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2023 Chevrolet Colorado Trail Boss Review: The Art of Compromise

•    Auto123 reviews the 2023 Chevrolet Colorado Trail Boss.

Tracing the history of Chevrolet's compact and mid-size trucks takes us back to the 1950s. Indeed, the American automaker first offered a compact-sized pickup back in 1959. Actually that model was a car with the part behind the B-pillar cut off and replaced by a bed. 

Older folks will remember the El Camino. Chevy produced it in 1959 and 1960, before bringing it back in 1964 to keep it in the catalog until the end of 1987. Its departure was preceded by the arrival in 1981 of a more traditional compact pickup, the S10. In 2004, that model was redesigned and renamed the Colorado. 

It’s a rich history for this type of model, a history containing ups and downs over the decades. One of those downs brought the whole thing to an end at Chevrolet in 2012. But the company was back at it for 2015 with a completely revamped and superior version, which has done well since.

2023 marked the debut of the second generation of the current model. Has it been given all the tools it needs to keep up the momentum? Maybe, but my impression is of a step taken backwards, rather than forward. 

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