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2010 Chevrolet Colorado: Used Car Review

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author photo by Ron Sessions November 2014

The 2010 Chevrolet Colorado is available as a 2- or 3-passenger regular cab, a 4- or 5-passenger extended cab, or a 5- or 6-passenger crew cab. The regular cab has two doors, and the crew cab has four. The extended cab offers two full-size front doors and a pair of rear-hinged half-length rear doors with two fold-down rear seats. The regular and extended cabs come with a 6.1-foot bed, while the crew cab has a 5.1-foot bed. Both rear-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive are offered. Rack-and-pinion steering, StabiliTrak and 4-wheel anti-lock brakes are standard. Safety gear includes dual-stage front airbags, and new-for-2010 models are standard head-curtain airbags. The Colorado is a good personal-use pickup choice for buyers more interested in fuel economy and maneuverability than in max payload and towing ability.

What We Like

Maneuverable size; 5-cylinder and V8 performance; roomy front seats; smooth-shifting transmissions; configurable tailgate; bold look of Z71

What We Don't

Cheap-looking dash and door trim; sound of 5-cylinder engine; ride harshness

Fuel Economy & Engine Specs

The 2010 Chevrolet Colorado is available with a 2.9-liter dual-overhead-camshaft (DOHC) 4-cylinder, a 3.7-liter DOHC 5-cylinder or a 5.3-liter overhead-valve (OHV) V8 engine. All use regular unleaded fuel, and the V8 is also E85 compatible.

The base 2.9-liter 4-cylinder develops 185 horsepower and 190 lb-ft of torque. Two-wheel-drive versions are rated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at 18 miles per gallon in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. Four-wheel-drive versions with the 5-speed manual transmission get an 18 mpg city/24 mpg hwy rating, and 4-wheel-drive models with the 4-speed automatic are rated at 17 mpg city/23 mpg hwy.

Standard on 4-wheel-drive crew cabs and 2-wheel-drive crew cabs with the Z71 off-road suspension, and optional on other Colorados, the 3.7-liter inline 5-cylinder engine makes 242 hp and 242 lb-ft of torque. A 4-speed automatic transmission is standard with the 5-cylinder. Four-wheel-drive crew cabs get a 16 mpg city/21 mpg hwy rating, and all other 5-cylinder Colorados are EPA-rated at 17 mpg city/23 mpg hwy.

Standard with the ZQ8 sport suspension and optional on extended and crew cabs, the 5.3-liter V8 makes 300 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque. The V8 gets variable valve timing for 2010 to improve drivability. A 4-speed automatic is standard with the V8. The 2-wheel-drive version is EPA-rated at 15 mpg city/20 mpg hwy and the 4-wheel-drive gets a 14 mpg city/19 mpg hwy rating. The max tow capacity with the V8 jumps to 6,000 pounds.

Standard Features & Options

The 2010 Colorado comes in WT and LT trims.

The WT (Work Truck) typically comes with full carpeting, a cloth bench seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 16-in steel wheels, an AM/FM radio, air conditioning, intermittent wipers, a tilt steering column, cruise control, automatic headlamps, anti-lock brakes, StabiliTrak stability control and folding outside mirrors.

Typical LT equipment includes exterior sport appearance, OnStar communication, 235/75 tires on 16-in alloy wheels, color-keyed trim and an AM/FM/CD 4-speaker stereo. The LT trim also adds upgraded cloth seats, bright interior accents, cloth door trim inserts, a center front-seat storage armrest and SiriusXM satellite radio. Options on LT include remote keyless entry, fog lights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, power-heated front seats, leather seat trim, a 6-disc CD player, a power sunroof, a sliding rear window, and power windows, mirrors and door locks.

The off-road-oriented Z71 package, available on both 2-wheel-drive and 4-wheel-drive Colorados, gets 265/70-17 off-road tires on 17-in chrome-clad wheels, and includes wheel flares and a long-travel off-road suspension with monotube shocks.

Returning for 2010 is the ZQ8 sport suspension package, paired with the 5.3-liter V8 and including 235/65-18 sport tires on 18-in Xtreme alloy wheels, lowered ride height, stiffer springs, color-keyed bumpers, and sport seats.


The Colorado's more maneuverable size makes it a sensible alternative to full-size pickups for light hauling in urban areas, where high fuel prices and tight spaces prevail. Regular-cab 2-wheel-drive 4-cylinder models are priced inexpensively, but be prepared to pay double for clean 4-wheel-drive 5-cylinder or V8 crew cabs with the LT trim or Z71 package.

To get a good idea of the prices of used 2010 Colorado pickups, check out the used-car values at You can also search the AutoTrader Classifieds to see what models are for sale in your area.


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced the following recalls for the 2010 Colorado:

Regular- and extended-cab models with a 60/40-split front bench seat lack access to a top anchor to tether a child-restraint device in the middle-seat position.

A missing secondary latch can allow the hood to open when driving, creating a crash risk.

Recall repairs are required by law, even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if the repairs were performed, and if not, will fix the car at no charge to you.

Safety Ratings & Warranties

NHTSA gave the 2010 Colorado regular cab and extended cab four stars for frontal impacts, driver-side impacts and rollover performance. The crew-cab model received five stars for frontal impacts and passenger-side impacts, three stars for driver-side impacts and four stars for rollover performance.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the 2010 Colorado crew cab as Acceptable for moderate-overlap front impacts, Poor for side impacts, and Marginal for head-restraint and seat crash performance. However, it gave the Colorado extended cab a Good rating for front impacts.

Chevrolet covered the 2010 Colorado with a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, a 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty with roadside assistance and a 6-year/100,000-mile corrosion-perforation warranty.

Chevrolet certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicles cannot have more than 75,000 miles on the odometer and must be 5 years old or newer. Every CPO Colorado undergoes a 172-point inspection. Those that pass receive a 12-month/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, plus whatever remains on the transferable, original 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain coverage. Also included is a 2-year/24,000-mile maintenance plan with roadside assistance.

Other Cars to Consider

2010 Ford Ranger -- Smaller and less roomy than the Colorado, and not available in a crew-cab configuration, the Ranger offers an impressive 22 mpg city/27 mpg hwy EPA rating with its base 143-hp 2.3-liter 4-cylinder. The FX4 4WD model is dropped for 2010. A 207-hp 4.0-liter V6 delivers added oomph. The Ranger is available in regular and extended (Super) cab only.

2010 Toyota Tacoma -- This is the best-selling small or midsize pickup by a wide margin. Tacoma continues with a 159-hp 2.7-liter 4-cylinder or 236-hp 4.0-liter V6. Regular, Access (extended) and Double (crew) cabs, a lowered X-Runner sport truck, and TRD performance versions are available. Side-impact and side-curtain airbags are standard.

AutoTrader's Advice

The Chevy Colorado midsize pickup offers a more fuel-efficient, garage-friendly and maneuverable alternative to full-size trucks. Although regular-cab models offer the greatest parking and maneuverability advantages, extended-cab and crew-cab models offer far more people or gear-toting space under lock and key and will retain the best resale value. Look for a certified pre-owned truck, if available, or lower-mileage examples that have seen obvious care. Avoid modified trucks if possible, and look for a vehicle with a Carfax or equivalent vehicle history report. Make sure that all safety recalls have been performed on the Colorado you're considering.

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