2009 Chevrolet Colorado vs. Its Competition

2009 Chevrolet Colorado LT w/1LT

The base four-cylinder version of the Ford Ranger is still the most agreeable basic small pickup; crash-test results are quite good, and because of its advanced age it can be had at bargain prices.

The Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma are both offered with either fuel-efficient four-cylinder engines or optional V-6s.

With the V-6, the Frontier is one of the most enjoyable, versatile mid-size pickups available, and it's surprisingly capable for towing or off-roading.

For the V-8 Colorado, the Dodge Dakota is the only real competitor.

The Dakota is substantially larger and offers a variety of engine configurations, including a powerful V-8, although it's a bit less maneuverable than the Colorado.

The GMC Canyon is essentially the same vehicle, sharing platforms, components, and all else except for trim and badging with the Colorado.

2009 Chevrolet Colorado LT w/1LT2009 Chevrolet Colorado
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2008 Dodge Dakota 2WD Ext Cab ST Open Doors2008 Dodge Dakota
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2008 Ford Ranger 2WD 2-door SuperCab 126" Sport Angular Front Exterior View2008 Ford Ranger
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Quick Specs
The new available V-8 engine is a long time coming and helps position the Colorado as a worthy rival to the most capable compacts and an alternative to full-size trucks.
With the addition of the new V-8 option, the 2009 GMC Canyon goes from unappealing to quite competitive.
Especially with the improved V-8, the 2008 Dodge Dakota can do most of what a full-size truck can while consuming fewer resources in the process.
The 2008 Ford Ranger’s best, highest use is as an inexpensive work truck or off-road play toy. Anything else exposes the flaws in its seating, its fuel economy, its available features and in its performance.
For those of us who don't live on a ranch, the 2008 Nissan Frontier is large enough to haul real people and cargo, but sized for the urban-congestion reality.
The 2008 Toyota Tacoma covers the basics, at a price that’s lower than full-size trucks.
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Gas Mileage     
15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Gas 4-CylGas I4Gas V6Gas I4Gas 4-cylGas I4
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Style Name     
2WD Reg Cab 111.2" Work Truck2WD Reg Cab 111.2" Work Truck2WD Ext Cab ST2WD Reg Cab 112" XL2WD King Cab I4 Manual XE2WD Reg I4 MT (SE)
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
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Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Regular CabRegular CabExtended Cab 6'7" BedReg Cab 6' StylesideKing CabRegular Cab
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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