by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on February 1, 2016
We've wrapped up our year with the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado.
Overall, it was a pretty enjoyable ride. Anticipation was high for Chevy's return to the midsize truck market and everyone wanted to know: "Is it as good as the Tacoma?"
by Ronald Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor on November 10, 2015
I was ready to take CarMax's offer of $27,000 on our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado when a colleague suggested I call Keyes Chevrolet in Van Nuys. It was close enough to my home and figured it couldn't hurt to give them a try.
I called Rick Alpern, the general manager. He put me in touch with Sergio, the used car manager. I gave Sergio the specs on our Colorado and kept quiet about the CarMax offer.
by Ronald Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor on November 9, 2015
We've flown past the one-year mark and now it's time to sell our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado. That means time for a trip to CarMax for a baseline price quote.
Before we headed out, we ran our numbers. With 21,884 miles on the odometer, Edmunds trade-in True Market Value for the Colorado was $27,159. For reference, we paid $35,537 before tax and title when we bought the truck last November.
by Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Editor on October 26, 2015
Beach living in California has its benefits, but space to stretch out isn't one. Street parking in my neighborhood is not only competitive, but heavily constrained and monitored even for permitted residents. This means garages serve primarily as vehicle storage and not foosball rec rooms.
If the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado were my daily driver, I'd be screwed.
by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on October 21, 2015
I used our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado this weekend to help my girlfriend move. It performed the task excellently, its bed able to transport a seemingly endless supply of boxes labeled "Clothing," and its smaller size enabling easy access through some of the tighter streets and parking lots I repeatedly drove through. The seats were comfortable and the air-conditioning — crucially — cold.
And as necessitated by the Holy Scripture of Moving, I made the requisite number of trips to The Home Depot. It was cute parking the Colorado next to the smoke stack-wielding heavy-duty pick-ups in the lot. It was even better avoiding the Austin Powers-esque X-point turn some of these hulking, clattering shrines to manliness had to make to get out of their parking spots.
Then I saw a well-worn and off-white Toyota T100. This, Toyota's big foray into the full-size pickup truck segment, looked about the same size as our compact Colorado.
by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on October 12, 2015
Our long-term 2015 Chevrolet Colorado ticked over the 20,000-mile mark this week with zero fanfare. It was just a Wednesday afternoon commute with some mild traffic. That's surprising, considering the amount of time this truck spends out on road trips. What's less surprising is that we hit this milestone about two months ahead of schedule.
by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on October 6, 2015
For 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 Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on September 11, 2015
A couple of weeks ago, I drove our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 4x4 pickup to the Gorman Ridge rally, held in the Hungry Valley state vehicular recreation area. I arrived in the wee hours to stake out a good spot in the service park, as there would soon be a land rush for good real estate in the paddock. Josh Jacquot and the F-150, towing Josh's rally car, weren't set to arrive for a couple of hours.
During the event, the Colorado mostly sat at the ready should we need to dash off into town on the off-chance we needed something we hadn't already thought to bring. This mostly sedentary task allowed us to press it into service as a tire showroom, of sorts.
The crew was periodically busy throughout the day, and I couldn't stray far in case the car turned up unscheduled in need of repair. But late in the day, as the light began to fade and the car was off running stages well away from base camp, I took the Colorado up to the top of a nearby hill to get a birds-eye view of the place.
by Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor on September 3, 2015
A few weeks ago I met my friend Colby who I hadn't seen in about a year. I was driving our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado. The first thing he said, even before "hello", was to ask about the upcoming diesel-powered Colorado. They might not be hugely popular in the American mainstream, but diesel-powered vehicles, especially pickups, still have a passionate, vocal following. Colby drives an old Dodge Ram 2500 with Cummins power. I call it Captain America.
It had only been a few days at that point since I noticed the blank inside the fuel door. Presumably, that round space next to the fuel cap is where the filler for the diesel exhaust fluid will reside on Duramax-powered trucks, which go on sale this fall.
by Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor on August 31, 2015
I don't know about you, but I'm tired of abrupt throttle pedals. It's one of my pet-peeves. More and more cars have these off-the-line jumpy gas pedals, and it's highly annoying.
While talking to an engineer from a car manufacturer, I was surprised to learn that these abrupt throttles aren't a calibration flaw, as I originally assumed, but in fact are completely intentional. Why?
"To make the car feel quicker than it is," the engineer said.
Thankfully, our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado's throttle has none of that. It's perfectly supple and tuned quite well, especially from the initial tip-in.
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 24, 2015
Back in April we had the oil changed for the first time in our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado. Then in mid-June, we took it back to the dealer to address the loose seat recall and a TSB for loose wires in the footwell.
When the truck hit 15,000 miles in Wyoming, it reminded me that it was time for its second service. I took it to Selman Chevrolet the day after our return for an oil change and to address two more recalls.
August 21, 2015
I've run out of things to say about our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado on this trip. We've talked about fuel economy, utility, ride quality, cost, practicality versus full-size trucks and more. And yet I find myself with plenty of photos remaining.
August 20, 2015
Find yourself stuck in enough traffic on a long road trip and you begin to search for creative solutions. After multiple rounds with road construction across Wyoming and Utah, I'd had enough. So when it came to the last leg of the trip across the Mojave Desert in California in our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, I couldn't take the delays anymore.
Unfortunately, this piece of freeway is also the most crowded of the entire trip. And on this particular July day, it was packed. There was no construction, but the freeway was overburdened to the extent that slowing was happening on and off for the entire Vegas-to-Los Angeles run.
I began to look for alternatives.
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.
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.
August 11, 2015
Eleven fill-ups and 3,703 miles later, our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is back from Wyoming. It was a heck of a trip and the Colorado proved itself a capable partner across large swaths of the Western United States.
There were moments when I've never been happier to have a truck like it, moments when I wished for a different truck, and moments when I would have given anything for a quick, comfortable sedan.
August 3, 2015
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.
July 28, 2015
Despite plenty of time to think about our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado hitting the 15,000-mile mark, I managed to miss the actual moment. It happened in Wyoming and there were plenty of distractions, which I'll tell you about later.
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.
July 8, 2015
I live in the foothills of the Santa Ana mountains which means, around home, I'm constantly driving up and down steep inclines. It's an environment where our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado thrives.
It's here that the Colorado's transmission calibration shines. Descending steep hills with an automatic transmission typically means either downshifting manually (if that's an option) or riding the brake to maintain a reasonable speed.
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.
June 17, 2015
Generally, I like our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado. The interior's nice (minus the frustration of Chevy's MyLink), the ride is surprisingly good, and it looks great.
But it's not really any fun. And why am I parked on this loading ramp?
June 15, 2015
We were just at Puente Hills Chevrolet for our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado's first service a month ago. Now General Motors is issuing a recall affecting more than 48,000 new Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups. Some seats were not properly secured during assembly and had to be inspected at a dealer to ensure correct fitment.
Our truck was one of the affected, so we made an appointment to have it inspected. The dealer also informed us of a service bulletin about wires located in the body wire harness that could chafe against the driver's foot when applying the parking brake. We were told it would take two hours to complete the recall and bulletin work.
June 5, 2015
I've spent a lot of time in our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado lately and I'm starting to appreciate it more and more. I agree with Ed when it comes to the simple interior, and with Dan when it comes to waiting for the 2.8-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder, but what strikes me is how easy it is to live with the Colorado. I can park it in my small driveway and back out of that driveway onto our very narrow street without having to make a 20-point turn. The ride is better than I expected, and I don't mind the short bed.
We shot the video below when the Colorado was unveiled at the 2013 LA Auto Show. Back then, the big question was could it compete with or beat the Tacoma.
June 4, 2015
I was there when our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado turned over 5,000 miles and I was there again when it recently turned over 10,000. I think I'm fated to be with this truck.
Well, maybe not this one specifically. I don't know how our twitchy-footed Josh Jacquot treats the Colorado while towing, I don't know what kind of lettuce patches Brent tore up during his miles in this midsizer, and I don't want to consider the depravities Magrath has visited on this truck's transmission (if Magrath drives trucks that is, which I'm not entirely certain of).
But I think I'd buy a Colorado. Maybe a GMC Canyon if I was feeling a little flush.
April 27, 2015
I suspect that the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado trails most other pickups in the minds of truck shoppers. The Colorado name hasn't been around as long as mainstays like the F-150 or Tacoma and it's also coming off of a two-year hiatus. Compact or midsize trucks aren't typically popular sellers like full-size trucks, either.
But I think the Colorado deserves some research and consideration with pickup shoppers, and here are my top five reasons why.
April 16, 2015
While driving around town, I still occasionally see relics from the bygone era of the compact pickup truck, decades ago when pickups were really small, like the Toyota Truck or Chevrolet S-10.
See one and you might even exclaim, "Aww, look, how cute!" Today's full-size pickups are bigger, taller and full of marketed macho. Yet I suspect that's part of the reason why I like our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado. To me it holds a desirable, reality-based middle ground between the pint-sized and the potentially overgrown.
April 13, 2015
Here's our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado with a 1958 Chevrolet "Apache" 31 stepside ancestor. I won't pretend to be an expert on these steezy old wheels. So I spent an hour researching this truck on the internet, enough to make me an expert on many blogs and forums where I don't have to use my real name.
March 19, 2015
We had to add an aftermarket electric trailer brake controller to our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado because GM doesn't offer a built-in one on their 2015 Colorado and Canyon compact truck. But I have a feeling that might change.
Why? It's because of something I ran across while searching for a suitable spot to mount the Tekonsha aftermarket unit we installed.
You've seen the curious access/toll card holder that others have written about. Interesting, but it seems an odd feature considering the size of the panel it occupies. To me it looked like the perfect spot for a trailer brake controller. But first I had to figure out if there was any real space behind it.
