2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Wyoming Road Trip - Range and Driving Impressions
August 13, 2015
It took me about five days to recognize the value of a truck with really, really long range on this trip. At that point, I'd filled our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado once a day since we left California. During the 10 days that followed, I would fill it six more times.
Sure, we were covering some miles. The first two days we managed 1,056 miles, of which we jammed 800 into the second day. Truth is, I don't need to go more than 450 miles in a single sitting anyway. But the convenience of the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel's 700-mile range didn't go unnoticed as I stopped nearly twice as often to refill.
What's more, that wasn't all I missed.
I recognized early in this truck's time with us that it lacks the plush, subtle ride of today's full-size, half-ton pickups. That's not to say it's uncomfortable. I chose it for this trip knowing it was less comfortable than our Ram or F-150 and I figured it would be fine. And it was.
I contend, after this trip, that it could be softer riding and still get the job done, especially given the evidence we have for such abilities in half-ton trucks. It's busier than I think it needs to be. Certainly this is an issue on which we aren't all in agreement. Mike and Ed don't really agree with me, but neither of them has as much time in the trucks as I do.
Furthering my case is an experience I had on this trip. I have a friend who recently purchased a 2015 Ford F-150 that's identical to our long-termer except for the addition of the FX4 Off-Road Package, which adds off-road shocks and certainly stiffens its ride. He commented after only a few minutes in the Colorado that it was noticeably stiffer than his truck and that he liked his better. I agreed. And I yearned for the best of both worlds that bigger trucks provide.
However, the trip convinced me to stand by a previous post I wrote regarding seat comfort. I had several very long days in the Colorado and was always welcomed by the seats. They're the best truck seats I've ever experienced. Good enough for several 11-hour days on this trip.
Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor