Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with?
Whoa there, before you think about how much you will spend on extras and accessories like a bullbar, nudge bar, snorkel, custom sports bar or ladder racks, new rims (or floor mats, for that matter), let’s take a look at how much each version of the Colorado will cost you.
See below for a price list of the models in the range, what features each variant has, and the price that the vehicles are listed at (RRP - before on-road costs). Think of it as a model comparison - your very own cars guide (pun intended).
The LS model opens the Colorado range, and it could almost be a model in its own right: there are a lot of variants to choose from at the base point of the Colorado range.
The LS is available in single-cab-chassis, extra-cab-chassis and extra-cab pick-up, and dual-cab-chassis and dual-cab pick-up body styles, and all models can be had with an optional six-speed automatic, which is $2200 across the range. So if you prefer auto, I’ve put the auto price in brackets alongside the manual prices.
Pricing for the LS is as follows: the range is opened by the 4x2 single-cab-chassis manual, priced at $29,490 ($31,690 auto); then there’s the dual-cab-chassis 4x2 at $34,490 ($36,690 auto); and the 4x2 LS pick-up dual-cab is listed at $35,990 ($38,190 auto).
The 4x4 LS range kicks off with the single-cab-chassis, priced at $37,490 ($39,690 auto), then there’s the space-cab-chassis 4x4 at $40,990 ($43,190 auto), and dual-cab-chassis 4x4 at $43,490 ($45,690 auto). If you prefer the pick-up body, you will only get it in dual-cab form as an LS 4x4, priced at $44,990 ($47,190 auto).
Standard equipment for the LS includes 16-inch steel wheels with a full-size spare, vinyl interior flooring (but, oddly, carpet on the LS Space Cab), Holden’s 'MyLink' multimedia system with a 7.0-inch colour touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring, DAB+ digital radio, USB input, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, and a sound system with steering wheel-mounted controls. You’ll need to use your phone for GPS or sat nav.
There is also cruise control, rear parking sensors, halogen headlights with auto on/off function, LED daytime running lights, a helical limited-slip differential, and unlike some competitor utes, the Colorado has body-coloured door handles and mirrors. The mirrors are power adjustable, the electric windows are all auto up/down (and there’s remote window operation), and it has two 12-volt power outlets in the cab.
The next model up the range is the LT, which is available as a 4x2 pick-up or cab-chassis, or as a dual-cab pick-up or cab-chassis.
The sole LT 4x2 option is the dual-cab pick-up, which lists at $38,990 ($41,190 auto). If you want the LT 4x4, you have the option of a dual-cab pick-up there as well, and it’s priced at $46,990 ($49,190 auto).
It builds upon the LS’s fairly extensive equipment list, adding 17-inch alloy wheels rather than steelies (with a full-size alloy spare under the tray), and you can also tell it apart from the outside by way of its front fog lights and side steps.
Inside, the LT gets carpet flooring rather than the vinyl of the LS, but everything else remains the same.
The next rung in the ladder is the LTZ, which is available in dual-cab guise in 4x2 and 4x4 trim (as you see in the images), and also as a space-cab 4x4.
Pricing for the Colorado LTZ is as follows: 4x2 double-cab pick-up, priced at $42,490 ($44,690 auto); there are two options in the 4x4 version - the LTZ space-cab at $48,990 ($51,190 auto) and the LTZ crew-cab at $50,490 ($52,690 auto).
It packs the kit in compared with the lower models in the range, with noticeable exterior changes like 18-inch wheels (with a full-size spare), front parking sensors, chrome headlight bezels, LED tail-lights (but not LED headlights - they’re unavailable in the Colorado), an alloy sports bar, a soft tonneau cover, heated and folding chrome-finish side mirrors, and chrome strips on the door handles helping it stand out.
Inside the LTZ gets an upgraded 8.0-inch MyLink media interface with an embedded navigation system, a seven-speaker sound system (in the dual-cab model), single-zone climate control, keyfob remote engine start for the automatic (great for cold mornings), an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, rain-sensing wipers, a chrome gear selector for the auto, sunglass holder, map lights, and electric driver’s seat adjustment.
That’s all nice, but the safety front is where the LTZ makes a strong argument. It has forward collision warning (not auto emergency braking - AEB), lane departure warning, and tyre pressure monitoring.
If you choose the LTZ, you can also option leather seat trim and heated front seats, and that’ll cost you $1500.
The final, flagship variant in the Colorado line-up is the Z71 crew-cab, which is only available in 4x4 guise and is priced at $54,990 for the manual and $57,190 for the auto.
The Z71 is the most outlandish model to look at, with grey painted 18-inch alloy wheels (including a full-size spare), a model-specific front fascia with integrated nudge bar, gloss black grille, 'sail plane' sports bar and side rails with Z71 graphics, model-specific soft tonneau cover, Z71 bonnet decals, black painted exterior door handles and exterior mirrors (not heated in this instance), black body side mouldings and roof rails.
No need to option leather seats or heated front seats here - they’re standard - and the interior has Z71 embroidery on the front headrests, too.
No model has the option of a diff lock, which is odd, and you can forget about a subwoofer and CD player, too - not available.
On offer there are a few different colours to choose from: 'Summit White', 'Absolute Red', 'Mineral Black', 'Nitrate Silver' and 'Satin Steel Grey', 'Power Blue' and 'Auburn Brown'. There’s no 'Tiger Mica Orange' or 'Hothouse Green' to be seen, and some of the colours will cost you $550 to choose.
And look, if you are one of those buyers who will spend a lot on accessories, you’ll be happy to learn the range on offer from Holden is broad: from 18-inch wheels with all-terrain tyres to fender flares; a cup holder to a tub and tailgate liner (unlike some competitors, no Colorado has a tub-liner as standard). Customising your Colorado can be an in-house deal at Holden, if you can spare the coin…
If you’re considering a Holden Colorado, you may also wish to consider its competitors. Great alternatives include the Ford Ranger, Volkswagen Amarok and Mazda BT-50, while the Toyota HiLux, Mitsubishi Triton, Nissan Navara and Isuzu D-Max are all worth considering, too. And there’s also the new Mercedes-Benz X-Class, if your budget can allow it.