2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Too Long, Not Long Enough
by Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Editor on October 26, 2015
Beach living in California has its benefits, but space to stretch out isn't one. Street parking in my neighborhood is not only competitive, but heavily constrained and monitored even for permitted residents. This means garages serve primarily as vehicle storage and not foosball rec rooms.
If the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado were my daily driver, I'd be screwed.
At 212.7 inches in overall length, our Colorado in one of the shortest possible configurations is still too long to squeeze into my compact garage. Of note, a Colorado with an Extended cab and the 1-foot longer bed, is identical in length to our truck.
For reasons I assume are related to consumer demand, neither Chevy nor Toyota offer midsize trucks with the smaller Extended/Access cabs and a short bed. You can spec out a Nissan Frontier with the smaller King cab and 5-foot short bed, which at 205.5 inches long, would fit snugly within my 208 inches of available garage depth.
More shockingly, a full-size Chevy Silverado with a regular cab and standard 6.5-foot bed measures 205.6 inches. It would fit.
While our 5.2-foot short box-equipped Colorado offers a more compact footprint that improves general maneuverability, the advantages of a longer bed are missed for what I'd primarily use this truck for: Track days. And though we now have a bed extender, it has yet to demonstrate any real advantages.
There's a lot I dig about our Colorado, but it appears I'm not ready to start a long-term relationship.
Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Editor