by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on September 21, 2015
About an hour north of Los Angeles, Rowher Flats is a great little park where you can take your dirt bike, quad or off-road vehicle for a little fun. The hills rise and fall and there are several small staging areas to test the limits of whatever vehicle you've brought. Our long-term 2015 Chevrolet Colorado couldn't really take advantage of the terrain though, because of its low-hanging front air-dam.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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 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?
May 27, 2015
It's no secret that most off-road packages are added for looks. People want the stickers, the tires and maybe the skid plates. You get all that with the Z71 trim level in the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado along with heavy-duty shocks that can stay cool under hard conditions.
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 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 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 10, 2015
Last weekend I towed about 330 miles with our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado. It wasn't easy going, either. There were long, steep grades to scale, dense fog, persistent construction and miserable downpours. All in, it was a solid test of the truck's towing capability.
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 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 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.
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 8, 2014
Check out video of our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado accelerating from 0 to 60 mph with 6,122 pounds in-tow. Take the jump for the numbers behind it and comparison to an unladen Colorado...
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.