The Chevrolet Colorado is Chevrolet’s entry in the compact truck market. The only engine available in this light truck is a 2.9 liter four cylinder engine. In opting for a large displacement four cylinder configuration, Chevrolet tried to capture the fuel economy inherent in a four cylinder engine, while also capturing the horsepower of a six cylinder engine with the larger displacement. And most drivers and critics agree that this truck’s engine is a good blend of the two attributes. The 2.9 liter four cylinder produces one hundred eighty-five horsepower at five thousand six hundred revolutions per minute, and, befitting a truck, it produces one hundred ninety pounds of torque at two thousand six hundred revolutions per minute.
The engine features a sequential fuel induction system that feeds the required unleaded gasoline through a dual overhead cam valve train. The Environmental Protection Agency has rated the fuel economy of the Chevrolet Colorado at eighteen miles per gallon in city driving, and twenty-five miles per gallon on the highway. The powerful engine gives the compact truck a payload capacity of one thousand four hundred and eighty four pounds, and a towing capacity of four thousand pounds when fitted properly. While performance is not normally the first thing that comes to mind when buying a pickup, the Chevrolet Colorado compares well with the competitiors in its class. The Chevrolet Colorado accelerates from zero to sixy miles per hour in nine and six-tenths seconds, and covers the quarter mile in seventeen and three-tenths seconds with a maximum speed of eighty-three miles per hour. Whether for performance, towing capability, or payload capacity, the Chevrolet Colorado competes very well against the competition.