The Chevy Colorado is a smaller truck made by General Motors and was the replacement for the S-10 so I did not expect it to have much pulling power but I was surprised at some of the data I uncovered.
I compiled a list of the different model years for the Colorado's and gathered information from the owner's manuals in an easy to digest format. I hope it helps!
Overview of the Data For the Chevy Colorado:
Engine Choices: There were many different engines used throughout the Chevy Colorado's lifespan and it had a significant impact on some model years but less on others. The 2015-2020 Colorado's for example, had two engine options and a maximum towing capacity gap of 1,500-3,500 pounds between the two engines.
This was also true for 2004-2012 models but the towing charts were more complicated to read and compare and other metrics like the type of transmission, cab style, etc.
Configurations: The Colorado's had many different configurations for model years 2004-2012, which you can see in the towing charts I have listed below. Things like cab configuration, axle ratio, transmission type and engine options were all variables that affected the towing capacities.
Towing Capacity: From 2004-2020, the Chevy Colorado's had a wide towing capacity that ranged from 1,400 pounds and went up to 7,000 pounds! That is a difference of 5,600 pounds and really makes for a huge gap.
The higher towing capacity numbers I noticed were for models that had the larger engine option (6 or 8 cylinder engine) and that were equipped with an automatic transmission.
I have included information I found on the Chevy Colorado's maximum towing capacity via the towing charts but you should read your manual to find out about all of the required towing information in them to inform yourself on other pertinent information that was stated.
The 2018-2020 Chevy Colorados had a towing capacity that ranged from 3,500 pounds on the lower end and double that (7,000 pounds) on the higher end, according to the owner's manuals.
There were three different engine configurations to choose from in the towing chart that affected the Colorado's towing capacities.
The towing chart for the 2018-2020 Colorado's were identical in terms of specs and ratings and is why only the one chart is posted. The GCWR figures are also included into the chart, for more accurate calculating purposes too, which is always nice.
The 2015-2017 Chevy Colorado's had the same towing capacity range of 3,500 pounds to 7,000 pounds but the engine options were a little bit different when compared to the 2018-2020 models.
The same 2.5L and 3.6L engines were available for 2015, 2016 and 2017 models but the 3.6L (ZR2) engine was not an option.
Figuring out your 2015, 2016 or 2017 Colorado's towing capacity was pretty easy to figure out because there were really only two options, depending on the engine you had equipped. It was also interesting to note that the maximum tongue weight rating was higher than the 2018-2020 models too.
For some reason, I couldn't find the 2013 or 2014 owner's manuals for the Colorado's. If I do, I will update this post ASAP.
The 2009-2012 Chevy Colorado's had towing charts that were getting more complicated than later model years and the data was harder to just browse through.
The towing capacity for Chevy Colorado's made from 2009-2012 ranged from 1,900 pounds - 6,000 pounds.
The towing charts for the 2009-2012 Colorado's were broken up into two main charts: the top chart was for 2WD models and the lower chart was for 4WD models. Within each chart, the towing capacities were then divided into the cab style, engine configuration, the type of transmission equipped and axle ratios to determine the maximum towing weights.
It is also important to mention that the '09-'12 models also had a lower max. tongue weight rating than later model years, coming in at around 500 pounds.
When I was conducting my research, I noticed that the 2008-2004 Colorado's had slightly different towing specs when it came to max. capacity and GCWR numbers and is why I separated each model year below.
If you had a 2008 model Colorado, then you still had that 1,900-6,000 pound maximum towing capacity, like we saw for the '09-'12 models but some of the statistics were slightly different but not by much.
The charts also look different for the 2008 models but are still divided up into sections that make finding your SPECIFIC Colorado a little easier.
We can still see that the charts are organized by 2WD and 4WD models and then divided further into the specific cab models available, engine option/transmission configuration and what axle ratio you had.
The 2007 Chevy Colorado's had a slightly lower towing capacity than later model years we looked at, ranging from 1,900 pounds but going up to only 4,000 pounds instead of the 6k rating we saw.
