher-grade LTZ and Z71 variants are certainly dressed to impress.
All variants have a five-star ANCAP rating and drivers will appreciate the standard reversing camera and rear parking sensors. The added safety of forward collision alert, lane-departure warning and front parking sensors are excellent features on LTZ and Z71. Unfortunately, Colorado is still missing a few other advanced safety features, such as autonomous emergency braking, pedestrian detection and active cruise control, that are available on some competitors.
Cabin space is good and even after a long drive there were no complaints about the front-seat support and comfort. In the back, leg room is not an issue, but the seats are mounted close to the floor promoting quite a bent-knee seating position which reduces thigh support.
Colorado has a tough, high-riding, off-road appeal and truck-like towing ability. For this type of commercial vehicle, it’s also relatively refined and civilised in everyday use around town or when touring on the open road.
Although thirstier than some competitors, its ADR fuel consumption of 8.7L/100km is acceptable for a vehicle of its size. The LTZ and Z71 we drove had a surefooted feel, while the sharper, well-weighted steering helps manoeuvrability. The Colorado’s ride is compliant and more comfortable on the open road than many of its peers.
Heavy rain made the tracks in Creswick National Park, just behind RACV’s Goldfields resort, extremely slippery for the 4WD section of our road test, and this provided a good reminder of how capable the Colorado is off-road. The ability to select 4WD high range on the fly is always a handy feature.
For those intending to tow, the 3500-kilogram towing capacity with 10 per cent maximum ball load equals the best in class and trailer sway control is standard across the range.