With plenty of off-road potential and attitude, the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 are two of the most popular pickups on the road. So which is best suited to your daily drive? Our comparison guide takes a closer look at the midsize Colorado and full-size Silverado 1500.
Size Matters: Midsize vs. Full-Size
The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado is the automaker’s midsize model. What exactly does that mean? If you’re picturing midsize trucks of yore, you’ll be surprised when you see how big the Colorado actually is. The modern Colorado lets you choose between extended and crew-cab body styles. Both are exceedingly roomy. There are also two bed options: the short 5-foot-2-inch and long 6-foot-2-inch beds.
As a full-size truck, the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 gives you both a little more hip room and cargo capacity. The Silverado 1500 adds an extra cabin option into the mix—the classic, one-row regular cabin. However, it’s only available for the base Work Truck trim. There are three cargo bed sizes: the short 5-foot-8-inch bed, standard 6.5-foot bed, and long 8-foot bed.
Modern Creature Comforts and Conveniences
Both the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado and Silverado 1500 are cutting-edge trucks. In fact, there’s a lot of overlap here. Both supply standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, smartphone integration capabilities designed to help you keep your main focus on traffic. A standard rearview camera reduces the stress of backing a hefty truck into a parking space.
And, as you climb the trim levels, you’ll find even more to like. Extra USB ports, for example, keep multiple devices up and running. An in-cabin Wi-Fi hotspot means you can take the internet literally anywhere. With its emergency services, Chevy’s OnStar emergency telematics system could really come in handy one day.
Towing and Hauling Capabilities
As you might have already suspected, the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado tows and hauls less than its full-size counterpart. Depending on how you equip yours, this midsize truck can tow up to 7,700 pounds. That’s equivalent to a small camper or quite a big boat. Max payloads reach 1,574 pounds, which gives you plenty of leeway when you’re planning a big outdoor adventure.
In the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, you can move even impressive weight. Depending on configuration, this full-size truck tows trailers weighing up to 12,200 pounds. Payloads max out at 2,500. If you tend to move more weight on a regular basis, this is the truck for you.
The Footprint You Leave Behind
So where does that leave you? Choosing between the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 doesn’t have to be a tough choice. Since both trucks offer similar comforts and conveniences, you simply need to consider how much you want to spend and what you need to haul.