Chevrolet Colorado Accessories

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The Chevrolet Colorado and its counterpart, the GMC Canyon, are General Motors' mid-size pickup trucks introduced in 2004 to replace the Chevrolet S-10 and GMC Sonoma compact pickups. Isuzu, which participated in the design of the truck, began selling its own version in late 2005, named the “i-Series”. The Chevrolet Colorado was jointly designed by GM's North American operations, GM's Brazil operations, and Isuzu, based on the GMT355, itself the basis for the GMT 345-based Hummer H3. The vehicles are manufactured at a GM plant in Rayong, Thailand, and in Shreveport, Louisiana.

The Colorado/Canyon offer both manual and automatic transmissions. GM also offers either a rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive drivetrain with standard, extended, and four-door crew cab body styles. Most models come with the 2.8 L LK5 I4 engine as standard, but a more powerful 3.5 L L52 Straight-5 comes with the Z71 package on 4-door versions and is optional on all others. The 4-door Z71s also get the 4-speed automatic transmission standard. For 2007, Chevrolet increased the size of both the base and the optional engines. The base-level four-cylinder engine was bored out to 2.9 liters for 185 horsepower and 190 pound-feet of torque.

Chevrolet Colorado A ZQ8 edition is available with a lower and more road-tuned "sport" suspension than the standard Z85 and comes with 17 inch wheels, color-matched bumper and grille, and low profile fender flares. There is also a Xtreme edition of the ZQ8 which has a different front bumper, rear bumper, side skirts, fender flares, truck grille, headlights, and 18 inch wheels. The Xtreme edition is basically a continuation of a trim package from its predecessor, the Chevrolet S-10. The street-oriented ZQ8 features a lowered, performance-tuned suspension, and cosmetic modifications including Chevy Colorado Accessories.

Most of the Colorado's interior is swathed in hard plastic that prove to be durable, important in a working truck. Inside door releases feel solid and sturdy in operation, but are finished with the same hard texture. The LT's leather-wrapped steering wheel is well cushioned, however, feels good in hand, and should remain comfortable for the long haul. The optional front bucket seats are wide and soft, and lack lateral support, whether upholstered in cloth or leather. Each door panel has a molded map pocket contoured for a bottle or can. The center armrest opens into a small storage space, big enough for a large wallet.

Chevrolet Colorado All Crew Cab and Extended Cab models ride on a 126-inch wheelbase, while Regular Cab models ride on a 111-inch wheelbase. Overall length is 207 inches for all but Regular Cabs, which are 192 inches long. Overall height is about 65 inches for the standard Z85 suspension, 68 inches with 4WD. In the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's frontal offset test the Colorado is given a "Good" overall score, however the crew cab is rated "Acceptable". Side curtain airbags were made standard on all 2010 models; side torso airbags are not offered.

The Crew Cab's back seat is surprisingly comfortable, particularly when compared with the back seats of old-generation compact Crew Cabs. There's a reasonable amount of leg room, especially with a little cooperation from those sitting in front, and the seat is comfortably high. The seatback angles back slightly, making it more comfortable than the bolt-upright backrest found in some other pickups. The wide cabin provides enough shoulder room for adults, but don't expect the width of a full-size pickup. Getting in and out of the back seats is a little awkward because the door is relatively narrow.