2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Feels Appropriately Midsize
April 16, 2015
While driving around town, I still occasionally see relics from the bygone era of the compact pickup truck, decades ago when pickups were really small, like the Toyota Truck or Chevrolet S-10.
See one and you might even exclaim, "Aww, look, how cute!" Today's full-size pickups are bigger, taller and full of marketed macho. Yet I suspect that's part of the reason why I like our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado. To me it holds a desirable, reality-based middle ground between the pint-sized and the potentially overgrown.
A while back James Riswick wrote a post examining the potential cost savings of buying a well-equipped Colorado over a full-size Silverado. There is that aspect, sure. But I also enjoy how our Colorado feels from behind the wheel. Drive around a turn and it's more maneuverable and lighter than a typical full-size truck. Parking it on the street or in a crowded parking is easier because of its smaller size. It fits in a garage easier, too.
Compared to a Silverado with the short bed (5-foot 8-inch box), our Colorado is about 6 inches narrower and about 18 inches shorter.
We do have the shorter 5-foot 2-inch cargo bed for our truck, which contributes to its shorter footprint but also limits functionality. But we're already done some towing and hauling and I don't get the sense that we're dramatically limited on what we can do.
Buying a pickup truck does generate an interesting mix of wants and needs. For me, the idea of owning a nice-looking, upscale midsize pickup is pretty appealing.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 8,761 miles