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Avg. Price Paid: $10,772 - $19,570
Original MSRP: $16,985 - $28,915
MPG: 18 City / 25 Hwy
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2010 Chevrolet Colorado Performance

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The Colorado has adequate performance for a truck, according to most reviewers, but the competition is more comfortable and carlike.

  • "The driving experience is also subpar, with a bouncy ride and plenty of road noise while traveling at highway speeds." -- Edmunds

Acceleration and Power

The Colorado's base engine is a 2.9-liter four-cylinder that makes 185 horsepower and 190 pound-feet of torque. Slotted in the middle is a 3.7-liter five-cylinder that makes 242 horsepower and 242 pound-feet of torque. The top-of-the-line V8 engine makes 300 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque. A four-speed automatic transmission is standard with the V8 and five-cylinder, while a five speed manual comes with the four-cylinder.  

While reviewers contend that the four- and five-cylinder engines are adequate for around-town driving, they're split on the V8.  While some like its performance (especially when matched with the new ZQ8 suspension), others question the decision to release a larger engine in an era of fluctuating gas prices.  Others say that, with the V8, there's not much to distinguish the Colorado from its larger sibling, the Chevy Silverado.

Some buyers may be downsizing to a compact truck from a full-size model to save on gas.  The EPA rates combined fuel economy the 4 cylinder Colorado as 21 milers per gallon when equipped with the automatic transmission.  The five-cylinder gets a combined rating of 19 miles per gallon and the eight cylinder gets a 17 miles per gallon combined fuel economy rating.

  • "There's a pleasing amount of reserve power left at higher engine speeds for merging onto the Interstate or overtaking another vehicle on a winding two-lane." -- Truck Trend
  • "With either transmission, the four-cylinder has adequate power for around town driving." Consumer Guide
  • "It took a few dozen miles to adjust to driving the Colorado. The V-8 has lots of power, but there wasn't a way to truly test all of the horses under the hood. Acceleration was good, but other trucks feel faster."  -- Detroit News
  • "Colorado's inline four- and five-cylinder engines are reasonably smooth, though acceleration and hauling performance are lackluster compared to those offered by the larger V6s of competitors." -- Edmunds
  • "The Colorado's 185-horsepower four-cylinder and 242-horsepower five-cylinder engines provide good power and excellent fuel economy." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 300-hp V-8 is the big news for performance enthusiasts and those with more demanding utility needs."  -- Cars.com
  • "From behind the wheel, the ZQ8 Colorado has the heft and ready torque of a full-size truck but one with a performance bent." -- PickupTrucks.com

Handling and Braking

In general, reviewers say the Colorado's ride and handling are adequate for a truck, but many buyers will wanty something better. Most reviewers, however, say the Colorado feels solid over different types of terrain. The new ZQ8 suspension option wins mostly positive reviews.

  • "The driving experience is also subpar, with a bouncy ride and plenty of road noise while traveling at highway speeds." -- Edmunds
  • "Still evident, however, are abrupt vertical motions over bumps and dips, with some jittery feel on badly broken surfaces. The base suspension furnishes the best ride. Colorado and Canyon's available off-road suspension grows tiresome on long trips." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The steering drew criticism for its high effort and numb feel." -- Car and Driver
  • "The body-on-frame chassis provides a rigid platform helping eliminate rattles and shake. You can feel it in the way the Colorado handles off-road and in the corners. Even over washboard roads, the Colorado exhibited no sign of dash-rattling or squeaks. -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "One of the most compelling traits is how well it points and steers." -- PickupTrucks.com

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