2009 Chevrolet Colorado

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2009 Chevrolet Colorado Review

Low-end pickup with plenty of options.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2009 Chevrolet Colorado is a stylishly compact, light-duty pickup truck that offers a wide variety of configurations. The Colorado comes with two- or four-wheel drive and the choice of three cab models: the regular cab (available with the base Work Truck or higher-end LT trim), the extended cab (with the Work Truck, LT, and VL trims), and the crew cab (with the LT and VL trims). While the Chevy Colorado lacks some of the refinements of other pickups, its fuel efficiency and extended range of models and trim levels make it a reasonable choice for its price range.

Chevrolet boosts the 2009 Colorado’s power with the new option of a 5.3-liter, V-8 engine. The old standard four- and five-cylinder engines also remain available. Other improvements include updated safety features, new suspension packages, and satellite radio available in higher trim levels. These upgrades help the 2009 Chevrolet Colorado maintain its position as a competitive yet affordable pickup. The wide range of trim levels, cab styles, and engine options make the Colorado suitable for a variety of purposes, from heavy-duty construction work to high-class commuting.

The Range

Body styles: regular cab, extended cab, crew cab
Engines: 2.9-liter I-4, 3.7-liter I-5, 5.3-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Colorado Work Truck, Chevrolet Colorado LT, Chevrolet Colorado VL

What's New

The introduction of the V-8 engine option marks the most notable upgrade for the 2009 Chevrolet Colorado. The 5.3-liter V-8 is available for the extended cab and crew cab models, offering 300 horsepower and a significant boost in hauling muscle. For drivers more concerned with fuel economy than engine power, the I-4 and I-5 engines remain standard options in all models. Rear drive and four-wheel drive come as options with all three engines.

2009 also brings two new suspension packages to the Colorado. The ZQ8 sport suspension package is ideal for on-road driving, while the Z71 suspension package offers larger wheels and tires for off-road use. As an added safety measure, the 2009 Colorado features a revised braking system, with anti-lock brakes now coming standard. All 2009 Colorado base models include the Sport Appearance Package that Chevrolet introduced in 2008.

Exterior

While most pickup drivers choose their trucks based on practical requirements, the 2009 Chevy Colorado also boasts an attractive exterior design with its Sport Appearance Package. This stylish truck finds a home in the city or suburbs as well as on the farm or at a construction site. The Colorado crew cab model features a five-foot cargo box, while the six-foot bed on the regular and extended cabs remains one of the longest in its class.

Interior

The 2009 Colorado’s stylish exterior belies its relatively bland interior. The model offers no significant improvements in this arena, with cheap-looking plastic trim and hard, uncomfortable seats remaining the norm. The 2009 Colorado offers ample room in the front, although rear space remains tight in the crew cab and extended cab models. The bland interior design proves helpful in the dashboard and control layout, which is straightforward and easy to navigate.

Performance & Handling

The new V-8 engine provides a solid solution to the mediocre acceleration and hauling abilities of older Colorado models; however, it also comes with a loss in fuel efficiency. If you value a lean fuel economy over hauling strength, the inline four- and five-cylinder engines offer better options. While the 2009 Colorado provides smooth and quiet city driving, both road noise and bounce increase at higher speeds. Overall, the Colorado provides good handling. Depending on what you require from your truck, the Z71 or ZQ8 suspension packages are both recommended upgrades.

Safety

The 2009 Chevrolet Colorado boasts a number of improved safety features. The new braking system includes anti-lock brakes, and traction control comes standard. GM’s Stabilitrak electronic stability control system helps maintain control and maneuverability in evasive driving and on slippery roads. Chevrolet offers OnStar across the board, while head-protecting side curtain airbags remain optional.

EPA Fuel Economy

Colorado Regular Cab (Work Truck, LT): 18/24 mpg city/highway
Colorado Extended Cab (Work Truck, LT, VL): 18/24 mpg city/highway
Colorado Crew Cab (VL, LT): 18/24 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Low price
  • Relative fuel efficiency
  • A number of engine and trim options

You Won't Like

  • Low hauling capacity without the V-8
  • Unimpressive interior
  • Noisy at highway speeds

Sum Up

Low-end pickup with plenty of options.

If You Like This Vehicle

  • Dodge Dakota
  • Nissan Frontier
  • Toyota Tacoma

See the New 2012 Colorado.

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