2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Size, Capability Sometimes Make It Best Tool for the Job
by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on October 6, 2015
For the situation described herein, our long-term 2015 Chevrolet Colorado was an ideal tool for the job. Better than a full-size pickup, even.
I needed to move an engine, which ruled out every type of consumer vehicle save for a pickup. Then, I needed to move said engine into my garage, which entails traversing it up my driveway in some manner. This is where things get tricky.
My driveway is narrow. A full-size pickup will (barely) fit until it reaches the pinch point of an elevated concrete pad halfway up the drive. A full-sizer needs to climb up and drive over the 12-inch tall pad — two wheels on the pad, two wheels off. I've done that — in a Raptor, no less — but it's not something I wanted to do with the engine in the bed.
Okay, so just park at the street and pluck the engine off the bed with the hoist, then wheel the laden hoist up the driveway, right? Not so easy, either. The driveway is one of those stupid setups with two concrete stripes separated by a center section filled with little stones. Can't roll a hoist through the center section, and stray stones are scattered everywhere. Every single rogue stone on the concrete forms an impenetrable roadblock to the hoist's little steel casters. The seams in the concrete might as well be cliff faces to the hoist, too.
Enter the Colorado. Trucky enough to easily swallow the ~450-pound engine and narrow enough to slip right through my driveway's pinch point and back all the way to my garage. Furthermore, the lower loading height of the Colorado's bed compared to a full-sizer meant I didn't have to test the limits of my hoist or nerves when unloading it. The right tool for the job, in other words.
It was a drama-free move, too. The weight of the engine in the bed settled down the ride quality somewhat, as you'd expect. Before anyone freaks about the load placement in the photo, rest assured that during transport, the engine was strapped down snugly against the forward edge of the bed.
Let's hear it for midsize pickups.