2008 Chevrolet Colorado

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Key Specs

of the 2008 Chevrolet Colorado. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of the 2008 Chevrolet Colorado

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

2008 Chevrolet Colorado Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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 con...
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.


Latest 2008 Colorado Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.3)
Performance
(4.1)
Interior Design
(3.7)
Comfort
(3.9)
Reliability
(4.2)
Value For The Money
(4.0)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Perfect

by BDRTiger from Birmingham, AL on July 15, 2018

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. Read full review

(5.0)

Chevy Colorado Great Reliability

by mxracer6x from Castaic, CA on July 6, 2018

I've had the truck for 10 years now. No major problems, and only a few minor ones. Overall quite reliable. The comfort level is good. The performance is pretty good with the 242hp I5 engine. ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2008 Chevrolet Colorado currently has 2 recalls

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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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