2009 Chevrolet Colorado

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Finding it tough to curb your craving for V-8 power and prestige? General Motors knows your pain. To man up the lame Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon for 2009, the General blessed the engine roster with a new 300-hp V-8. The result is a mini muscle truck available in two body styles, each with a sticker price of well below $30,000. Take your pick between an extended cab with rear jump seats accessed via rear-hinged half doors and a six-foot bed, or a real four-door crew cab with a rear bench seat and a five-foot bed.
GM's 5.3-liter V-8 is outfitted with an aluminum block and heads, a composite intake manifold, roller lifters, and a regular-unleaded appetite. It delivers its wallop through two- or four-wheel drive. The two-wheel-drive version achieves 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.
GM's Performance Division engineers massaged chassis components to make sure this truck's ZQ8 sport suspension appeals to those of the car persuasion. The ride height was lowered an inch, and 50-series Goodyear RS-A tires are mounted to eighteen-by-eight-inch aluminum wheels. Suspension rates are 30 percent stiffer, and the power rack-and-pinion steering gear has a quicker ratio than the standard Colorado and Canyon pickups.
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We clocked a two-wheel-drive crew-cab Chevrolet at just under seven seconds for the 0-to-60-mph run on its way to a governed top speed of 125 mph. The ride is satisfyingly firm but still supple over pockmarked pavement. The steering is quick and accurate, although it's not very communicative. Thanks to a standard stability control system and improved brakes, this Colorado doesn't cause its driver to fret by writhing on slippery pavement when the traffic pattern flashes a red alert.
The interior decor is most succinctly described as utilitarian chic, with a few resilient islands in the sea of hard black plastic. The front bucket seats feel convex where they should be concave. On the plus side, leather upholstery and seat heaters are available, the controls are logically arrayed, and there are ample storage locations.
As an antidote to overgrown cowboy trucks or as a garage mate to your pampered sports car, this V-8 fills the bill. Or maybe you simply still enjoy saying good-bye with twin black scorch marks.
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Chevy's Colorado and GMC's Canyon are the Rodney Dangerfields of the mid-size pickup category. During their first five years of existence, they earned all the respect they deserved: nada.
Blame it on birthright. The early twenty-first century liaison between General Motors and Isuzu assigned the Japanese partner to the lead engineering role. Unfortunately, Isuzu's creativity wasn't up to GM's minimum standards, so the design had to be rejiggered, delaying introduction until the 2004 model year and prolonging the lives of the clunky S-10 and Sonoma pickups. To further cripple any chance of success, GM torpedoed the new powertrain roster. While the 2.8-liter DOHC four-cylinder base engine was reasonably competitive, the 3.5-liter in-line five faced enemies armed with six- and eight-cylinder engines.
Power and torque were not the issue. The five, subsequently upped to 3.7 liters, is still available and currently provides a healthy 242 hp and 242 lb-ft of torque. But when bar talk turns to engines, the joke's on any pickup owner who admits he's packing a five-shooter.
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To make amends, Isuzu has left the engineering building and GM made honest hombres out of the Colorado and the Canyon. For 2009, the brakes are upgraded, a StabiliTrak electronic stability system is standard, and the exterior receives outpatient cosmetic surgery. But the real news is that a desirable engine has finally joined the options list. All hail the arrival of GM's LH8 Vortec 5.3-liter V-8. This engine not only gives power and performance a major boost, it's a genuinely smooth operator and reasonably fuel efficient. But most importantly, with a lineage link to Corvette V-8s, Colorado and Canyon bragging rights are now above reproach.The LH8's aluminum block saves 100 pounds over the cast-iron block found in a few other Vortec V-8s. Its list of special features includes a structural (cast-aluminum) oil pan, six-bolt main bearings, roller hydraulic lifters, roller-tipped rocker arms, full-floating wrist pins, polymer-coated pistons, and no less than four catalytic converters. The iridium-tipped spark plugs have a theoretical service life of 100,000 miles. This same Vortec also powers the Hummer H3 Alpha.
Even though this engine lacks overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder, it delivers a potent 300 hp at 5200 rpm and 320 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm. It revs to 6000 rpm and tops 20 mpg on the highway in two-wheel-drive trim. A four-speed Hydra-Matic 4L60 is the only available transmission.
Whether you buy it as a stand-alone option or buried deeply within some package, the new V-8 adds $1300 to the price of a Colorado or Canyon equipped with the 3.7-liter in-line five. It's not offered in the two-door standard-cab models but can be installed in both extended-cab (with jump-seat access provided by rear-hinged half doors) and real four-door crew-cab models. Care checking option boxes can keep the price from breaking through the $30,000 barrier. The tow rating is 6000 pounds for all configurations, a 500-pound gain over kin powered by the five-shooter.
