Now in year six of production, the Chevrolet Colorado gets a few upgrades for 2009, the most significant of which is a V8 engine option. Other improvements are the new ZQ8 sport suspension package, larger wheels and tires for the Z71 suspension package, and a revised antilock braking system. In addition, the Sport Appearance Package is now standard on all base models. The 2009 Chevrolet Colorado is a compact pickup available with 2- or 4-wheel drive in three body-style configurations: regular cab, extended cab and crew cab. The new V8 engine is a 5.3L V8 capable of 300 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque, while the standard 2.9L 4-cylinder makes 185 hp and 190 lb-ft of torque. 5-speed manual transmission is a Chevy Colorado standard feature on the 4 cylinders, with a 4-speed automatic optional, while the 5-cylinders come with automatic transmission. EPA fuel estimates are 18 mpg city/24 mpg hwy for a 4-cylinder regular cab, down to 16 mpg city/22 mpg hwy on a 4WD crew cab with the inline-5 engine.Read more Read less
The Colorado has a new V-8 option on extended and crew cab models, standard Stabilitrak stability control, improved braking, better fuel economy, and a number of new features for 2009. Solar Ray tinted glass is now standard on some models and XM Satellite Radio is newly standard on all Colorados. Appearance-wise, wheel designs have been completely revamped, while Z85 models get what was previously optional as a Sport Appearance Package. All models now have a body-color front fascia, body-color moldings have been reconfigured and the Z71 Off-Road model gets a new grille design. Work Truck models now include carpet and cloth seating.
Roomy crew cab; standard stability control; available V-8 in a compact truck, fuel economy with four-cylinder; affordability of basic models
The Colorado isn't as refined or quiet as some of its competitors, but it stands out in the market as one of the most fuel-efficient pickups available, and if you keep the equipment simple it's one of the most affordable. With so many different configurations, it's easy to find one that suits you best, and the longer six-foot bed is among the longest available in its class.
COLORADO PICKUP-1/2 Ton-5 Cyl.