2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Tall Box Sides
November 19, 2014
Yes, that is indeed "stuff" in the box of our long-term 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, a midsize pickup. Prepare yourselves for plenty more photos of objects there because, after all, it's a truck.
I show you that jungle-gym subframe thing there (a thousand internet props to anyone who can correctly guess the make and model it came from) not out of a sense of pride for using a truck in a truck-like manner. No, I show you this object to illustrate something about the Colorado which is, again, a mid-size pickup.
The thing shown in the Colorado's box weighs about 25 pounds. It doesn't even begin to exercise the truck's payload or volume capacity. The worst that can be said about it is that it's greasy and a bit cumbersome.
One of the advantages of a midsize pickup over a full-sizer is, well, its more-manageable size, right? I should be able to just place that sucker on the bottom of the box by reaching over the sides of the box and be done with it. I shouldn't have to lift the object much above waist height in order to do so. After all — midsize pickup.
But the box is too damn high.
The Colorado's box sides come up to the center of my sternum, and I'm six-foot-one. Way higher than you (or I) might expect from the Colorado, a midsize pickup. I can bring that device up to my chin so that it clears the box sides, sure, but there's no gently laying it on the bottom of the box, that's for sure. It'd be a two-foot drop from that point.
Being able to more easily place stuff into the box is (or should be) one of the bonuses of a smaller truck, but in this case it isn't happening. Certainly our truck's Z71 off-road package has jacked the ride height up, so take that into consideration when configuring your Colorado.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor @ 315 miles