2004 Chevrolet Colorado Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2004 Chevrolet Colorado - Road Test Specs

2004 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Ca

(3.5L 5-cyl. 4-speed Automatic 5.1 ft. Bed)


Model year2004
Style4dr Crew Cab Z71 LS 4WD SB (3.5L 5cyl 4A)
Base MSRP$28,595.00
As-tested MSRP$31,800.00


Drive type4WD
Engine typeinline 5-cylinder
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3.5
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)220@5600
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)225@2800
Transmission type4-speed automatic


Suspension, frontIndependent with torsion bar
Suspension, rearLive axle with steel leaf springs
Steering typePower assisted rack-and-pinion
Tire brandGeneral
Tire modelAmeritac TR
Tire size, frontP265/75R15
Tire size, rearP265/75R15
Brakes, frontfront disc, rear drum

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)5.7
0-60 mph (sec.)9.9
0-75 mph (sec.)14.6
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)17.26@80.82
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)34.23
60-0 mph (ft.)141.45
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)58.4
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)44.6
Sound level @ idle (dB)Below 50
@ Full throttle (dB)78
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)73

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsThe 3.5-liter, five-cylinder engine in the Colorado feels torquey and relatively smooth, but as these acceleration figures confirm, it's not particularly quick. At 10 seconds for a 0-to-60 time, this truck would be in a dead heat with a 2004 Toyota Prius. Is that too slow for a compact truck? Maybe not, but just knowing you can get a V8 in the Dodge Dakota, and that even the base Dakota V6 makes 10 more pound-feet of torque, doesn't bode well. The transmission on our test car was a four-speed automatic, and the gear ratios seemed too far apart to make the most of the engine. However, shifts were positive and they came at 6,200 rpm (redline is 6,000 rpm).
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsMaximum braking action was what we expected in the Colorado, with ABS noise and vibration about typical for a modern truck. There was a five-foot spread in stopping distances over three runs, but by the third stop there was some noticeable "squishiness" in the pedal. Plenty of front-end dive, and rebound, accompanied the stops, but it wasn't excessive for a truck.
Handling ratingAverage
Handling commentsBetween the slow steering, soft suspension and off-road tires the Colorado was not very capable in the slalom. But these same traits would enhance off-road performance, so it's hard to fault the truck for possessing them. One area that could be improved, without negatively effecting off-road abilitiy, is the design of the front seats. They are very flat with no side bolstering, so staying put while performing slalom testing was a challenge. It's likely that off-road adventurers would also appreciate greater personal support while the truck travels hill and dale. — Karl Brauer

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)85
Temperature (°F)72
Wind (mph, direction)0-1

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)16/City 23/Highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)17
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)19

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3802
Length (in.)207.1
Width (in.)68.6
Height (in.)67.9
Wheelbase (in.)126
Legroom, front (in.)44
Legroom, rear (in.)34.8
Headroom, front (in.)39.6
Headroom, rear (in.)38.6
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)N/A
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)N/A


Bumper-to-bumper3 years / 36,000 miles
Powertrain3 years / 36,000 miles
Corrosion6 years / 100,000 miles
Roadside assistance3 years / 36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot Available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsNot Available
Head airbagsStandard
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsNone
Traction controlNot Available on 4WD models
Stability controlNot Available
Rollover protectionNot Available
Emergency assistance systemOptional
NHTSA crash test, driverNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot Tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot Tested

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