The 2.9L and 3.7L engines were the only two engine options for the Colorado's made in 2007, making it a little easier to navigate the towing charts.
The 2WD models did have slightly higher towing capacity numbers when compared to the 4WD models with similar cab styles, engines, axle ratios and transmission configurations by about 300 pounds, which is normal for vehicles in general.
The 2006 Chevy Colorado's had the lowest towing capacity so far out of all of the other model years we looked at so far, ranging from 1,400 pounds and going all the way up to 4,000 pounds.
There were two engine options available for the '06 Colorados and these were the 2.8L and 3.5L engines, different options from the '07 models.
One thing that did not change was how the towing charts were organized, having the 2WD models first and then the 4WD models below those. After that, you just need to find the cab style, engine and transmission combination and axle ratio to get your maximum rating.
The 2005 Chevy Colorado's had similar towing specs to the 2006 models but there were slight differences, yet again.
The towing capacity for the 2005 Colorado's ranged from 1,500 pounds and went up to 4,000 pounds, similar to the '06 models and the same two engines were used: the 2.8L and 3.5L engines.
All of the same items were arranged the same way on the '05 towing charts as later model years, divided up by the cab style, engine equipped, automatic/manual transmission and axle ratio.
The 2004 Chevy Colorado's marked the first year they were made but a lot of the same towing specs were used as the '05 and '06 model years, including the same engine options.
The towing capacity for the 2004 Chevy Colorado's ranged from 1,600-4,000 pounds though, roughly identical to the '05 and '06 models with more slight differences.
You will have to study the towing charts and find your cab style, engine, transmission and axle ratio though like other model years to get an accurate maximum towing weight as the engine you had equipped did not signify a greater towing capacity over the other engine option that was a "clear sign".
How Do I Find My Axle Ratio?
When looking at the Colorado's towing charts in the owner's manuals, you will need to find the axle code for certain model years in order to get the appropriate towing specs. You will need to find your axle code either on your driver's side door jamb and/or inside the glove box and you should see a three digit code (RPO Code).
I found a forum post with information on axle codes and other helpful information on some of the other codes you can find and what they mean.
This code will tell you what axle ratio you have in your Colorado and the four main codes are:
- GU6 Rear axle: 3.42 ratio
- GT4 Rear axle: 3.73 ratio
- GT5 Rear axle: 4.10 ratio
- G80 Differential: automatic
The G80 differential is a cool addition to have and this article explains how it works in a very simplified way but was an interesting read nonetheless.
What Cab Style Does My Colorado Have?
Some model years for the Chevy Colorado's towing capacity depended on what cab style you had and I thought I would give examples of each cab style for those of you out there that are not familiar with what these different cab styles look like.
Regular Cab: The regular cab is just the smallest interior space that is available for the Colorado and it has only two doors with a single row of seating.
This usually results in a shorter wheel base and will usually result in slightly higher towing capacity limits because of that.
Extended Cab: The regular cab is just the smallest interior space that is available for the Colorado and it has only two doors with a single row of seating.
Crew Cab: The regular cab is just the smallest interior space that is available for the Colorado and it has only two doors with a single row of seating.
Resources For The Chevy Colorado:
I used the Colorado's owner's manuals to find all of the towing charts and other towing information in this article and wanted to link to them to provide a quick resource for those of you out there that may want to dig a little deeper into other towing related info.
- 2020 Owner's Manual
- 2019 Owner's Manual
- 2018 Owner's Manual
- 2017 Owner's Manual
- 2016 Owner's Manual
- 2015 Owner's Manual
- 2014 Owner's Manual
- 2013 Owner's Manual
- 2012 Owner's Manual
- 2011 Owner's Manual
- 2010 Owner's Manual
- 2009 Owner's Manual
- 2008 Owner's Manual
- 2007 Owner's Manual
- 2006 Owner's Manual
- 2005 Owner's Manual
- 2004 Owner's Manual