The Colorado gets a power boost for 2007, with two all-new Vortec inline engines: a 4-cylinder 2.9-liter and a 5-cylinder 3.7-liter. Both powerplants feature dual overhead cams and variable valve timing. The Colorado's interior has also been updated, a tire-pressure-monitoring system is now standard on all models, and a new chrome-finish version of the 15-inch, 5-spoke aluminum wheel is available.
Chevrolet introduced the midsize Colorado as a replacement for the compact S-10 pickup truck back in 2004. It is a more maneuverable, fuel-efficient alternative to its full-size Silverado counterpart. There have been a few annual upgrades since its debut, the most noteworthy for 2007 being two new powertrains. The new 2.9-liter replaces last year's smaller-bore 2.8-liter 4-cylinder and offers about 6 percent more horsepower (185) and 3 percent more torque (190 lb.-ft.) than the former model. The standard transmission for the 4-cylinder is a 5-speed manual shift, but a 4-speed automatic is available. The other new engine is a 3.7-liter 5-cylinder that replaces the former 3.5-liter. The more powerful 3.7-liter is rated at 242 hp (a 10 percent increase) and 242 lb.-ft. of torque (about 8 percent more). It comes standard with a 4-speed automatic transmission. Maximum towing capacity for the 4-cylinder is 3,500 pounds and 4,000 pounds for the 5-cylinder engine. Customers can choose between three suspension systems: the standard Z85, the sporty low-riding ZQ8, and the off-road Z71.
The Colorado offers a wide model range that includes Regular Cab, Extended Cab, and Crew Cab body styles; two pickup bed lengths; two- and 4-wheel drive; and three trim levels-WT, LS, and LT. Also available is a special sport edition called Xtreme, which combines performance with an attractive sport-truck appearance package. Standard features on the Colorado, which can seat up to 6, include rack-and-pinion steering, intermittent wipers, air conditioning, a tilt steering wheel, cruise control, and folding outside mirrors. While dual-stage frontal air bags with a passenger-sensing system are standard, side-impact air bags are optional. Optional interior upgrades include the Sun and Sound package (AM/FM stereo radio with a 6-disc, in-dash CD player and power sunroof), power and heated leather seats, high-back bucket seats, and XM Satellite Radio. Exterior options include running boards, a rear sliding window, and power side mirrors.
The Chevrolet Colorado competes in the Midsize Pickup segment, which consists of 11 models. Buyers in this segment look for reliability, quality, and performance, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study.SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Toyota Tacoma (178,351 units sold), Chevrolet Colorado (93,876), and Ford Ranger (92,420). The Chevrolet Colorado's 93,876 sales in 2006 represent a decrease of 26.9 percent compared to the previous year. Other models offered in the Midsize Pickup segment include the Nissan Frontier, Dodge Dakota, Honda Ridgeline, Ford Explorer Sport Trac, and GMC Canyon.
|LS||5 speed manual||$14,085||185-hp / 2.9L 4-cyl||20/26|
|Work Truck||5 speed manual||$14,235||185-hp / 2.9L 4-cyl||20/26|
|LT||5 speed manual||$15,085||185-hp / 2.9L 4-cyl||20/26|