Acceleration, engine noise, ride, braking, body flex, fit and finish, turning circle, towing capacity, reliability.
The Colorado and its twin, the GMC Canyon, are far surpassed by their competitors. The unrefined five-cylinder engine lacks punch and doesn't offer a fuel-economy advantage over competing V6s. It had to work hard to power the crew cab we tested. Handling is sound but unexceptional. The ride is unsettled, and the body constantly quivers. Despite the truck's relatively small dimensions, the 48-foot turning circle is huge. A 5.3-liter V8 is available. The IIHS side-crash result is poor. A 2013 redesign is coming.
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