2004 Chevrolet Colorado

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2004 Chevrolet Colorado Review

Gives consumers a bigger-truck feel in an affordable, smaller package.

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Overview

The 2004 Chevrolet Colorado provides Chevy's answer to decreasing small truck sales in recent years. Given the label of ?midsize,? the Colorado demonstrates that a few inches here and there make a difference. The Colorado feels like a larger truck, but without the weight gain.

The Range

Body Styles: pickup truck
Engines: 2.8-liter four-cylinder, 3.5-liter five-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Colorado Z85 regular cab, Chevrolet Colorado Z85 LS regular cab, Chevrolet Colorado ZQ8 regular cab, Chevrolet Colorado ZQ8 LS regular cab, Chevrolet Colorado Z71 LS regular cab, Chevrolet Colorado Z85 extended cab, Chevrolet Colorado ZQ8 extended cab, Chevrolet Colorado Z85 LS extended cab, Chevrolet Colorado Z71 extended cab, Chevrolet Colorado ZQ8 LS extended cab, Chevrolet Colorado Z71 LS extended cab, Chevrolet Colorado Z85 LS Base crew cab, Chevrolet Colorado Z85 LS crew cab, Chevrolet Colorado ZQ8 LS Base crew cab, Chevrolet Colorado Z71 LS crew cab

What's New

The 2004 Chevrolet Colorado makes a hot-off-the-press addition to Chevrolet’s truck lineup this year.

Exterior

Touted as aerodynamic, angular, and athletic, the Chevrolet Colorado enters the truck arena with its gold Chevrolet bowtie emblem set against a chrome grille bar. The Colorado uses a ladder-type frame, rear drive, an independent front suspension, and a live rear axle. The four-wheel-drive models get torsion-bar suspension. The regular cab trucks measure 192.4 inches long overall, riding on a 111.3-inch wheelbase. Crew and extended cab truck models measure 207 inches.

Interior

The 2004 Chevrolet Colorado offers more interior space than you might imagine, given its exterior size. But according to Chevrolet it has more interior volume than any other compact or midsize truck. The extended cab model serves as a prime example with no jump seats; instead, it has a front-facing rear seat. By moving the steering wheel and instrument panel forward, Chevy carves out the extra room needed for this improvement over other trucks in its class. The Colorado's seat tracks are also longer than last year's S-10, accommodating more drivers. The cabin has triple-seal doors, which help deliver a quieter ride.

The Colorado’s bed length depends on the truck’s cab model. Regular and extended trims have a six-foot, one-inch bed and crew cabs measure one foot shorter. The beds go extra deep and feature two-tier loading and eight tie-downs. The four-wheel-drive model also features a step.

Performance & Handling

The 2004 Chevrolet Colorado gives buyers a choice of two all-new inline engines. The first being a 2.8-liter, four-cylinder engine and the second, a 3.5-liter, five-cylinder engine. Spin-offs of the Vortec 4200 inline-six, these two engines both have balance shafts to help with vibration and both have great responsiveness. This comes in handy for merging and passing power when you need it. The four-cylinder provides 175 horsepower while the five-cylinder generates 220 horsepower.

Safety

The 2004 Chevrolet Colorado's safety features include a four-wheel anti-lock braking system, child seat anchors, daytime running lights, auto delay-off headlights, dusk-sensing headlights, front headrests, a passenger airbag deactivation switch, and electronic brakeforce distribution. The Colorado receives a rating of ?good? in IIHS crash tests.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet Colorado: 18/24 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Variable size
  • Strong engine
  • Standard ABS

You Won't Like

  • No V-8 option
  • Limited towing capability

Sum Up

Gives consumers a bigger-truck feel in an affordable, smaller package.

If You Like This Vehicle

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See the New 2012 Colorado.

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