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.
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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

"Even with the 2.9L 4cyl engine this small pick-up has plenty of pep."

Anonymous, KY (2011 Chevrolet Colorado)

"The vehicle does everything that I expect from a small truck."

Dale D., MI (2011 Chevrolet Colorado)

"I don't like automatic transmissions and am disappointed that standard is being phased out, even in the full-size trucks. Like a lot of the items we must purchase, our options are more limited while the cost has skyrocketed. I don't like the passing acceleration of the automatic transmissions. About style: I prefer the squared truck style rather than the new streamlined. Also, the extra cab with jump seats makes it difficult to move large cargo. In my 2011, I am able to take the jump seats out, gain lots more room, as well as be able to slide cargo from one side to the other--things you can't do with the new models. I'll keep my 2011 as long as possible to avoid the new models."

Anonymous, PA (2011 Chevrolet Colorado)

"Fun to drive acceleration and handling are great."

Anonymous, IL (2011 Chevrolet Colorado)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"The seatbacks are not ergonomically correct, because they curve away from my back and don't support it. I end up hunching forward. Noise--These trucks aren't insulated well for noise control while driving, especially on the highway. Ride--They aren't known for a great ride either, so I feel more bumps and rough riding."

Anonymous, PA (2011 Chevrolet Colorado)

"GM has redesigned the latest model year with a stationary seat that you can't remove. It blocks the slide-through-from-side-to-side usability."

P M., PA (2011 Chevrolet Colorado)


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

Would you buy this car again?

2011 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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