2010 Chevrolet Colorado

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Key specs

Base trim shown

Pickup Truck

Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

192.4” x 67.6”


Rear-wheel drive



The good:

  • Wide range of engine, trim choices
  • ZQ8 setup offers sports-car-like handling
  • Three final-drive ratios for V-8 engine
  • Available automatic mechanical locking rear differential

The bad:

  • Exhaust note on five-cylinder engine
  • V-8 only available with four-speed automatic
  • Low-grade plastics used in interior

6 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Notable features

  • 5.3-liter V-8 adds variable valve timing
  • Side curtain airbags standard on all models

2010 Chevrolet Colorado review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
When four of the five midsize truck manufacturers introduced new small pickups for 2004-05, GM introduced the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon and in so doing gave up two decades of equity in the popular S-10 brand to rename its compact truck. Chevy also stepped away from the norm to offer a dual overhead camshaft and inline-five-cylinder engine rather than a traditional V-6. Then came new trucks from Dodge, Toyota and Nissan — all with more horsepower and towing capacity.

Last year, Chevy finally offered a 300-horsepower V-8 in the Colorado, just as a slowing economy started directing shoppers to smaller, lower-priced engines. The Colorado has always been a favorite among cross-shopping consumers because of its extensive lineup and numerous options. Chevy likes to promote its three suspension setups to help differentiate its models. The Z85 is for normal operation, the Z71 is tuned for off-road use and the ZQ8 is designed for sports-car-like handling.

For businesses and contractors looking for a customized small work truck, the Colorado can be ordered in a chassis cab configuration that can be upfitted with panel van-style or “midbox” storage solutions.

New for 2010
There are only minor changes for the 2010 Chevy Colorado. The 5.3-liter V-8 has been enhanced with variable valve timing for marginally better emissions and performance across its power band. Side curtain airbags are now standard.

When the Colorado debuted for 2004, it carried over the front-end styling from that generation’s Chevy Silverado, including the familiar power bar grille and angular “bat wing” headlamps. It looked great on the Colorado then, but now the Silverado has been restyled and the Colorado is looking a little long in the tooth. The Colorado has a little more muscle in its silhouette than some other compact trucks, which is great in four-wheel-drive and/or Z71 trims. Lowered with the ZQ8 suspension, though, the Colorado may have a little more meat than some would like. Changes in recent years added body-colored moldings, bezels and surrounds to add a more sporty appearance to some trim levels.

  • Bold wheel flares on Z71 models
  • Z71 suspension offers higher stance than previous models
  • Four new wheel designs help differentiate models
  • Sport appearance now standard on all Z85 models

Though drenched in plastic, the Colorado’s interior features an effective gauge layout and easy-to-reach audio and climate controls. There are some nice chrome accents to spice up the atmosphere, but this is mostly a utility-friendly cab with adequate storage and reasonably spacious surroundings for a compact pickup. The seats are wide and comfortable, and the crew cab offers decent headroom and legroom for people of most heights. The second row of the extended cab is for children only.

  • Available leather seating in crew cab LT
  • Available moonroof in crew cab, extended cab
  • Available sliding rear window

Under the Hood

  • 185-horsepower, 2.9-liter inline-four-cylinder with aluminum block and cylinder head, dual overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder that makes 190 pounds-feet of torque
  • 242-hp, 3.7-liter inline-five-cylinder with aluminum block and cylinder head and dual overhead camshafts that makes 242 pounds-feet of torque
  • 300-hp, 5.3-liter V-8 with aluminum block and cylinder head and two valves per cylinder that makes 320 pounds-feet of torque; variable valve timing is new for 2010, primarily for improved emissions
  • Five-speed manual (standard on four-cylinder models)
  • Four-speed automatic (standard on inline-five-cylinder and V-8, optional on four-cylinder models)

GM has improved the Colorado’s safety credentials by adding standard side curtain airbags. Stability and traction control are also standard. GM’s electronic stability system uses electronic brake controls to help the driver maintain control of the vehicle in certain situations.

  • Crash sensor sends GPS signal
  • Front seat belt pretensioner

Of Interest to Truck Owners

  • Maximum gross vehicle weight rating: 5,300 pounds (extended cab and crew cab)
  • Maximum payload capacity: 1,422 pounds (4×2 regular cab)
  • Maximum towing capacity: 6,000 pounds (extended cab and crew cab V-8)
  • Axle ratio: 3.73:1 (all five-speed manual, four- and five-cylinder models), 3.42:1, 3.73:1, 4.10:1 (V-8)
  • Minimum ground clearance: 7.7 inches (Z85 4×2), 6.6 inches (ZQ8 4×2), 11.4 inches (Z71 4×2)
  • Minimum ground clearance: 10.2 inches (Z85 4×4), 11.4 inches (Z71 4×4)
  • Cargo floor length: 72.8 inches (regular and extended cab), 61.1 inches (crew cab)
  • Cargo floor width: 57.2 inches
  • Cargo floor width at wheel well: 42.6 inches
  • Cargo bed depth: 18.6 inches

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.0
  • Interior 3.7
  • Performance 4.2
  • Value 3.9
  • Exterior 4.0
  • Reliability 4.1
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Most recent consumer reviews


What a piece of junk, and worst customer service

Love chevy but my 2010 that i bought from a dealership year and a half ago wirh 99000 miles at the time is sitting in my driveway costing me 400 a month to look OK and need head gasket/ new motor. 21k for 9k miles? No help for me fml and xxxx chevrolet. Just bought a 2000 f150 at least it runs.


2010 Chevy Colorado Starting on and off.

High miles purchased at 218,000 in very good condition with factory cab. One major issue is that it sometimes does not start and when I walk away and come back it starts this is very rare do not know if it is the starter. Any help out they as to this problem. It seems to do this at least 1-2 month and frustrating. Also ac blower motor goes off and on and radio does same. Any suggestions? Brake light drivers went out and can not find a harness that needs to be replace GM no longer has. Any help out there?


130 k an the motor is gone head gasket.

Why is the motor a piece of junk. Phoned my parts guy for used motor . Only 2 in ontario, they get them in an then gone . To replace ones that have blown up. Hope you are proud of this product . Him have been a gm man all my life ,but not anymore. Thanks again for selling junk.

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Based on the 2010 Chevrolet Colorado base trim.
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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)
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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