2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Top Five Reasons To Buy This Truck
April 27, 2015
I suspect that the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado trails most other pickups in the minds of truck shoppers. The Colorado name hasn't been around as long as mainstays like the F-150 or Tacoma and it's also coming off of a two-year hiatus. Compact or midsize trucks aren't typically popular sellers like full-size trucks, either.
But I think the Colorado deserves some research and consideration with pickup shoppers, and here are my top five reasons why.
1) The Colorado is an easy truck to drive. There's a lot of appeal in driving a lifted, full-size, diesel-pumping, heavy-duty pickup. Chuck Liddell could take macho lessons from one. But I'll also argue that there's also something to be said for an everyday pickup that isn't a behemoth. The Colorado is easy to get in and out of, and it's easy to park in the street or grocery store parking lot. It also handles and steers with confidence and rides pretty smooth on the highway. As trucks go, the driving experience is pretty pleasant and that counts for a lot in the long term.
2) Handsome styling and interior. This is subjective, of course, but I really do like the way our Colorado Z71 looks on the outside. The vibe I get is that it's tough and strong without trying too hard. Inside, the dashboard is clean and organized and highlighted by the optional 8-inch touchscreen. It's just a good-looking truck.
3) Enough capability for most tasks. Part of the appeal of having a beefy full-size truck comes from knowing that you can handle just about any towing or hauling task. But you also pay for that capability. With up to 7,000 pounds of towing capacity and a payload capacity of about 1,500 pounds, the less-expensive Colorado can still handle much of what owners typically ask of their pickups.
4) Respectable fuel economy. In theory, the 2015 Colorado provides an impressive EPA-estimated 22 mpg combined with the standard four-cylinder engine. But at least with our V6- and 4WD-equipped truck, the reality has been 17.5 mpg (EPA is 20 mpg). Our departed 2014 Chevrolet Silverado got pretty much the same after more than 20,000 miles. But I'm still bullish on the Colorado's overall potential. Plus, the Colorado is a definite improvement if you're accustomed to older gas-guzzling pickups.
5) Uncomplicated configurations. Pickups are often offered with a bewildering array of configurations and options. That can be good for getting exactly what you want, but that means you have to know what you want. If you don't, you might end up with a less-than-ideal truck for your needs and wants. Two cab styles, two bed lengths and four trim levels make choosing a Colorado easy. The options are straightforward, too. Whether you're looking through Edmunds' online inventory or you're at a dealer lot, finding the right Colorado for you shouldn't be much trouble.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 8,945 miles