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For 2012, Chevrolet makes a number of equipment changes to the Colorado line. The Power Convenience Package is added to 1LT trims, while 2LT trims gain standard front bucket seats. LT models no longer offer a manual transmission, and the 5.3-liter V8 engine is no longer offered on the 1LT. A locking rear differential is made standard on 2LT, 3LT and 1LT 4x4 models.
Enhanced safety features include standard StabiliTrak stability control and a new braking system with improved stopping distance. A host of new equipment includes revised wheels, more standard equipment on LT trims and an improved Z71 package. A 5.3-liter V8 can now be ordered on both Extended and Crew Cab models.
As gasoline prices continue to edge upwards, the compact pickup is beginning to look mighty attractive. Though it can't tow or haul like a full-size Silverado, the little Colorado makes an attractive alternative for those whose truck use tends to be more recreational than occupational. The Colorado's new 185-horsepower four-cylinder and 242-horsepower five-cylinder engines provide good power and excellent fuel economy, while a four-wheel-drive option allows the compact pickup to tackle deep snow and venture off-road. Although the Colorado's cab and bed are not the largest in this segment (and its turning radius is uncommonly wide), the truck remains competitive with Ford's Ranger series and, to a lesser extent, the Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier and Dodge Dakota.
By DigEm (GA) on Sunday, September 04, 2011
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 111,400overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fuel mileage, interior room, dependability."
Cons: "Seets need to be a little more comfortable."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Bought my Colorado Crew new in 2005. I have had only three issues over 6.5 years. Two recall issues, the AC control issue, and the tail light recall issue. The other problem was a broken bolt on the exhaust manifold. Chevy fixed it and no more problems. I have done several mods to the truck that have given it more power and better fuel economy. Contrary to someone on here saying that you should buy a Ford, they have just as many issues as this truck has had, and they DO NOT get nearly the gas mileage. I know this because I traded my 2004 ford Ranger after 14000 miles and seven months because it broke a tranny and never got over 18 MPG. I get 18 around town in the Rado, and 23 on the highway! I would buy another one, and recommend it to anyone who asks."
17 people out of 17 found this review helpful
By Brian (IN) on Friday, January 04, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Marvelously made, great truck."
Cons: "Doesnt fit tall (6'-2" +) people well."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Its not fancy but it gets the job done, and doesnt complain when you ask to much of it. I have the 2.8L and it can pull a 12x8 cover trailer full of furniture 200-300 miles no problem. I've filled the entire bed with gravel severely overloading it, and it got it done without complaint. Mileage varies, but I generally dont get below 20mpg, and have gotten as high as 26mpg on long hauls under idea conditions. I have beaten the truck for 70k miles and it hasnt given me any problems that are truly troubling. But there are a couple things that are starting to appear. I need to replace a sensor (prolly 02) and that is causing a sporatic abnormal idle from time to time. The emergency brake cable will get moisture in it, and in cold weather will cause the brake to lock sometimes, solution either add weight to the bed or replace the cable once every ten years. Rarely the truck will randomly not start, I'm still chasing the problem, but I think there is a position sensor or something for the clutch that is preventing the engine from starting. If you let it be, or pump the clutch, it will start. Plastic handles to move seats will break, vicegrips for the win. Really nitpicking here now. The transmission fill plug located in a way that you cant fill it easily, you will need a pump or something to fill it. In closing. I tried give a useful review, there really isnt much wrong with the truck after 150k and I'm very impressed. It doesnt burn or leak oil from the engine, transmission, or rear end. It has plenty of power when coupled with the 5spd transmission. The truck just works."
11 people out of 11 found this review helpful
By musicman1023 (OH) on Friday, November 16, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great gas mileage,"
Cons: "Cheap interior,"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3
"bought my 2004 Colorado used, in December 2004. It only had 750 miles on it. I would not trade this for any other truck, unless I upgrade maybe to a Silverado. The 5.7 5 cylinder has as much power as most 6 cylinders if not more. And I get around 23 mpg/ 19 city. I have had trouble with the speakers, Have had them fixed several times but they don't last long. Other than that it has been a good mid-size truck."
10 people out of 10 found this review helpful