2015 Chevy Colorado: Best truck–of them all

12 Mar 2015 | 1,447 views | No Comment
By Donald Hammonds The all-new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, the 2015  Motor Trend Truck of the Year, is quite a revelation on the pickup state of the art these days. Quiet, smooth as silk, passenger car-style maneuverability and almost the perfect blueprint for a smaller, easy to drive, yet eminently practical truck of the future. 2015 Chevrolet Colorado Trail Boss Edition     And as far as we can tell without having test driven its newest competitor, the totally redone 2016 Toyota Tacoma (Ford is out of the midsize truck market as is Dodge,  and the Nissan Frontier is a carryover model), Chevy and its GMC counterpart, the Canyon, will certainly remain  at the head of the pack in the mid-sized truck segment.   Our tester was a four wheel drive Z71 Crew Short Box, equipped with a  3.6 liter, 305 horsepower V6 and a six speed automatic transmission.  Base price was $34,115. That price included quite a bit of standard equipment, including  hill descent  control, a Z71 off road suspension system, a two speed electric trans case, fully automatic locking rear differential,  rear view camera, remote keyless entry, all sorts of air bags, remote vehicle start, both stability and traction control, the EZ Lift and Lower tailgate, rear bumper corner step, dual power outside mirrors,  17 inch Dark Argent aluminum wheels, four way power seat for driver and front passenger, heated seats, the Chevy MyLink Audio System,  eight inch diagonal color touchscreen, a hotspot with 3GB/ 3 month, data trial, four USB ports, OnStar, air conditioning, heated seats, telescoping and tiltinh stering wheel and column, steering wheel controls, and a lot of other items. 2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Options included a premium Bose audio system, navigation, spray on bed liner and  a trailering package, and the final price was  $35,835.   GM says that Colorado has class leading capabilities and versatility, and has the most horsepower of it segment, the standard 2.5 liter  V-6 put out 200 horses, while the 305 horsepower 3.6 liter V-6 is available for those who insist on more horsepower. Fuel mileage isn't bad either.. EPA says the two wheel drive Colorado equipped with the larger engine  gets 18 city and 26 miles per gallon on the highway. By the way, payload with the 5 foot two inch box is 1590 pounds in either two wheel drive or four wheel drive; and 1540 with two wheel drive and a 6 foot two inch box; and 1520 pounds with the four wheel drive in a six foot two inch box. The Colorado can handle a 7000 pound trailer  if you order the appropriate trailering package. The new Colorado also has some features that are also found on the bigger Silverado.  These include the standard CornerStep rear bumper and the EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate that lowers slowly and easily.     A locking tailgate is standard equipment, as is a two-tier loading system. You can order forward collision alert, and/or a lane departure warning system on the Colorado, the first such availabilities in a midsized truck. Especially welcome is a standard rear vision camera, though the Colorado isn't as difficult to park as its larger Silverado peer.  You can order it in a work truck version, LT and Z71 trims. So what is it like to drive the Colorado?  We can tell you that this is the easiest to drive truck we have ever tested, and it is spot-on perfect for the individual or family making a transition from a passenger car to a truck. It's every bit as quiet as a car, with a ride that is very comfortable too--except when you hit a big pothole or other road imperfection, and even then the jiggle feeling is much more subdued than what we have noticed on other trucks. And you know how having an empty truck bed usually results in loud rattling and squeaking?  Not  a peep out of the Colorado.  Not one. We have another big plaudit to award Chevy and GM.  Its screen for navigation and controlling audio, apps and the climate system are just about the largest and most legible in the industry--far better than any other car or truck we have tested so, with Chrysler an Dodge products coming in second on that score. So if you have trouble with seeing controls at night, you will want to take a serious look at a Colorado or other GM products. Any concerns?  We strongly suggest you order side boards on the Colorado for making entries and exits.  It was a tough haul for adults, and our eight year old was positively livid when he had to be lifted into the truck.  Secondly, we think the door pockets and storage were minimal to non- existent. Other than that, the Colorado is by far the first truck we have tested that we actually would purchase for use in a crowded urban setting.

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