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2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Sturdy Cupholders

by James Riswick, Automotive Editor on September 8, 2015

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The handy Edmunds CarCode water bottle you see here has a nifty push-button opening that prevents unwanted spillage. It's basically a sippy cup for adults. It's also incredibly top heavy (especially when half-empty), meaning that it can flip itself out of low-slung cupholders.

Not so in the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Wyoming Road Trip Part Three - Comparing Midsize Truck Utility and Cost

August 19, 2015

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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.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Parking Brake Pad Failure

August 3, 2015

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The rubber on the parking brake pedal of our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado refuses to remain attached to the pedal. It first detached itself a few weeks ago before I left on my Wyoming road trip. It was harder than it should be to reattach the pad, but after a few minutes of wrestling, it stuck back in place. In addition to the rubber edges which wrap around the pedal platform, there's a small rubber post on the back of the pad which locates it by penetrating the hole that's visible on the pedal.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado: A Practical Baby Hauler, But Up to a Point

July 21, 2015

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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.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Comes With Own R2 Unit

July 13, 2015

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It was probably the first thing I noticed when I climbed aboard our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado for the first time. It stood out more clearly than the Chevy MyLink start-up screen, grabbed my attention more than the distinctive hexagonal pattern pressed into the Z71's seats.

There's a little R2 unit set into the dash as if it were hitching a ride on an X-wing fighter.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Doesn't Need Waterproof Buttons

June 23, 2015

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Are the auxiliary buttons on the steering wheel in our 2015 Chevy Colorado waterproof? They sure feel like it.

You might not be able to see it in this picture, but the control pads on the steering wheel are covered in a rubbery substance that feels like a tightly-stretched wetsuit. There might be some outdoorsy durability baked into the design, but for all the times when you're not just coming in from a great surf session, the buttons just feel cheap and imprecise.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Seriously Simple Interior

May 29, 2015

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There are a few small things I don't like about the cabin in our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado. Tacky trim and rubbery steering wheel buttons are just a couple. But overall, the Colorado has the kind of purposeful design that makes it feel like a real truck.

Don't get me wrong. I enjoy the near-luxury feel of our Ford F-150 and Ram 1500. They have about everything you could ask for in a truck and then some.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Deep Center Console, Man

May 21, 2015

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Rag on us all you want for getting the short bed with our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado. I maintain that a Colorado crew cab with the 6'2" longbed is the wrong sled and will probably have you creasing corners and crushing sprinkler heads when you roll a tire up the island at your local Target parking lot. Looks dopey as well.

If you must have a longbed, get the extended cab. If you need the crew cab, get the short bed, then blog about every time the bed comes up too short (or just follow Kurt's roundly-ignored suggestion and get a simple bed extender).

Can't rag on the Colorado's long, tall center console, though.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Not Great Trim for a Truck

May 13, 2015

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I like our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado quite a bit. It's a versatile size, performs well and remains comfortable on long trips. But there are a few minor things I would change about the interior ...

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Comfortable or Cramped Back Seat?

April 29, 2015

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About a week ago I wrote an update for our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado regarding the installation of child safety seats. While moving around my kids' bulky seats, I also checked our Colorado crew cab's comfort for adults sitting in back. Would it be comfortable or cramped?

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Installing Child Safety Seats

April 23, 2015

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Recently I was having some maintenance work done on my house and the contractor showed up in a Toyota Tacoma. I had Edmunds' long-term 2015 Chevrolet Colorado parked in front of my house so we ended up talking trucks. The contractor said he loved his Tacoma crew cab. The only issue for him was that he had two kids, one of them being five months old. "Basically, my wife can't ride with me if I have the rear-facing infant seat installed," he said.

My two kids are older than that but they still need safety seats. So I decided to check out how well our Colorado crew cab does taking on the wee little ones.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado: The Right Truck for a Wrong Day

April 21, 2015

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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...

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Does It Make the Cut?

April 1, 2015

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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).

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Awesome Seats

March 23, 2015

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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.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Practical Sun Visors

March 4, 2015

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The sun visors on our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado are fantastic. I mean it. Seriously. Just look at all that blocked sun. Or, rather, don't look at it.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Simple Gauges

February 24, 2015

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While I like my sports cars shiny, I like my pickup trucks to value function over form. Shiny-ness is not a requisite. Happily, this seems to be the case with the gauges in our long-term 2015 Chevrolet Colorado.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Rock-Hard Armrests

January 22, 2015

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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.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Under-Seat Storage Bust

January 15, 2015

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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.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado: The Weather Forecaster

January 12, 2015

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It was an early morning and even after a second cup of coffee, I was a little foggy. I usually check the weather forecast and traffic sitchu before departing and figured our new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado would cover me on the traffic front.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Does Anyone Like Door Lock Plungers?

January 7, 2015

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Granddad's Oldsmobile had them. So did mom's station wagon and my first car, a Ford Ranchero. I'm talking about golf tee-shaped door lock plungers. The kind that bruised your arm when you hung it out the window. The kind that thieves (and owners that locked their keys inside) could easily defeat with a bent coat hanger.

The automakers' anti-theft response to this was the banishment of the tee-shaped head in favor of a textured cylindrical surface that fingertips could grip but coat hangers could not. The revised plungers still had to stick up to accommodate grabbing fingers in the lock position, so arm welts remained an occupational hazard for window-down drivers.

Meanwhile, the in-flooding Japanese competition tended to use a roller-action locking mechanism down by the inside door handle that instantly seemed like a better idea.

I don't know why, but the use of plunger-style door locks seems old-timey and quaint in our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, especially since our test sample has power door locks. To be fair, it's hardly alone in this. There are several others that go the same way. But does anyone really like or depend on them? What am I missing other than a well-developed sense of nostalgia?

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado: We're Still Unclear What This Means

January 5, 2015

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Every new addition to the long-term fleet is a mystery unfolding, and part of that process means digging through the settings menus. I was doing just that this morning in our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and stumbled on an old nemesis: Unlocked Door Anti-Lockout.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Seat Heaters = More Back Therapy

December 29, 2014

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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.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Parking Card Holder

December 22, 2014

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At Edmunds HQ, we access the garage with a little plastic card that's waved at a big plastic box near the gate arm. This card gets combined with an office access card to create a little plastic tandem that I carry around a good portion of my day. When they're in the car, they usually take up space in a cupholder or other little bin, which means they get in the way a lot.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Door Pockets

December 18, 2014

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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.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado: The Extended Cab

November 26, 2014

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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.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Introduction

November 18, 2014

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It's strange to think that for the last few years, the only midsize trucks for sale in the U.S. were a pair of Japanese pickups, the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier. General Motors axed the old Chevrolet Colorado in 2012, the Ford Ranger was discontinued after 2011 and the Dodge Dakota was left for dead in 2010.

While the boys from Detroit poured their money into full-size trucks, Toyota and Nissan quietly scooped up customers who preferred pickups with a smaller footprint. So nonexistent was the competition that neither has been significantly updated since 2004.

This year is a different story. The all-new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is a small workhorse with attractive sheet metal, a welcoming cockpit and engines that are more powerful and efficient than its predecessors. We just had the all-new Silverado in our fleet, so we added a Colorado to our long-term fleet to see how the smaller Chevy stacks up against its bigger brother in terms of utility and comfort.

We have 12 months and 20,000 miles to evaluate the first new midsize truck in a decade.

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