The least costly Colorado is the DX, which comes only as a single-cab-chassis with four-wheel drive. It is a basic work vehicle for farmers, and for tradies who need 4WD for worksite access. It’s the only Colorado with a three-person front bench seat.
Step past the DX and all remaining models have front bucket seats and an extra two airbags – side impact airbags to protect the upper body of front passengers – for six airbags in all.
All but the DX also have a 7.0-inch touchscreen for controlling the entertainment and satellite navigation systems. And they have a leather-covered steering wheel, with buttons for phone connectivity, the audio system, and the cruise control that is introduced at this point. Parking sensors at the rear of the vehicle warn the driver of obstacles.
The Colorado LS – one step up from the DX – has 16-inch steel wheels. Pay more for the LT and you get nicer looking wheels in aluminium alloy, and foglights.
The Colorado LTZ also has a reversing camera, air-conditioning that maintains a set temperature, power adjustment for the driver’s seat, and in Crew Cab models the option of leather seats (with heated front seats). LTZs also get superior projector-type self-levelling headlamps, electrically folding external rear-view mirrors, side-steps, a soft tonneau cover, and a chrome sports bar for the rear tub. Wheel diameter grows to 17-inches, and the tyres are slightly wider and lower in profile.
For 2015, the LTZ also has softer-riding suspension, designed to be more comfortable for passengers when the ute is not heavily loaded.
In the most expensive Colorado, the Z71, leather seats (heated in front) are standard. The wheel diameter increases a further inch to 18 inches. There are roof rails, which make it easier to add roof luggage systems, and several exterior styling enhancements.