An In-Depth Look at the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado
The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is taking on the midsize truck market and providing some stiff competition for previous segment leaders like the 2015 Toyota Tacoma.
Car and Driver ranks it in first place for midsize pickups and Motor Trend has already named it the 2015 Truck of the Year. Having barely hit the showroom floor at Chevy dealers in Miami, the Colorado is already creating quite a buzz, and it's on track for an extremely successful year.
What's so revolutionary about this particular pickup? It's got the whole package. From top-of-the-line engineering to an incredibly user-friendly design, the Colorado offers the utility you expect from a truck and the comfort you expect from an upscale sedan.
Capable, Composed Performance
The Colorado has two engine options. One is a 2.5-liter I-4 that delivers 200 horsepower and 191 lb-ft of torque. It offers a smooth ride feel and plenty of power for everyday tasks.
If you're looking to do some hauling or take your Colorado off-road on the regular, you may want to go for the larger 3.6-liter V6 with 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. It provides extra capability and stamina so you can take on more serious challenges.
With the optional towing package, the Colorado can handle up to 7,000 pounds, making it ideal if you like to take your motorcycle along or if your camper is often part of the weekend plans. A 6-speed manual transmission is available in base models, while higher trim levels come equipped with a 6-speed automatic.
And due to its smaller size and Chevy's innovative engineering, the Colorado gets up to 27 miles per gallon, making the cost-to-own extremely reasonable.
Configurations and Trims
Pricing for the Colorado starts at $20,120; that's comparable to many new sedans on the market. And you can choose from several different configurations to get the perfect setup for your lifestyle.
You can go with the Extended Cab and Long Box (6 feet). Or if you're looking for extra cabin space for friends or family, there is also a Crew Cab with your choice of a Short (5 feet) or Long Box. All configurations allow you the option of either two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.
There are several trims to choose from, giving consumers a long list of standard and optional features available to suit their preferences. The base trim includes 16-inch metallic steel wheels, a 4.2-inch color radio display, a Rear Vision Camera, and StabiliTrak and Electronic Traction Control. Bumping up to the WT trim tacks on additional perks such as heavy duty suspension and rear underseat storage.
The LT adds 17-inch aluminum wheels, remote keyless entry, a 6-inch touchscreen display with Chevy MyLink, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. And the Colorado Z71 comes ready for the toughest challenges, with an off-road suspension package, Hill Descent Control, front recovery hooks, and an automatic locking rear differential.
Chevy has also created a line of specialized accessories for the Colorado, including bedliners and dividers, tonneau covers, bicycle and kayak carriers, ladder racks, and more.
Tons of Tech
Truck owners no longer have to manage with minimal features and bland surroundings when they get behind the wheel. Today's pickups are designed to offer drivers comfort and convenience, and the Colorado goes above and beyond.
Extra seal, thick glass and liquid-applied sound deadener work together to make the cabin unbelievably quiet. High quality materials and supportive seating also make the Colorado's interior welcoming and relaxing.
Chevy's MyLink infotainment system keeps you connected and offers access to all your favorite apps. The icons are customizable so you can arrange them for easy accessibility. Enjoy your favorite playlists on Pandora, use the navigation to get to your destination without a hitch, find your favorite channels on Satellite radio, and sync up with Bluetooth.
Choose from several touchscreen sizes that go up to 8-inches. And connect your own devices using the USB port (up to four available). There's a convenient nonskid space to set your electronics so you never have to fuss with figuring out where they are.
Take advantage of the available OnStar to get remote start and remote locking/unlocking capabilities, as well as emergency assistance when you need it. You can also add 4G LTE WiFi to turn your Colorado into a mobile hotspot. Stay connected no matter where you are, and enjoy the same easy online access you have at home.
The Colorado is also on the front lines of safety. It offers a Rear Vision Camera that comes standard; that's a feature you'd have to pay extra for in other pickups like the Tacoma.
You can also get cutting-edge safety technology that you won't find anywhere else, like Lane Departure Warning. The Colorado is the only midsize truck on the market that offers the feature. It provides an alert if your pickup begins to veer out of the lane so you can correct your steering and stay on track.
Forward Collision Alert is another advanced system you'll find in the Colorado. It provides a warning when the system detects that you're approaching a vehicle ahead of you too rapidly. The alert gives you additional reaction time to help prevent an accident.
In addition to these leading safety features, the Colorado also comes with an array of standard safeguards, including multiple airbags, daytime running lamps, and traction and stability control.
The Colorado comes with a warranty that offers you drivetrain coverage for 5 years or 100,000 miles. Plus you also get roadside assistance services for the same time period.
You won't find warranties like that on pickups from other makes. In fact, Toyota only offers a quarter of the coverage for their midsize truck. The last thing you want is to be left hanging if your vehicle needs service. Buying a truck is an important investment, and you deserve the peace of mind that comes with a comprehensive warranty.
Chevy backs the Colorado with their industry-leading coverage so you don't have to worry about any of the little things. Instead, you can hit the open road and enjoy the satisfaction that comes with owning the best midsize pickup around.