2009 Chevrolet Colorado Work Truck 2dr Regular Cab SB (2.9L 4cyl 5M)
This truck, although not outstanding at anything, delivers reliability, economy, comfort and low maintenance. These are the most important elements of ownership for me. As such, I will likely buy American again although I've been an import buyer historically.
Okay so it shows 4cyl but I have a 2009 chevy colorado ss (8cyl, 5.3) which is very rare! It's been a blast driving it, leather power seats and an awesome bass. It drives okay, probably better if newer, the worst thing about the truck is its very low to the ground and it's sucks on gas.
I was lucky enough to get an '09 Z71 model with Tow/Chrome package at only 30k miles for a great deal. I chose the Chevy Colorado because of it aggressive look as oppose to Tacoma bubbly styling and Frontier. I made some minor interior upgrades to make the truck a nicer ride. The truck is not a luxury car but the interior is better looking than it's competitors The ride is bouncy but is expected from a truck with big tires. It has good suspension, going over bumps with ease. is greatThere are minor squeaks but I don't mind. The gas is decent. I get on avarage 20 MPG, $40 on full tank takes me 320 miles - city/hwy. The truck has been very reliable, practical, and fun to drive.
compact and practical
Decent gas mileage ($40 on full/320 miles- city/hwy
Sometimes the professional reviewers from Edmunds, Consumer Reports, etc are just too picky because my Colorado Z-71 has been a great truck! It has 24,XXX miles now. I have had ZERO problems with it! It gets about 24.5 mpg on highway and a combined 23 mpg recently with in town and highway driving. This little truck has been very reliable and the build quality that Edmunds pans is not seen on my truck. It is still rattle & squeek free and overall impression is that of a real solid truck. The only complaint, although it is not the truck's fault, is that the OEM M+S tires are noisier than I like. I will replace them for quieter ones when these wear out but they are wearing like iron!
Onstar, stability while at highway speeds, ground clearance with Z71 package, solid & quiet driving experience.
Bed liner is starting to scratch tailgate slightly, tailgate is a bit heavy.
I have to disagree with the Edmund's reviewer on my vehicle. With the 5.3 liter V8, this truck is more like a sports car with lots of power. The ride is better than I expected from a truck and the interior, although not fancy, is nice. I passed up on a much more expensive "quality" truck with fewer features and less power due to GM incentives and great pricing. I'm very happy with my decision.
The power, smooth ride, excellent handling.
Better radio with mp3 player jack. The option to use E85 fuel.