The 2008 Chevrolet Colorado is a compact truck that combines affordability above-average fuel economy and capacity. Its new features include distinct rugged styling, efficient power, extended cab and crew cab body configurations, a choice of two-or four-wheel-drive configurations and off-road package.
The '08 Colorado comes with two-or four-wheel drive in three body-style configurations normally regular cab, extended cab with short reverse-opening doors or crew cab with four regular forward-swinging doors and a 5-foot cargo box. Meanwhile, you may opt for three primary trim levels which include the base "Work Truck", midlevel LS and high-quality LT. The "Work Truck" features air-conditioning and an AM / FM stereo while the LS offers upgraded seating and trim. The LT comes standard with in-dash CD changer, larger five-cylinder engine, accessories and remote keyless entry. Other options include heated leather seats, a six-disc CD changer, satellite radio, sunroof, grille cards, bed extender and 18-inch wheels.
The Colorado's standard 2.9-liter four-cylinder engine makes 185 horsepower and torque of 190 pound-feet with an optional 3.7-liter inline five-cylinder with 242 hp and 242 lb-ft of torque. Most four-cylinder Colorados comes with five-speed manual transmission while a four-speed automatic is standard on five-cylinder trucks.
Standard antilock brakes, OnStar emergency communications, side impact airbags and Traction control provide safety and convenience. The Colorado earned perfect five-star rating in government frontal impact crash tests for the protection of the driver and front passenger and a four-star rating for front occupant protection in side-impact testing.
The interior design of the 2008 Colorado is simple with an organized layout of controls and gauges. Another great feature is the presence of a dual-position tailgate that provides better support. However, rear legroom is not as spacious as the room up front and the rear door openings are also small.
The 2008 Chevrolet Colorado has a reasonably smooth engine with softly tuned suspension that promises a comfortable ride at an affordable price.