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2006 Chevrolet Colorado

$3,109 — $13,401 USED
Truck
2-6 Seats
19-23 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Manageable dimensions
  • Performance with five-cylinder
  • Front-seat passenger space
  • Maneuverability
  • Automatic-transmission operation

The Bad

  • Ride comfort
  • Engine noise
  • Rear-seat passenger space
  • Interior construction details

What to Know

about the 2006 Chevrolet Colorado
  • 175- or 220-hp engine
  • Three cab configurations
  • Three suspension choices
  • Available Z71 and ZQ8 packages
  • Xtreme edition available
  • Optional roof-rail side-curtain airbags

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Chevrolet launched the compact Colorado pickup truck in 2004. Offered with a four- or five-cylinder engine, the Colorado is closely related to the GMC Canyon.

Colorados come with two- or four-wheel drive and in regular-cab, extended-cab and Crew-Cab configurations. Both a Z71 offroad performance suspension and a ZQ8 low-riding sport suspension are available. Two trim levels are offered: LS and step-up LT. The Xtreme edition includes the ZQ8 suspension, a unique body-colored front fascia with fog lamps, rocker extension moldings and monochromatic paint in a choice of four colors.

For the 2006 model year, a Sun & Sound Package with a sunroof and in-dash six-CD changer is available for the LT edition. Upgraded cloth upholstery goes into the LT and onto seatbacks of Crew Cab models. A Street Pack option adds a color-keyed appearance to base, regular-length extended-cab models.


Exterior
The Colorado's styling has been called aerodynamic, angular and athletic. The Colorado has an independent front suspension and a solid rear axle.

Regular-cab trucks are 192.8 inches long overall on a 111.2-inch wheelbase, while extended- and Crew-Cab models measure about 207 inches long on a 125.9-inch span. Standard steel wheels measure 15 inches in diameter, but aluminum wheels are available. The ZQ8 package includes 17-inch tires, and 18-inch tires are mounted on models with the Xtreme option. Hydraulically assisted rack-and-pinion steering is installed.


Interior
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Vehicle Overview
Chevrolet launched the compact Colorado pickup truck in 2004. Offered with a four- or five-cylinder engine, the Colorado is closely related to the GMC Canyon.

Colorados come with two- or four-wheel drive and in regular-cab, extended-cab and Crew-Cab configurations. Both a Z71 offroad performance suspension and a ZQ8 low-riding sport suspension are available. Two trim levels are offered: LS and step-up LT. The Xtreme edition includes the ZQ8 suspension, a unique body-colored front fascia with fog lamps, rocker extension moldings and monochromatic paint in a choice of four colors.

For the 2006 model year, a Sun & Sound Package with a sunroof and in-dash six-CD changer is available for the LT edition. Upgraded cloth upholstery goes into the LT and onto seatbacks of Crew Cab models. A Street Pack option adds a color-keyed appearance to base, regular-length extended-cab models.


Exterior
The Colorado's styling has been called aerodynamic, angular and athletic. The Colorado has an independent front suspension and a solid rear axle.

Regular-cab trucks are 192.8 inches long overall on a 111.2-inch wheelbase, while extended- and Crew-Cab models measure about 207 inches long on a 125.9-inch span. Standard steel wheels measure 15 inches in diameter, but aluminum wheels are available. The ZQ8 package includes 17-inch tires, and 18-inch tires are mounted on models with the Xtreme option. Hydraulically assisted rack-and-pinion steering is installed.


Interior
Chevrolet says the Colorado's interior looks and feels more like a well-appointed full-size pickup than the down-market compact that it is. Extended-cab models have four doors and forward-facing rear seats. Crew-Cab models have a 60/40-split, folding rear seat that holds three adults. Regular-cab trucks feature a 60/40-split bench seat upholstered in cloth or leather, and bucket seats are available.

Options include remote keyless entry, heated leather seating, General Motors' OnStar communication system and XM Satellite Radio.


Under the Hood
The dual-overhead-cam Vortec 2.8-liter inline-four-cylinder yields 175 horsepower and 185 pounds-feet of torque, while the 3.5-liter inline-five generates 220 hp and 225 pounds-feet of torque. Both engines use electronic throttle control.

Either engine can drive a five-speed-manual gearbox or a four-speed-automatic transmission. Chevrolet's shift-on-the-fly four-wheel-drive system operates with a dashboard-mounted switch. A locking differential is optional, and rear-drive models can be equipped with traction control.


Safety
Antilock brakes with tandem power boosters, dual-piston front discs and rear drums are standard. Dual-stage front-impact airbags are standard, and roof-rail side curtain-type airbags are optional.

Driving Impressions
More refined than Chevrolet's old, moderately smaller S-10, the Colorado combines satisfying performance and appropriate handling skills with a pleasantly roomy cockpit. Performance with the five-cylinder engine is sufficiently energetic, and it's helped by exceptionally good automatic-transmission behavior. You can expect quite a bit of bouncing on rougher surfaces, but the suspension is otherwise well controlled.

Drawbacks include a somewhat stiff ride and a slightly noisy engine, but the Colorado provides an appealing compromise between full-size and compact trucks. Some interior details are a bit rough, but the Colorado is solid overall. The seats are barely bolstered and have modest back support, but headroom is abundant and elbow space is ample. Legroom is minimal in the back of the Crew-Cab version, and headroom is tight. The backseat headrests significantly impair rear visibility.


Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.3
41 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.1)
Interior Design
(4.0)
Comfort
(4.1)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

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(5.0)

Best truck i?ve owned

by Brian carpenter from Brooklyn, NY on October 25, 2018

The truck Handels very good on wet surfaces has quick pickup very roomie inside the cab and can haul all my work supplies from job site to job site Read full review

(4.0)

Great little truck

by Bill507 from MN on August 8, 2018

Great little truck for everyday needs. Good on gas mileage for commuting. Perfect for getting projects done around home. Very reliable, I have had no major issues with this truck. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2006 Chevrolet Colorado currently has 4 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2006 Chevrolet Colorado has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Colorado received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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