The 2008 Chevrolet Colorado looks more like a full-size truck than its compact size would indicate—but inside, it’s awash in inexpensive plastics and cheap-feeling switches.
Kelley Blue Book is relatively impressed with the base 2008 Chevrolet Colorado trim, calling it "an attractive alternative for those whose truck use tends to be recreational." The exterior has a "look that says 'Chevy,' [with] bulging fender flares and bright alloy wheels [that] punctuate tall slab sides." Automedia calls its styling “terrific,” and believes it “resembles a scaled-down Silverado with a rugged and sporting stance.” Truck Trend notes that the Colorado comes in three different cab styles: “regular cab, extended cab, crew cab (with four full-size front-hinged doors)” and that “regular and extended cabs get a 6-foot-1-inch-long bed and crew cabs feature a 5-foot-1-inch-long bed.” Edmunds feels that “The Colorado's aggressive, angular styling makes big promises of power, ruggedness and capability.” Cars.com calls it "aerodynamic, angular and athletic."
The Colorado’s interior draws praise for its layout, but takes hits for its aesthetics. Automedia thinks that “Inside, Colorado looks and feels more like a spacious, well-appointed full-size pickup,” and Kelley Blue Book describes the Chevrolet Colorado interior layout as "highly functional, with all the gauges and controls in clear sight and easy reach of the driver." However, they also note an "over-abundance of gray throughout the cab" that only differs "in the pricier trim levels." ConsumerGuide likes "the audio and climate controls [that] are simple to use and are clearly marked" and gauges that "are easy to read," though "some digital readouts wash out in direct sunlight." Edmunds complains “recent upgrades to the Colorado's interior make today's version more hospitable than in previous model years. However, plenty of evidence of cost-cutting remains in the form of hard plastics, inconsistent build quality and a near absence of style.” Car and Driver slams its "rental-car interior décor."