Aside from some exterior trim revisions, the exterior styling of the 2009 Colorado remains unchanged. But in all of the Colorado’s varied configurations—rear- or four-wheel drive, in short-wheelbase regular-cab and long-wheelbase extended- and four-door crew-cab versions—there are plenty of styling differences from which to choose.
Edmunds says, “The Colorado's aggressive, angular styling makes big promises of power, ruggedness and capability.” Cars.com calls it "aerodynamic, angular and athletic." Automedia likes the Colorado’s styling, calling it “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.” Kelley Blue Book is relatively impressed with the base 2009 Chevrolet Colorado trim, declaring 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."
The cabin of the 2009 Chevrolet Colorado draws both praise for its aesthetics, as well as condemnation for the use of cheap materials. 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." Automedia says, “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."