2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Hood Flutter
December 12, 2014
Drive our long-term 2015 Chevrolet Colorado on the freeway and you might notice that the hood flutters. Not the whole hood, mind you, and not in some violent, disconcerting manner.
Rather, it's the top sheet metal surface, and it sort of quivers constantly in place in response to inputs via road and/or wind. It is most noticeable right at the cowl, if only because that's the portion of the hood closest to the driver and thus easiest to examine while hurtling along at freeway speeds.
At first I mistook the hood's busy action as merely a reflection of an irregular horizon. But after a few glances I realized that the apparent motion is no optical illusion, and it is the hood sheet metal itself causing it.
It's only an annoyance in that it is constantly zizzing away in your peripheral vision, serving as a source of distraction.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor