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2011 Chevrolet Colorado

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$6,128 — $21,160 USED
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2-6 Seats
17-21 MPG
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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
2011 Chevrolet Colorado exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2011 Chevrolet Colorado
  • 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

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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

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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 (4x2 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 4x2), 6.6 inches (ZQ8 4x2), 11.4 inches (Z71 4x2)
  • Minimum ground clearance: 10.2 inches (Z85 4x4), 11.4 inches (Z71 4x4)
  • 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

What drivers are saying

4.3
10 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.3)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(3.5)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

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(5.0)

Strong little truck GREAT on gas for a truck.

by Cra from Midvale Ut on December 16, 2018

So I thought I was down grading I have been a ford guy I I've always liked the way that Ford's look to me they look good but I've had bad luck with almost every Ford that I've had I don't know if it's ... Read full review

(5.0)

Quality, dependable, capable.

by Dean from Carmel, NY on March 14, 2018

Love this truck. Small but comfortable. 5 cly. is perfect. Plenty of power and I average 21mpg (that's city and hwy over the course of a month).4x4 is unstoppable. Bluetooth for the phone is flawless ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2011 Chevrolet Colorado currently has 5 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2011 Chevrolet Colorado has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Chevrolet

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

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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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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