2011 Chevrolet Colorado Overview
Just like the state that gives it its name, the 2011 Chevrolet Colorado is rugged, versatile, and features something for everyone.
The 2011 Colorado is available with your choice of three engines: a 185-horsepower, 2.9-liter inline-four, a 242-horsepower, 3.7-liter inline-five, or a powerful 300-horsepower, 5.3-liter V-8. These engines are mated to a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual transmission. Fuel economy for the Colorado is 14-18 mpg in the city and 19-24 on the highway and the Colorado competes with other compact pickups like the Dodge Dakota, Ford Ranger, and Toyota Tacoma.
One of the large selling points of the Colorado is its impressive payload and towing capacities, which you wouldn’t expect from a compact pickup. Properly configured, the Colorado’s payload capacity exceeds 1,400 pounds and with the V-8 equipped can tow up to 6,000 pounds. These numbers are competitive with some full-size pickup, but the Colorado boasts a much lower price. Depending on what you want your pickup to do, the 2011 Chevy Colorado is also available in three different suspension setups. The Z85 is for normal operation, while the Z71 is geared for off-roading, and the ZQ8 offers sports car-style handling.
Configure your 2011 Colorado just the way you like it, with three different cab sizes and two bed lengths. Trim levels include Work Truck, LT1, LT2 and LT3, while several performance packages are available.
The two-door Work Truck is the base trim, and features premium cloth seating, cruise control, air conditioning, leather-wrapped steering wheel, Satellite Radio, and an optional locking rear differential. The Crew Cab opens up two-row seating for up to six and features ample head and leg room for most passengers. Remote power door locks, OnStar satellite communications, a CD player with MP3 playback capability, power glass sunroof, and power driver and front passenger seats with heating round out the list of available options in the Colorado. Bluetooth® connectivity and redesigned front-seat headrests are new for 2011.
A strong truck frame, two-row head curtain side airbags, and dual front airbags make the 2011 Chevy Colorado a great safety pick. Traction and stability control systems, along with four-wheel antilock brakes are standard. Front seat belt pretensioners and a crash sensor that sends a GPS signal help should an accident occur.
With several powertrain and suspension options, coupled with hefty towing and payload capacities, the 2011 Chevrolet Colorado is a sturdy rock in the compact pickup segment.