Upgraded brakes and the addition of StabiliTrack electronic stability control should help the 2009 Chevrolet Colorado improve a bit on its middle-of-the-pack safety.
The four-door Chevrolet Colorado gets five-star frontal crash scores from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), along with four-star ratings in side impacts and nearly all other distinctions. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) ranks the Colorado as “good” for all front impacts but "marginal" in its seat-based rear-impact test and "poor" in its side-impact test—that’s for models without the optional side-curtain bags. TheCarConnection.com’s editors note that thorax-protecting side airbags remain unavailable on the Colorado.
The reviewers at Edmunds welcome the inclusion of "OnStar emergency communications," now standard on all 2009 Chevrolet Colorado models.