Chevy Colorado Payload Capacity

As a dependable everyday machine, it’s important to know your Chevy Colorado payload capacity. No matter if it’s hauling equipment to a job site, or camping gear on a weekend adventure, you trust your truck to handle the jobs you ask of it. Since its introduction for the 2004 model year onward, the Chevy Colorado has offered owners all of the practicality and dependability expected of a proper truck, but in a mid-size format. With this purpose in mind, the Colorado earned its place as the ideal truck for owners who wanted a smaller, more agile vehicle on the road but didn’t want to sacrifice capabilities found in larger trucks. There’s more to the Colorado than just practicality too. A stylish exterior, comfortable feature-filled interior, and several great engine choices all helped cement its status. For 2021, this is as true as ever before, with modern features accompanying all of the other beloved virtues.

Of course, practicality is still the main virtue of a truck, and the Chevrolet Colorado payload capacity and tow rating both stand out as competitive when stacked up against the mid-size truck market. Offering an available 2.8L Duramax® turbo-diesel with plenty of torque, rugged suspension, a strong steel body, a fully boxed frame, as well as much more, the Chevy Colorado shines bright as a dependable and capable truck. If you’re reading this, you probably already know how great of a truck it is. Or maybe you’re considering a new or certified pre-owned Chevy Colorado for yourself, or perhaps you already own one and want more details. Either way, you’ll find that the Chevy Colorado offers not only competitive capabilities but also a range of trims, options, and engines to meet your personal needs and taste.

What is a Payload Capacity Rating?

Think about it this way. When you lift and carry heavy objects, your muscles have to move both your body weight and the additional weight of the item. Putting that into truck terms, a vehicle’s payload capacity is determined with a straightforward calculation based on these factors. The major ingredient here is the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), essentially the maximum overall amount of weight that a truck can handle. The GVWR includes the truck’s curb weight, so a payload capacity is calculated by determining how much weight can be added before hitting the GVWR value. To find this value, simply use this formula:

GVWR – Curb Weight = Payload Capacity
Knowing that your truck can only handle a certain overall weight and how much of that weight comes from the truck as a vehicle. You can then determine how much additional weight can be handled by your truck. What you bring along in your Chevy Colorado payload is up to you. But remember, going over your truck’s payload capacity rating can cause severe damage to the engine, transmission, frame, suspension, and several other parts. To make things even simpler, though, here is a chart showing the maximum Chevy Colorado payload capacity, and how it has changed over recent years:

Chevy Colorado Payload Capacity Chart

2021 1,367 – 1,550 lbs
2020 1,342 – 1,578 lbs
2019 1,366 – 1,574 lbs
2018 1,366 – 1,574 lbs
2017 1,366 – 1,574 lbs

The information on this chart has been gathered from official Chevy literature. The range you see shows the maximum achieved with various trims and cab/box styles. To make sure you’re following manufacturer guidelines for your Colorado payload capacity, please read your owner’s manual for detailed and further information on the tow rating and maximum payload of Chevy Colorado.

Take Home Your Own Chevy Colorado Today at South Charlotte Chevy

Now that you’ve seen how capable the Chevy Colorado payload capacity is, you may be wanting to drive one home to call your own. At South Charlotte Chevy, we can help make this dream a reality with our inventory of new Chevy Colorado for sale. We’ve got competitive offers on this competitive truck for you to choose from. So come stop by today to see all that the Chevy Colorado has to offer, whether it’s the comfortable and feature-filled interior or the practical bed. Additionally, with many Chevy service specials, as well as friendly and knowledgeable customer service, see the difference our dealership offers you for yourself.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the payload of a Chevy Colorado?

Your Chevy Colorado payload capacity will depend on factors including the model year, cab/box style, and other options selected. For a 2021 Chevy Colorado, you’re looking at a maximum payload that ranges from 1,367 to 1,550 lbs. This rating is calculated by subtracting the vehicle’s weight from the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR). For specific payload ratings and more information on hauling capabilities, please see your owner’s manual.

How much weight can a Chevy Colorado bed hold?

Built tough, the bed of a Chevy Colorado can handle many payloads. For a 2021 Colorado, up to 1,550 lbs can be held in the bed. It will vary by year, trim, and cab/box style selected when it comes to this maximum weight. Your maximum payload weight will determine how much can be held in the bed, and this is calculated by subtracting the curb weight of the vehicle from its Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR). Additionally, your owner’s manual will give a specific weight rating for your truck.

How much weight can a 2021 Chevy Colorado hold?

The weight that your 2021 Chevy Colorado is capable of holding will be determined by the curb weight. While a maximum payload rating of 1,550 lbs can be achieved with the 2021 Colorado, this will vary based on factors such as the engine chosen and cab/ box style. This is due to the payload capacity depending on how much the curb weight of your truck is, as each Colorado has a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) that must not be exceeded.

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