Overall, the truck is great. Chevy nailed the looks. It's tough, rugged and modern and does a great job of making it stand out on the road. The interior is excellent, but large drivers might have some time adjusting the seat to get it comfortable. Some issues with the motor... In normal drive mode, you have to mash the pedal to the floor to extract power out of it. The power is there, but the pedal calibration is there to soften power delivery and help improve fuel economy. Pushing the "tow mode" button helps, it changes the throttle response and shifting patterns on the transmission. It's essentially a renamed "sport" mode that you would find on a car. I drive in tow mode exclusively. Have your dealer install the 2" front leveling kit so that it doesn't look it is standing on it's nose, and makes the truck look balanced. You can throw a set of aggressive off-road 265/70-R17 tires on the stock rims without clearance issues once you do the leveling kit. Lifts it a little more, and makes it look balanced. The air damn under the front bumper needs to come off if you want to take this off road. Look at every picture of the truck in stock form. You have this 305hp off road package truck, and yet that plastic trim will hit a curb in a parking lot. Removing that and installing the leveling kit($400), gives the front end a lot of clearance for moderate off road capabilities... This truck, once set up, has great off-road potential. It will also haul more than any other truck in it's class. Overall I am VERY happy with my purchase. Got the Crew Cab, Z71 4x4 with Bose 7 speaker audio, NAV, spray in bed liner, heavy duty tow package, tinted windows, side steps, etc... for $37k You get a lot of truck for the money, Chevrolet did a great job on this model and that's why it is Motor Trend Truck of the Year, 2 years running. It's not perfect, but I rate the overall execution of an 8.5 out of 10.
Before buying my 2016 Colorado in October of 2015, I was a committed Tacoma owner. I drove a 4wd Tacoma crew cab for 12 years and really loved it. But when I went to look at the 2016 Tacoma, the dealers only had 2015 models in stock and they did not come close in comparison to the Colorado. My mileage is a lot better than my Tacoma was (averaged 18-19 mpg); over the last 11 months I have consistently gotten 22-24 mpg. I admit I have a light foot, although I routinely travel 70 mph on the highway. The key is to avoid sudden accelerations. I have also been happy with the deeper bed (check it out - the Colorado bed is several inches deeper than Tacoma), the dampened tailgate and the step bumper, which makes it much easier to get up into the bed. I also bought the custom ladder rack that Chevy offers and have been very happy with it. It's super-sturdy and carries something like 800 pounds. The 4wd system has also worked great on trips to NH, VT and other snowy places. The only thing I don't like about my Colorado is the plastic shield that's bolted to the bottom of the front bumper. Obviously, it's designed to improve gas mileage, but it scrapes when I go off-road and even once when I pulled up to a concrete parking curb. On the plus side, if I want to take it off, it would be easy to do (just a bunch of screws) but I have been too lazy to remove it. I've had no mechanical issues and the display/electronics inside are really first-class. I admit to having had some jitters when I first bought it, since I have really been a Tacoma fan, but I took the leap but it has paid off so far.
Just purchased ( 2015 Black Friday) 2016 Colorado LT 4x4, with all the options, Rainforest green, with dark ash leather Got 10% off MSRP of $40K, and 1.99% 6 year loan Great looks, sharp interior, great size, fits in my garage and is easy to park, and has good turning radius. This truck has all the upgrades ( Conv and luxury package, plus safety package ) Ride is very nice, some sharp jolts on bad pavement. The one negative, the front seats are narrow, average comfort, but I love the heated feature, and that I can raise the seat Test drove the 2016 Toyota Tacoma, eliminated it, as there is no power seat option, and no way to raise or lower the seat. Too low of a seating position I spent over a year looking at mid-size trucks, and the Colorado is #1 in my opinion UPDATE: 6-14-16- now have 12,000 miles on Colorado, no major problems, still love the truck. One minor annoyance, and I hope Chevy fixes this in future updates, is the transmission. It is geared to search for lowest gear ( to get better gas mileage), but it makes it tough when you need quick acceleration, it hesitates too much. One thing I now do, is use the manual mode if I want the RPM"s up, as you can control what gear you are in. As far as looks, I get an average of 3-4 people checking out the truck, people will stop me, and ask about it. Definitely the best looking and unique truck in the market right now. UPDATE: 6-15-17- Now have 29,000 miles on my Colorado, no major or minor problems, still love the truck. Chevy has updated the 2017 Colorado with a new 8 speed transmission. This will eliminate the hesitation, I see on my 6 speed 2016. I have added 2 new custom upgrades, I would recommend. Cat back Muffler system ( $1,000) and a cold air intake air filter system ( $500 ) Both were dealer installed, so it keeps your warranty in place. Gives better throaty sound, and I am getting half mpg better mileage. I was averaging 20.5, now I get 21, with mixed use driving. Love it!
First off, I'm a guy that uses a truck. I've had many, and buy them for actual work...home and/or towing. Last truck (the one I traded in on this puppy) was a 2012 GMC Sierra X-Cab set up for towing a travel trailer. We are pausing the camping / trailer duty, but I still need a truck. Didn't want the full size version. In short, this is a great medium sized truck. Wish it was a bit smaller, lower, but overall it fits me well. A trip to Chicago from Peoria got me 22 MPG. That's not the trip computer, that's old fashioned miles divided by gallons method. It is fairly comfy, roomy, and love the 7,000 lb tow rating for the V6. Here are the negs: The 305 claimed HP is only at the very top of the RPM range. Trucks should have grunt....I'd happily give up MPG for more grunt. The engine feels weak until you lay in it, but even then its kinda numb. The transmission shifts fine....I know others complain about it hunting gears...and it does. But I mostly drive it like a car, even when towing a utility trailer, so I've not had quite the issues others had. Again, I'd pay more and sacrifice MPG if the XSMN held gears longer, and the engine had more grunt, but it works "okay" as is. Biggest complaint: The worthless infotainment system. In IL, it is illegal to use a cell phone while driving. Yet, I can nearly hit a pole while trying to figure out how to change a radio station. I dislike touch screens to the fullest. My phone has bluetooth, but will not pair with the radio. Guess what? TOO COMPLICATED. I prefer a good CD player....and they offer none in this truck. I knew this going in. Why do new cars / trucks think we need a complicated device in the dash to distract us from a simple station change....done in the past via moving your arm and doing it by feel. No longer! Now, use a touch screen, which has no feel, to go thru menus. Painfully stupid. I sound negative, but in reality I really like the truck. I've used it as a truck and will continue to do so. And, it hauls my kids. Looks good doing it. Engine and trans are fine...and will be better when I install a custom tune to hold gears longer and adjust a few things. Radio (I just can't call it infotainment) works, and music on USB sticks is okay, but not the same as CD's. I got a great deal on closeout '16's which is why I have the Z71 over the lesser models with more normalized radio. $5,400 off sticker just for walking in. BOTTOM LINE: I bought this over the Tacoma due to towing capacity and rebates / price.
I paid good money for the Chevy Colorado 4 dr Z71 off-road package. Within 2 weeks of owning the vehicle, the transmission went out @ just a little over 400 miles on the vehicle. The truck is very nice and I loved everything about it, but I am very disappointed that the truck almost left me stranded on the highway and was brand new.