2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Good on Long Trips
January 8, 2015
I took our long-term 2015 Chevrolet Colorado on a road trip to Sonoma Raceway and back to Los Angeles recently. The original plan was to tow a trailer and car back from the track, hence the need for a trucky-type thing.
Alas, the towing portion of this trip never materialized due to logistical change-ups along the way. But I did find that the Colorado served admirably as a place to spend several hours in the saddle.
I found the seats pretty comfortable over the long haul. A bit more thigh support wouldn't be unwelcome, but otherwise the seat proved comfy with only a hint of road butt after three hours. The Colorado settles in nicely at speed, with low noise levels for a truck and good straightline stability. And really, when you're plodding up Interstate 5, those two attributes are key.
Here's a quirk I discovered: At night, the Colorado's center stack controls show up in the rearview mirror. Que, you say? Allow me to describe the situation. The Colorado's radio, multimedia screen and HVAC controls are illuminated, and the rear window is basically vertical. Our Colorado doesn't have a bench seat, so there's a clear line of sight from the center stack to the rear window. Hence, the center stack controls appear projected onto the surface of the rear window when you glance in the rearview mirror, in what appears to be the worst implementation of a head-up display ever devised. No big deal, just turn down the brightness and it's fine. I tried to get a photo, but as you might imagine it came out crap.
Anyway, back to our trip. A trip like this in a current Toyota Tacoma would probably be considerably more fatiguing, as even a new Taco is an old truck in the context of model changeovers. However, if you haven't heard, Toyota's unveiling a new Tacoma in a couple of weeks at the Detroit auto show. Now that I've spent a good, solid amount of time in the Colorado, I'm keen to learn what Toyota's planning as a riposte.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor