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.
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.
July 21, 2015
For logistical reasons, I used our long-term 2015 Chevrolet Colorado as my primary means of transportation for a week. Honestly, it works pretty well for toting a baby.
Or at least that's what I thought when it was just the two of us driving around. Adding a third person makes life in the cab overly cozy. Hauling a stroller is an issue, too. My ultra-compact Maclaren Triumph would have fit well on the floor of the backseat, but I'd left it in my personal van. My two larger strollers really only fit well in the Colorado's bed, which is OK on a sunny day, I guess, but not ideal.
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.
July 10, 2015
When we had a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 in our fleet, I thought it was more suited to the daily commute than our Ram 1500. I preferred the Ram on road trips, but the Chevy just felt better around the city. It felt more apt at dodging the traffic that characterizes my daily commute.
As you might expect, our lighter, smaller 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is even better at this stuff.
July 3, 2015
As soon as I got into our long-term 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, I remembered how much I like driving compact and midsize trucks. The Colorado may be a new truck, but compared to most other new vehicles on the road, it's a throwback to an earlier time, about 15 years ago, when a bouncy ride and slow steering were accepted in a great many so-called family-friendly vehicles. Now you have to drive a small pickup or a Jeep Wrangler if you want these attributes. Of course, you can get them in a Frontier or Tacoma as well.
This might sound like faint praise, but I really enjoy the Colorado's size and personality. And as others have written, it has a pretty civilized ride quality for a four-wheel-drive truck with the Z71 suspension tune.
So my family and I took it to Angel Stadium for an Angels-Mariners game.
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 1, 2015
First, I'd like to say that Mike Monticello has ruggedly handsome style.
But he's a bit of a Whiny Wendy when it comes to the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado. Armrests are too hard. V6 is good, but not great. Boo hoo. In fairness, he's also praised the seats and says the ride is "certainly tolerable."
Maybe I'm just a little more rugged (if not handsome) than Mike because I find the Colorado checks most of my boxes, especially when it comes to thinking about a replacement for an aging Jeep Cherokee. First, I just like trucks. I like what they can do, I like what they represent. To me, trucks have always been the ultimate expression of open-road escape (once I got over the whole late 80s mini-truckin' craze).
March 23, 2015
There's been a lot of talk around the office about seat comfort lately. And it's undoubtedly a highly subjective matter. But these seats are the best I've ever experienced in a truck, hands down.
February 11, 2015
The lack of driver seat adjustability in our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado means that I have to sit closer to the steering wheel than I prefer. This position causes my legs to remain more bent than is truly comfortable to me. And it can also be blamed for the reason you have to see a picture of my hairy knee with a key fob leaning against it.
January 27, 2015
"This thing rides pretty good for a pickup," my friends nearly echoed as we headed to the Laguna Beach Playhouse. That's right folks, even tough-guy Monticello goes out and gets a little culture now and then at the theatre. Now that I think about it, no one calls me a tough guy. Whatever.
But back to the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab. I agree with my friends, this new midsize Chevy truck does ride nicely. It's no cushy luxury car by any stretch of the imagination, but for an unladen pickup it's certainly tolerable.
January 22, 2015
Take a look at the center armrest in the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab. Nice and wide, right? Yep. So what's the problem?
The rubber covering feels nearly unpadded, it's nearly hard as a rock. I exaggerate a bit, of course. But it's sure not a comfortable place to rest your elbow.
January 8, 2015
I took our long-term 2015 Chevrolet Colorado on a road trip to Sonoma Raceway and back to Los Angeles recently. The original plan was to tow a trailer and car back from the track, hence the need for a trucky-type thing.
Alas, the towing portion of this trip never materialized due to logistical change-ups along the way. But I did find that the Colorado served admirably as a place to spend several hours in the saddle.
December 29, 2014
Our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 left our fleet a while ago, but that doesn't mean all of its fancy features have gone with it. Now that we've got its little brother, a 2015 Chevrolet Colorado in our fleet, we get these nifty seat heaters back too.
December 12, 2014
Drive our long-term 2015 Chevrolet Colorado on the freeway and you might notice that the hood flutters. Not the whole hood, mind you, and not in some violent, disconcerting manner.
November 26, 2014
Our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is a Crew Cab model, but I got a chance to check out an Extended Cab at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. There are two main differences between the two body styles. First, the Extended Cab is available only with the 6-foot-2-inch bed length, whereas as the Crew Cab is available with the 6-foot-2 or a 5-foot-2 bed. Our truck has the latter and obviously a foot can make a big difference when hauling things around.