So I gently pried and tugged around the edges in an exploratory fashion until I convinced myself I could simply pull it off.
March 16, 2015
March 12, 2015
Like many of you, we were blown away by the good looks of the color-matched Line-X spray-on bedliner we added to our 2015 Ford F-150 pickup a few weeks ago. A lot of "are you thinking what I'm thinking?" water-cooler talk followed soon after, and the next thing we knew our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 4x4 pickup was in the spray booth at Line-X of Orange County.
We thought about trying GM's factory spray-on bedliner when we first bought our Colorado, but the trucks we found in dealer inventory didn't have the $475 option. The Chevy Colorado Z71 CrewCab 4x4 we eventually selected had the $140 accessory bed mat instead.
It turns out we're not big fans. The rubber protects the bottom well enough, but the box sides and tailgate are fully exposed. Water gets trapped underneath, too, which might be a concern if it ever rained around here again. And it turns out we're not that fond of how the rubber is a bit grabby when we try to slide certain items in or out.
A Line-X spray-on bedliner was just the ticket, but this time we decided to try a standard black one. After all, our Colorado is a dark shade of gray that goes by the name Cyber Gray Metallic. Black should go nicely with that and save us money.
March 9, 2015
Suspension articulation is one of many 4x4 attributes that have a direct bearing on off-road potential. Others include ground clearance, clearance angles (approach, departure, breakover), gearing, tires — the list goes on.
RTI is rarely found on a spec sheet, but it is something that's easily measured on our specially made 20-degree ramp.
March 2, 2015
We bought our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado with the Trailering Package because we wanted it to be ready to do some towing. The 3.6-liter V6 is good for only 3,500 lbs. without this option, but that jumps to 7,000 lbs. when the package is present.
Among other things, the trailering package pre-wires the truck for a 7-pin trailer connection, the kind that supports electric trailer brakes and trailer battery charging via the alternator when on the move. It's all built into the wire harness and fused in the under-hood fuse box.
The only thing missing is an electronic trailer brake controller. The current-generation Silverado options list offers a built-in one, but that option is not available on the Colorado.
This isn't that unusual. Built-in trailer brake controllers in full-size trucks are a relatively new development. So we simply did what truck owners always did up until a few years ago: We installed our own.
In the recent past, pre-wired tow-package trucks would come with a small sub-harness that was stuffed in a bag in the glove compartment or hidden under a seat. It'd have a connector on one end and bare wires on the other. The idea was you'd splice you're trailer brake controller to the bare wires and plug the connector into a waiting receptacle under the dash.
I went looking for something like this and ran into a roadblock.
February 10, 2015
I recently used our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado to tow a Mercedes-Benz B-Class and spent over 200 miles with the EV trailered. The Chevy was certainly capable of towing the Benz but it was not without some excitement...
January 30, 2015
See that tiny thing in the upper left-hand corner of the mirror on our long-term 2015 Chevrolet Colorado? It's a blind-spot mirror. In theory, it allows you to see things that are in your blind spot without turning and looking over your shoulder. In practice though, it's not as successful.
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 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 23, 2015
There's a lot to like about the new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab, not the least of which is its ruggedly handsome styling. I wouldn't exactly mind if somebody said that about me sometime...
But even though the new Colorado is the best midsize pickup you can get right now, the V6 is a bit disappointing. Sure, it has good power and all, with 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque, but it's just not all that pleasant of an experience, especially at full throttle.
Whack the gas pedal to the floor and the Colorado moves out pretty well, but as the tachometer clears 4,500 rpm you can feel vibrations creep into the cabin and the engine takes on a more coarse sound.
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 14, 2015
We bought our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado just over two months ago, and it is quietly racking up miles as a suitable highway companion. It's perfectly stable on the road even as it approaches its towing limit, which we experienced when we hooked up a trailer and a 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive. We even tested the Colorado's acceleration while fully loaded. But how would this midsize truck perform without a car weighing it down?
The off-road-oriented Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure tires wouldn't be happy about it, but it was time to gather the Colorado's performance numbers at our test track.
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.
January 5, 2015
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.
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 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.
December 11, 2014
Last weekend I did some light towing with our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado. Very light towing, that is. I hauled my unloaded trailer about 15 miles to drop it off in storage. At about 2,000 pounds, the unloaded trailer represents less than 30 percent of the Colorado's 7,000-pound maximum tow rating.
December 9, 2014
A rearview camera is standard on every trim level of the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado. So buy a Colorado and you'll have this benefit.
November 20, 2014
Our long-term 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is equipped with the larger of the two engines available, a 3.6-liter V6, that's backed by a six-speed automatic. The V6, known as LFX, and the 6L50 transmission are straight out of GM's parts bin.
Somehow, both of them seem less refined in the Colorado than I recall from other applications.
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.
November 18, 2014
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.