2015 Chevrolet Colorado: A Good V6, but Not a Great V6
January 23, 2015
There's a lot to like about the new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab, not the least of which is its ruggedly handsome styling. I wouldn't exactly mind if somebody said that about me sometime...
But even though the new Colorado is the best midsize pickup you can get right now, the V6 is a bit disappointing. Sure, it has good power and all, with 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque, but it's just not all that pleasant of an experience, especially at full throttle.
Whack the gas pedal to the floor and the Colorado moves out pretty well, but as the tachometer clears 4,500 rpm you can feel vibrations creep into the cabin and the engine takes on a more coarse sound.
I was curious how the Colorado's V6 compares, decibel-wise, to the decidedly old-school Toyota Tacoma.
According to our sound measurements, a 2012 Toyota Tacoma Double-Cab TRD V6 recorded 74.3 decibels at wide-open throttle. More recently we measured a 2014 Tacoma TRD TX Baja Series V6 at 76.0 decibels. What was the Colorado? 80.1 at WOT.
It should be noted, though, that the Chevy V6 winds out to around 6,500 rpm at full throttle, while the Tacoma's redline is 5,500.
Regardless of numbers, seat-of-the-pants testing (or is it ears-in-the-truck?) will tell you this thing can get noisy. Luckily, the Colorado has enough low-end torque that you don't need to delve fully into the throttle or wind it out much in normal running (towing may be a different story), and at lower revs the engine is pretty civilized.
Still seems like Chevy should have made sure this powertrain was more refined, though.
Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor @ 4,464 miles