American Cars Under $25,000

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Chevrolet Colorado
Price: Starting at $20,100
American brands have basically owned the full-size pickup truck market for decades, but have not offered a compact truck for the last several years. The new midsize Chevrolet Colorado debuted as a 2015 model offering an alternative to a full-size truck, possessing more heft and capability than a smaller compact. For 2016 Colorado adds an optional 2.8-liter Duramax that produces 181 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque at 2000 rpm, for a maximum trailering rating of 7,700 pounds with 2-wheel drive. Two gasoline engines are offered: the standard fuel-efficient 200-horsepower four cylinder or a 305-horsepower V6. The latter gives the new truck a payload capacity up to 1,590 pounds and a 7,000-pound towing capacity. But Colorado is more than a work truck; it can be equipped with a large color touchscreen display, a rearview camera, heated front seats and 4G LTE connectivity with a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot.

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