• (3.9) 33 reviews
  • MSRP: $4,782–$17,238
  • Body Style: Truck
  • Combined MPG: 17-21
  • Engine: 185-hp, 2.9-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Towing Capacity: 2,200 lbs.
2008 Chevrolet Colorado

Our Take on the Latest Model 2008 Chevrolet Colorado

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

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

2008 Chevrolet Colorado Reviews

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

(3.9)

Average based on 33 reviews

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Love this truck

by CKeyes from Canton, GA on October 13, 2017

Midsize truck and I love it. Comfortable, smooth ride, sleek, and useful. Obviously not for heavy duty towing, but will do the occasional work load with ease.

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2008 Chevrolet Colorado Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

Recalls

There are currently 2 recalls for this car.


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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/100,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

60mo/100,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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