I've owned my 2010 Colorado since May '14 and it's been a great truck. The best features are the handling and the 5.3L V8, but my overall rating is excellent. I've had some minor issues with the wiring and electronics, but I think that's pretty common with the 1st generation Colorado. I'm still on the same brakes after 36,000 miles and the same battery. I've replaced the tires, had to have the HVAC switch on the air conditioning replaced and fixed 2 broken wires in the ext cab doors (design defect). I have a tire pressure monitor indicator that's lighting up intermittently, but it's a simple fix according to the mechanic. My only complaint is the common electrical issues that most of these 1st gen Colorado's have had. The engine is very powerful...especially in a mid-size truck like this one. I can tow 6000 lbs...more than enough to tow my snowmobiles, ATV's, etc. Handles like a car, works like a truck, and she can plow through some pretty heavy snow with the 4-wheel drive (I've never been stuck yet). The body has no rust whatsoever after 2 Northern NY winters and she still looks like new, thanks to the rustproofing I had done at the dealership. I see me driving it until she has 150,000-200,000 miles and maybe longer. I have *NO* idea why the "expert" reviews on this truck were always so horrible.
I just purchased a new Colorado after owning an S-10 for the last seven years and 160K miles. I did a great deal of research prior to my purchase, focusing mainly on the Tacoma, Frontier and Colorado. Both the Nissan and Toyota received higher reviews from the auto experts, but the consumer reviews were mostly positive for the Colorado. I have only driven this new vehicle for a couple of weeks and my initial impression is that I like it...very much. I drove all three and the Colorado seemed to have what I was looking for. I loved my S-10 and if I enjoy the Colorado half as much, it will have been a great purchase.
Four doors and the space for the rear seats in the extended cab. Great for grand kids. Gas mileage - 23.6 on the first trip over 200 miles. Handling Appearance
Bottomless pit under the front cup holders, good place to lose keys, wallet and cell phone. Return the reading lights to the rear-view mirror. Improve quality of the console lid, identical to the S-10.