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Chevrolet Colorado is a proud successor to the legendary S-series trucks that redefined the small-truck segment by grafting the handling and performance characteristics of a midsize sedan (MacPherson IFS, V-6 power) onto a compact pickup platform.
Bigger, bolder and more refined than any compact Chevy truck in years, the Colorado is an all-new pickup from Chevrolet. Slightly larger than the S-10 truck that it replaces, the Colorado features all-new engines, additional class-exclusive features and a tough new look that makes it instantly recognizable as a Chevrolet pickup. Built on a stout ladder frame chassis, the Colorado offers three body styles, two- and four-wheel drive and a choice of two new Vortec inline engines. Derived directly from the 4.2-liter straight six found in the TrailBlazer SUV, the Colorado’s all-aluminum four- and five-cylinder power plants are the most technologically advanced engines ever offered in a compact Chevrolet truck. Both engines use dual-overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder and electronic throttle control to deliver a broad range of peak torque that extends from 1,200 to 5,600 rpm on the standard 2.8-liter four-cylinder, and from 1,400 to 5,200 rpm on the optional 3.5-liter five-cylinder. Both engines offer a choice of a four-speed automatic or a new five-speed manual.
The suspension consists of a solid rear axle with leaf springs and an independent coil spring front suspension. An off-road package swaps out the coil springs for torsion bars, while a sport package adds an anti-sway bar in back. Off-road enthusiasts will also appreciate the Colorado’s dual-speed push-button transfer case as well as the optional locking rear differential. Since the majority of compact truck buyers purchase their vehicles for personal use, the Colorado was given a more refined and feature-laden cabin than the previous S-10. The overall design is simple, with rotary dials for the climate control system and a large radio faceplate for easy control of the XM Satellite Radio-compatible audio system. Materials quality still isn’t great, but build quality has improved considerably, so expect fewer loose trim pieces and smaller panel gaps.
Extended cab models feature reverse-opening rear doors on both sides for easier access to the backseats, while the large crew cab models offer a 60/40-split folding rear seat that can seat three adults, according to Chevrolet. Regardless of whether the cabs are comfortable or not, segment-first side curtain airbags are available that provide head protection in the event of a side impact or rollover accident. Standard antilock brakes and optional traction control on 2WD models further contribute to the Colorado’s complement of safety features. All things considered, the Colorado offers all the necessary ingredients to satisfy the majority of compact truck buyers. Its range of engines provides both efficiency and power, and with three body styles to choose from in both two- and four-wheel drive, finding a perfect fit shouldn’t be too difficult. Although its old-tech S-10 predecessor has kept Chevrolet off the minds of many compact truck buyers as of late, the Colorado has the hardware to make Chevrolet a legitimate competitor in this segment once again.
Colorado has intelligent power plants that perform the way you need them to, including an available Vortec 3500 I-5 engine that generates the horsepower of a V6 with the fuel efficiency of a four-cylinder.