2008 Chevrolet Colorado

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2008 Chevrolet Colorado Review

GM’s best-selling midsize truck due to its reliability and dependability.

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Overview

The Chevrolet Colorado is a midsize truck that was first introduced in 2004. It shares a basic platform with the GMC Canyon, as GM is Chevrolet’s parent company.

The Chevrolet Colorado is still in its first generation, and little has changed about the exterior design; however, Chevrolet revealed plans for second generation models planned for 2013 with a more rounded body, more powerful engine options, and hints that models may include the first midsize diesel engine to be sold in North America.

The Chevrolet Colorado is available with a choice of engines ranging in power from the 2.8-liter 4-cylinder to a powerful 5.3-liter V-8. Drivers have the option of a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission.

The five-cylinder models perform well compared to other midsize trucks, and all models are very maneuverable. The automatic transmission is very smooth and efficient, and overall the size of the Colorado is quite manageable, making the jump from work to city driving not such a hassle. The 2008 models offer greater front-seat passenger room.

Outside of a relatively plain exterior, a couple of additional criticisms included a generally uncomfortable ride, very limited rear space on all but the extended cabs, and poor interior construction detail.

The Chevrolet Colorado has been GM’s bestselling midsize truck due to its reliability and dependability.

The Range

Body Styles: midsize pickup truck, midsize extended cab pickup truck, midsize crew cab pickup truck
Engines: 242-hp 3.7-liter I5, 185-hp 2.9-liter I4
Transmissions: four-speed automatic with overdrive, five-speed manual with overdrive
Models: 4x2 Regular Cab Work Truck, 4x2 Extended Cab Work Truck, 4x4 Regular Cab Work Truck, 4x4 Extended Cab Work Truck, 4x2 Regular Cab LS, 4x2 Extended Cab LS, 4x4 Regular Cab LS, 4x4 Extended Cab LS, 4x2 Regular Cab LT, 4x2 Extended Cab LT, 4x4 Regular Cab LT, 4x4 Extended Cab LT, 4x2 Crew Cab LT, 4x4 Crew Cab LT

What's New

While the base model of the Chevrolet Colorado remains much the same since first introduced, the 2008 models did have a number of changes compared to the 2007 models. Perhaps most notable is the option of a 185- or 245-horsepower engine, along with three suspension choices. Side-curtain airbags became optional with the 2008 models, and an Xtreme sport edition is available for this model year as well.

Exterior

While it is advertised as ""athletic"" or aerodynamic, really angular and plain are more apt assessments, according to most independent critics. The Colorado is designed for reliability and as a dependable work truck more than for its looks, but the 2008 Sport edition does have a number of exterior flares. The regular cab has a 111.3-inch wheel base and is 192.4-inches long, while extended cab models and longer box models measure up to 207-inches. Fifteen-inch steel wheels are standard and aluminum and chrome wheels are available as options. The Colorado runs on an independent front suspension and has a solid rear axle.

Interior

Inside the Colorado is cozy except in the extended cab models. The handles, controls, and gauges have chrome accents on the LS and LT models, while the Work Truck models remain fairly plain. Those with extended cabs have a 60/40-split back seat, which can be folded down and can fit five, if a bit tightly. Some options include keyless entry, heated leather seats, and satellite radio.

Performance & Handling

The 2008 Chevrolet Colorado gives drivers the choice of a 185-horsepower, 2.9-liter 4-cylinder regular gas engine or a 242-horsepower, 3.7-liter 5-cylinder regular gas engine. These come with a four-speed automatic with overdrive or a five-speed manual with overdrive.

The bigger engine has towing capacity of around 4000 pounds. The 4x4 models use Chevrolet’s shift-on-the-fly four-wheel-drive system, which is operated from the dashboard. Optional features include locking differential and traction control on the rear drive models.

Safety

Some of the safety features on the Chevrolet Colorado include disc and rear drum anti-lock brakes (ABS) standard, a one year OnStar emergency communication subscription, dual-stage front-impact airbags standard, and side-curtain airbags optional. Side-impact airbags for the front seats are not available.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet Colorado 2WD 2.9-liter automatic, manual: 18/24 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Colorado 2WD 3.7-liter automatic: 16/22 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Colorado 4WD 2.9-liter automatic: 17/22 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Colorado 4WD 2.9-liter manual: 16/22 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Colorado 4WD 3.7-liter automatic: 15/21 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Performance
  • Maneuverability
  • Smooth automatic transmission
  • Front passenger space

You Won't Like

  • Uncomfortable ride
  • Limited rear passenger space
  • Interior construction

Sum Up

GM’s best-selling midsize truck due to its reliability and dependability.

If You Like This Vehicle

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