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Holden RG Colorado LTZ Dual Cab 2WD Ute (2013)

by John Ewing,reviewed February 2013

Colorado buyers are a loyal bunch, it seems. The model has the highest repeat purchase loyalty of any of Holden’s range. The latest model will no doubt continue to hit the mark with buyers.

It’s a diesel-only line-up, and all variants except the base 2WD 2.5-litre DX cab-chassis are powered by Holden’s 2.8-litre Duramax engine. A robust 470 Nm of torque makes for respectable performance.

Our test vehicle, the top-spec LTZ dual cab, was fitted with the smooth shifting optional six-speed auto ($2000), instead of the standard five-speed manual. Ticking the auto option also means an extra 30 Nm on tap over the manual.

Maximum towing capacity for 2.8-litre models is a class-leading 3.5 tonnes, though Ford has recently lifted specified Ranger models’ tow capacity to equal Colorado. There’s no trailer sway control system on the Holden as per the Ford Ranger/Mazda BT50 twins.

Colorado’s safety credentials are good, but no side airbags is a significant omission. Speaking of which, there’s no steering reach adjustment, headlights only get a warning chime (no auto on/off), and there’s no navigation system available.

By dual cab standards, unladen ride isn’t bad. There’s more rear leg room than the old model, rear seating is above average for the class, and there’s three child restraint points. Hard, utilitarian-looking plastic trim abounds in the cabin.

Holden RG Colorado LTZ Dual Cab 2WD Ute 2013


Capped price servicing, safety, towing capacity


Equipment omissions, steering lacks road feel

Key features

Climate-control airconditioning, alarm, 17” alloys, alloy sports bar, 8-way powered driver’s seat, limited slip differential, front fog lights


Dual front/curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, electronic stability/traction control

Car Details

Vehicle make Holden
Vehicle model RG Colorado LTZ Dual Cab 2WD Ute
Vehicle type Dual Cab Utes
Year 2013
Price when new $42,990 (auto)
Current price range $ - $
ANCAP crash rating
5 out of 5 stars

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Engine 2.8-litre, Duramax turbo-diesel, 4-cyl
Max power 132 kW @ 3800 rpm
Max torque 470 Nm @ 2000 rpm (auto)
Fuel type 9.0 litres/100 km (auto)
Emissions rating
2 out of 5 stars

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.