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2009 Chevrolet Colorado Regular cab pickup

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  • Moderate overlap front
    A
  • Side without optional side airbags
    P
  • Side with optional side airbags
    P
  • Roof strength
    M
  • Head restraints & seats
    M
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Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags (standard beginning with 2010 models, optional in 2004-09 Colorado and Canyon models, standard in 2006-08 i-series crew cab models)
2
Electronic stability control, includes roll stability control (beginning with 2009 models)
3
Antilock brakes
4
Daytime running lights
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2012
A
P
M
M
2011
A
P
M
M
2010
A
P
M
M
2009
A
P
P
M
M
2008
A
P
P
M
M
2007
A
P
P
M
M
2006
A
P
P
M
M
2005
A
P
P
M
M
2004
A
P
P
M
M

Applies to 2004-12 models

Overall evaluation
A
Structure and safety cage
M
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
M
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon were introduced in the 2004 model year as replacements for the Chevrolet S-10 and GMC Sonoma. The Isuzu i-series pickup was introduced in the 2006 model year and discontinued after the 2008 model year.

During the crash, intrusion by the tire and wheel into the driver footwell area combined with separation of the footwell from the rocker panel and door sill caused the dummy's left foot to be trapped underneath the brake pedal. The pedal had to be cut off to free the foot. This entrapment resulted in a structure rating downgrade from acceptable to marginal.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the head, neck, and chest indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. Forces on the left tibia indicate that injuries to the lower leg would be possible.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Movement of the upper part of the dummy was well controlled. After the dummy moved forward into the airbag, it rebounded into the seat without its head coming close to any stiff structure that could cause injury.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2008 Chevrolet Chevrolet Colorado LT (2wd crew cab)
Weight 3,752 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase126 in.
Length207 in.
Width68 in.
Engine2.9 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings18 mpg city / 24 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEF0811
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)21
Left (cm)18
Center (cm)14
Right (cm)14
Brake pedal (cm)18
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)8
Right (cm)10
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)6
Rearward (cm)-5
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)5

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEF0811
Head
HIC-15225
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.1
Extension bending moment (Nm)20
Maximum Nij 0.24
Chest maximum compression (mm)30
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)2.8
Femur force - right (kN)1.7
Knee displacement - left (mm)9
Knee displacement - right (mm)1
Maximum tibia index - left0.80
Maximum tibia index - right0.37
Tibia axial force - left (kN)7.3
Tibia axial force - right (kN)3.2
Foot acceleration (g)
Left136
Right85

Applies to 2004-09 models

Overall evaluation
P
Structure and safety cage
P
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
M
Torso
P
Pelvis/leg
P
Head protection
P
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
M
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
M
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon were introduced in the 2004 model year as replacements for the Chevrolet S-10 and GMC Sonoma.

The side impact crash test ratings do not apply to the Isuzu i-series pickup, which was introduced in the 2006 model year, because crew cab models have standard side airbags. The i-series was discontinued after the 2008 model year.

Structure ratings are based on this test and on a later test of a 2010 Colorado model with side airbags.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that rib fractures and/or internal organ injuries plus a fracture of the pelvis would be likely in a crash of this severity. Serious neck injuries would also be possible, and loading to the shoulder was excessive.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that rib fractures would be possible in a crash of this severity. In addition, loading to the shoulder was excessive.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy's head was hit by the intruding barrier. This impact did not produce high head injury measures, but head hits with intruding objects such as other vehicles, trees, and poles should be prevented.

Passenger — The dummy's head was hit by the pillar behind the rear passenger door. This impact did not produce high head injury measures, but the head was not prevented from continuing to move outward and downward toward the window sill of the rear door. This indicates that only slightly different crash circumstances could produce a direct hit to a person's head from objects outside the vehicle.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2008 Chevrolet Chevrolet Colorado LT (2wd crew cab)
Weight 3,783 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase126 in.
Length207 in.
Width68 in.
Engine3.7 L 5-cylinder
EPA ratings16 mpg city / 22 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES0817CES0932
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
1.52.0

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES0817
Head HIC-15540
Neck
Tension (kN)2.6
Compression (kN)0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)66
Lateral force (kN)6.4
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)55
Average deflection (mm)47
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)9.81
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)2.35
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)6.0
Acetabulum force (kN)3.7
Combined force (kN)9.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.9
L-M moment (Nm)185
A-P moment (Nm) -45

