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2007 Chevrolet Colorado Review

The 2007 Chevrolet Colorado was first launched in 2004 as a mid-sized pickup truck. It comes in two or four-wheel drive with the option of regular cab, extended cab and Crew Cab body styles. Extensive revisions were made to the 2007 model. Chevrolet swaps both engines for larger versions, netting a power increase of up to 10 percent. New wheel choices, a mild interior update and an improved transmission round out the major changes.  Details within the cabin have been improved with chrome highlights. There is a choice of a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission control. Along with the standard 185hp 2.9-liter engine with variable valve timing, a 242hp 3.7-liter engine is also now available.  In addition to the standard suspension, both a Z71 off-road performance suspension and a ZQ8 low-riding sport suspension are available. Trim levels offered include base W/T, LS, and the step-up LT. The Xtreme edition includes the ZQ8 suspension, a unique body-colored front fascia with fog lamps, rocker extension moldings and monochromatic paint in a choice of four colors.  A Sun & Sound Package with a sunroof and in-dash six-CD changer is available for the LT edition.  A Street Pack option adds a color-keyed appearance to base, regular-length extended cab models.

2007 Lineup

The 2007 Chevrolet Colorado is available in Regular Cab, Extended Cab, and Crew Cab configurations. Regular and Extended Cabs come with a six-foot bed. Crew Cabs come with a five-foot bed.  It is offered in three suspension packages. The base-trim model is a commercial-grade work truck.  Only the standard suspension is available. The base comes with hose-it-out vinyl floor mats and durable vinyl seating.  Air conditioning is standard, along with tilt steering, a tachometer, driver information center, AM/FM stereo, cruise control and two 12-volt power outlets.

With the LS trim level, cloth upholstery is standard, brightwork is added to the interior, and chrome bumpers are included.  The LS rides on 225/75R15 tires rather than the standard 205/75R15s.

LT trim adds reclining seats with upgraded upholstery, metallic interior trim, more stereo speakers, color-keyed grille and side moldings, and aluminum wheels. To that, the 2LT Package adds bucket seats; power windows, mirrors and locks with remote keyless entry; deep-tinted glass; and a self-dimming rearview mirror. It also makes the five-cylinder engine and automatic transmission standard. Package 3LT includes all 2LT equipment plus additional upgrades like carpeted floor mats, a sliding rear cab window, and fog lamps.

Colorado Powertrain

For 2007, both Colorado engines are not only larger, but greatly improved, with larger intake and exhaust valves, revised cam profiles, new 2M electronic control module, and a number of refinements to reduce noise.  A new 2.9-liter engine utilizes variable valve timing to make 185 horsepower and 190 pounds-feet of torque, both of which represent gains over the outgoing 2.8-liter engine. Last year's 220-hp, 3.5-liter inline-five is also canned for a new 3.7-liter engine that makes 242 hp and 242 pounds-feet of torque. Five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmissions are available. The maximum towing load for the Colorado with the five-cylinder engine and automatic transmission is 4000 pounds, compared with 6500 for the V6 Tacoma, 6100 for Frontier, and 7150 for the max-V8 Dakota.  Chevrolet's shift-on-the-fly four-wheel-drive system operates with a dashboard-mounted switch. A locking differential is optional, and rear-drive models can be equipped with traction control.

Driving the Chevy Colorado

The 2007 Colorado produces a distinctive, siren-like sound at full throttle.  The inline-5 engine is much more responsive than the four-cylinder. It delivers quicker acceleration and is also smoother. This Chevy truck has struck the right balance between capability and comfort for its midsize pickup. Colorado rides like a truck, but it isn't uncomfortable. Colorado accelerates decently in traffic and the Hydra-Matic 4L60-E four-speed automatic shifts even smoother in '07, thanks to a new input speed sensor.

Colorado Cabin Features

For 2007, Chevy has dressed up Colorado's interior (all but the base-level W/T) with chrome accents added to door handles, air outlet control knobs, front door sill inserts, small speaker bezels, and instrument cluster trim rings. The center stack and HVAC trim are now painted silver, and cloth has been added to the door insert padding.  The Crew Cab's back seat is comfortable, especially compared to older models. There's a reasonable amount of leg room and the seat is comfortably high. The seatback angles back slightly, making it more comfortable than the bolt-upright backrest found in some other pickups. The cabin gives enough width for adults in the rear, but not as wide as a full size pickup.  Getting in and out of the back seats is a bit difficult because the door is narrow and you have to swing your feet in to clear the wide B-pillar.  Beyond these improvements, the interior is covered in hard plastic. Inside door releases are sturdy, but have the same hard feel as the plastic. The leather-wrapped steering wheel is well cushioned. Extended cab Colorados have four doors and forward-facing rear seats. Crew Cab models have a 60/40-split, folding rear seat that holds three adults. Regular cab trucks feature a 60/40-split bench seat upholstered in cloth or leather, and bucket seats are available.  Options include remote keyless entry, heated leather seating, General Motors' OnStar communication system and XM Satellite Radio.

2007 Colorado Design

The Colorado's styling is aerodynamic, angular and athletic, for a truck that is. The Colorado has an independent front suspension and a solid rear axle.  Overall, the Colorado has a clean, modern look. The fender bulges are angular and aggressive, more so than Silverado's.  Regular cab trucks are 192.8 inches long overall on a 111.2-inch wheelbase, while extended cab and Crew Cab models measure about 207 inches long on a 125.9-inch span. Standard steel wheels measure 15 inches in diameter, but aluminum or chrome wheels are available. The ZQ8 package includes 17-inch tires, and 18-inch tires are mounted on models with the Xtreme option. Hydraulically assisted rack-and-pinion steering is installed.  Colorado looks like a downsized and slightly rendition of the full-size Silverado, beginning with its bold chrome horizontal-bar grille and multi-lens headlamps. The lamp assembly has a flying wedge contour, higher at the outside, and houses high and low beams, daytime running lamps and turn signals. The Crew Cab looks well balanced, despite the extra cab length. Cargo boxes are 6-foot, 1-inch on Regular and Extended Cab models and 5-foot, 1-inch on Crew Cabs. A two-position locking tailgate, which opens to 55 degrees or to fully horizontal, provides more cargo utility.


The 2007 Chevy Colorado includes front disc and rear drum antilock brakes. Dual-stage front-impact airbags are standard and roof-rail side curtain airbags are optional. Side-impact airbags for the front seats are not available.  Safety features include dual-stage front airbags and front seatbelt pre-tensioners. Curtain-style side-impact airbags designed for head protection are optional on all models.

The Chevrolet Colorado is a truck which favors roominess, ride comfort and fuel efficiency over traditional truck virtues such as payload and towing capacity. The 2007 model offers the increased roominess of the newest generation of mid-size pickup trucks.  This truck is perfect for anyone looking for a smaller truck that's not cramped on the inside, but is still capable of handling a respectable load or pulling a lightweight trailer.  The Colorado handles it all and gets an estimated fuel efficiency of 26 mpg Hwy, and 20 mpg City.

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