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2011 Chevrolet Colorado Regular Cab

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2011 Chevrolet Colorado Regular Cab Review

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As penny-pinching is becoming the norm these days, the compact pickup is beginning to look mighty attractive. Though it can't tow or haul like a full-size Silverado, the 2011 Chevrolet Colorado makes an attractive alternative for those whose truck use tends to be more recreational than occupational. The Colorado's 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. For those seeking more power, a 5.3-liter V8 is available on Extended and Crew Cab LT models. 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.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you like the rugged, bold look of the full-size Silverado, but want it in a smaller package that gets better fuel economy, check out the 2011 Chevrolet Colorado. The standard four-cylinder engine is surprisingly strong yet, with two-wheel drive, is EPA-rated at 24 miles per gallon on the highway.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Some may find the 2011 Chevrolet Colorado too narrow and, with the Crew Cab model, short on rear-seat legroom. Also, the Colorado's optional 3.7-liter in-line five-cylinder engine does not offer as much torque as the V6 engines from Toyota and Nissan, while the V8 option tends to be a bit too fuel thirsty.

What's New for 2011

For 2011, the Colorado receives newly designed front seat head restraints and the upgraded OnStar version 9.0.

Driving the Colorado Regular Cab

Driving Impressions The Colorado's greatest strengths can be found in its chassis and powertrains. The body-on-frame chassis provides a rigid platform helping eliminate rattles and shake. You can feel it in the...

way the Colorado handles off-road and in the corners. Even over washboard roads, the Colorado exhibited no sign of dash-rattling or squeaks. Chevrolet has also created a number of performance and off-road packages that enhance the Colorado's rugged image. Surprisingly, for such a small truck, the Colorado has a rather wide turning circle. The standard in-line four-cylinder is fairly potent for such a small engine. When ordered with the manual transmission, it also offers exceptionally good fuel economy.

Tailgate
The Colorado's rear tailgate can be set at a 55-degree angle so that items can rest flat on the tops of the wheel wells and align with the tailgate.

Side Curtain Airbags
Standard side curtain airbags are an important safety feature worth having.

2011 Chevrolet Colorado Regular Cab Details
Interior

The 2011 Chevrolet Colorado's interior layout is highly functional, with all the gauges and controls in clear sight and easy reach of the driver. The seats offer firm bottoms and good lumbar support, and the cloth fabric is both durable and comfortable. Crew Cab models are a bit tight when it comes to rear-seat legroom, but front seat occupants should be more than satisfied. The one drawback may be the over-abundance of gray throughout the cab. Chevrolet recently revamped the interior color scheme to lessen this mass of gray plastic, but the most vivid improvements show up only in the pricier trim levels.

Exterior

The Colorado definitely has the look that says "Chevy." Bulging fender flares and bright alloy wheels punctuate tall slab sides. Regular Cab models ride on a 111.3-inch wheelbase while Extended and Crew Cab models are on a 126.0-inch wheelbase. The bed length for the Regular and Extended Cab models is roughly six feet, while that for the Crew Cab model is about five feet. Both beds feature tall sidewalls, for deeper storage, which give the Colorado best-in-class cargo volume. The Colorado has a clever tailgate that can be opened flat or set at a 55-degree angle, effectively placing the top of the gate in line with the tops of the rear wheel wells, which makes it easy to load and carry, for example, large, flat panels.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Colorado LS features a five-speed manual transmission, 2.9-liter four-cylinder engine, air conditioning, cruise control, anti-lock brakes (ABS), side curtain airbags, stability control, tilt steering wheel, dual outside mirrors, automatic headlamps, carpeting, AM/FM stereo, XM Satellite Radio, tachometer and forward-facing jump seats in the Extended Cab. The LT trim adds chrome front and rear bumpers, Deluxe Cloth upholstery, CD player and leather-wrapped steering wheel. To that the Z71 adds the Z71 off-road suspension, auto-dimming mirror, rear sliding window and the 3.7-liter five-cylinder engine.

Optional Equipment

Options include four-wheel drive, four-speed automatic transmission, power windows, power door locks, power mirrors, heated leather seats, automatic locking rear differential, tow package, 16, 17 and 18-inch wheel options, six-disc CD changer, traction control, Z71 off-road package, the ZQ8 performance package (18-inch wheels, sport suspension and 5.3-liter V8 engine) and Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity.

Under the Hood

Engine choices for the Colorado include four- and five-cylinder powerplants, as well as a V8 engine on the LT trims. The standard 2.9-liter four- and the optional 3.7-liter five-cylinder engines might seem small, but they are both big on power. The 2.9-liter four-cylinder produces an impressive 185 horsepower and offers up most of its 190 pound-feet of torque between the ranges of 1,200 and 5,600 rpm. That's enough power to muscle any lightly-equipped four-wheel-drive vehicle through the toughest terrain. The optional 3.7-liter engine makes 242 horsepower. Both of these engines produce class-leading horsepower while returning good fuel economy. The big 5.3-liter V8 is powerful but not easy on gas and is best ordered only when towing is a priority.

2.9-liter in-line 4
185 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
190 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25 (2WD), 18/24 (4WD, manual), 17/23 (4WD, automatic)

3.7-liter in-line 5
242 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
242 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/23 (2WD), 17/23 (4WD), 16/21 (4WD, Crew Cab)

5.3-liter V8
300 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
320 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20 (2WD), 14/19 (4WD)

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2011 Chevrolet Colorado Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.8
Out of 10

Based on 994 Ratings for the 2004 - 2012 models.

