2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Wyoming Road Trip Part Three - Comparing Midsize Truck Utility and Cost
August 19, 2015
Driving our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado on almost the exact same road trip I took last year in our Ram 1500 EcoDiesel leads to inevitable comparisons. Specifically, I've discovered that if I'm going to be a truck guy, I'm going to be a full-size truck guy. And not just to avoid being scorned in country songs, either.
Nope. It's all about the utility.
See those twerps? They're getting bigger every day (we just keep feeding them). And despite the fact that they require less accoutrement as they become older and more capable, they also need more space. And the Colorado, being a mid-size truck, simply has less of it.
"No kidding?" you say.
Well, for me, that's the entire point of a truck. With an SUV, especially among the modern compact SUVs that I'd choose, there's still some small hope of car-like drivability. You know, the idea that you might want to toss the thing into a corner with a modicum of fervor isn't utterly lost, at least not for me.
In a truck, however, that's completely absent. In its place lies the expectation that the vehicle should be all utility, all the time. And I'm willing to pay a little more for that. In fact, Chevy's own pricing makes it compelling.
Our Colorado stickered for $36,535. We paid $35,357. You can have a Silverado Crew Cab with four-wheel drive, a 5.3-liter V8, navigation and the trailering package for about six grand more than this truck's sticker. Forgo the nav, V8 and trailering package and you're talking about a $2,340 difference (MSRP to MSRP). Given the full-size truck's bigger interior, bigger cargo area and, in the case of the V8, higher tow rating, that's hard to ignore.
And if you're into a midsize truck for better fuel efficiency, I've got news for you. Our 5.3-liter V8-equipped Chevy Silverado, which cost us $39,342 back in 2013, completed almost 25,000 miles in our hands with a lifetime average of 17.4 mpg. The Colorado, as of June, when it had 12,400 miles on the clock, was averaging 17.7 mpg overall, although this trip has probably improved that number a bit.
In my mind that leaves ease of driving as the mid-sized truck's only hope in the battle for truck buyers.
It better be a lot easier to drive.
Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor