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2009 Chevrolet Colorado Truck - Overview

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Overview

What Changed for 2009:

  • 5.3-liter V-8 engine available on extended and crew cab models
  • Improved brake system
  • Fuel system control module for improved fuel economy with 2.9-liter engine
  • Standard electronic stability control on all models
  • New ZQ8 sport suspension (late availability)
  • Z71 gets higher stance, larger wheels/tires
  • New family of wheels
  • Exterior trim revisions, two new exterior colors
  • XM satellite radio standard on all models
  • New value package on extended and crew cab models
Overview
The midsize Chevrolet Colorado, launched in the 2004 model year as a replacement for the S-10 Pickup, provides legitimate off-road capabilities and an alternative to more expensive full-size trucks, according to Chevrolet. The Colorado and the GMC Canyon are quite similar, with some cosmetic differences.

The 2009 Chevrolet Colorado receives numerous performance enhancements, including a new, optional 5.3-liter V-8 engine available on extended cab and crew cab models. With 300 hp, the engine delivers nearly 25 percent more horsepower than the available 3.7-liter 5-cylinder engine. All 2009 Colorado models get a new brake system with greater stopping power and 4-channel anti-lock brakes (ABS). The ZQ8 sport suspension and appearance package returns to Colorado's lineup later in the model year. Two new exterior colors are available in 2009: Deep Navy and Aqua Blue Metallic.

Model Lineup
The 2009 Chevrolet Colorado is available as a short-wheelbase Regular Cab (with seating for 3), and long-wheelbase Extended Cab (seats up to 5) and 4-door Crew Cab (seating up to 6), and in WT, LS and LT trims. Standard features include air conditioning; intermittent windshield wipers; power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering; electronic stability and traction control; 4-wheel ABS; 16-inch wheels; folding outside mirrors; cruise control; tilt steering wheel; and XM satellite radio. LS models have a color-keyed appearance for a more sporty look. LS and LT models get standard Solar Ray tinted glass. A new value package (1VL) is available on all extended and crew cab models and includes a 2.9-liter 4-cylinder engine; manual transmission on extended cab or automatic transmission with crew cab; and power windows and locks. Work Truck models offer cruise control, air conditioning, cloth seats, interior carpet, automatic headlights, and 16-inch steel wheels, replacing the previous 15-inch wheels. All 2009 Chevy Colorado models are available in 2- or 4-wheel drive (2WD or 4WD) with dual-range transfer case. Regular and Extended Cab models have a 6-foot cargo bed, but the Crew Cab has a shorter, 5-foot pickup box.

Options on the 2009 Chevrolet Colorado include the new ZQ8 sport suspension package with revised tuning; 18-inch Xtreme, split-6-spoke aluminum wheels and low-profile sport tires; distinctive visual cues; new 5.3-liter V-8 engine; color-keyed front and rear bumpers; and fascia grille and grille bar accented with a chrome surround. Seven exterior colors are offered, including Deep Navy, White, Victory Red, Inferno Orange, Aqua Blue Metallic, Black Granite Metallic and Techno Gray Metallic. Inside, the ZQ8 has exclusive Ebony cloth-trimmed seats. Other options on the 2009 Colorado include: a locking rear differential; head-curtain side air bags; automatic transmission; 16-inch chrome wheels (with Z85 suspension); and tinted glass (on WT models).

Powertrain
Three engines power the 2009 Chevrolet Colorado. The base engine (in all but Z71-equipped crew cab models) is a Vortec, 2.9-liter, dual-overhead cam (DOHC) 4-cylinder engine with variable valve timing (VVT) that produces 185 hp at 5600 rpm and 190 lb.-ft. of torque at 2800 rpm. Standard in the 4WD crew cab and optional in all models is a Vortec, 3.7-liter, DOHC 5-cylinder engine with VVT that pumps out 242 hp at 5600 rpm and 242 lb.-ft. of torque at 4600 rpm. Both engines are based on GM's modular inline engine design, which also serves as the Chevy TrailBlazer's 4.2-liter inline-6 engine foundation. The engines also have electronic throttle control and other features contributing to operating efficiency and fuel economy. New for 2009 is the optional Vortec, 5.3-liter V-8 engine based on GM's small-block V-8 architecture. It delivers 300 hp at 5200 rpm and 320 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. Power is transferred to the wheels through a 5-speed manual (standard with 4-cylinder engine, but not available on crew cab) or a Hydra-Matic 4L60 electronically controlled 4-speed automatic transmission (standard with 5-cylinder and V-8 engines, available with 4-cylinder, standard with crew cab).

A locking rear differential is optional on 2WD and 4WD Colorado models. Traction control is available on 2WD models only. Four suspension packages are available: standard, Z85, Z71 and the new ZQ8 (with availability later in the model year). EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2.9-liter engine in regular and crew cab models with 2WD are 18 mpg city/22 mpg highway for both automatic and manual transmission-equipped models and in 4WD, the numbers are 17 mpg city/23 mpg highway (manual and automatic). With the 3.7-liter engine, the numbers are 17 mpg city/23 mpg highway for the 2WD automatic, and 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway in 4WD for regular and crew cab. The 3.7-liter engine in 4WD crew cab models gets an EPA-estimated 16 mpg city/21 mpg highway. EPA fuel-economy estimates for the Vortec 5.3-liter V-8 engine were not yet determined at this writing.

Suspensions for the 2009 Chevrolet Colorado pickup include Z85, Z71 off-road and sport-tuned ZQ8. Returning to the Colorado lineup later this year, the ZQ8 suspension (available on extended and crew cab models) has revised tuning, all-new 15-inch Xtreme aluminum wheels and performance tires. The ride height is "slammed" according to Chevy, approximately one inch lower than the standard Z85 suspension. Also new for 2009 is a new brake system delivering greater stopping power and improved brake pedal feel, GM says. The new system features 4-channel ABS with yaw control. This provides flatter, more controlled stopping during a panic stop as well as improved control on slippery surfaces, the company says. Electronic stability control is standard on all 2009 Chevrolet Colorado models.

Safety
Standard safety features on the 2009 Chevrolet Colorado include dual front air bags; optional head curtain side-impact air bags; Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) for child safety seats; standard or optional OnStar one-year Safe & Sound plan; theft-deterrent system; standard electronic stability control; traction control; daytime running lamps; and halogen headlamps.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2009 Chevrolet Colorado Regular Cab and Extended Cab receive a 4-star rating in frontal, side-impact, and rollover testing. The Crew Cab model receives a 5-star frontal rating, 4-star rating for side-impact front-seat and 5-stars for side-impact rear-seat testing, and a 4-star rating in rollover testing. These are the same ratings as the 2008 models.

Technology
Every 2009 Chevrolet Colorado comes with a standard AM/FM stereo with seek/scan, digital clock and premium speakers and standard XM satellite radio. OnStar is standard or optional, depending on model, and features enhanced hands-free voice recognition, and in-vehicle safety, security and information services. OnStar's Turn-by-Turn Navigation is also available. Other vehicle technology available on the 2009 Colorado includes an AM/FM in-dash, single CD player with CD

Available Trims for the 2009 Chevrolet Colorado Truck

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Work Truck 5 speed manual $16,705 185-hp / 2.9L 4-cyl 18/24
LT 5 speed manual $17,830 185-hp / 2.9L 4-cyl 18/24

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