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You'll Like The 2007 Chevrolet Colorado If...

If you like the rugged, bold look of the full-size Silverado, but want it in a smaller package that gets better fuel economy, check out the Colorado. The standard four-cylinder engine is surprisingly strong yet gets better than 25 miles per gallon on the highway.

You May Not Like The 2007 Chevrolet Colorado If...

Some may find the Colorado too narrow and, with the Crew Cab model, short on rear-seat legroom. Also, the Colorado’s optional 3.7-liter in-line five-cylinder engine does not offer as much torque as the V6 engines from Toyota and Nissan.

What's New

Quick to answer complaints of poor power, Chevrolet adds two new engines to the Colorado lineup: A 2.9-liter four-cylinder and 3.7-liter five-cylinder. Also new for 2007 is a tire pressure monitoring system and a revised automatic transmission.

Interior Features

The Colorado’s interior layout is highly functional, with all the gauges and controls in clear sight and easy reach of the driver. The seats offer firm bottoms and good lumbar support, and the cloth fabric is both durable and comfortable. Crew Cab models are a bit tight when it comes to rear-seat legroom, but front seat occupants should be more than satisfied. The one drawback may be the over-abundance of gray throughout the cab. Chevrolet has revamped the interior color scheme to lessen this mass of gray plastic, but the most vivid improvements show up only in the pricier trim levels.

Exterior Features

The Colorado definitely has the look that says "Chevy." Bulging fender flares and bright alloy wheels punctuate tall slab sides. Regular Cab models ride on a 111-inch wheelbase while Extended and Crew Cab models are on a 126-inch wheelbase. The bed length for the Regular and Extended cab is six feet, while the Crew Cab model offers a five-foot bed. Both beds feature tall sidewalls, for deeper storage, which give the Colorado best-in-class cargo volume. The Colorado features a clever tailgate that can be folded a full 90-degrees or set at a 55-degree angle, effectively placing the top of the gate in line with the top of the rear wheel wells, which makes it easy to load and carry, for example, large panels.

Driving Impressions

The Colorado’s greatest improvement over the old S10 can be found in its chassis and powertrains. The new body-on-frame chassis is much more rigid than the old pickup. You can feel it in the way the Colorado handles, off-road and in the corners. Even over washboard roads, our Colorado exhibited none of the dash-rattling or squeaks we’ve come to expect from the S10. Chevrolet has also created a number of performance and off-road packages that enhance the Colorado’s rugged image. Surprisingly, for such a small truck the Colorado possesses a rather wide turning circle. The standard in-line four-cylinder is fairly potent for such a small engine. When ordered with the manual transmission, it also offers exceptionally good fuel economy.

Pricing Notes

The Colorado Regular Cab LS has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $14,495, while the Extended Cab LS starts at $16,895 and the Crew Cab LT starts at $20,895. Base Regular cab models can be loaded with options and still remain below $20,000. To help make your best deal, be sure to check the Fair Purchase Price. It shows the typical transaction price the Colorado is selling for in your area, a valuable piece of information when negotiating price. As for resale potential, the Colorado falls far short of the values held by the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier. Kelley Blue Book expects the Colorado to retain less-than-average residual values at the 24-, 36-, 48- and 60-month intervals. However, the Colorado matches, and in some cases exceeds, the projected residual values of the Ford Ranger.

Notable Equipment

The Colorado LS features a five-speed manual transmission, 2.9-liter four-cylinder engine, air conditioning, cruise control, anti-lock brakes (ABS), tilt-steering wheel, chrome front and rear bumpers, dual outside mirrors, automatic headlamps, AM/FM stereo, tachometer and 15-inch steel wheels. The LT trim adds Deluxe Cloth upholstery, power locks, color-keyed carpeting, CD player, forward-facing rear jump seats (Extended Cab) and 15-inch aluminum wheels.

Notable Options

Options include four-wheel drive, four-speed automatic transmission, power windows, power door locks, power mirrors, limited-slip rear axle, tow package, six-disc CD changer, side-impact airbags, traction control, rear tonneau cover and a Sun and Sound package that adds a six-disc CD changer and power sunroof. The Xtreme package is available on two-wheel-drive LT trims and includes the ZQ8 lowered suspension, gas-charged shocks, rear stabilizer bars, 18-inch wheels, body-colored front fascia and grille, fog lights and a rear spoiler.

