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2006 Chevrolet Colorado Review

May appear to lack the posh interior and exterior design features, which can easily be found in the competition.

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If you are seeking out updates, the 2006 Chevrolet Colorado may disappoint although there are plenty of trim and package levels. It is known for its solid frame and slightly larger body styling when compared to the S-10 truck it was designed to replace. It sits amongst compact trucks in the category with just as many negative features as it does positive. From the low impact interior to the powerful engine options, it can leave shoppers with a long list of pros and cons. The trick is outweighing these options and finding a trim package that best meets their driving needs.

The Range

Body styles: regular, extended, crew cab
Engines: 2.8 liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: manual
Models: Chevrolet Colorado, Chevrolet Colorado Work Truck, Chevrolet Colorado LS, Chevrolet Colorado LT

What's New

In terms of body styling and interior, the 2006 Chevrolet Colorado makes no changes. The only noticeable difference is the expanded models and trim packages that range from the regular through the extended and crew cab. Extended cab models boast the Base and the LT with both offering four-wheel drive. The LT is the only available model for the crew cab also available with four-wheel drive. All models offer a standard 2.8 liter, four-cylinder, Vortec engine. An optional 3.5-liter engine is also available on some packages.


The classic 2006 Chevrolet Colorado speaks to truck enthusiasts that enjoy the open bed of a classic pick up with some features that make it suitable for off roading. Each compact pick-up truck is featured in regular, extended, or crew cab models that differ in size and hauling capacity. Expect to find five-foot beds on the crew cab while both the regular and extended are expanded another foot. If you are searching for off-road capabilities look no further than the optional trim packages such as the Z71 that include oversized tires in addition to many other highlights sure to please thrill seekers. Other trim packages that can be added to the base, LS, and LT include the Z85 and the Xtreme, which adds 18-inch alloy wheels to the exterior along with an updated grille and performance tires to match. It is not lacking in available color options with over five varieties including Victory Red, Sunburst Orange Metallic, and Superior Blue Metallic.


Many of the lack luster details of the 2006 Chevrolet Colorado start in regards to the interior. Low grade materials and components were added, leaving the Colorado a subpar option when compared to the competition. Standard equipment on the base model includes air-conditioning, two-speaker sound system, and a mast antenna. Jumping to the LT Crew Cab, drivers can expect a single CD player with MP3 along with sensitive volume control and additional interior color options in leather or cloth. A leather steering wheel and floor mats are also added on this model.

Performance & Handling

The 2006 Chevrolet Colorado comes with a standard 2.8-liter, four-cylinder engine that climbs to 175 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque. All models are equipped with a standard five-speed transmission with a four-speed option also available. If power and performance is wanted, the trim packages may meet the needs in terms of off-road capabilities. An optional second engine variation is also offered that reaches an impressive 220 horsepower and generates 225 lb-ft of torque. In areas where it lacks in appearance, buyers can easily make up for with trim packages and improved engine models.


In terms of the 2006 Chevrolet Colorado's safety, buyers can take comfort in the first ever roof-mounted side curtain airbags that are optional on all models. Four out of five stars were earned for the driver and front passenger safety in frontal impact testing through government safety tests. Another four out of five stars where rated for front passenger side impact testing. A perfect five out of five starts is listed for side impact for rear passengers. In addition, it also features child seat anchors, daytime running lights, front center lap belt, and electronic brake force distribution.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet Colorado Regular, Extended Cab Base, Work Truck, LS, LT: 18/25 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab LT: 15/22 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Multiple Trim Options
  • Safety Features

You Won't Like

  • Low Quality Interior
  • Fuel Economy

Sum Up

May appear to lack the posh interior and exterior design features, which can easily be found in the competition.

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