Chevy dropped the old base trim since none of you guys bought it

March 24, 2020

The Chevrolet Colorado base model will be the Work Truck. [Photos: Chevrolet]

Chevrolet Colorado base model Extended Cab is dead.

The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado Base Extended Cab, which sold poorly, will be axed. With its absence, the Work Truck is now the entry-level trim for the Colorado lineup. As of right now, the 2020 models start at $22,395, but the 2021 price will jump $4,000 to $26,395 as a result of the change.

Mechanically, the new “base” truck will be identical to the old one. The price disparity has to do with standard equipment, rather than different fundamental components.

The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado gives you a 200 horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 191 lb-ft of torque. It comes with a six-speed automatic transmission (the manual was already discontinued). These are the same numbers as previous models. In the extended cab Work Truck configuration, it has a maximum tow rating of 3,500 lbs and 1,453 lbs maximum payload.

There aren’t too many differences between the Work Truck and the base model. Items like dual rear seats with cargo cubbies underneath and carpeted floors come standard on the Work Truck. On top of that, many features that were never available on the base model are available on the Work Truck.

For now, the base model Nissan Frontier remains the least expensive truck you can still buy. That’s until the 2021 hit and Nissan ditches the base model’s running gear and cab configuration.

Speaking of the 2021 Nissan Frontier, here’s the 2020 Nissan Frontier with the new engine and transmission!