The Chevy Colorado is Chevrolet's new small pickup truck
that can really be termed a midsize model. Originally introduced
in 2004, there is still quite a bit of novelty about the
Colorado and its close sibling, the GMC Canyon.
The 2005 Chevy Colorado evokes comparisons with the Silverado.
For the Colorado is basically just a smaller version of
that full-size pickup truck. Offered in a wealth of trims
and with two available inline engines, there is plenty of
model diversity as well this year.
Base 2005 Chevy Colorado models are offered as regular cabs
and extended cabs. Uplevel LS models are covered in a separate
Like most other trucks, regular cabs have a three person
bench seat. The extended cab adds rear-hinged rear doors
and an extra rear bench seat.
Base models aren't going to wow you with their features,
but they won't disappoint either. Standard equipment includes
rack-and-pinion steering, intermittent wipers, air conditioning
and folding outside mirrors.
Notable optional equipment includes remote keyless entry,
XM Satellite Radio, a tilt steering wheel, cruise control,
a self-dimming inside rearview mirror, high-back bucket
seats and a rear sliding window.
Both regular cabs and extended cabs use a solid 6-ft cargo
bed. New this year is an Xtreme package. It is available
with 2WD models and adds18-inch wheels, bodyside cladding,
different front and rear styling and special exterior graphics.
The Colorado Xtreme stands out with a ZQ8 lowered suspension.
Suspension (spring & knuckle) modifications and tire/wheel
assemblies lower the vehicle 1.6 inches compared to Colorado's
standard 2WD suspension, and they are complemented with
gas-charged monotube shocks at all corners. The ZQ8 suspension
also includes front and rear stabilizer bars to increase
the vehicle's handling capability.
Base models use a 2.8-liter inline 4-cylinder engine. It
can be mated to 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission,
both of which get pretty good gas mileage for a pickup.
The I4 is able to muster 175 horsepower at 5600 rpm and
185 lb-ft of torque at 2800 rpm.
Optional is an inline 5-cylinder engine. It produces 220
horsepower at 5600 rpm and 225 lb-ft of torque at 2800 rpm.
Safety and Security
Antilock brakes and daytime running lights are standard
on all 2005 Colorado models. The dual-stage airbags include
a passenger deactivation switch to reduce injury.
Curtain side airbags are available as an option. They act
like a protective curtain when deployed, unfolding from
the roof rail between the A-pillar and side window header.