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2009 Chevrolet Colorado Truck

Price Range: $16,705 - $26,940 | 15 MPG City - 21 MPG Highway

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2009 Chevrolet Colorado Truck

Benefits of Driving a 2009 Chevrolet Colorado Truck

The Colorado isn't as refined or quiet as some of its competitors, but it stands out in the market as one of the most fuel-efficient pickups available, and if you keep the equipment simple it's one of the most affordable. With so many different configurations, it's easy to find one that suits you best, and the longer six-foot bed is among the longest available in its class.

What's new for 2009?

The Colorado has a new V-8 option on extended and crew cab models, standard Stabilitrak stability control, improved braking, better fuel economy, and a number of new features for 2009. Solar Ray tinted glass is now standard on some models and XM Satellite Radio is newly standard on all Colorados.

Model Strengths

  • Roomy crew cab
  • standard stability control
  • available V-8 in a compact truck, fuel economy with four-cylinder
  • affordability of basic models

Model Review

The Colorado is offered in a bewildering number of combinations, to suit uses ranging from industrial and construction to farm use to luxury commuting and occasional boat-towing or off-roading. This includes three cab styles--regular, crew, and extended--and two bed lengths.

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2009 Chevrolet Colorado Truck


2009 Chevrolet Colorado

Source: The Car Connection's editors have driven the new V-8 Chevrolet Colorado, along with more basic four- and five-cylinder versions, in order to give you an expert opinion. And to help you make the most of some of the most reputable review sources on the Web, has brought some of the most useful information together here.

For the first time ever, Chevrolet has seen fit to put a V-8 engine in a compact truck. Although offered in only the Extended and Crew Cab models, the 2009 Colorado (along with its nearly identical sibling, the GMC Canyon) is now available with a 5.3-liter V-8 engine producing 300 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque--bringing a maximum towing capacity of 6,000 pounds and sub-seven-second 0-60 acceleration. The new engine is mated to Chevrolet's smooth, reliable four-speed automatic transmission.

The Colorado's other two engines, the 185-horsepower, 2.9-liter inline four-cylinder and 242-hp, 3.7-liter inline-five, are still part of the model lineup, and thanks to a revised fuel control module, they feature improved fuel economy of up to 25 mpg with the four-cylinder.

All 2009 Colorado models receive StabiliTrak electronic stability control, as well as a new braking system that features better braking feel and improved stopping power. A new ZQ8 sport suspension package for 2009 Extended and Crew Cab models features revised suspension tuning that's 30 percent stiffer and a ride height that's one inch lower. Eighteen-inch, split six-spoke aluminum wheels and low-profile performance tires are a new part of the package that pairs with the V-8.

Whether you ask reviewers of a range of publications or the editors of, you're likely to hear that the base four-cylinder and optional five are quite unimpressive; as a step-up engine, the five-cylinder is especially rough and noisy, and doesn't deliver the smooth real-world torque of rival V-6 engines, despite having similar output numbers. The new V-8 engine gives the Colorado a completely different character, and recommends it for those who need more towing ability. With the V-8, the Colorado is quite enjoyable to drive, though across the line, the steering is vague and requires frequent corrections.

Inside, ZQ8-equipped models feature unique seats unavailable in other Colorado models, but the interior for all Colorados remains unimpressive, with lots of cheap-feeling hard plastic. Standard equipment is quite good, though, including air conditioning, a tilt steering wheel, cruise control, and folding exterior mirrors. Options include traction control, XM, fog lamps, leather seats, a sunroof, a six-CD changer, and a sliding rear window. OnStar is offered but without a navigation feature--which would enhance the desirability of work trucks.

The 2009 Colorado is available is a variety of layouts, including rear- or four-wheel drive, in short-wheelbase regular-cab and long-wheelbase extended- and four-door crew-cab versions that can seat up to six passengers. The 6-foot "long" bed won't carry a 4x8 sheet of plywood, and four-door Colorados have only a 5-foot, 1-inch bed anyway. On four-door versions, the backseat stands uncomfortably upright and is just roomy enough for two adults.

The four-door Chevrolet Colorado receives a mix of crash-test scores, with straight four-star ratings from the federal government (except for some higher five-star ratings on the Crew Cab), with lackluster side and rear test scores from the IIHS. The addition of StabiliTrack electronic stability control, as well as an improved braking system, should increase the Colorado's accident avoidance abilities.

The Bottom Line:

The new available V-8 engine is a long time coming and helps position the Colorado as a worthy rival to the most capable compacts and an alternative to full-size trucks.

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Safety Ratings help

What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Opt
Rear Head side Air Bag Opt
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std


Anti-theft System Std
Telematics Opt
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2009 Chevrolet Colorado Truck

2WD Crew Cab 126.0' LT w/1LT


Engine Type 2.9L Gas 4-Cyl
Horsepower 185 @ 5600 RPM
Torque (lb-ft) 190 @ 2800 RPM
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Fuel Capacity 19.0 gal
Fuel Economy 18 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Estimated max. distance per tank of gas 456 miles


Driven Wheels RWD


Rims 16 x 6 in.
Tires P215/70R16
Spare Tire Compact Spare Tire

Interior Space

Seating Capacity 6 adults
Front Headroom/Legroom 39.3 in. / 42.2 in.
Rear Headroom/Legroom 38.3 in. / 34.8 in.
Luggage/Cargo Space 37.0 cubic ft.


Wheelbase 126.0 in.
Overall Length 207.1 in.
Width 67.6 in.
Height 65.2 in.
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2WD Crew Cab 126.0' LT w/1LT


Air Conditioning Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard
Privacy Glass Standard
Telematics Standard
Front Bucket Seats Optional
Leather Seats Optional
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Optional
Sunroof Optional
Telematics Optional


Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
Auxiliary Power Outlet Standard
Bed Liner Standard
Cruise Control Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard
Front Split Bench Seat Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard
Power Steering Standard
Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror Optional
Front Split Bench Seat Optional
Full-Size Spare Tire Optional
Running Boards Optional
Sliding Rear Window Optional


AM/FM Stereo Standard
CD Player Standard
MP3 Player Standard
Satellite Radio Standard
AM/FM Stereo Optional
CD Player Optional
MP3 Player Optional