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QUALITY | 6 out of 10
Car and Driver
stints longer than two hours will have you speed-dialing your chiropractor
less wind and road noise than most competitors
The use of cheap plastic and inferior switchgear on the interior of the 2009 Chevrolet Colorado cripples the truck’s overall rating.
“In its latest comparison test appearance,” says Car and Driver, “the Colorado finished last out of five trucks and was flayed for its rental-car interior, unrefined engine, and upright rear backrest.” Edmunds is also unimpressed with the Colorado, grousing, "seating comfort and cabin materials still leave much to be desired" with the 2009 Colorado. Chevrolet loses marks for giving "the impression of being cheap," with Edmunds noting, "sub par materials, an abundance of hard plastic and mediocre seat comfort."
“Unfortunately, the front bucket upgrade (a 60/40 split bench is standard) brings seats that feel convex instead of concave,” says Automobile Magazine, adding, “Driving stints longer than two hours will have you speed-dialing your chiropractor for relief.” ConsumerGuide is generally happy with the front part of the Chevrolet Colorado cab's interior, pointing out "lots of legroom and headroom" and seats that 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."
The Colorado’s rear seats are faulted for being hard, undersized, and uncomfortably upright. 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, also saying that "adults lack legroom," though the "Crew Cabs are more spacious" on the Colorado. TheCarConnection.com finds adequate space in the Crew Cab’s backseats for two adults, although cushions are a bit flat.
Build quality is well received despite the below-par materials, with Kelley Blue Book reporting 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."
Cargo-bed-carrying capacity is limited, as the six-foot bed won't hold a 4x8 sheet of plywood, and the four-door Colorados have it even worse with only a 5-foot, 1-inch bed.
The bargain-basement interior and limited load capacity hinder the competitiveness of the 2009 Chevrolet Colorado.