Favorite Features

Tailgate LatchThe Colorado’s rear tailgate can latch at a 55-degree angle so that items can rest flat on the top of the wheel wells and align with the tailgate. Side-Curtain AirbagsOptional roof rail-mounted side-curtain airbags are a first for this segment.

Under the Hood

Engine choices for the Colorado include four- and five-cylinder powerplants. The standard 2.9-liter four and the optional 3.7-liter five are both derivatives of the new in-line six found in the Chevrolet TrailBlazer and GMC Envoy. Though the sizes of these engines might seem small, they are both big on power. The 2.9-liter four-cylinder produces an impressive 185 horsepower and offers up most of its 190 pound-feet of torque between the ranges of 1200 and 5600 rpm. That’s enough power to muscle any lightly-equipped four-wheel drive vehicle through the toughest terrain. The optional 3.7-liter engine makes 242 horsepower. Both of these engines produce class-leading horsepower while returning outstanding fuel economy. 2.9-liter in-line 4185 horsepower @ 5600 rpm190 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2800 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/26 (2WD manual), 17/24 (2WD automatic), 18/24 (4WD manual), 16/23 (4WD automatic)3.7-liter in-line 5242 horsepower @ 5600 rpm242 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4600 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/23 (2WD), 16/23 (4WD), 16/22 (4WD Crew Cab)

Editors' Notes

As gasoline prices continue to edge upwards, the compact pickup is beginning to look mighty attractive. Though it can’t tow or haul like a full-size Silverado, the little Colorado makes an attractive alternative for those whose truck use tends to be more recreational than occupational. The Colorado’s new 185-horsepower four-cylinder and 242-horsepower five-cylinder engines provide good power and excellent fuel economy, while a four-wheel-drive option allows the compact pickup to tackle deep snow and venture off-road. Although the Colorado’s cab and bed are not the largest in this segment (and its turning radius is uncommonly wide), the truck remains competitive with Ford’s Ranger series and, to a lesser extent, the Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier and Dodge Dakota.

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Chevy Colorado For Women On the Go

2007 Chevrolet Colorado LS

My beautiful, Inferno-orange short cab Chevy Colorado truck is perfect for short trips and long hauls. It is stylish, easy to drive, easy to park, and very comfortable. The short cab is big enough to carry items from trips to estate sales, lumber yards, and big box stores. This is an extremely reliable vehicle. It gets great gas mileage and with regular oil changes and tune ups, as basic maintenance, stays out of the repair shop and on the road. Poor New England weather conditions are no issue for this smooth 4 wheel drive truck. The push of a button shifts this Chevy Colorado into four wheel drive mode when heavy snow becomes a driving hazard. The interior is beautiful. The dark black and soft gray bucket seats are roomy and comfortable. Behind the seat storage is plenty. The vehicle comes with automatic windows and a rear opening window for easy air flow. A great sound system provides an enjoyable ride while the OnStar option provides peace of mind. Some of the standard features include cruise control, great interior lighting, step up rails, easy up-down tailgate, and alarm system. The add on tonneau cover provides safe storage and clean looks. As a 5'2' female truck driver, the step up rails and easy maneuvering of the short cab make this an excellent choice for safe, fun, dependable, and enjoyable driving. The Inferno Orange color is a head turner. Chevys excellent reputation for longevity makes this a truck to keep and drive for many satisfying years.

- Julianne D

Just solid good basic transportation.

2007 Chevrolet Colorado

There has been no real issues with the Colorado. It is comfortable to drive. Cost of ownership has been very low--just routine maintenance. This has been the most reliable vehicle I have owned in the past 15 years or more. It has basic features such as ac, cruise control, anti lock brakes and a very reliable engine. It does not have the high tech items such as touch screen systems many of the newer versions have, therefore none of the problems that arise with high tech items.

- Mike T

It is a 2007 Chevy Colorado work truck.

2007 Chevrolet Colorado Work Truck

My work truck is very reliable and it performs great. I have used my truck as a work truck for almost a year now and I have had no problems. Keep a check on the oil and change it as needed. It still has the original CD player and speakers that came with it but I put in custom bucket seats with a built in seat warmer. It is also four wheel drive which works good. I can honestly say that Chevy makes the best all around truck.

- Josh M

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