2008 Chevrolet Colorado

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$15,085

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2008 Chevrolet Colorado

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

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

The bad:

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

3 trims

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Our 2008 Chevrolet Colorado trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • 185- and 242-hp engines
  • Three cab configurations
  • Three suspension choices
  • Xtreme sport edition available
  • Optional side curtain airbags

2008 Chevrolet Colorado review: Our expert's take

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. For 2008, little has changed except the addition of GM’s OnStar communication system as standard equipment, as well as new exterior colors. The Colorado competes with other smaller pickups, such as the Nissan Frontier, Toyota Tacoma and Ford Ranger.

Colorados come with two- or four-wheel drive and in regular cab, extended cab and Crew Cab configurations. Two trim levels are offered: LS and step-up LT.

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. New colors include Inferno Orange Metallic, Black Granite Metallic and Dark Gray Metallic.

Regular cab trucks are 192.4 inches long overall on a 111.3-inch wheelbase, while extended cab and Crew Cab models measure about 207 inches long on a 126-inch span. Standard steel wheels measure 15 inches in diameter, but aluminum or chrome wheels are available. Hydraulically assisted rack-and-pinion steering is installed.

Interior
Door handles, instrument gauge surrounds and climate controls have chrome accents on some LS and LT models.

Extended cab Colorados 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, and XM Satellite Radio.

Under the Hood
A 2.9-liter four-cylinder engine utilizes variable valve timing to make 185 horsepower and 190 pounds-feet of torque. The 3.7-liter engine makes 242 hp and 242 pounds-feet of torque. Five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmissions are available.

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.

When properly equipped, a four-cylinder Colorado can tow up to 3,300 pounds. The larger engine enables 4,000-pound towing.

Safety
Front disc and rear drum antilock brakes are standard, as is GM’s OnStar communication system, which comes with a one-year subscription to Safe and Sound service. Dual-stage front-impact airbags are standard, and roof-rail side curtain airbags are optional. Side-impact airbags for the front seats are not available.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.0
  • Interior design 3.8
  • Performance 4.1
  • Value for the money 4.1
  • Exterior styling 4.4
  • Reliability 4.2

Most recent consumer reviews

4.1

seems to do what I need

It is small but seems to have enough power to tow small loads! The 4wd. seems to have good climbing power! It also seems to handle well in wet weather!

4.6

Very Comfortable Ride

This car met all of my needs and rides very smoothly. It also gets pretty good gas mileage considering it is a 4x4 with a crew cab

5.0

Perfect

The perfect small truck for everyday driving. Very versatile with both extended cab doors that open. Plenty of leg room and under seat storage in the extended cab.

See all 40 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Chevrolet
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)
Powertrain
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
View all cpo program details

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