Chevy Colorado Towing Capacity

Knowing your Chevy Colorado towing capacity is essential. Whether it’s towing equipment to the job site or bringing along a boat for a weekend on the water, you trust and depend on your truck to get the job done. Introduced for the 2004 model year, the Chevy Colorado has offered owners all the practicality they need, but in a midsize package. Thanks to this, the Colorado vehicle took its place as a perfect truck for those who want a smaller vehicle that packs larger truck capabilities. Of course, the feature-packed interior and good-looking exterior also played their part. Now as good as ever, the 2021 Chevy Colorado is packed with not only competitive practicality but modern features too.

Don’t let its smaller size in the Chevy truck lineup fool you, though. The Chevy Colorado may offer somewhat fewer capabilities than its larger counterparts; for example, it has less capacity than the full-size Chevy Silverado payload capacity. But, when stacked against other midsize trucks, you’ll find that it’s seriously competitive. With its fully boxed frame, available 2.8L Duramax® turbo-diesel engine, rugged suspension, and Chevy Colorado max towing capacity, it shines brightly in the midsize truck segment. Tempted? Then check out our inventory of the new Chevy Colorado for sale. Because you’re reading this, you probably already know all the true virtues a Colorado vehicle has to offer. So, without much further ado, here’s a breakdown of the Chevy Colorado towing capacity across engines, trims, and options.

2021 Colorado Towing Capacity

Let’s start the Chevy-Colorado-towing-capacity guide with the most current model and all of its options. This Chevy-Colorado-towing-capacity chart compares current maximum tow ratings across the various engine options, 2WD or 4WD layout, as well as cab/box style.

Engine Crew Cab, Short Box 2WD Crew Cab, Long Box 2WD Crew Cab, Short Box 4WD Crew Cab, Long Box 4WD Extended Cab, Long Box 2WD Extended Cab, Long Box 4WD
2.5L 4-Cylinder 3,500 lbs N/A N/A N/A 3,500 lbs 3,500 lbs
3.6L V6 3,500 lbs 3,500 lbs 3,500 lbs 3,500 lbs 3,500 lbs 3,500 lbs
3.6L V6 With Trailering Package 7,000 lbs 7,000 lbs 7,000 lbs 7,000 lbs 7,000 lbs 7,000 lbs
2.8L Duramax® Turbo-Diesel 4-Cylinder 7,700 lbs 7,700 lbs 7,600 lbs 7,600 lbs N/A N/A

(One thing to note: The ZR2 trim Chevy Colorado towing capacity is capped at 5,000 lbs for both the V6 and Duramax® engines across all cab/box variants. As well, the 2020 Colorado towing capacity is identical to what you will find available with the 2021 model.)

Chevy Colorado Towing Capacity Over the Years

As you can see, the 2021 Chevy Colorado towing capacity makes it a serious hauler no matter how it’s equipped. While buying a new 2021 Chevy Colorado is a great choice, some buyers may be looking for a previous model year in our inventory of used trucks for sale. That’s a great choice, too, as the Chevy Colorado has offered competitive towing for its size since the beginning. To dive into this, let’s take a look at how the lowest and highest tow ratings of a Chevy Colorado truck have changed over the years:

(One thing to take note of: In North America, the Chevy Colorado went on a hiatus during the 2012 to 2015 model years.)

Year Lowest Tow Rating Highest Tow Rating
2008 1,900 lbs 6,000 lbs
2009 to 2012 1,900 lbs 6,000 lbs
2015 to 2017 3,500 lbs 7,700 lbs
2018 to 2021 3,500 lbs 7,700 lbs

Take Home Your Own Chevy Colorado Today

Whether you’re looking to haul a camper to your next weekend getaway or machinery to the workplace, and now that you’ve seen how capable Colorado vehicles are when it comes to towing, you’re probably dreaming of the possibilities. Well, we’re here to make those dreams a reality. Committed to the goal of offering you competitive pricing on high-quality vehicles, at Dyer Chevy Lake Wales, we want you to drive home the Chevy truck of your dreams. We’ve got a new or used Chevy Colorado in our inventory with your name on it, so stop by and check out our entire inventory of great trucks, SUVs, and everything in-between. Experience all that a Chevy Colorado has to offer and the Dyer Chevy Lake Wales difference today!

Frequently Asked Questions:

How much will a Chevy Colorado tow?

While a maximum tow rating of 7,700 lbs can be achieved when properly equipped, the Chevy Colorado towing capacity all depends on the engine and configuration you’ve selected. That 7,700 lbs rating is with the available 2.8L Duramax® turbo-diesel engine, but the other options can still handle a serious load. Even on the base 2.5L four-cylinder model, you get a tow rating of 3,500 lbs, and the available 3.6L V6 will return a 7,000 lbs rating with the available Trailering Package.

Can a Chevy Colorado pull a camper?

Yes. While specific campers that your Colorado can pull will depend on engine and options, even the base model’s 3,500 lbs tow rating is enough to tow a teardrop or pop-up camper with ease. Opt for the 2.8L Duramax® turbo-diesel engine with its 7,700 lbs tow rating, and it’s unlikely you’ll find a camper that your Chevy Colorado can’t handle towing.

Will a Chevy Colorado pull a boat?

Yes. Specific boats your Colorado can pull will vary depending on the truck’s engine and other options. Even the base engine can pull a boat, though. With the Chevy Colorado truck towing capacity at 3,500 lbs when properly equipped, you can bring most fishing boats to a lake without worrying. Upgrade to the 2.8L Duramax® turbo-diesel engine, with its 7,700 lbs tow rating when properly equipped, and very few boats will make your Chevy Colorado break a sweat.


*Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the Trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

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