The Chevrolet Colorado was only released 7 years ago and has become a very well known midsized truck in a short period of time. This heavy duty truck does not offer the storage room that you can get in a full sized truck, but its smaller size can allow for some simple conveniences while driving that would be missed in a larger utility vehicle. This is one reason that the market for the midsized truck has been growing so fast. Many truck owners love to have a bed to haul with, but are not looking for an oversized cockpit and a large vehicle to maneuver when they are on the road. This year’s Colorado comes with the same 5.3L V-8 engine that has been offered for the last few years, but it does have an all new transmission.

This little brute can tow up to 6,000 pounds and has a small form factor to make parking a snap. The Chevy Colorado takes the best of both worlds and works it into a single truck that can be perfect for many jobs and is suited well for play too.

Bodystyles: Truck
Engines: 2.9L I-4, 3.7L I-5, 5.3L V-8.
Transmissions: 5-speed manual, 4-speed automatic
Models: Work Truck, 1LT, 2LT, 3LT

Colorado’s Changes are sparse for 2011. There’s a new front headrest design, Aqua Blue Metallic replaces Inferno Orange and OnStar is upgraded to Generation Nine. Until mid-’09, Hummer built its H3 off the same platform in the Colorado’s Louisiana assembly plant. The plant will be shut down. By 2013, Chevy will either launch a new Colorado or discontinue the truck.

With its Chevy family design, Colorado has had one facelift since launch. Cargo box sizes are 72.8 inches by 57.2 inches for regular and extended cab, 61.1 inches by 57.2 inches for the crew cab.

The interior is utilitarian, even for a truck, and full of hard plastic. Crew cabs have 60/40 split rear seats, with rather tight legroom. Extended cabs have two folding rear seats that face each other.

In regular and extended cabs, the inline four and manual gearbox is sprightlier than the inline five with an automatic. The five has never done much for the Colorado thanks to its inherent vibration and harshness. The Crew Cab needs the V-8, though fuel efficiency is worse than Silverados with the 5.3. Ride is generally rougher than full-size trucks, too.

Chevy added side curtain airbags to the Colorado last year. StabiliTrak with traction control is standard, as are daytime running lights for all trim levels. Brakes are front disc/rear drum with standard anti-lock braking.

Work Truck, 1LT, 2LT, 3LT (2.9L) RWD: 18 mpg city/24 mpg highway
Work Truck, 1LT, 2LT, 3LT (2.9L) 4WD: 17 mpg city/22 mpg highway (manual); 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway (automatic)
Work Truck, 1LT, 2LT, 3LT (3.7L) RWD: 17 mpg city/23 mpg highway
Work Truck, 1LT, 2LT, 3LT (3.7L) 4WD: 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway
Work Truck, 1LT, 2LT, 3LT (5.3L) RWD: 15 mpg city/21 mpg highway
Work Truck, 1LT, 2LT, 3LT (5.3L) 4WD: 14 mpg city/19 mpg highway

  • Maneuverability
  • Many configurations
  • Manual gearbox with I-4
  • Value
  • Aged design
  • Noisy, grainy five-cylinder
  • Poor V-8 fuel mileage
  • Poor refinement
  • Rough ride

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