The Towing Capacity for a 2002 S-10 Crew Cabby Richard Rowe
General Motors likes to say that the Colorado was a "replacement" for the S-10, but that's a practice in delusion if there ever was one. The Colorado is a fine enough truck, but it's much larger than the S-10 -- a truck that made its fame specifically by being smaller than others, and by being more capable as a truck than its diminutive proportions implied.
Several things determine a vehicle's towing capacity: what the chassis and axles can handle, what the tires are rated to carry, what the engine has to pull and what the transmission can manage without breaking. The base-model, two-wheel-drive S-10 with a regular cab weighed in at a paltry 3,000 pounds, had a total Gross Weight rating -- maximum capacity -- of 4,200 pounds and a towing capacity of 6,000 pounds.
The Crew Cab model, though, weighed in at a stunning 4,000 pounds; the additional cab weight and wheelbase, combined with the mandatory V-6 and four-wheel-drive system that came with all Crew Cab models tacked on nearly half a ton over the base model. In terms of towing capacity, the four-wheel-drive system and associated drivetrain offset some of the Crew Cab's extra mass; however, it still rated 500 pounds lower than the base model. GM approved the heavy Chevy for 5,500 pounds of towing capacity.
Richard Rowe has been writing professionally since 2007, specializing in automotive topics. He has worked as a tractor-trailer driver and mechanic, a rigger at a fire engine factory and as a race-car driver and builder. Rowe studied engineering, philosophy and American literature at Central Florida Community College.