2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Better Than Tacoma? We'll Get Back to You on That
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on February 1, 2016
We've wrapped up our year with the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado.
Overall, it was a pretty enjoyable ride. Anticipation was high for Chevy's return to the midsize truck market and everyone wanted to know: "Is it as good as the Tacoma?"
That answer, however, proved more elusive even after 12 months. The answer is even still a work in progress since we're now spending a year with an updated Tacoma. The interim answer might be an age-old cop-out: "Your mileage may vary."
We liked plenty about the Colorado. The seats, cabin and ride quality were plenty comfortable, even on long hauls. We used it to haul dirt bikes, karts, and a family of four with gear across the Rockies. We liked its stout V6 and its towing capabilities. Cabin materials felt a little chintzy, but we couldn't argue with function: The Colorado felt like a real truck.
But we were also a little disappointed with the Colorado's lack of off-road chops, regardless of the dopey fuel-efficiency-minded front-air dam (which isn't exactly easy to remove for dirt adventures), its lazy-shifting transmission, and its marginal fuel economy.
You can read a summary of our year with the 2015 Colorado here. After that, you can keep up with our evolving opinions on the new Tacoma by navigating to our 2016 Tacoma long-term test and see if we're any closer to answering the big question.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor