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 2 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

"This truck gets up and goes and handles very well for a truck."

Anonymous, OR (2008 Chevrolet Colorado)

"Easy to drive and handles well over various terrain conditions."

Anonymous, NC (2008 Chevrolet Colorado)

"Transmission is a little slow downshifting. Handles well. The 3.7 5-inline accelerates well."

Anonymous, CT (2008 Chevrolet Colorado)

"acceleration is not good for a 5 cylinder."

Anonymous, NY (2008 Chevrolet Colorado)

"handles very good"

Gary S., IL (2008 Chevrolet Colorado)

"Acceleration great, handled really well."

Anonymous, FL (2008 Chevrolet Colorado)

"Drives very good and handles great"

Anonymous, SC (2008 Chevrolet Colorado)

"The acceleration isn't the best. We have the 4-cylinder option in our 4x4 and it seems underpowered in traffic."

Anonymous, WA (2008 Chevrolet Colorado)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"The seats are not very comfortable for your back during long rides and my legs go to sleep."

Anonymous, OR (2008 Chevrolet Colorado)

"Short wheel base and light weight makes it rough riding on California roads, especially right lanes on freeways."

KURT C., CA (2008 Chevrolet Colorado)

"Loud at start-up and multiple noises from exterior after I shut off the engine."

GARY J., IL (2008 Chevrolet Colorado)


Anonymous, WA (2008 Chevrolet Colorado)

"Noise and ride lousey"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Chevrolet Colorado)

"Reclining seats"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Chevrolet Colorado)

"Gas Mi. not too bad, looks good, just minor items had to be replaced due to wear, but runs like new."

Anonymous, FL (2008 Chevrolet Colorado)

"Seats are comfortable, ride is good, road noise could be less."

Anonymous, NE (2008 Chevrolet Colorado)

"This truck drives and handles better than the Honda crib we have"

Anonymous, SC (2008 Chevrolet Colorado)

"I noted that the Chevrolet PU with a four-speed transmission and four cylinder engine is acceptable for the mountainous area that I drive in."

George O., TN (2008 Chevrolet Colorado)


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

What Owners Say

"This has been a trouble free vehicle. It is economical to operate, has great handling and visability"

MIKE O., WA (2008 Chevrolet Colorado)

"Very reliable and got value for my money"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Chevrolet Colorado)

"bought truck with over 200k on speedo & timing chain jump time, can't complain for amount of miles engine never touched! this is my 2nd Colorado good truck nothing fancy but rust could be issue that's why I got read of last one."

JIM T., OH (2008 Chevrolet Colorado)

"For $24000 I paid when new for the Colorado 4wd Z71 I guess it wasn't bad deal. I just wish it had a better styled and comfortable interior. I also wish the 5cyl engine had more power and better fuel economy."

Joy S., WI (2008 Chevrolet Colorado)

"Price / performance exceeded my expectations. As I look at the 40+% increase in truck prices, I am so fortunate to have this sweet truck"

Tom B., VT (2008 Chevrolet Colorado)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Grill looks good. Side view is nice. Alloy wheels look nice"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Chevrolet Colorado)

Would you buy this car again?

2008 vehicles
Chevrolet Colorado
GMC Canyon
Toyota Tacoma
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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