2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Tow/Haul Mode
December 11, 2014
Last weekend I did some light towing with our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado. Very light towing, that is. I hauled my unloaded trailer about 15 miles to drop it off in storage. At about 2,000 pounds, the unloaded trailer represents less than 30 percent of the Colorado's 7,000-pound maximum tow rating.
Still, Tow/Haul mode was a must. Naturally, I forgot to push the button when I first hit the road, but as soon as I turned out of my neighborhood and started up the hill, it was clear that, even unloaded, the trailer was enough load to demand an optimized transmission calibration. It was immediately two gears too high and struggling with the grade and load.
Not that this is a meaningful test, but as soon as I hit the button, the transmission downshifted and the Colorado yanked the trailer up the hill without issue. I'm looking forward to seeing what a real towing experience, with a car on the trailer, is like soon.
Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor @ 1,132 miles