BEHIND THE WHEEL
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We test-drove one Colorado and one Canyon equipped with the new V-8. Both were attractive aqua blue crew cabs with snooty leather upholstery and five-foot beds. The Chevy--with Insta-Trac four-wheel drive, Z71 off-road suspension, and 2LT trim--topped out at $33,765. The GMC, in boy-racer guise, brought two-wheel-drive, a ZQ8 sport suspension package, and a $31,230 sticker to the party. We used the Colorado to deliver a face cord of firewood through a foot of snow, an assignment it fulfilled without flinching. The Canyon mainly hauled ass, although it also endured more than a 100 miles of boat towing in the dead of winter without whining.
Our Vbox test gear clocked the GMC Canyon's 0-to-60-mph run in seven seconds flat on the way to a 15.4-second, 93-mph quarter mile. The speed limiter kicked in at 125 mph. Hitched to a 5150-pound boat and trailer, the mighty V-8 hustled this pickup to 60 mph in 15.9 seconds and averaged a decent 11 mpg during suburban cruising. These results were achieved with a 3.42:1 axle ratio. For quicker acceleration (at the expense of fuel mileage), you can alternatively specify a 3.73:1 or a 4.10:1 ratio. The $295 locking differential should be considered essential equipment when the opposite end of the truck boasts V-8 vitality.
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Thanks to fine-tuning by GM's Performance Division personnel, the ZQ8 package is well suited to anyone whose preferences lean in the car direction. Quicker steering, a one-inch lower ride height, stiffer spring and antiroll-bar rates, and Goodyear Eagle RS-A tires - size 235/50WR-18 - on eight-inch-wide aluminum wheels do an excellent job obliterating this truck's sordid past. The steering response is rapid and accurate, yet the ride is supple, even over Michigan's bombed-out excuse for pavement. The lack of steering feel will surely disappoint BMW worshippers, but a ZQ8-fortified Canyon or Colorado is about as good as trucks get.
Although swagger is in short supply when you're riding on a slammed suspension, the low step-in height is handy, and kids won't whine while climbing into the rear seats. The rear cabin of the crew cab is reasonably roomy for two passengers and will carry a third in a pinch. The 60/40 seat backs fold to divvy up the space between people and packages.
The five-foot cargo bed won't impress anyone used to a full-size pickup truck, but it is at least shrewdly configured. Perches molded into the standard bedliner sidewalls facilitate carrying four-by-eight-foot building materials on the level. The tailgate has a 55-degrees-open position to provide support at the tail end of the load. With the gate fully down, you've got an 81-inch-long load surface suitable for hauling motorcycles up to and including a Harley-Davidson Sportster. Sturdy tie-down anchors are provided.
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The top-shelf Colorado and Canyon interior trim doesn't wander far from pure molded plastic. Stuff you touch - such as the leather-wrapped steering wheel, the console top, and the armrests are thoughtfully finished in resilient materials. Spending a bit extra gets you leather seating surfaces, electric bun warmers, and power adjusters. Unfortunately, the front bucket upgrade (a 60/40 split bench is standard) brings seats that feel convex instead of concave. Driving stints longer than two hours will have you speed-dialing your chiropractor for relief.
A column shifter allows the center console to be fruitfully used for open storage areas and two cupholders. Two more beverage receptacles are cleverly integrated into the center area of the rear seat cushion.
It's a rare event when any car or truck leaps from the bottom to the top of its category six years into its lifespan, but this is precisely what the Colorado and the Canyon have achieved. The new V-8 and a few well-orchestrated upgrades have transformed this duo from lepers into love objects. For $30,000 (or less), it's hard to find a better combination of car charisma and truck work ethic in one handy package.
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2009 Chevrolet Colorado Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
2.9L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
18 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
24 MPG
Horsepower:
185 hp @ 5600rpm
Torque:
190 ft lb of torque @ 2800rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows (optional)
  • Power Locks (optional)
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer Rear (optional)
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front (optional)
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player (optional)
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
100,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
100,000 miles / 72 months
Roadside
100,000 miles / 60 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:34:50
Component
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:BRAKE LIGHTS:SWITCH
Summary
GM IS RECALLING 185,903 MODEL YEAR 2004-2009 COLORADO, GMC MODEL YEAR 2009-2004 CANYON, MODEL YEAR 2006 I-280, I-350, MODEL YEAR 2007-2008 I-290, AND I-370, PASSENGER VEHICLES ORIGINALLY SOLD IN OR CURRENTLY REGISTERED IN THE STATES OF ALABAMA, ARIZONA, FLORIDA, GEORGIA, HAWAII, LOUISIANA, MISSISSIPPI, NEVADA, NEW MEXICO, PUERTO RICO, SOUTH CAROLINA, TEXAS, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS AND UTAH. SOME OF THESE VEHICLES HAVE A BRAKE LAMP SWITCH THAT MAY NOT WORK AS DESIGNED DUE TO CONTAMINATION IN THE SWITCH.
