2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Sweating the Calibration Details
July 8, 2015
I live in the foothills of the Santa Ana mountains which means, around home, I'm constantly driving up and down steep inclines. It's an environment where our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado thrives.
It's here that the Colorado's transmission calibration shines. Descending steep hills with an automatic transmission typically means either downshifting manually (if that's an option) or riding the brake to maintain a reasonable speed.
The Colorado, however, helps its driver out by downshifting automatically. Begin a steep descent and within a few seconds of applying the brake, the truck begins to select higher gears to help regulate speed. And it's effective too, holding speed about where I lift off the brake pedal. It manages this in Drive without any additional input required from the driver.
Also nice is the truck's ability to maintain a preset speed on the freeway when using cruise control. That this isn't common in 2015 is disappointing, but it's not. Even relatively steep grades don't result in increased speed, at least not significantly.
These are calibration details that matter. They make the truck easier to drive, preserve the brakes and maintain smooth traffic flow.
Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor @ 12,058 miles