This Chevrolet Colorado video review includes information about its extended and crew cab styles, two different bed lengths, the fuel economy and tow ratings of its engines, and the usability of its interior. For more information, read the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado review.
Compared to a half-ton truck like Chevy's Silverado, the Colorado almost feels like a sports car. The steering is quicker, the throttle response is sharper and the brake pedal is firmer. Plus, it's a lot smaller, and as a result, it's less overwhelming when in traffic or in parking lots, and is much better suited for narrow or winding country roads.
The ride isn't overly hard, and the body doesn't bounce much when going over rolling roads. It's very well-sorted and grown-up.
But what about its capability? Like the Silverado, the Chevy Colorado has a stout, fully boxed frame. The maximum tow rating is 7,000 pounds, which is the top of its class, and only 600 pounds short of its V6-powered big brother.
The Colorado is available as a four-passenger extended cab with a 6-foot-2-inch long bed or a five-passenger crew cab with either a 5-foot-2 short bed or the 6-foot-2 long bed. Future generations of gardeners will be disappointed that the stubby regular cab truck and its short-wheelbase frame have been discontinued.
Most variations come standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder good for a relatively strong 200 horsepower, but obviously, the preferred engine is the more powerful and nearly-as-efficient 3.6-liter V6. There are no optional final-drive or axle ratios, meaning getting the best tow ratings and fuel economy isn't dependent upon checking an options box.
The cabin looks like a smaller version of the Silverado's, and although the plastics are harder, the buttons and switches are the same, the two-tone upholstery on this top-of-the-line Z71 feels robust and the controls are easy to reach and use. The available Chevy MyLink electronics interface can be a little slow to respond at times, but in general is user-friendly.
Passenger space up front is excellent and there are handy center storage bins. Two adults can actually fit quite comfortably in the crew cab's backseat, which can flip up, or flip down depending on your cargo needs.
Really, the only other midsize truck to consider is the GMC Canyon, which is essentially a clone of the Colorado. The Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier are fossils by comparison. So, not only is the Colorado a clear class leader, it's definitely good enough to make you reconsider the purchase of a bigger, thirstier and pricier half-ton truck.