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2010 Chevrolet Colorado Trims

LT1

2 national listings
Avg. Price: $13,988

The 2010 Chevrolet Colorado LT1 represents a step up from the bare-bones Work Truck trim level, but still offers buyers a basic yet capable truck. The LT1 trim dresses up the exterior of the Colorado with 16-inch alloy wheels and provides a host of interior upgrades.

The Colorado LT1 offers a 6-foot bed behind its three-across regular cab. Its payload capacity of 1,484 pounds should be up to most tasks. Standard power is provided by a 2.9-liter inline four-cylinder (I4) engine, delivering 185 hp and 190 lb-ft of torque. Shifting duties are handled by a five-speed manual transmission or optional four-speed automatic.

The interior of the Colorado LT1 gives buyers the option of power accessories and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. The AM/FM/CD stereo comes with XM satellite ratio, while standard OnStar vehicle assistance provides peace of mind.

LT1 4WD

1 national listing
Avg. Price: $16,645

The 2010 Chevrolet Colorado LT1 4WD is a capable, rugged little pickup with the added comfort and convenience of the LT1 package. 16-inch alloy wheels and body-color trim pieces differentiate the Colorado LT1 from base Work Truck trims outside, while the standard CD stereo and available power options improve the comfort level inside.

The Colorado LT1 4WD is powered by a 185-hp inline four-cylinder (I4) engine that drives all four wheels via an electronically controlled transfer case. Its 6-foot cargo bed offers the ability to carry 1,465 pounds of payload.

Standard safety features for the Colorado LT1 4WD include front, side, and curtain airbags and antilock brakes with stability and traction control. The standard OnStar security plan offers a reassuring voice on the other end of the line in the event of an accident.

LT1 Crew Cab

Avg. Price: $17,851

The 2010 Chevrolet Colorado LT1 Crew Cab offers the ability to seat six in (relative) comfort while providing good fuel economy. The LT1 is the lowest trim level available with the Crew Cab chassis and as such is powered by the base 2.9-liter inline four-cylinder (I4) engine. While adequate elsewhere in the range, here the small I4 is overwhelmed by the heavy four-door chassis, limiting payload rating to a low 1,272 pounds.

The interior of the LT1 Crew Cab offers plenty of room up front, though back-seat passengers will find legroom scarce. Standard air conditioning and an AM/FM/CD stereo with satellite radio make for a pleasant, if not luxurious, experience.

Standard safety features include antilock brakes with stability and traction control. New for 2010 are standard side curtain airbags.

LT1 Crew Cab 4WD

Avg. Price: $20,424

Offering true off-road capability, the 2010 Chevrolet Colorado LT1 Crew Cab 4WD gives drivers the ability to shift into four-wheel drive at the touch of a button. The Crew Cab configuration seats six passengers and provides a short but useful 5-foot cargo bed.

With the Colorado LT1 Crew Cab 4WD weighing in at over two tons, Chevrolet wisely decided to make a larger, 3.7-liter inline five-cylinder engine standard. This 242-hp motor is adequate for light towing, and a powerful, 300-hp V8 engine is available for those who need more grunt. A four-speed automatic transmission is standard.

The interior of the Colorado LT1 Crew Cab 4WD is decently equipped with air conditioning and an AM/FM/XM/CD stereo. Available power accessories and keyless entry upgrade the convenience level, while six standard airbags and antilock brakes provide peace of mind.

LT1 Ext. Cab

Avg. Price: $15,990

The 2010 Chevrolet Colorado LT1 Extended Cab features a little extra space inside while offering the utility of a 6-foot cargo bed. This rear-wheel-drive-only truck rides on a 126-inch wheelbase and features an economical 2.9-liter inline four-cylinder (I4) engine.

The rear wheels are driven through either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. Payload capacity is a respectable 1,441 pounds, while towing is best left to the more powerful LT2 and LT3 trim levels.

Though the Colorado LT1's Ext. Cab configuration allegedly seats five, the rear seats are basically uninhabitable by normal-size adults. The interior is comfortable, but the basic dash design and roll-up windows provide a less-than-luxurious experience.

LT1 Ext. Cab 4WD

Avg. Price: $19,145

The 2010 Chevrolet Colorado LT1 Extended Cab 4WD is an economical alternative to a full-size truck. Mating the larger, 6-foot bed and Extended cabin to the tough, shift-on-the-fly four-wheel-drive (4WD) system makes for a capable little vehicle that still delivers decent fuel economy.

The standard 2.9-liter inline four-cylinder (I4) engine delivers good mileage, but feels underpowered and is somewhat unrefined. The optional five-cylinder engine will provide improved performance with only a small penalty in fuel economy. A five-speed manual transmission comes standard, with a four-speed automatic available as an upgrade.

The Colorado LT1 Ext. Cab 4WD's appearance is enhanced by a body-color grille and 16-inch alloy wheels. The interior features standard air conditioning and CD stereo, with power accessories and keyless entry available as options.

LT2 Crew Cab

Avg. Price: $19,549

Offering seating for six and a relatively upscale interior, the 2010 Chevrolet Colorado LT2 Crew Cab is a value-laden small pickup. The Crew Cab configuration offers 3 across seating up front (sportier bucket seats are optional) and a reasonably spacious rear bench, with a short 5-foot cargo bed out back.

The standard 3.7-liter inline five-cylinder (I5) engine delivers 242 hp and 242 lb-ft of torque. A powerful 5.3-liter V8 is optional and upgrades towing capacity significantly. With either engine the rear wheels are driven through a four-speed automatic transmission.

Upscale interior features of the LT2 Crew Cab include standard power accessories, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, and keyless entry. The exterior is jazzed up with a chrome grille and 17-inch chrome alloy wheels.

LT2 Crew Cab 4WD

Avg. Price: $21,816

As the best-equipped four-wheel-drive 2010 Chevrolet Colorado, the LT2 Crew Cab 4WD offers a host of convenience features and optional V8 power. Its 126-inch wheelbase allows for a four-door cab with seating for six along with a 5-foot cargo bed that can carry 1,230 pounds of payload.

Standard power comes from a 3.7-liter inline five-cylinder (I5) engine that makes 242 hp and 242 lb-ft of torque. An optional 5.3-liter V8 churns out a healthy 300 hp and merits serious consideration, given the LT2 Crew Cab 4WD's two-ton curb weight. A four-speed automatic transmission is standard with either motor and routes power to all four wheels via an electronically controlled transfer case.

Inside the Colorado LT2 Crew Cab 4WD, passengers get ample (if not truly spacious) accommodations: bucket front seats and a rear bench with 34.8 inches of legroom. Power features are standard, as are keyless entry and an auto-dimming mirror.

LT2 Ext. Cab

1 national listing
Avg. Price: $17,733

The 2010 Chevrolet Colorado LT2 Extended Cab represents a significant step up in both capability and comfort relative to the more basic Work Truck and LT1 trim levels. Riding on a 126-inch wheelbase, the LT2 Ext. Cab is a rear-wheel-drive-only pickup that can carry a stout 1,741-pound payload in its 6-foot bed.

The more heavily optioned LT2 trim level means this Colorado Ext. Cab gets the larger, 3.7-liter engine standard. This inline five-cylinder motor produces 242 hp and 242 lb-ft of torque and drives the rear wheels. Also standard is a four-speed automatic transmission that shifts unobtrusively, but has fewer ratios than the competition.

The Colorado LT2 Ext. Cab exterior benefits from chrome trim for the grille and bumpers, along with chromed 17-inch alloy wheels. The interior is dolled-up with power accessories, remote keyless entry, and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.

LT2 Ext. Cab 4WD

Avg. Price: $20,098

The 2010 Chevrolet Colorado LT2 Extended Cab 4WD offers the go-anywhere capability of electronic four-wheel-drive with low range, along with the added power of a 3.7-liter inline five-cylinder (I5) engine. The up-market LT2 trim stands out with a chrome grille and 17-inch chrome wheels.

With 242 hp on tap, the I5 is powerful, but lacks refinement. A four-speed automatic transmission is standard, along with a limited-slip rear differential. The available Z71 suspension package enhances the Colorado's rock-hopping capability, but degrades its on-road ride quality.

Inside the LT2 Ext. Cab features bucket seating up front and a pair of rear jump seats. Power accessories and standard keyless entry are standard. Safety features are impressive (standard side-curtain airbags got added for 2010), but the Colorado performed only adequately in government side-impact crash testing.

LT3 Crew Cab

Avg. Price: $20,459

The 2010 Chevrolet Colorado LT3 Crew Cab is built more for stylish errand-hopping than lumberyard work duty. As the top trim level in the Colorado range, the LT3 Crew Cab is offered only with rear-wheel drive (RWD). Special exterior trim and distinct 18-inch Midnight Silver alloy wheels upgrade its otherwise truck-like appearance.

The LT3 Crew features the largest available Colorado engine, the 5.3-liter V8. This powerful motor is borrowed from the larger Silverado truck and makes 300 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque. The rear wheels are driven via a smooth-shifting four-speed automatic transmission.

Inside its moderately spacious interior (the rear seats have 34.8 inches of legroom), six passengers are treated to standard power accessories and air conditioning. The optional power heated seats are a nice upgrade.

LT3 Ext. Cab

2 national listings
Avg. Price: $19,520

The 2010 Chevrolet Colorado LT3 Extended Cab is all about style. The LT3 package upgrades the Colorado's exterior look with a special body-color trim package and 18-inch alloy wheels. Underneath a ZQ8 sport suspension package is tuned for on-road driving and delivers a more controlled ride than most pickups.

The standard 300-hp V8 engine displaces 5.3 liters and generates a healthy 320 lb-ft of torque. Power is transmitted to the rear wheels via a standard four-speed automatic gearbox. The optional limited-slip rear end should be considered mandatory, given this engine's potency.

Interior features are more luxury oriented than lesser Colorado trims; the LT3 offers standard power accessories and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. Standard safety equipment includes front, side, and curtain airbags along with antilock brakes and stability control.

Work Truck

Avg. Price: $11,540

As the base trim in Chevrolet's Colorado line, the 2010 Work Truck rides on a 111-inch wheelbase and features a 6-foot bed. With a basic, regular-length cab and rear-wheel-only drivetrain the Work Truck is designed for just what its name implies, in the service of cable companies, small contractors, and individuals.

Powered by a 2.9-liter inline four-cylinder that makes 185 hp and 190 lb-ft of torque, the Work Truck drives its rear wheels via either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. Power is adequate but not awe-inspiring, and the rather coarse engine, combined with a low level of sound deadening, makes for a rather thrashy driving experience.

The interior, while spartan, has some surprising details. The steering wheel is leather-wrapped, and air-conditioning and cruise control are standard. Yet the roll-up windows and cheap plastic dashboard underscore the Work Truck's vocational attributes. Consumers looking for a suburban runabout would be much happier with a more up-level trim.

Work Truck 4WD

Avg. Price: $16,020

Adding four-wheel drive to the 2010 Colorado Work Truck makes for a tough, go-anywhere pickup for those who don't need frills. Its 2.9-liter inline four may not offer much in the way of polish, but it gets the job done with 185 hp and 190 lb-ft of torque. All four wheels are driven via an electronically engaged transfer case, and both manual and automatic transmissions are available.

With a regular cab and a 6-foot cargo bed, the Work Truck provides more hauling utility than cabin comfort. While its 1,465-pound payload is decent for a little truck, the small engine becomes strained when burdened with a full load. A three-across bench provides little in the way of elbow room, but the interior features air-conditioning and cruise control standard, making it more than tolerable for getting to the work site.

Work Truck Ext. Cab

Avg. Price: $12,942

Offering a vestigial rear seat, the Colorado Work Truck Extended Cab provides some extra space inside for carrying tools, cargo, or two extremely unhappy (less so if they're small) passengers. With a 126-inch wheelbase the Work Truck Ext. Cab retains a useful 6-foot cargo bed. Still powered by a 2.9-liter, 185-hp inline four-cylinder engine, the Extended Cab is a little slow, owing to its 3,600-pound curb weight.

Driving the rear wheels via either a standard five-speed manual or optional four-speed automatic transmission, the base engine transmits a good deal of vibration and noise to the spartan cabin. Outfitted more for fleet customers than suburbanites, the cabin of the Work Truck lacks power accessories and is clad in cheap plastic and vinyl. Yet essential features like air-conditioning and cruise control are standard, and the interior is at least a step up from that other fleet stalwart, the Ford Ranger.

Work Truck Ext. Cab 4WD

Avg. Price: $16,391

As the largest model in Chevrolet's 2010 Colorado Work Truck trim line, the Extended Cab 4WD offers solid, capable performance and bare-bones amenities. Riding on a 126-inch wheelbase the Work Truck Ext. Cab 4WD has a 6-foot bed that can carry a 1,441-pound maximum payload.

All four wheels are driven via an electronically controlled transfer case. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, with a four-speed automatic optional. The 2.9-liter inline-four engine produces 185 hp and 190 lb-ft of torque, yet struggles when burdened with a long-wheelbase chassis and heavy 4WD components.

The interior is best suited to work duties and features cargo compartments underneath the truncated (and barely habitable) rear bench. Basic amenities include air-conditioning, cruise control, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Safety features are numerous, with antilock brakes, stability control, and six airbags all standard.