Colorado trucks are available in standard cab, extended cab and crew cab body styles. Extended cab trucks have four doors, with forward facing jump seats installed in the rear -- not the best comfort for long trips, but good when you need to carry a few extra passengers short distances. Crew cab Colorados are outfitted with a 60/40 split bench seat in the rear -- it can seat three people or be folded up for cargo space.
Standard cab and extended cab Colorado trucks have beds that are just over six-feet nine-inches long. The crew cab's bed is slightly shorter, at five-foot 1-inch. All Colorado beds are 57 inches wide overall and measure just over 42-1/2 inches between the wheel housings.
Wheel housings are flat on top and you'll find pockets in the bed sides that can hold 2x4s for supporting 4x8-foot sheets of plywood or drywall. The tailgate opens flat with the bed floor and can lock at 55-degrees (which puts it at the height of the wheel houses in order to support the backs of plywood or other cargo.
Chevy offers three engine choices in the 2012 Colorado.
- The base engine for all trucks except the Z71 crew cab is a 2.9 liter 4 cylinder. This engine produces 185 horsepower and 190 pound feet of torque and is paired with a 5-speed manual transmission in the Work Truck model and a 4-speed automatic in all other Colorado trucks.
- Next up is a 3.7-liter 5 cylinder engine that puts out 242 horsepower and 242 pound feet of torque. A 4-speed automatic transmission is standard with the 3.7-liter engine.
- The Colorado lineup tops out with a 5.3-liter V8 producing 300 horsepower and 320 pound feet of torque. The V8 is optional in all Colorado trucks except the Work Truck and Base Truck extended and crew cab models. V8 Colorado trucks are equipped with a standard 4-speed automatic transmission.
An automatic locking rear differential is now standard on all but the Colorado Work Truck and 4X4 base truck.