The Colorado seemed promising when it replaced the S-10 in 2003. However, its unrefined five-cylinder engine, which it shares with its GMC Canyon twin, is anemic and doesn't offer a fuel-economy advantage over a V6. Notable shudder plagues the ride, the seats are uncomfortable and interior quality is lacking. However, handling is sound. Starting in 2009, the Colorado offered standard stability control.
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Serious vibration at 40 mph, no one can diagnose. The driver seat no longer moves, tilt, forward or backward. $1000 for a NEW seat. A/C taxes engine so bad no power on acceleration. Long drives with A/C on, and the ENTIRE top of dash sweats like its raning inside the truck.Inside lights go off when turn off engine, immediatly, radio stays on. Lights go out when locked by key fob, but not radio. Sunroof doesn't leak, thats good. Decent truck, but trust to take far due to vibration/wobble."

Anonymous, FL (2005 Chevrolet Colorado)

"It has a very wide turning radius."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Chevrolet Colorado)

"Acceleration sucks. It is the 5 cylinder engine."

JOHN A., IN (2005 Chevrolet Colorado)

"The 5 cylinder engine is grossly under powered for Colorado driving. Climbing grades can be problematic"

WALTER W., CO (2005 Chevrolet Colorado)

"Great acceleration and handling love to drive it"

Anonymous, AL (2005 Chevrolet Colorado)

"The I5 engine doesn't have enough power."

Anonymous, IN (2005 Chevrolet Colorado)

"Handles very well for a small pickup. Acceleration is great for a 5 cylinder engine."

Anonymous, SD (2005 Chevrolet Colorado)

"Just passed 200,000 miles, motor and drive train has held up well, only the front steering rack and pinion needed replacing at around 100,000 miles"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Chevrolet Colorado)

"It doesn't turn tight enough."

Anonymous, IN (2005 Chevrolet Colorado)

"Very tight suspension, stable on the highway, good braking, and good acceleration"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Chevrolet Colorado)

"I love the power and acceleration of my Colorado. Recently I helped a family member move from Denver, CO to Conifer, CO. Although I had several hundred pounds in the bed, the 5 cylinder engine easily powered through the step passes without any lag."

Stephen S., CO (2005 Chevrolet Colorado)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Stock radio changed to aftermarket radio with backup cam, navigation system, satellite radio AM/FM, CD, Bluetooth with hands free telephone Stock seats removed, very uncomfortable and replaced with H3 power leather seats with H3 Console."

Anonymous, MD (2005 Chevrolet Colorado)

"Seats are too soft"

JOHN A., IN (2005 Chevrolet Colorado)

"Used for towing 1200 lb. Boat. Wished I knew 6 cylinders were coming out in 2006. But over all it didn't do to bad."

Charles B., SC (2005 Chevrolet Colorado)

"Seats are too soft."

Anonymous, IN (2005 Chevrolet Colorado)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"Reasonable price, long lasting"

ROBERT M., AZ (2005 Chevrolet Colorado)

"Ive driven this vehicle for 10+ years. It has done everything I have asked of it!!"

THOMAS F., OH (2005 Chevrolet Colorado)

"It was a long time ago but I think cost for small truck is to much and reliability not good enough, I would not recommend the colorado."

Anonymous, NH (2005 Chevrolet Colorado)

"Too many things go wrong with a Colorado, and it has consistently had bad reviews from you."

Anonymous, MN (2005 Chevrolet Colorado)

"Paid $14,000 for this truck new (it was a very basic stripped down model that I added a cover and sealed bed). Very reliable and useful vehicle that I plan to keep for another 10 years."

Nicholas M., PA (2005 Chevrolet Colorado)

"This vehical has done me well with few repairs. Replaced fan blower harness twice and headlights until i change harness. But 133000 miles and people don't believe it's a 2005 because body looks good. Front bumper had to be replace when I purchased because of paint chipping off. That has continued but I live with it."

Charles B., SC (2005 Chevrolet Colorado)

"It is a reliable truck that gets us from point A to point B and has the capacity to haul a lot of stuff in the bed."

Anonymous, SC (2005 Chevrolet Colorado)

"The 2005 Colorado was by far the best value for our money when we comparison shopped years ago and is even a better value given the many years of good service. Though the interior features are very basic, it was then and now a reasonably powerful truck for its engine size."

Anonymous, IL (2005 Chevrolet Colorado)

"a very comfortable and nicely styled truck that still looks good 13 year later"

S O., CA (2005 Chevrolet Colorado)

"I have not had any problems with the Colorado. It is a very dependable vehicle. Good value for the money."

Anonymous, CO (2005 Chevrolet Colorado)

"Has been a good truck"

Anonymous, IN (2005 Chevrolet Colorado)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"I don't like the color it is orange. When I bought it the only colors the dealer had were white and orange, so I took orange as the lesserf two evils."

WARREN D., NC (2005 Chevrolet Colorado)

Would you buy this car again?

2005 vehicles
Chevrolet Colorado
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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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