2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Only Compact By Modern Standards
by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on October 21, 2015
I used our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado this weekend to help my girlfriend move. It performed the task excellently, its bed able to transport a seemingly endless supply of boxes labeled "Clothing," and its smaller size enabling easy access through some of the tighter streets and parking lots I repeatedly drove through. The seats were comfortable and the air-conditioning — crucially — cold.
And as necessitated by the Holy Scripture of Moving, I made the requisite number of trips to The Home Depot. It was cute parking the Colorado next to the smoke stack-wielding heavy-duty pick-ups in the lot. It was even better avoiding the Austin Powers-esque X-point turn some of these hulking, clattering shrines to manliness had to make to get out of their parking spots.
Then I saw a well-worn and off-white Toyota T100. This, Toyota's big foray into the full-size pickup truck segment, looked about the same size as our compact Colorado.
And it is. Our 4WD Colorado, in crew cab and short box configuration, is slightly longer (3.6 inches), narrower (0.9 inch), and taller (2.4 inches) than an extended cab T100. Granted, the T100 was smaller than the domestic full-size trucks of the day. But even compared to them, the Colorado's differences are less than the length of your hand. An extended-cab Chevy K1500 is longer (5.3 inches) and wider (2.8 inches), but the same height.
Much like how a medium-sized shirt has grown larger over the years, or how a new BMW 3 Series is about as large as a 5 Series from the 80s, the goal posts have moved. How far? A new crew cab, short box Silverado is 1.4 feet longer than our Colorado.
Before we start complaining about size creep, let's remember that today's vehicles are safer, more capable, and more efficient than ever before — and that thought experiments like this are an excellent way to cope with the frustration of repeated trips to The Home Depot.
Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor