2019 Chevrolet Colorado vs. 2019 Jeep Wrangler

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Colorado Crew Cab and Wrangler 4-door have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Colorado has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Wrangler’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Colorado are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Wrangler doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Colorado has standard head airbag curtains for front and rear seats which act as a forgiving barrier between the driver and outboard passenger's upper bodies and the window and pillars. Combined with high-strength steel door beams and lower side airbags this system increases head protection in broadside collisions. The Wrangler doesn't offer side airbag protection for the head and are only available for the front seats.

The Colorado’s standard pretensioning seatbelts also sense rear collisions and remove slack from the front seatbelts to help protect the occupants from whiplash and other injuries. The Wrangler doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Colorado LT’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Wrangler doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

Both the Colorado and the Wrangler have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, collision warning systems and rear parking sensors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Colorado the rating of “Top Pick” for 2016, a rating granted to only 159 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Wrangler has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The Colorado’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Wrangler’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Chevrolet pays for the first scheduled maintenance on the Colorado. Chevrolet will pay for the first oil change, lubrication and any other required maintenance in the first year. Jeep doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Wrangler.

There are over 25 percent more Chevrolet dealers than there are Jeep dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Colorado’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 64 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 28th.

Engine

The Colorado’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 23 more horsepower (308 vs. 285) and 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (275 vs. 260) than the Wrangler’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6.

The Colorado’s 2.8 turbo diesel produces 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 295) than the Wrangler’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Colorado’s 2.8 turbo diesel produces 109 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 260) than the Wrangler’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Colorado V6 is faster than the Jeep Wrangler turbo 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

 

Colorado

Wrangler

Zero to 60 MPH

7.1 sec

8.1 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

12.1 sec

15.1 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.6 sec

4.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.5 sec

16.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90 MPH

82.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Colorado 4 cyl. diesel 4x4 Auto gets better fuel mileage than the Wrangler 4-door 4 cyl. Auto (19 city/28 hwy vs. 22 city/24 hwy).

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Colorado V6’s fuel efficiency. The Wrangler doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Colorado uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Wrangler with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Colorado has 2.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Wrangler 2-door’s standard fuel tank (21 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

The Colorado stops much shorter than the Wrangler:

 

Colorado

Wrangler

 

70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

194 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

150 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Colorado has larger standard tires than the Wrangler (255/65R17 vs. 245/75R17).

The Colorado’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 70 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Wrangler Sport’s standard 75 series tires. The Colorado’s optional tires have a lower 60 series profile than the Wrangler Sahara’s 70 series tires.

The Chevrolet Colorado’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Jeep Wrangler only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling

The Chevrolet Colorado’s independent front suspension is much lighter than the Jeep Wrangler’s solid front axle, which allows the Colorado’s wheels to react more quickly and accurately to the road’s surface, improving both ride and handling.

For much better steering response and tighter handling the Colorado has rack and pinion steering, like Formula race cars, instead of the recirculating-ball type steering of the Wrangler.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Colorado Extended Cab’s wheelbase is 31.5 inches longer than on the Wrangler 2-door (128.3 inches vs. 96.8 inches). The Colorado Long Box Crew Cab’s wheelbase is 22.1 inches longer than on the Wrangler 4-door (140.5 feet vs. 118.4 inches).

The Colorado WT Extended Cab handles at .77 G’s, while the Wrangler Sahara 4-door pulls only .68 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Colorado Z71 Extended Cab 4x4 handles at .76 G’s, while the Wrangler Rubicon 2-door pulls only .63 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Colorado WT Extended Cab executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Wrangler Rubicon 4-door (28.9 seconds @ .56 average G’s vs. 29.9 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

The Colorado Z71 Extended Cab 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.8 seconds quicker than the Wrangler Rubicon 2-door (28.5 seconds @ .7 average G’s vs. 31.3 seconds @ .48 average G’s).

Chassis

For excellent aerodynamics, the Colorado has standard flush composite headlights. The Wrangler has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

The front grille of the Colorado uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Wrangler doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

The Colorado Extended Cab has 3.8 inches more front legroom, 1.1 inches more front hip room, 1.8 inches more front shoulder room and 7.2 inches more rear hip room than the Wrangler 2-door.

The Colorado Crew Cab has 3.8 inches more front legroom, 1.1 inches more front hip room, 1.8 inches more front shoulder room and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Wrangler 4-door.

Cargo Capacity

The Colorado Crew Cab has a much larger cargo volume than the Wrangler with its rear seat up (41.3 vs. 31.7 cubic feet).

The Colorado Extended Cab has a much larger cargo volume than the Wrangler with its rear seat up (49.9 vs. 31.7 cubic feet).

The Colorado has a much larger cargo volume than the Wrangler with its rear seat up (41.3 vs. 31.7 cubic feet).

The Colorado’s cargo area is larger than the Wrangler’s in almost every dimension:

 

Colorado Standard Bed

Colorado Short Bed

Wrangler

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

74”

61.7”

37”/65.8”

Max Width

57.8”

57.8”

42”

Min Width

44.4”

44.4”

39.5”

Height

20.9”

20.9”

30”

The Chevrolet Colorado offers an optional EZ-Lift and Lower (not available Base), which prevents the heavy tailgate from falling with a crash and causing injury. It allows adults and children to easily open and close the tailgate with one hand to better facilitate loading and unloading. The Jeep Wrangler doesn’t offer a tailgate assist.

The Chevrolet Colorado has a standard CornerStep (not available ZR2), which allows for much easier access to the cargo area. The Jeep Wrangler doesn’t offer a rear cargo step.

The Colorado has stake post holes, to allow the containment of tall, light loads. The Wrangler doesn’t offer stake post holes.

Payload and Towing

The Colorado’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Wrangler’s (3500 vs. 2000 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Jeep Wrangler 4-door is only 3500 pounds. The Colorado Extended Cab offers up to a 7700 lbs. towing capacity.

The Colorado has a much higher standard payload capacity than the Wrangler (1382 vs. 1000 lbs.).

The Colorado has a much higher maximum payload capacity than the Wrangler (1547 vs. 1000 lbs.).

Servicing Ease

The Colorado uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Wrangler uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

The Colorado’s standard power windows allow the driver or passenger to lower and raise the windows without leaning over or being distracted. Power windows are only available on the Wrangler Sport S/Sahara/Rubicon.

The Colorado’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Wrangler Sport S/Sahara/Rubicon’s power windows’ switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

The Colorado’s standard power window controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Wrangler’s available power window controls are spread out on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

The Colorado’s standard power locks allow the driver or passenger to lock or unlock all the doors at a touch without leaning over. Power locks are only available on the Wrangler Sport S/Sahara/Rubicon.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Colorado WT/LT/Z71/ZR2’s available exterior keypad. The Wrangler doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its extra cost SOS Call can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

The Colorado has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Wrangler has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the Sahara/Rubicon.

Model Availability

The Colorado is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Wrangler doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Colorado third among midsize pickups in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Wrangler isn’t in the top three.

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