Variety is one of the Colorado's chief draws. It's available in either rear- or four-wheel drive, in short-wheelbase regular-cab and long-wheelbase extended- and four-door crew-cab versions, and it can seat up to six passengers in crew-cab mode. Comfort, though, is not a strength, and the quality and finish of its cabin leave much to be desired.
ConsumerGuide Automotive is generally happy with the front part of the Chevrolet Colorado cab's interior, saying there's "lots of legroom and headroom" and seats are "adequately comfortable for long drives." Kelley Blue Book concurs, declaring the "seats offer firm bottoms and good lumbar support" and that "the cloth fabric is both durable and comfortable."
Other reviews, however, were not so positive. Car and Driver writers are overtly critical of the 2008 Chevrolet Colorado interior, citing its "flimsy seats." Edmunds is not impressed with this Chevrolet, either. "Despite improvements over the years," reviewers concede, "seating comfort and cabin materials still leave much to be desired" with the 2008 Colorado. Chevrolet loses marks for giving "the impression of being cheap," with Edmunds noting "subpar materials, an abundance of hard plastic and mediocre seat comfort."
The backseat stands uncomfortably upright on four-door Colorados, and there's no option to fold the seats under the floor, which would make the rear area much more useful. Car and Driver notes the "small and uncomfortable back seat," and ConsumerGuide says that "adults lack legroom," though the "Crew Cabs are more spacious" on the Colorado. Chevrolet's rear seats are also faulted for being "hard and undersized." Getting to them is also a challenge, as "entry and exit is difficult through small door openings." Like legroom, "storage is limited," though "better on the Extended and Crew Cab" Chevy Colorado models, attests ConsumerGuide Automotive.
As for the truck bed, the six-foot bed won't carry the 4x8 sheet of plywood, and four-door Colorados have only a 5-foot, 1-inch bed.
Kelley Blue Book reports that "even over washboard roads, the Colorado exhibited no sign of dash-rattling or squeaks." Edmunds comments that the Colorado remains "relatively quiet around town," with "wind noise around the doors picking up at highway speeds."