Chevy’s Crew Cabs: The Silverado and Colorado

If you don’t own or regularly drive a pick-up, you may not be aware of the difference in types of cabs. Even if you are aware, different brands use different terminology to denote changes made in the seating arrangements and door types. Chevrolet uses “crew cab” for their 4-door trucks that hold 4-5 adults, and the doors are typically hinged in front. While they’ve sold crew cabs for quite some time, there are only two that are currently being sold — the Chevy Silverado and the Chevy Colorado. Both are available in a variety of styles from 2-door to 4-door and even Dually. Past offerings in the crew cab configuration include the Chevrolet C/K truck.

Depending on what you want out of a truck, you may need to compare the Silverado and Colorado and figure out which one will work best for you. The Chevrolet Silverado has been around since 1998, and is considered a heavy-duty and full-size truck. It was the model to replace the Chevrolet C/K in the late 1990’s. Currently, the Silverado is sold with the option of a gasoline or diesel engine, as well as updated technology such as WiFi connectivity, an infotainment system, and plenty of advanced safety features.

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The Chevrolet Silverado was also used by the military, mostly as cargo haulers, though some were used as troop carriers and ambulances. They were outfitted with different paint colors and military grade items like weapon supports, blackout lights, and additional controls. There was also an option to include the Enhanced Mobility Package (EMP), which added items such as beadlock tires and anti-lock brakes. About 2,000 of these special military vehicles were sold internationally.

If you’re looking for a smaller, mid-size pickup, then the Chevrolet Colorado might be the one to inspect. It replaced the GMC Sonoma as the compact and mid-size pickup for the GMC/Chevrolet brand in the early 2000’s, and is produced in factories from the United States to South America and Asia. Only in its second generation, the Colorado has already been shown at Bankok Motor Show and the Australian International Motor Show, and has a few variants, including the Holden Colorado, available in four trim levels, or with an additional Thunder Edition, which includes a nudge bar and towing kit. It also won awards in 2015 and 2016 for The Truck of the Year.

While the Chevrolet Silverado and Colorado are the only current offerings as far as crew cabs go, there are previous models that can also be found for purchase, such as the GMC/Chevrolet C/K. While it’s unclear how long both the Silverado and Colorado will be around, it’s quite likely that their designs extend at the very least into the near future. It’ll be interesting to see how much technology will change the interior, however, as there are so many more gadgets and accessories that are becoming a requirement for even standard packages.

If you’re thinking about purchasing a truck, you may want to take a peek at what Chevrolet has to offer. If you’d rather just learn more about these types of vehicles, a visit to their respective Wikipedia pages is a great place to start.