2015 Chevrolet Colorado: A Practical Baby Hauler, But Up to a Point
July 21, 2015
For logistical reasons, I used our long-term 2015 Chevrolet Colorado as my primary means of transportation for a week. Honestly, it works pretty well for toting a baby.
Or at least that's what I thought when it was just the two of us driving around. Adding a third person makes life in the cab overly cozy. Hauling a stroller is an issue, too. My ultra-compact Maclaren Triumph would have fit well on the floor of the backseat, but I'd left it in my personal van. My two larger strollers really only fit well in the Colorado's bed, which is OK on a sunny day, I guess, but not ideal.
As you see here, my very large convertible car seat fits in the Chevy's backseat (the LATCH belt is hanging inelegantly out of the rear-facing belt path, but rest assured that I did correctly tighten it by pulling the belt through the inside of the car seat). I used a pool noodle, but that was a judgment call on my part, not a necessity. Getting the angle just perfect isn't critical for a baby of my daughter's age and weight (rather, it's a big deal with newborns). Here I just used the noodle to keep the seat at a more comfortable recline angle for my little girl.
With the car seat installed rear-facing, the Colorado's front passenger seat has to come all the way forward on its track and the seat-back cushion is just a couple clicks short of fully upright. No one except the diaper bag can really get comfortable in this seat. Brent came to pretty much the same conclusion when he installed his son's Britax Marathon rear-facing.
Whenever we went out as a family, that left one of the adults riding in the backseat. It's reasonably comfortable provided the driver scoots up a notch or two. My husband is 5 foot-9 inches and I'm 5-foot-10, so we have pretty much identical legroom requirements.
The other thing I like about the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is simply the raised ground clearance. I never would have cared before I was a parent, but having the vehicle higher off the ground saves my back when loading my kid or changing a diaper in the backseat. Said backseat also has a nice flat seat-bottom cushion which is handy for the latter task.
In addition, the close proximity of the rear window was convenient for playing peekaboo with (Uncle) John Pearley Huffman during an afternoon at our test track.
Certainly, I could also get a taller ride height in a crossover or minivan, but if I needed the utility of a midsize truck or just wanted to drive around in one, the Colorado could work.
Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 12,419 miles