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2011 Chevrolet Colorado Review

This review was written when the 2011 Chevrolet Colorado was new.

The 2011 Chevrolet Colorado will likely fit your budget, but many reviewers say it won't fit your lifestyle.

While reviewers agree that the Colorado is a decent truck, they also agree that the competition is better. Edmunds calls the Colorado "a handsome light-duty pickup that looks good on paper. But on the road or trail, where passenger comfort and refinement really count, it doesn't quite measure up."

Other compact pickups offer buyers smoother rides, more comfortable interiors and better fuel economy. In a segment that caters to buyers who need a light-duty truck for recreation, but still want it to be comfortable, economical and safe enough to commute in, the Colorado only does half the job.  It's a fine choice for light hauling, towing or off-roading, but most reviewers say it makes a poor daily driver.

It's not all bad news for the Colorado.  Its V8 engine gets some praise for providing ample power, even if some reviewers question if the Colorado needs a V8, since a fully-loaded Colorado with a V8 can quickly approach the Chevrolet Silverado full-size pickup in price, but can't quite match it in capabilities. Plus, if it’s a basic hauler you want, reviewers say the Colorado is up to the task even if it doesn't shine in other areas.

Other Compact Trucks to Consider

For a more livable compact pickup, consider the Toyota Tacoma.  Reviewers say it has a nicer interior and is easier to live with on a daily basis than the Colorado. The Tacoma also starts at almost $600 less than the Colorado. If you prefer an American model, check out the Dodge Dakota, which has the best towing capacity in the class -- but starts $5,000 more than the Colorado.

Details: Chevrolet Colorado

The Chevrolet Colorado is largely unchanged for 2011. It comes with the choice of a four, five or eight cylinder engine.  The Colorado is very closely related to the GMC Canyon. Both trucks are expected to be discontinued in the 2012 model year, so if you want a Colorado, you should buy one sooner rather than later. If you think the Colorado is the truck for you, check out our Chevrolet Deals to see what specials and incentives are available on the Colorado.

  • "Chevrolet's Colorado and GMC's Canyon focus on casual pickup users, assuming heavy haulers will move up to the larger Silverado and Sierra. Given that mission, these are useful, well-balanced small trucks." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The compact and midsize pickup truck market . . . could see renewed interest in the next few years by consumers who might not need the capacity or bulk of a full-size truck, but still need a vehicle with a bed -preferably one that doesn't cost a fortune to fill up. While in any other year the addition of a V-8 for the Colorado would be good news, the new engine's release is a case unfortunate timing in light of current market issues." -- Motor Trend
  • "The Colorado has always been a favorite among cross-shopping consumers because of its extensive lineup and numerous options." -- Pickuptrucks.com
  • "While I believe there's lots of room for small trucks in the market, I have a tough time understanding why a consumer would spend this much money on a truck with fewer capabilities than its full-size brother and few real advantages other than it's easier to put in the garage. (The I-4 Colorado makes sense, and the I-5 does as well, but the V-8 version is just a Silverado in lesser sheet metal.)" -- Detroit News
Review Last Updated: 2/25/11

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