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Pros & Cons

  • Straightforward interior controls and design
  • Low-quality interior materials

New for 2009

  • V8 engine option added
  • Electronic stability control became standard
  • LT trim gained standard satellite radio

6.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 6.5
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 6.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 7.1
Reliability:
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2009 Chevrolet Colorado Overview

Although it gained a V8 engine option for 2009, most reviewers found that the 2009 Colorado offers few advantages over other compact pickup rivals or the larger Chevrolet Silverado. The 2009 Colorado was also available with four- and five-cylinder engine choices. Most reviewers found that the smaller engines offer adequate power for day-to-day driving, but also that some rivals with V6 engines feel faster than the V8-powered Colorado. A five-speed manual transmission comes with the base four-cylinder engine and a four-speed automatic is available on all models. The Colorado achieves up to 18/24 mpg city/highway, which is about average for the class. If you’re considering a V8 model, keep in mind that the larger Silverado with the same engine achieves nearly the same fuel economy estimates. The Colorado is available with two- and four-wheel drive. With the V8 engine, the Colorado can tow up to 6,000 pounds.

The Colorado is available in regular, extended and crew cab configurations, and can seat two to six people. Reviewers said the crew cab is the best choice if you have multiple passengers with any regularity, as the extended cab only has two small jump seats. While most reviewers were not impressed with the quality of plastics used throughout the interior, many did praise the Colorado’s straightforward controls and design. When it was new, the Colorado came standard with cloth seats and satellite radio. Upper trims added features like power windows, mirrors and door locks.

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Other Trucks to Consider

Although it doesn’t offer a V8 engine option, the 2009 Nissan Frontier can tow 500 pounds more than the Colorado with its available V6 engine. It is also available in extended and crew cab configurations.

The 2009 Toyota Tacoma was a reviewer favorite for its high-quality interior and strong V6 engine option. Reviewers called the Tacoma a great buy and one of the best compact pickup choices available, which is something they rarely said about the Colorado.

Compare the Colorado to the Frontier and Tacoma »

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