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In the cabin, the Colorado is more like the Silverado. It’s both rugged and upscale, with a fit and finish that’s better than the Toyota Tacoma or Nissan Frontier.
The beefy steering wheel has lots of controls, with the shift lever mounted on a wide and tall console that can store an iPad, while holding two big cupholders and up to four USB ports, along with many small storage slots, bins, and trays. It feels plenty truck-like inside, but there’s an element of sedan in the well-finished dashboard, the seat bolstering, and aluminum-look door and dash trim.
There’s excellent headroom and legroom in the somewhat skinny front seats, which offer a big view out the windshield. The have a more natural driving position than other trucks in the class, with a higher hip point and a more ergonomic relationship to the steering wheel, unlike the splayed-legs stance you have to take in the Tacoma. The Colorado is far more relaxing to drive for trips longer than an hour.
The rear of the extended cab is a pair of jump seats best suited for packages or child seats, or maybe kids. The crew cab only offers cramped accommodations for adults, with bolt-upright seatbacks and a marked lack of kneeroom. Keep that in mind when you’re thinking of making it a second family car.
The bed is a big selling point. The payload is 1410 to 1590 pounds, while there’s an available bed extender that stretches the six-foot bed to eight feet, as big as a full-size truck, by using the tailgate. The step on the bumper makes it easy to climb into, and the slow-dropping tailgate will be appreciated every day. There are some 17 points for tie-downs, either a spray-in bedliner or a drop-in one, and available cargo dividers, a system of racks and carriers, cargo nets and tonneau covers, and a drop-in toolbox.