2015 Chevrolet Colorado: The Extended Cab
November 26, 2014
Our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is a Crew Cab model, but I got a chance to check out an Extended Cab at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. There are two main differences between the two body styles. First, the Extended Cab is available only with the 6-foot-2-inch bed length, whereas as the Crew Cab is available with the 6-foot-2 or a 5-foot-2 bed. Our truck has the latter and obviously a foot can make a big difference when hauling things around.
However, there's a good chance the biggest day-to-day difference can be found in the cab itself. Needless to say perhaps, but the Extended Cab has significantly less rear space. Instead of the full-size, three-person bench in the Crew Cab that two adults can actually fit quite comfortably upon, the Extended Cab has a pair of small jump seats.
Now, these seats look to be about 1,000 times sturdier than the quite frankly scary inward facing jump seats I remember from my friend's old Ford Ranger, but they still don't seem very usable. Apart from my small dogs and perhaps some vertically challenged adults, I have trouble imagining anyone realistically using these. Children would fit, but they should be in car seats, which, as the warning in the lower right of the photo shows, cannot or should not be installed on the jump seats. My wife is 5-foot-zip and there's no way she'd fit back there unless someone equally diminutive was driving.
Although there are tiny bins beneath the seats, I have to wonder if a full-width flat surface would be more useful to Colorado owners than these jump seats. Or better yet, just get the Crew Cab with the long bed.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor