2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Installing Child Safety Seats
April 23, 2015
Recently I was having some maintenance work done on my house and the contractor showed up in a Toyota Tacoma. I had Edmunds' long-term 2015 Chevrolet Colorado parked in front of my house so we ended up talking trucks. The contractor said he loved his Tacoma crew cab. The only issue for him was that he had two kids, one of them being five months old. "Basically, my wife can't ride with me if I have the rear-facing infant seat installed," he said.
My two kids are older than that but they still need safety seats. So I decided to check out how well our Colorado crew cab does taking on the wee little ones.
The Colorado accommodates my current safety seat setup that consists of a Britax convertible seat placed in a forward-facing position and a Recaro booster seat. Its rear headrests are easy to remove, which makes it easier to get a proper safety seat fitment. The combination of a contoured rear seat bottom plus a fairly upright backrest, might require a bit of finagling depending on what kind of child safety seat you have. I found I needed to use a folded- up towel to get the convertible seat in an ideal position, but this is a pretty common occurrence for most vehicles.
The lower LATCH anchors are easy to find. The top anchor, though, is located behind the backrest. You have to lower the backrest to gain access. And, of course, if you're lowering the backrest, you can't have the safety seat in the way. So it took some maneuvering of the seat in the cabin to get the top tether attached and strapped down tight. But once it was done the convertible seat was well secured in a forward-facing position.
For the rear-facing position, the convertible seat again needed a folded-up towel to achieve a proper angle. But just like my contractor's Tacoma, you'll need to slide the front passenger seat pretty much all the way forward to make room for the safety seat.
After I did that, I tried sitting up front. I'm 5-foot 10-inches, and I guess I technically fit, but that was with me angling my legs to avoid the dash. It was very uncomfortable and felt like emergency-use seating only. Someone of shorter stature will be better off, but realistically even a crew-crab midsize pickup like this one isn't very good for taking on rear-facing convertible seats (or infant seats) plus a front passenger.
I suppose that's one area where a full-size crew cab pickup is going to have an advantage. Then again, the infant seat/rear-facing seat phase doesn't last forever.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 8,813 miles