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TheCarConnection.com's editors have driven the new V-8 Chevrolet Colorado, along with more basic four- and five-cylinder versions, in order to give you an expert opinion. And to help you make the most of some of the most reputable review sources on the Web, TheCarConnection.com has brought some of the most useful information together here.
- Acceleration with the V-8
- Fuel efficiency with the four
- Choice of body styles
- In short-bed form, a real compact truck
- Doesn’t steer as well as some rivals
- The longer six-foot might still be too short
- Lots of chintzy hard plastic inside
- Rough-running four- and five-cylinders
- Five-cylinder gets V-8 gas mileage
For the first time ever, Chevrolet has seen fit to put a V-8 engine in a compact truck. Although offered in only the Extended and Crew Cab models, the 2009 Colorado (along with its nearly identical sibling, the GMC Canyon) is now available with a 5.3-liter V-8 engine producing 300 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque—bringing a maximum towing capacity of 6,000 pounds and sub-seven-second 0-60 acceleration. The new engine is mated to Chevrolet’s smooth, reliable four-speed automatic transmission.
The Colorado’s other two engines, the 185-horsepower, 2.9-liter inline four-cylinder and 242-hp, 3.7-liter inline-five, are still part of the model lineup, and thanks to a revised fuel control module, they feature improved fuel economy of up to 25 mpg with the four-cylinder.
All 2009 Colorado models receive StabiliTrak electronic stability control, as well as a new braking system that features better braking feel and improved stopping power. A new ZQ8 sport suspension package for 2009 Extended and Crew Cab models features revised suspension tuning that’s 30 percent stiffer and a ride height that’s one inch lower. Eighteen-inch, split six-spoke aluminum wheels and low-profile performance tires are a new part of the package that pairs with the V-8.