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  • Value
    8.1/10
    Quality
    8.0/10
  • Reliability
    8.5/10
    Performance
    8.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.1/10
    Styling
    8.4/10

Well worth it

By on Wednesday, January 20, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 165,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "few repairs"

Cons: "cosmetic issues, light bulbs, buzzer,"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought my Chevy Colorado as an internet special with 16K on it. Now at 165K I've done next to nothing in repairs, only normal wear such as battery, tires, exhaust, and brakes. It's been great in snow and has held good value over the years."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Reliable trail barnstorming

By on Thursday, January 07, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,085

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"I've regularly taken my truck places that my friends have shied away from. With aggression. We're the temp tag and tire crew. We've made a few payments, some popped tires, we scratched rims along the way. My lil' mule scoots around the obstacles like a v8 can't muster. Around Georgetown, CO. the v8 crew might pick on my I5 because they didn't know that their highway $70k city truck was about to be shamed by El Chupacabra, out on the trail. I've had hikers ask me, "how did you get here?". I love my 2006 Chevy Colorado with 87k miles, with 20K of those hard, because we go anywhere. Oh, mind that you change your fuel filter every 30K or so miles."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Reliable truck with good gas mileage

By on Saturday, November 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 192,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "good gas mileage, reliable"

Cons: "seat doesn't recline, spare tire need special tool"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This truck was purchased new from dealer in 2006, I have put the full 180k+ miles on it myself. I changed the fuel filter about 7 times (every 30k miles or so) change oil every 3-5k miles maybe went once or twice of 5-7k miles. I clean the throttle body and air sensor (got a check engine light saying this was problem at about 63k so I've done it around 50k since then). Truck was lowered 3" and seasonally use 20" performance rims with lo-pro. I would say that about 60% of miles are highway and freeway miles. (also used as delivery truck for 4 years) FOLLOWING FAILED PARTS: at 58,354 miles the Front U-joint began making horrible noise and was replaced with a greasable one within 100 miles. (likely due to lowering vehicle) at 78,329 miles my passenger tie rod was replaced (les swab realized the problem due to uneven wear on my tire) it was also replaced by a greasable one. at 127,935 miles I was forced to replace my rear u-joint (replaced with greasable one) at 138,732 miles I had a few problems with the vehicle turning over but not starting (replaced battery connections) also started having problems with anit-lock brake warnings randomly around this 139k and at 141,732 miles my front driver side wheel bearing began seezing up (very horrible experience since it started forcing vehicle left) replacement was surprising easy and I did it on side of road with limited tools in about 2 hours(this also fixed my anti-lock brake light). (bearing and hub one piece) price $247. 151k replaced shocks (were getting soft) at 164k replaced water pump as it started leaking (still drove for 3 days probably woulda lasted longer but didnt wanna push it) at 177k I got an engine light for "engine cold to long" replaced thermostat. I have definitely pushed this vehicle hard, diven many mountain roads, towed at least 2 tons 3k miles on a 400lb tongue (and I got the 4 cylinder.) Driven a 36 hour non-stop trip. So I would definitely recommend this vehicle. I would say that I like the peppy-ness it has yet its not so fast that I am getting speeding tickets (peppy since I know how to drive a manual) The only part of the vehicle I had a problem with was that the seat does not recline at all (likely since single cab.)"

7 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Excellent Small (Midsize) Pickup

By on Tuesday, November 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, handles great, and very comfortable."

Cons: "Bigger people may not be too happy with this PU."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Excellent pickup for highway travel or tooling around to the hardware store and back. Seating very compfortable (up front)' for I never road in the back seats. But if you are a big and tall or burly type person you may have problems getting in and out. For travelling, it has plenty of get up and go, even for a five cylinder. Carrying a huge load won't work on this vehicle for the bed is too small. But big enough for the everyday shopper, or to haul around the mower. In the snow, the handling was exquisit. It is an all around fun and functional vehicle from the get go."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Good Truck with only minor issues.

By on Saturday, October 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 89,885

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Decent fuel economy, plenty of power"

Cons: "Too many sensor issues, needs more cab room"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"I purchase this truck new in 2007. Overall it has been a good truck with only minor issues (so far). A transmission sensor failed while under warranty so dealer fixed it and no more problems with that. For the last 20,000 miles the check engine light has been on. Autozone checked and said it was a fuel solenoid but since it has not caused any serious issues in the performance of the truck, I have not carried it in to the dealer. For the last 10,000 miles the check TPM light has come on. Carried it to the dealer and they reset the TPM. That worked for about 10 minutes after I left the dealer. Now I just let the sensors flash and don't worry about them. Another issue is the anti-theft sensor. About every 3 months the truck will fail to start and the anti-theft sensor will flash. I let the truck sit for 10 minutes and then it starts. This seems to be a common problem with Colorados and something Chevy should do a recall on but I know they won't. I wish the vehicle had less sensors. They only seem to cause problems. I get around 20 MPG which is not bad but could be better. It has plenty of power but a little extra cab space would be nice. Other than that, I have only added gas and oil. Even with the issues I mentioned, I don't see myself trading off my Colorado unless I it starts giving me some serious problems."

12 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Funnest automobile I've ever owned.

By on Friday, October 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 56,347

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Power, fun, sport suspension,"

Cons: "plasticy interior"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I own a rarer 2009 5.3L, 300hp, v-8 equipped colorado Lt. It has a ZQ8 suspension package. This has been the funnest, most surefooted vehicle I have ever owned.It has 56.000 miles with no mechanical issues whatsoever. The interior is a little on the cheap side. I think it is a very sharp looking exterior. I get a lot of looks and compliments."

4 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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