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES0817
Head HIC-15344
Neck
Tension (kN)1.1
Compression (kN)0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)55
Lateral force (kN)2.5
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)43
Average deflection (mm)35
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)5.14
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.85
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.4
Acetabulum force (kN)2.6
Combined force (kN)2.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.6
L-M moment (Nm)158
A-P moment (Nm) 29

Applies to 2004-09 models

Overall evaluation
P
Structure and safety cage
P
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
P
Pelvis/leg
P
Head protection
M
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
A
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
M
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon were introduced in the 2004 model year as replacements for the Chevrolet S-10 and GMC Sonoma. Side airbags became standard beginning with 2010 models (they had been optional in 2004-09 models). Structure ratings are based on this test and on an earlier test of a 2008 Colorado model without side airbags.

These side impact crash test ratings also apply to the Isuzu i-series pickup, which was introduced in the 2006 model year, because crew cab models had standard side airbags. The i-series was discontinued after the 2008 model year.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that rib fractures and/or internal organ injuries plus a fracture of the pelvis would be likely in a crash of this severity. In addition, loading to the shoulder was excessive.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that rib fractures would be possible in a crash of this severity. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.

Head protection

Driver — The side curtain airbag adequately covered the window opening near the dummy's head during deployment, but the head then moved outward and downward into near proximity with the intruding barrier. Although the barrier did not hit the dummy's head in this test, this near miss indicates that only slightly different crash circumstances could produce a direct hit to a person's head.

Passenger — The side curtain airbag did not deploy properly, and the dummy's head was hit by the window frame of the rear passenger door and the pillar behind the door. This impact did not produce high head injury measures, but the head protection is inadequate.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2010 Chevrolet Chevrolet Colorado LT (2wd crew cab)
Weight 3,847 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags
Wheelbase126 in.
Length207 in.
Width68 in.
Engine3.7 L 5-cylinder
EPA ratings17 mpg city / 23 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES0817CES0932
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
1.52.0

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES0932
Head HIC-15367
Neck
Tension (kN)1.8
Compression (kN)0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)58
Lateral force (kN)6.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)64
Average deflection (mm)55
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)9.72
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)2.73
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)5.7
Acetabulum force (kN)3.8
Combined force (kN)9.3
Left femur
L-M force (kN)1.1
L-M moment (Nm)223
A-P moment (Nm) -39

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES0932
Head HIC-15379
Neck
Tension (kN)0.4
Compression (kN)0.9
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)43
Lateral force (kN)1.5
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)43
Average deflection (mm)35
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.41
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.72
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.4
Acetabulum force (kN)2.4
Combined force (kN)2.4
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.4
L-M moment (Nm)104
A-P moment (Nm) -42

Applies to 2004-12 models

Overall evaluation
M
Curb weight3,807 lbs
Peak force10,869 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio2.86
Tested vehicle
2010 Chevrolet Colorado LT Crew Cab 2wd
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

In the test, the strength of the roof is determined by pushing a metal plate against one side of it at a slow but constant speed. The force applied relative to the vehicle's weight is known as the strength-to-weight ratio. This graph shows how the ratio varied as the test of this vehicle progressed. The peak strength-to-weight ratio recorded at any time before the roof is crushed 5 inches is the key measurement of roof strength.

A good rating requires a strength-to-weight ratio of at least 4. In other words, the roof must withstand a force of at least 4 times the vehicle's weight before the plate crushes the roof by 5 inches. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. For a marginal rating, it is 2.5. Anything lower than that is poor.

How this test is conducted

Applies to 2004-12 models

Overall evaluation
M
Dynamic rating
M
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Bench seats

How this test is conducted

Seat typeBench seats
Geometry
Backset (mm)55
Distance below top of head (mm)45
Seat design parameters
Pass/failFail
Max T1 acceleration (g)10.5
Head contact time (ms)85
Force ratingModerate
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)161
Max neck tension (N)589

Applies to 2004-12 models

Overall evaluation
M
Dynamic rating
M
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Bucket seats

How this test is conducted

Seat typeBucket seats
Geometry
Backset (mm)55
Distance below top of head (mm)40
Seat design parameters
Pass/failFail
Max T1 acceleration (g)11.8
Head contact time (ms)92
Force ratingModerate
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)212
Max neck tension (N)719

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