Consequences
THIS CONDITION COULD CAUSE THE SIMULTANEOUS LOSS OF ALL BRAKE LAMPS OR CAUSE ALL OF THE BRAKE LAMPS TO STAY ON CONTINUOUSLY. BOTH OF THESE CONDITIONS COULD FAIL TO WARN OTHERS OF THE DRIVER'S INTENTIONS AND COULD LEAD TO A VEHICLE CRASH.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND REPLACE THE NECESSARY COMPONENTS AS SPECIFIED IN THE RECALL BULLETIN FREE OF CHARGE. GM ANTICIPATES THAT PARTS WILL BE AVAILABLE BY JUNE 2010. A SPECIAL COVERAGE FOR VEHICLES REGISTERED IN ALL OTHER STATES WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN THE SAME TIME FRAME. IN THE INTERIM, OWNERS WHO EXPERIENCE THE FAILURE CAN OBTAIN A FREE REPAIR, HOWEVER THEY WILL BE REQUIRED TO RETURN WHEN THE NEW DESIGN PART BECOMES AVAILABLE. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438, GMC AT 1-866-996-9463, ISUZU AT 1-800-255-6727 OR AT WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM.
Potential Units Affected
185,903
Notes
GENERAL MOTORS CORP.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:01
Component
CHILD SEAT
Summary
GM IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2004-2011, CHEVROLET COLORADO, GMC CANYON, MODEL YEAR 2006, ISUZU I-280/I-350, AND MODEL YEAR 2007-2008, I-290/I-370, REGULAR CAB VEHICLES AND EXTENDED CAB VEHICLES WITHOUT A REAR SEAT AND EQUIPPED WITH A FRONT 60/40 SPLIT BENCH SEAT. THESE VEHICLES FAIL TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 225, "CHILD RESTRAINT ANCHORAGE SYSTEMS." THE TOP TETHER ANCHOR FOR THE FRONT CENTER SEAT IS NOT ACCESSIBLE AND THE OWNER MANUAL DOES NOT INCLUDE INSTRUCTIONS REGARDING HOW TO USE THE TOP TETHER.
Consequences
BOTH NHTSA AND GM DISCOURAGE PLACEMENT OF A CHILD IN A FRONT SEAT. NEVERTHELESS, THERE ARE INDIVIDUAL CIRCUMSTANCES THAT MAY REQUIRE PLACEMENT OF A CHILD IN A RESTRAINT IN THE FRONT CENTER SEATING POSITION OF THIS VEHICLE THAT DOES NOT OFFER A REAR SEAT. LACK OF ACCESS TO THE TOP TETHER ANCHOR AND A LACK OF INSTRUCTIONS AS TO HOW TO USE IT, MAY RESULT IN IMPROPER INSTALLATION OF A CHILD RESTRAINT. IMPROPER INSTALLATION OF A CHILD RESTRAINT CAN RESULT IN A REDUCTION IN THE RESTRAINT'S PERFORMANCE IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH AND AN INCREASED RISK OF INJURY OR DEATH TO THE CHILD SEATED IN THE RESTRAINT.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL CUT A HOLE INTO THE BACK PANEL TRIM COVER TO ALLOW ACCESS TO THE TOP TETHER ANCHOR FOR THE FRONT CENTER SEAT POSITION AND WILL PROVIDE SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION AS TO USE IN THE OWNER'S MANUAL. THE MANUFACTURER HAS NOT YET PROVIDED AN OWNER NOTIFICATION SCHEDULE FOR THIS CAMPAIGN. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438, GMC AT 1-866-996-9463, ISUZU AT 1-800-255-6727 OR VISIT GM'S WEBSITE AT WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM.
Potential Units Affected
192,676
Notes
GENERAL MOTORS CORP.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:34:50
Component
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Summary
GM IS RECALLING 27,188 MY 2009 CADILLAC ESCALADE, ESCALADE HYBRID, ESCALADE ESV, AND ESCALADE EXT; CHEVROLET AVALANCHE, SUBURBAN, TAHOE, TAHOE HYBRID, AND COLORADO; AND GMC YUKON, YUKON HYBRID, YUKON XL, AND CANYON VEHICLES. THE FUEL SYSTEM CONTROL MODULES MAY HAVE A CONDITION IN WHICH AN ADHESIVE SEPARATION OF THE ROOM TEMPERATURE VULCANIZING (RTV) SEAL BETWEEN THE SEAL AND THE HOUSING MAY ALLOW WATER TO SEEP INTO THE MODULE.
Consequences
WATER IN THE MODULE COULD CAUSE A SHORT OR OPEN CIRCUIT, ILLUMINATION OF THE SERVICE ENGINE SOON LAMP, SETTING OF DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODES OR THE ENGINE MAY BE HARD TO START, MAY NOT START OR MAY STALL INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL INSTALL A NEW FUEL SYSTEM CONTROL MODULE FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON MAY 18, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CADILLAC AT 1-866-982-2339, CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438 AND GMC AT 1-866-996-9463 OR AT WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM.
Potential Units Affected
27,188
Notes
GENERAL MOTORS CORP.


NHTSA Rating Front Driver
4
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
4
NHTSA Rating Front Side
4
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
No Test Planned
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
N/R
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R

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