In my full review of the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado High Country Storm, I’ve discussed the intention of the Golden Bowtie brand to refresh the nameplate in order to stay relevant in the ever-so-competitive pickup truck segment. It wasn’t a moot effort, thankfully, and part of the reasons for that is the slew of tech features that you can find inside the hefty workhorse, which makes it a very attractive model in the sea of lifestyle pickups – even at P1,638,000.
Let’s take a look at those tech features and see if they are indeed worthy of the extra cash.
Technology: Convenient & Practical
The convenience of the range-topping Colorado’s tech features commences even before you enter the vehicle. Its folding key fob acts like a magic tool – you can start the engine remotely, pull down the windows, and close them whenever needed. For what, you ask? Well, imagine leaving your car parked in a sunny parking lot for four hours. Now that’s hands-down nifty, and one that I would really miss in other cars that I will test, moving forward.
Inside the vehicle, you’ll be greeted with several more conveniences to ease up your driving experience. You’ll get power-adjustable seats, automatic on/off headlights with levelizer, auto climate control with pollen filter, speed-sensing door locks, cruise control, and auto-dimming rear-view mirror. Even all the windows go up and down with one touch, a bit of a cheap thrill but it’s helpful.
As for the infotainment, the Colorado High Country Storm gets the eight-inch MyLink system with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for seamless smartphone integration. The screen has a crisp display, too, which adds to the premium-ness of the cabin. Handsfree calls are loud and clear, while the speaker setup is generally okay for a wide variety of music genres but would need a bit of improvement to suit the taste of audiophiles.
There are also numerous 12V accessory ports found inside the Colorado: three at the front (one inside the console box) and one at the back. There’s also a USB port inside the console box, which I reckon to be a smart way to organize cords.
Safety: Peace of mind
The Colorado High Country Storm’s list of safety features isn’t the best in its class, but it’s up there with the greats. Aside from the basic dual front airbags and ABS with EBD, it also has Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control, Trailer Sway Control, Stability Control, and tire pressure monitor. All occupants also get three-point seatbelts, while the parking camera and sensors assist with maneuvering this fairly huge machine.
While that can already give you peace of mind, the Colorado also has Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning that are best for highway use. They only send out audible/visual signals, though, and won’t interfere with the steering.
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