2007 Chevrolet Colorado 4WD Extended Cab LT Z71
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A surprising truck: easy to drive, quick, smooth and a competent off-road performer. The only truck with a five-cylinder engine, this was still one more than its competitor, the Toyota Tacoma. With a healthy 242 hp and 242 lb.ft of torque available, the Colorado was very quick off the line, a relaxed highway cruiser and a backroads specialist. The low range of its four-wheel drive system pulled it over every obstacle, although like many of the competition, it took some time to engage. Most of the time, however, the Colorado managed with the high range 4×4. The cabin and instrument panel are nicely laid out and there’s room in the back for two occasional passengers or additional cargo. The Colarodo Z71 gets the job done with a sporty flair.

Specifications: 2007 Chevrolet Colorado 4WD Extended Cab LT Z71

Base price $28,475
Options $7,485 (LT preferred equipment group – $1,900; manual reclining bucket seats – $350; front side impact airbags – $445; colour-keyed wheel flares – $140; dark smoke gray body side mouoldings – $140; chrome tubular assist steps – $825; 3.7-L MFI DOHC 5-cyl. engine – $1,200; 4-speed automatic transmission – $1,400; XM Satellite radio – $260; power convenience package – $825; see gmcanada.com for more details)
Freight $1,150
A/C tax $100
Price as tested $37,210
Engine 3.7-litre inline 5-cylinder
Horsepower 242 @ 5,600 rpm
Torque 242 lb-ft @ 2,800 rpm
Transmission 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive
Axle ratio 3.73
Transfer case Electronic shift Insta-Trac transfer case with dash-mounted controls
Tires General P265/75R15 on/off-road
Curb weight 1,793 kg (3,945 lbs)
GVWR 2,404 kg (5,300 lbs)
Payload capacity 742 kg (1,644 lbs)
Max. trailer weight 1,814 kg (4,000 lbs)
Wheelbase 3,198 mm (125.9 in.)
Length 5,260 mm (207.1 in.)
Width 1,742 mm (68.6 in.)
Height 1,694 mm (66.7 in.)
Box length 1,849 mm (72.8 in.)
Box width between wheel housings 1,082 mm (42.6 in.)
Rear load height 775 mm (30.5 in.)
Ground clearance Front: 236 mm (9.3 in.)
  Rear: 213 mm (8.4 in.)
Fuel consumption City: 14.4 L/100 km (20 mpg Imperial)
  Hwy: 9.6 L/100 km (29 mpg Imperial)
Fuel type Regular
Warranty 3 years/60,000 km
Powertrain Warranty 5 years/160,000 km
Assembly location Shreveport, Louisiana

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