I bought a 2012 colorado crew cab used w/ 21,400 miles with the 5 cyl. 3.7L engine. The 4 cyl. engine was too weak, and fuel efficiency difference was only 1 mpg. Alone with luggage I get 24.5 mpg at 66 mph. With more ppl and luggage its more like 22 mpg. In houstons mix of highway and city I tend to get 19-20 mpg. It now has 60,000 miles and have had a $400 sensor go out. Ride and road noise are not the best, but livable. Turning radius better than full size, but not great. I find fuel mileage is significantly better than full size trucks, and I have had no issues with the drivetrain. This truck has no frills, but its reliable. This is the midsize truck to buy if you want value.
value, it is good enough without wasting my money.
Bought in 2004 new, at 163k miles! Loved it and it fuel sipping ways so much bought another 2004 single cab 5 spd, capable of whomping those heavy Hemis. 19 gallon tank that runs on 87 equals great value on a truck built for economy. My single cab has caltrack latter bars, intake, Spal electric fans, exhaust and corvette c6 seats. Having a hard time replacing them. The eaton locker on both is a traction dream. I am a car guy, that sells an average of 6 cars a year personally, I'm stuck on my Colorados!!!
Fuel economy, traction, practicality all equals happiness!
A diesel power plant would do wonders 4cyl TDI, would average 34 mpg with the right ratios,....
I have owned 2 Chevy Colorado Crew Cabs starting with an '05 LS Crew Cab and 2.8L engine and a 2010 Crew Cab with 3.7L engine. Both were 2WD. My family and I have found this configuration to be more useful and appealing than the purchase of a compact SUV.
The reason I write this is because besides the great service and reliability, the new 3.7L in 2WD actually gets as good or better than the 2.8L. We routinely drive 330 mi. each way to a family cabin. On three recent trips (May, June, July) we got 26.3, 26.5, and 26.7 mpg on one leg. This was with AC on or off. It just confuses me how some say this truck get no better mpg than full size trucks. It gets 17-19 city and 24 to +26 highway.
The best features we like is gas mileage, comfortable seats, useful space, and ride comfort. The cabin is very quiet with less road noise than most compact SUVs than do not have a full frame as this small truck has.
There is no thumpa-thump from non isolated tire and suspension going over road cracks or bumps. This is present in nearly all newer design vehicles that do not use frames.
the mileage is approx. 20% better in the city and 30% to 35% better on the highway than a full sized Chevy or Ford truck. Also, handling, parking and insurance costs are much less. Full size trucks get 14-16 city and 20-21 mpg highway.
The range of mpg depends on wind, traffic and winter/summer weatr
Interior could be a bit more dressy and early looks at the 2014 Colorado shoes it will be. Yay! The ceramic brakes last a loong time (90K to 100K) , but the front wheel bearing/spindles usually have to be replaced at around 100K due to sealed bearings and the ABS wheel spindle etchings (signal producing encoding ring) are not very deep so rust after several years. These should be made deeper since some folks have gotten ABS fault lights. You can remove the ABS fuse and still drive it, but then no ABS or Stabil-a-Track. It's not a major thing, but it does cost $300 to $500. If it occurs at 90K to 100K miles is not bad since bearing spindles need maintenance/replacement by then anyways.
After owning a 1999 Chevy S10 Blazer for 13yrs this is a great truck to upgrade to. My parents gave me their 99 and I loved it but traded it in for a truck and my blazer had more kick to it but it hated it. I really like how simple the Colorado is, nothing fancy just the basic features and with Crew cab and Z71 package I got more than I ever wanted with it. Like my blazer i'm gonna keep it for a long time. If you are looking for a simple cheep reliable truck this would be a good one to look at. I haven't yet done much with it but I can drive from base to my parents house (200miles) in about half a tank which is great!
Bed, MPG, Rides good, Comfy seats, good rear leg room,
Eh maybe a updated radio but i'll probably change it when the radio is on it's last leg, I love the satellite radio and the Onstar, my blazer was a yr or so before Chevy put them everywhere.