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Old 01-27-2010, 03:55 PM   #1
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Anyone do any towing with a 2010 Chevy Colorado Crew Cab? (any year)

I test drove a 2010 Colorado Crew Cab today, it was a 2.9/I-4/4 cyl/185 hp/195 torque. It was very peppy and has a factory 5000 # tow rating.

The 3.7/I-5/5cyl/242 hp/242 torque or the 5.3/V8/300 hp/ 320 torque models with stock 6000 # tow ratings, seem like possible options to tow our Airstream-Argosy 24 Center Twin (actually 20' inside front/rear).



(I currently tow it with our 1996 Buick Roadmaster V8/AT Wagon)
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I've driven a Colorado with the five-cylinder. Forgive me, but based on driving that, I'm surprised that someone with a LT1-powered Roadmaster would find the four-banger Colorado peppy. The rest of the truck is behind the competitive curve too - but it is compact, something most small trucks aren't anymore.

If I wanted a small truck for towing, I'd get a Nissan Frontier with the V6.

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Old 01-27-2010, 06:22 PM   #3
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I'm not going to buy the one i saw today, it had a sticker of $25,000.00 and they seemed none too willing to negotiate at all. I'll keep looking, but i'm pleased with the Colorado's look, comfort and the engine choices. I probably want opt for the V8, the 5 cylinder seems like it might be a good choice though with 242 HP/torque. I'll probably look for a used crew cab with 5 cylinder/AT and save some cash.

(Your right, I was supprised by the 4 cylinders pep, It took off like a rocket with just a punch of the gas.....)
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I would be a little wary. It might be peppy off the line because of aggressive throttle mapping, but then the steam runs out.

That five-cylinder (as well as GM's inline-six) tends to build power at higher revs than you'd want out of a truck. In other words, the numbers might look good, but the grunt might not be all that impressive when really towing. Also, the pre-2007 models had a smaller 3.5-liter inline-five.

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I've driven the Colorado on a test, and was also impressed with the four banger's pep. However, pep with an unloaded gas truck is a totally different thing than needed torque to pull a trailer, expecially up a hill into a wind at high altitude.

At a minimum, I'd see if the seller would let you test a truck with a trailer behind it before buying.

Just my opinion.
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I've driven a Colorado with the five-cylinder. Forgive me, but based on driving that, I'm surprised that someone with a LT1-powered Roadmaster would find the four-banger Colorado peppy. The rest of the truck is behind the competitive curve too - but it is compact, something most small trucks aren't anymore.

If I wanted a small truck for towing, I'd get a Nissan Frontier with the V6.

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Or a Hoda Ridgeline. 245 HP
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Or a Hoda Ridgeline. 245 HP
Ohhh, that 3 HP difference is really a big deal!
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A little used car lot let me "test drive" a 2004 Colorado Crew Cab, 5cyl, AT, with my 1975 Argosy 24'.
It did a good job of towing it around the neighborhood/state highway, and seemed to have the low end torque to tow it. So I was pleased with the way it drove, (I'm not sure if the HP/Torque ratings are the same as the 2010 models). ( If I had to compare it to something, I would say a the 4.3L V6 S-10s would be similar)
I did not take it on the Interstate, and it did not have a brake box on it, so I used the truck brakes to stop the trailer, no issues to report, there was hardly any rear drop when the trailer was attached, so that was something I liked.
Its definately a truck I will be considering when I eventually replace my current tow vehicle. I'm probably going to wait until next year to buy one, and let the used price drop a little more.
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Ohhh, that 3 HP difference is really a big deal!
True, but the comfort factor is a very big deal.
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