Holden Colorado LTZ Crew Cab 2012 Review

Holden Colorado LTZ Crew Cab 2012 Review

The top of the range 2WD Holden Colorado is the LTZ, designed to appeal to urban tradespeople, those that need to tow large loads like race cars and boats, and those that won’t need the off-road capability of four-wheel drive.

The 2WD models are available in single cab or crew cab (4 doors); 4WD models have the option of a ‘space cab’ which is a 2-door, but with rear seats. Space cab gives an extra 300mm of tray space over the crew cab option.

Its urban leanings are confirmed with the additional kit you get over the more agricultural focused 4WD models, or the base model LX (which can be had for as little as $44,400). You’ll be up for $49,900 RRP and for that the additional exterior features include fog lamps, LED tail lamps, projector headlamps a sports bar in the tray and side steps.

The tray comes with a soft tonneau cover which

isn’t lockable or secure therefore you might want to look for other options if you want to store tools overnight.

Wheels on this model are 17-inch alloys that come wrapped in 265/55R17 tyres. Lower models have 16-inch steel wheels or alloy wheels.

For light off-roading duties the Colorado’s 30-degree approach angle, 22-degree departure angle and 23-degree ramp breakover angle are respectable. You can turn off the traction control if you need to power your way through loose surfaces.

The Colorado looks very American, in keeping with its name. It has brawny dimensions and a very angular front that other drivers seemed to find intimidating. I had several comments from friends about how large the Colorado looked, even though it’s not significantly different to any of the other utes I’ve driven recently with its overall length of 5.35m.

Towing is a strong point for the Colorado. I only tested it with a hire trailer carrying a queen sized bed and mattress and I could barely tell there was anything being towed such is the torque. The 2.8-litre Duramax turbodiesel generates 470Nm of twist with 132kW of power and gives the Colorado the ability to drag up to 3.5 tonnes (as long as the trailer is braked). A limited slip diff helps put the power down and you can have a 5-speed manual or an optional 6-speed automatic.

The engine, while powerful, is also noisy. You will also experience some vibration, particularly when turning while accelerating, possibly due to the limited slip differential.

In the cab it’s a grey, functional environment. The dashboard design features a large air conditioning temperature gauge. This takes up a lot of room and, being circular, makes for a lot of wasted space. I would rather have seen a more compact design plus a storage cubby hole underneath or above, especially as the central binnacle is not huge. You do, however, get a double glovebox which is useful, plus a small covered storage area on the top of the dash.

Rear legroom is ample for the three adults you could fit across the seat. If you tip the back passenger seats forward there is a shallow hidden storage compartment barely big enough for an iPad, but probably useful nonetheless. One of the sides houses the jack and tools.

It’s good to see that the whole range comes with Bluetooth phone integration. The steering wheel features buttons for this, plus buttons for the cruise control and to adjust audio settings. The whole range has USB connectivity for iPod or other music device.

Interior safety and security has been improved with curtain airbags and an alarm. The Colorado comes with a 5-star crash safety rating, unlike some of its competitors. The Colorado is capped off with a three-year or 100,000km warranty and 24-hour Roadside Assistance.

You might also want to consider the Ford Ranger, Mazda BT-50, Toyota Hilux, Volkswagon Amarok, Nissan Navara or Mitsubishi Triton.

Price: from $49,900

Pros

  • Muscled appearance intimidates slower drivers out of the way
  • Large towing capacity
  • Plenty of power

Cons

  • Noisy with some vibration
  • Large turning circle

Words and photos: Darren Cottingham

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