by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on October 6, 2015
In the situation described herein, our long-term 2015 Chevrolet Colorado was an ideal tool for the job. Better than a full-size pickup, even.
I needed to move an engine, which ruled out every type of consumer vehicle save for a pickup. Then, I needed to move said engine into my garage, which entails traversing it up my driveway in some manner. This is where things get tricky.
by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on October 2, 2015
I lashed a hoopty on a trailer to our long-term 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and towed it from Los Angeles to remote Willows, California and on to Santa Cruz. There I dumped the rig in a field next those crusty old tractors you see above.
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on September 29, 2015
When we first got the bed of our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado sprayed by LINE-X, I was a little skeptical. To me, getting the bed sprayed just seemed like a way to change the color of the inevitable scratches. I've since come around to the idea.
After using our Colorado to haul a few things and seeing how the LINE-X surface holds up, I think it's a good alternative to a bare metal bed.
by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on September 17, 2015
The moment I pulled up to my friend's house in our long-term 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, there was something to be hauled.
"Hey man, I might have a use for that truck this weekend."
"Oh, great," I thought. "I should've signed out the Yugo."
Thankfully, the load in question wasn't heavy and the trip not very far.
by Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor on August 27, 2015
Senior Editor Josh Jacquot and I were headed out to our super-secret rally car test area in the Mojave Desert again. Only this time, I thought: "How can we make rally-car testing more fun? You know, for me?"
The answer was simple: Bring my dirtbikes. I like twisting throttles, Josh likes twisting throttles, we'll be in the middle of the desert with no one around, so why not?
I grabbed our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado. This wouldn't be much of a test as to whether the Colorado could handle two dirtbikes, each weighing nearly 250 pounds. I knew it could. Rather, it would be a good test of our new bed extender.
August 25, 2015
People love trucks for transporting all kinds of things. We've used our long-term 2015 Chevrolet Colorado for bringing our motorcycles to the track, toting a transmission, and helping us move. But how does that cabin do when you want to move a bunch of precious cargo? And I'm not talking babies, since editor Erin Riches already did that.
July 17, 2015
We've talked a lot about the relatively short 5-foot 2-inch bed in our 2015 Chevy Colorado. I decided to see if the utility of our smallish truck could be enhanced simply by adding a bed extender. Specifically, the $249 GM Accessories Bed Extender, which is labeled as a Lund International product and designed and manufactured by AMP Research.
July 15, 2015
I recently need to move a palletized transmission and our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado got the job. The load was about 350 pounds, which included a transmission, driveshaft, differential and some smaller items. Fortunately I had a forklift for loading on the receiving end, but the drop-off wasn't as simple.
June 29, 2015
The foundation to a successful track day is a dependable track support vehicle, one that'll get you to and from your destination with as little hassle as possible. As much as I adore cargo vans for their low loading heights and protection from bad weather and kleptomaniacs, pick-up trucks, like our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, are by far the more popular and socially-acceptable choice for the average track enthusiast.
Unlike my colleague Mark Takahashi, I tend to avoid renting a trailer at all costs. It isn't so much about saving money and the hassle of coordinating the pick-up/drop-off, as much as it is being legally-bound to a 55-mph maximum speed limit. I also might suck at backing these things up, so not having one saves me some shame and headache.
April 21, 2015
At the end of March, I signed up for a motorcycle track day at Willow Springs Raceway. I'm deathly afraid of loading my bike into a pickup with a ramp, so I rented a U-Haul trailer instead. Ah, the best laid plans...
April 8, 2015
I took our long-term 2015 Chevrolet Colorado to see if I could move all my belongings into my new studio apartment in one trip.
Laid out in front of me was a 45-gallon tub filled with stuff, a large duffle bag packed with clothes, three medium-size boxes, a camping stove and a queen-size mattress with a box spring -- all my worldly possessions, in other words.
February 26, 2015
Kurt may fill you in on the details of his ongoing Yamaha project bike (1976 Yamaha DT400) in subsequent posts, but his most recent obstacle to two-wheel happiness came when the bike up and died on him, forcing him to endure the taunts of young neighborhood groms while walking the bike back to the house.
After some investigation, he suspected a faulty stator, which meant removing the flywheel. Which meant an impact wrench serious enough to remove the crusty flywheel bolt and a trip to the Edmunds studio/workshop where such tools live.
January 29, 2015
In case you were wondering, all 2015 Chevrolet Colorado pickups come with the CornerStep rear bumper. Our Z71 model also comes with the EZ Lift and Lower tailgate, which is optional on the WT and LT trims.
The EZ Lift and Lower function means you can just open the tailgate, let go of it and it drops down slow and smooth. Is this feature necessary? Absolutely not. But is it cool? Yeah, it kinda is.
As for the CornerStep bumper, it's almost so obvious that it makes you wonder, "why didn't they think of this sooner?"
January 21, 2015
This is our 2015 Chevy Colorado with a stack of 16-foot long baseboards piled on top of it. Not exactly a great fit, but 16 feet of anything rarely is.
Since I only had a short drive home it wasn't a big deal. Did the same task with our Silverado not too long ago and loaded up the boards the same way. Neither truck had a sliding rear window so it was over the roof or nothing.
January 20, 2015
I bought another go-kart. Please don't tell my wife.
It was one of those impulse things. I karted quite a bit back in the '90s. Spent time in 100 clutch karts and owned a 125 shifter (Mac Minarelli chassis with a TM engine) for a while. I was almost good at it. Almost. Always wished I was better.
After 15 years of nothing I found myself shopping KT100-powered Tony Karts on Craigslist. I always wanted a Tony Kart. Thought they were cool.
Next thing I knew I was standing in some guy's garage handing over $950 for a well-preserved 2002 Tony Kart Mitox, a rough but usable stand and a functioning starter.
January 15, 2015
Two quarts of oil and a nearly flat package of tie straps. That's it.
That's all I could fit in the storage bin under the rear seat of our long-term 2015 Chevrolet Colorado. Anything more or anything taller and returning the seat bottom to its down position becomes impossible.
January 2, 2015
Unless and until I really need one, I'm not much of a fan of pickup trucks. Mostly because they're designed and built to carry a load in the bed, and unloaded they usually ride like a box car. But also they're often difficult to park, so I usually pick something else to take home. I had no choice last night and so I drove our new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado home and thought I'd see if this compact pickup actually fit in my garage. Well, Bob's your Uncle! At 17-feet 8.7-inches, it fit with about an inch at either end.
December 26, 2014
Do you really need more capability from your truck than the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado provides? Do you need a 5- or 6-passenger cabin capacity for your family? Do you need to tow more than 7,000 pounds? Do you need a bed bigger than the Colorado's? And most importantly, do you need them on a regular basis.
December 18, 2014
You might not guess it from the picture above, but our long-term 2015 Chevrolet Colorado's door pockets are curiously stingy in terms of offering real-world storage.
November 19, 2014
Yes, that is indeed "stuff" in the box of our long-term 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, a midsize pickup. Prepare yourselves for plenty more photos of objects there because, after all, it's a truck.
I show you that jungle-gym subframe thing there (a thousand internet props to anyone who can correctly guess the make and model it came from) not out of a sense of pride for using a truck in a truck-like manner. No, I show you this object to illustrate something about the Colorado which is, again, a mid-size pickup.