I absolutely love this truck...as long as I don't have to drive it. It is the worst driving experience of any vehicle that I have ever owned. If the "variable speed transmission" is the wave of the future, I want nothing to do with it. If Chevy wants to continue using this transmission, there needs to be better communiction to their service managers. I have heard so many lame excuses as to why this transmission is terrible, i.e. "It's learning your driving style.", "It's designed to do that.", and "You need to drive a little more aggressive." Are you kidding me? So unless you are buying this as a first car for someone who won't know any better, don't waste your money!!!
For those who need a pickup, the Colorado is a great compromise size wise for those who want to park it in their garage and yet still be able to haul stuff. The Z 71 option has everything but cooled front seats and garage door controls to make the option list complete. Drives easily and smoothly with v 6 option. Low 20's combined mpg with mid-to high 20's at highway speeds. Brakes solid. Interior space functional for carrying stuff inside, and back seat roomy enough for adults when needed. A bit pricey compared to full size alternatives, but delivers functionality of a full size with greater driving ease particularly in parking lots.
As I write this, the truck is back in the repair shop AGAIN. Problem with the air conditioner freezing up...and in Georgia, the AC is a MUST. Have had the truck for 8 months. AC froze up last year and they replaced parts and thought it was repaired. But, this season we are back to the same problems as last year. We are also experiencing the same problems as others with the vehicle shuddering as you try to accelerate while already moving. Of course this is after you press down on the accelerator and nothing happens...until it downshifts and throws you back in your seat. Really not impressed with the gas mileage either. Small truck with 6 cyl should do better. Thought about trading it in on a full sized truck...Best offer is $6,000 less than we paid. If you really want a small truck, the interior and features are nice...but if you want performance GO BIG. We are extremely unhappy with the reliability of this vehicle
2015 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab Work Truck 4dr Crew Cab LB (3.6L 6cyl 6A)
Firstly, do your self a favor and get the beefier V6 3.6 engine and tow package. It's only a couple hundred dollars more and it brings the truck from being a mild mannered "daily commuter" with some capability, to a truck that that will give many half-ton pickups a run for their money. There is nothing more embarrassing than when I smoke these fully loaded $35,000+ Z71 Chevy Colorado's on highway with my $25,000+ work truck because I got the V6 and they don't.
The extended cab versions are good for fitting extra passengers in a pinch but your friends will thank you for getting the crew cab option especially if your friends are large. This truck was engineered almost perfectly. The interior is tough and durable. There are a lot of hard plastics inside (at least in my truck) but they do not lend themselves to a cheap feeling, rather more of a durable feeling. Everything inside the truck feels hard and durable with no delicate nobs or buttons which is a huge plus for me. Everything feels sturdy as it should. The cabin's interior has a water resistant quality with rubber buttons and nobs that gives one the impression that the trucks electronics would be fine even if the inside got wet. The acceleration for the truck is quite quick but the automatic transmission is a little....lazy. It doesn't seem to want to kick the tranny into high gear unless you really put you foot through it. This truck is most at home cruising on the highway and it is not interested in beating other motorists off the line; even though it certainly can. This is partially a good thing because it encourages the aggressive driver to ease up a little and saves on MPG. The trick to going fast (and then some) with this truck is to shift into manual mode and down shift. Getting in and out of traffic with this truck is a breeze. This truck can tow with the best of them but it can also (dare I say it) weave in and out of traffic in ways that larger trucks wouldn't dare.
Every 3.6L Chevy Colorado truck owner knows that they are own something very special. The small attention to detail is what makes this truck an outstanding choice for mid-sized truck buyers. This truck brings legitimacy to the mid-sized truck segment and has set the bar for what a Mid sized truck means. Midsized trucks will no longer be known as trucks whose sole purpose is to haul tools and ladders,they are now a serious option for truck drivers looking to do real work.
Whats great about this truck is its versatility. It can be used to tow an RV, plow snow, climb a hill, haul cement, go on a date, and race another truck all in one day! The Chevy Colorado really can do it all. This truck also gives you a great deal of confidence when you ride it and when you use it. It's hard to feel Whether you want a truck for a daily commuter or to do serous work this truck is really the best of both worlds.
I've had the truck for 8 months and have 11,000 miles. I've had no major issues at all, no repairs needed. Only minor issue is that the USB port in the front occasionally doesn't read the drive, but that's about it. Gas mileage is 24 highway, 19 or so in he city. 4 wheel drive is works great.