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2011 Chevrolet Colorado Review

Small pickup reaching the end of the line

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In a Nutshell
The 2011 Chevrolet Colorado is a small pickup truck with great towing ability that offers a good range of configurations, including regular cab, crew cab, and extended cab. Buyers have several engine options: 2.9-liter I-4, 3.7-liter I-5, and 5.3-liter V-8. Transmissions choices are a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic.

Even though it's a big of a rough ride, the Colorado can be equipped with a sport package that includes off-road functions and sport tuning. The fuel economy of the Chevy Colorado is 18 mpg / 24 mpg highway and it comes equipped with all of the safety equipment you'll expect in a small truck.

New for 2011

The Chevy Colorado received no notable changes for 2011.


Engines: 2.9L I-4, 3.7L I-5, 5.3L V-8
Transmissions: 5-speed manual, 4-speed automatic
Body Style: Truck
Trims: Base Regular Cab Pickup, Base Crew Cab Pickup, Base Extended Cab Pickup

On the Outside

With its Chevy family design, the Colorado has had one facelift since its inception, which is the cargo box size is 72.8 inches by 57.2 inches for regular and extended cabs, an d61.1 inches by 57.2 inches for the crew cab.

From the Inside

The Chevy Colorado's interior is utilitarian and full of hard plastic. Crew cabs have 60/40 split rear seats, with rather tight legroom, while extended cabs have two folding rear seats that face each other.

Driving Performance

In regular and extended Chevy Colorado cabs, the inline four-cylinder engine with manual gearbox is nimbler than the inline five-cylinder engine with an automatic transmission. The Colorado has inherent vibration and harshness, and the ride is generally rougher than full-size trucks.

Safety Equipment

Standard safety equipment on the Chevy Colorado are side curtain airbags in addition to regular ones and StabiliTrak with traction control, front disc/rear drum brakes with standard anti-lock braking, and daytime running lights for all trim levels.

Gas Mileage

Work Truck, 1LT, 2LT, 3LT (2.9L) RWD: 18 mpg city/24 mpg highway
Work Truck, 1LT, 2LT, 3LT (2.9L) 4WD: 17 mpg city/22 mpg highway (manual); 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway (automatic)
Work Truck, 1LT, 2LT, 3LT (3.7L) RWD: 17 mpg city/23 mpg highway
Work Truck, 1LT, 2LT, 3LT (3.7L) 4WD: 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway
Work Truck, 1LT, 2LT, 3LT (5.3L) RWD: 15 mpg city/21 mpg highway
Work Truck, 1LT, 2LT, 3LT (5.3L) 4WD: 14 mpg city/19 mpg highway


  • Good maneuverability
  • Versatile configurations


  • Older design
  • Rough ride and vibration


Small pickup reaching the end of the line

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