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What Are the Differences Between the 2019 Chevy Silverado and Colorado?

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If you’re in the market for a new truck, the 2019 Chevy Silverado and 2019 Chevy Colorado are two rewarding choices. At first glance, you might not notice major differences between these two models. A closer look, however, reveals some significant distinctions worth noting.

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The 2019 Colorado is more compact in size than the larger 2019 Silverado. Thus, it comes with a more affordable price tag — a starting MSRP of $21,300. The Silverado has a starting MSRP of $28,300, to reflect its stronger capacities and roomier dimensions.


The Colorado boasts a maximum towing rating of 7,700 pounds when equipped with 2WD and the Duramax 2.8-liter Turbo-Diesel engine. Per Chevrolet, it’s also America’s most fuel-efficient midsize pickup truck on the highway. When properly equipped it achieves 30 miles per gallon on the interstate.

The Silverado can tow up to 12,200 pounds when properly equipped. However, it gets significantly less mileage. The most eco-friendly powertrain — the 2.7-liter turbocharged — yields an EPA-estimated 23 miles per gallon on the highway.

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The 2019 Silverado and Colorado also differ when it comes to cabin space. The Silverado offers 43 inches of headroom and 44.5 inches of legroom for front-seat passengers. Crew-cab configurations of the Silverado have 40.1 inches of headroom and 43.4 inches of legroom for back-seat passengers.

The Colorado model’s cabin is a bit more cramped. Front-seat passengers get 41.4 inches of headroom and 45 inches of legroom. Crew-cab configurations yield 38.3 inches of headroom and 35.8 inches of legroom.


The 2019 Silverado offers more trim levels and customizable options than the 2019 Colorado. The Colorado provides a power-adjustable driver’s seat and adjustable steering wheel as standard. A telescopic steering column and power-adjustable passenger seat are available as add-ons. A heated steering wheel and heated and cooled front seats are available, as well.

The 2019 Silverado includes those features as standard while adding a few more conveniences like driver’s seat memory settings, a heads-up display, a power tailgate, hitch guidance system, and trailer tire pressure monitoring system. It also offers the option of a sunroof — a feature that the Colorado lacks.

Conclusion: The Colorado continues to offer an affordable, well-rounded midsize truck for consumers who are shopping for their first truck. The Silverado is the better option if you desire maximum towing power, roomier dimensions, and a wider range of options.

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News Sources: Chevrolet (here and here), Autotrader