2011 Chevrolet Colorado

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$17,145

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2011 Chevrolet Colorado
2011 Chevrolet Colorado

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Wide range of engine, trim choices
  • ZQ8 setup offers sports car-style 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 in interior

5 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Our 2011 Chevrolet Colorado trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • OnStar version 9.0 available with improved voice recognition
  • Available Bluetooth phone connectivity
  • Aqua Blue Metallic exterior color replaces Inferno Orange
  • New front-seat head restraint design
  • 5.3-liter V-8 available
  • Side curtain airbags standard on all models

2011 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 doing so, GM 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.

In 2009, Chevy finally offered a 300-horsepower, 5.3-liter 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 the Colorado’s 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-style 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 2011

There are only marginal changes for the 2011 Colorado, including the availability of the latest generation of OnStar — GM’s in-truck information and telecommunications service — Bluetooth phone integration and redesigned front-seat headrests.

Exterior

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. 

Exterior features include:

  • 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

Interior

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.

Interior features include:

  • Available leather seating in crew cab LT
  • Available moonroof in crew cab, extended cab
  • Available sliding rear window
  • Available Bluetooth hands-free phone integration

Under the Hood

Mechanical features include:

  • 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)

Safety

GM has improved the Colorado’s safety credentials with 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.

Safety features include:

  • 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 3.9
  • Interior design 3.3
  • Performance 4.0
  • Value for the money 3.6
  • Exterior styling 3.9
  • Reliability 3.7

Most recent consumer reviews

4.6

Good place, good people!

Is an awesome place to buy a vehicle from .The staff there are respectful, kind,and friendly. I recommend anybody that's looking to purchase a vehicle to go Auto Choice.

2.4

Completely unreliable

This truck is a piece of crap. Too many times I've gone to start the truck and it won't. Sometimes it's dead. Sometimes it has power and won't start and sometimes, with a full battery, won't do anything. Chevrolet knows of the problem but won't recall it. It's not this model year. Avoid this truck at all costs. Problems began about 65k.

3.7

Refuses to recap passlock systems, HUGE PROBLEM

Love the truck but once it leaves you sitting and wont start or crank and you look it up online to find FOR MANY MANY YEARS the passlock sustems have fails leaving stranded. Some it shuts down while driving, mine like others leaves you sitting for 10 minutes and you can try again and hope it turns over. They are well aware but wont recall it and instead make the parts to fix it, a new ignition switch...with zero promise that it wont happen again. So...unless you like leaving 20 minutes early just incase, and then when it starts get useto showing up waaay early...then I wouldnt buy ANY CHEVY again with a passlock system. THIS WILL BE MY LAST ONE EVER UNLESS THEY FIX THE SAME PROBLEM THEY HAD FOR 8-10 YEARS...AND STILL HAVNT FIXED, RECALLED, OR EVEN CARED AT ALL ABOUT. I guess their time is the only time that matters and pur money is all that matter as well. I CHALLANGE ANYONE READING THIS....before you buy a Chevy, look up onkine how long this has been a problem swept under the carpet and the cost of fixing it. Ifyou want to by a chevy after that...you got more time on your hands then I do then. DEAR CHEVY- FIX IT AND RECALL LIKE YOU SHOULD

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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
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