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The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado Loses Base Model, Gains Huge Price Increase

With the Colorado Base trim out, the Colorado Work Truck is now the least-expensive 'Rado available.

Chevrolet has nixed the Colorado Base trim from its mid-size pickup's lineup, effectively raising the truck's price for 2021. How? With the base $22,395 Colorado out, the Chevy's price of entry now starts at $26,395—the cost of a Colorado Work Truck, which is now the least-expensive Colorado model available. That marks a price increase of about $4,000, as first reported by research analysts at CarsDirect.com and confirmed to us by Chevrolet.

Sources tell us that the the sales penetration of the Colorado Base model was quite low, and the Work Truck's additional standard and available features make for a more compelling and still value-packed offering. As with the now-defunct Base truck, the 2021 Colorado Work Truck comes in extended-cab form with a 200-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and rear-wheel drive. Chevy is raising the WT's price by $500 relative to this year's model, too.

Chevrolet spokesperson Chris Bonelli tells us "We believe Colorado will remain very competitively priced in the mid-size truck segment and will see continued strong sales fueled by its fresh new look. " For 2021, the midsize Colorado pickup receives a more aggressive look for its WT, LT, and Z71 trims that includes an updated front mug with a new layout, logos, skid plate, and new tailgate.

The mechanically similar GMC Canyon also ditches its base trim level for 2021. According to GMAuthority.com, the Canyon's new trim level includes Elevation Standard, Elevation, AT4, and Denali. Additional sources at GM have released details on the 2021 Canyon Denali and AT4 trims, but tell MotorTrend it is still compiling the rest of the official trim lineup and will share that information in a few weeks.

So, where does the Colorado's new price land it in the mid-size segment? Previously the second-most affordable truck in its class—the Nissan Frontier could and still can be had for less—the Colorado now lands about mid-pack. The Nissan starts at a low, low $20,385, Toyota's Tacoma opens at $25,365, Ford's Ranger starts at $26,250, Jeep's Gladiator starts at $35,040, and the Honda Ridgeline begins at $35,020.

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