2008 Chevrolet Colorado Interior

$4,412 - $8,940

2008 Chevrolet Colorado Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2008 Chevrolet Colorado was new.


Interior: 6.1

The Colorado has the worst class showing for interior, due to an unaccommodating cabin. The chief complaints are mediocre materials and moderate seat comfort.

The regular cab model seats three, while the extended and crew cabs seat up to six with different degrees of comfort. While reviewers like the layout, they don't like much else about the interior. MSN writes, "There's nothing particularly upscale or fun about the Colorado interior." USA Today complains of "a brittle ambiance inside, as if you're surrounded by pieces so thin they're sure to break soon. Nothing did, and nothing might. But the feeling is unpleasant." Car and Driver jokingly points out, "If you like industrial-grade plastic, you'll love the dashboard."


Depending on body type, the Colorado can seat three to six people. The extended cab has a pair of rear jump seats accessible through two reverse-opening doors. The crew cab has a pair of regular seats accessible through two regular doors. "Front seats are excellent," reports the Orlando Sentinel, while rear seats in the crew cab "are cramped and upright," though "you can carry five adults if you have to." The extended cab's back seat has two foldable jump seats. When it comes to overall seat comfort, reviewers are all over the map. Four Wheeler, for instance, says, "Our test truck's cloth seats were some of the least comfortable buckets we've tested in years, with minimal side bolstering, poor lower lumbar support and balky adjustment levers," while the San Jose Mercury News reports, "Seats, cloth-covered in our test model, were wide and comfortable."

"The front seats," says the Detroit Free Press, "offers plenty of room for two passengers and the seats are comfortable, with a wide range of manual adjustments to complement the tilt steering wheel." Consumer Guide reports that the front offers "lots of leg and head room" and that the seats are "adequately comfortable for long drives, though some testers complain of hard, flat seatbacks in entry-level versions."

Reviewers don't recommend counting on the extended cab for usable second-row seating. The Detroit Free Press writes, "I found the extended cab's rear seat, which featured two small jump seats that fold away for cargo carrying, to be almost unusable." The crew cab's back seat, however, is a different story. New Car Test Drive calls it "surprisingly comfortable, particularly when compared with the back seats of past compact crew cabs," saying, "There's a reasonable amount of leg room, especially with a little cooperation from those sitting in front, and the seat height is comfortably high." Not all reviewers agree. MSN finds, "Three people would sit rather close in the full-size back seat of the crew cab, and the mostly upright seatback could get tiring."

Interior Features

Reviewers seem to like the layout of the dash. Edmunds writes, "Simple climate and audio controls make the interior seem instantly familiar as soon as you get in. The gauges are similarly basic, but functional in their design." Consumer Guide says that the gauges are "easy to read, but some digital readouts wash out in direct sunlight." Base model Colorado's are rather sparsely equipped, but features are plentiful at higher and pricier trim levels. After testing a nicely equipped crew cab, a reviewer for the Orlando Sentinel praises the "great stereo and a logical instrument and control layout."


Interior storage is limited in the base model Colorado, while the extended cab and crew cab has two foldable seats that increase second-row cargo room. Newsday explains, "Rear seatbacks fold down in the crew cab, leaving a flat but not very tall load floor. In the extended cab version, the bottom of the rear seat folds up, and the backrest is fixed so that the cargo area's height extends from floor to ceiling." The San Jose Mercury News finds that the crew cab's "arrangement doesn't seem as spacious as in those models where the seat bottom folds up."

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