We recently drove the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado around town, on some dirt trails and even a three hour road trip. This midsize truck is a step in the right direction for General Motors. All new for 2015, the Colorado is a truly capable midsize pickup and a serious competitor for the likes of the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier. So the real question is, would we buy one? Read on to find out.
The short answer to that question is yes. This truck is incredible. It’s everything you’d want in a truck and, starting at $20,100, still at a price you can afford. The ride is smooth and comfortable. It’s tall enough to lend confidence on the highway and maintain plenty of ground clearance off road.
We tested the 4WD V6 LT trim model, with 305 HP and a 7,000 pound towing capacity. Cabin noise was quieter than you’d expect for this class of vehicle, thanks to enhanced design efficiency by Chevrolet.
We emptied the 21 gallon fuel tank several times, and got close to the 24 MPG highway rating as suggested by the EPA. The 2WD version of the vehicle boasts a highway rating of 26 MPG, but we think that’s being mildly optimistic.
The interior trim was snug and decidedly GM. The aesthetics are nice, not over the top and very utilitarian, the way a truck should be. Beefy, rubber dials and over-sized toggle switches are oriented around the driver and keep everything easily accessible. The leather can be described more as durable than as comfortable. It’s made to look good for a long time, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing in this truck.
The 2015 adds neat accents like the corner step rear bumper and quiet opening tailgate (this is cool). Projector beam headlights give an aggressive look to the front and a spray-in bed liner is available right off the factory floor.
Finally, Chevrolet has arrived. They’ve made a mid-size pickup that owners will be proud to own and show off. The Colorado is capable in every way that you’d expect a truck to be, just cheaper. And who doesn’t love that?
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