Chevy’s midsize Colorado pickup enters 2009 with a host of performance enhancements, including a new, 5.3L V-8 engine option and new brake system. These features, along with the return of the ZQ8 sport suspension and a new family of stylish wheels, increase the Colorado’s capability and refreshes its stylish appearance.

Colorado’s new 5.3L V-8 is available on extended cab and crew cab models. It pumps out 300 horsepower and delivers 320 lb.-ft. of torque of robust torque for an exceptional maximum towing capacity of 6,000 pounds. Effortless highway driving also is an attribute of the new V-8, enabling 0-60 mph performance of less than 7 seconds.

A revised fuel control module helps most 2009 Colorado models equipped with the 2.9L and 3.7L engines achieve better fuel economy than previous models.

Colorado receives a new brake system that delivers greater stopping power and an improved brake pedal feel. StabiliTrak stability control is standard.

Colorado is available in regular cab, extended cab and crew cab configurations, as well as 2WD and 4WD.

Colorado can seat up to six. Standard features include rack-and-pinion steering, XM Satellite Radio, intermittent wipers, air conditioning, tilt steering wheel, cruise control and folding outside mirrors.

Base model estimated mpg: 18/24

Estimated starting price: $16,905

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