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A LONG TIME COMING
2015 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab tested

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Published on Mon, May 25, 2015

By: The LACar Editorial Staff

At long last, an all new American midsize pickup truck

At long last, an all new American midsize pickup truck

It’s been a long time since an American car company offered a competitive small (midsize) pickup truck, having pretty much handed the market on a silver platter to Toyota and Nissan. Aside from the first generation Colorado, Chevy last introduced an all new pickup back in model year 1993. For Ford, it’s been since January of 1992. At long last, Chevrolet is taking the market seriously, with the 2015 Colorado. Senior Contributing Editor Harold Osmer reports. By Harold Osmer Chevrolet's reentry to the midsize truck market comes via its fully redesigned 2015 Colorado. This particular market segment is occupied largely by import labels. The Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri with 66 percent domestic (U.S. and Canada) parts. Leading the charge for American manufacturers, Chevrolet has a good, solid midsize truck on their hands. Our test vehicle includes the 4WD Z71 performance suspension package. In previous years this would translate to some mean, on-road handling characteristics. Not so with the Colorado. We were delightfully surprised at how well this truck managed a spirited drive or two along Old Topanga Canyon Road. Turning, braking, and simple cruising resulted in nothing but a desire to do it again. So we did. Chevy's venerable 3.6L V-6 generates 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. You'll have to wind 'er up to 6800 rpm and 4000 rpm, respectively, to get that kind of output. We didn't get to test the rated 7000 pound towing capacity, but that would certainly place the Colorado at the top of its class. So while you may not whoop up on a Camaro any time soon, you can easily pull it out of a ditch.

2015 Chevrolet Colorado

We test the Colorado Crew Cab with the 4WD Z71 performance suspension package

Mashing the throttle brings about plenty of get-up-and-go, but when we went easy on it, this quick shift tendency proves annoying. We can be in high gear by the end of the block. Accordingly, downshifts in the six-speed Hydra-Matic are slow in coming on even the slightest inclines, often dragging the engine down to 1000 rpm before responding. Switching to manual mode solves this issue, illustrating the Colorado's unleashed capabilities. Fuel economy is rated at 17 city and 24 highway. We managed a respectable 17.5 mile per gallon overall during our (mostly city) test. Chevrolet has gone with a new rounded look for Colorado's exterior. Its aggressive new styling caught a lot of admiring eyes. We actually park our cars inside and the midsize Colorado passes our home garage test fit. A full-sized Silverado will have to sleep outside. The interior is what surprises us the most. Expecting yet another entry from designed with afterthought, Colorado steps up big. Everything is where our logical layout book tells us it should be. Switches make sense, are within reach, and have solid tactile feedback. Nothing loose, hidden, or cheap feeling. Face it, folks, we spend most of our time inside our vehicles, so this kind of thing is more important than we sometimes allow. Hats off to Chevy for getting this right.

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71

Heading off to get dirty

The Colorado's looks and handling make us want to drive more than we did. But extending seat time resulted in minor bruising/tenderness along our upper thighs. The seats are made of durable, washable, comfortable material with decent side bolsters. But the supports along our thigh line are too narrow. Some quick research reveals that the average American male (whom we believe to be the target buyer) age 30-45 stands 5'9" and has a 39-inch waist. We fit within that waist parameter and came away wondering who these seats are designed for. The Crew Cab itself is roomy enough for four decent-size guys to ride in relative comfort. Well-appointed with great head/shoulder room and easy entry/exit, we are impressed with the Colorado's interior size. We can well-imagine getting a few friends together, throwing our gear in the short bed, hooking up our loaded toy hauler and heading off to get dirty at Fun Points Ridge. On the whole, we get a lot from the 2015 Chevy Colorado Crew Cab. Aside from a narrow seat and questionable transmission tuning, we are hard-pressed to fault this midsize pickup. Those in the market for a midsize owe themselves a look at the new Chevy Colorado. - Harold O.

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The view from within the Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab

SUMMARY JUDGMENT You’ll want to take this Chevy to the levee. For more information about Chevrolet products, go to chevy.com SPECIFICATIONS 2015 Colorado 4WD Z71 Crew Short Box Price: Base $34,115; As tested $36,710 Options: Premium Bose Audio System ($500) Chevrolet MYLINK System w/8" Color Touch Navigation ($405) Bed Liner, Spray On ($475) Trailering Package ($250) EPA mileage estimates (miles per gallon): 17 city/24 highway Engine type: 3.6L V6, DOHC, Direct Injection, Variable Valve Timing Horsepower: 305 @ 6800 rpm Torque: 269 lb.-ft @ 4000 rpm

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3.6 liter DOHC V6 with Direct Injection and Variable Valve Timing

Towing Capacity: 7000 pounds Performance: 0-60 mph: 7.4 seconds Drive configuration: Four Wheel Drive, Locking Rear Differential, Hill Start/Descent Control Transmission type: 6-Speed Automatic Suspension: Independent coil over front, solid axle rear Z71 G80 Automatic Locking Axle Wheels and tires: 17" Dark Argent Aluminum Wheels Brakes: 4-Wheel ABS/Disk StabiliTrak stability control system, trailer sway control Dimensions Overall length/wheelbase: 212.7 inches/128.3 inches Overall width: 74.3 inches Overall height: 70.6 inches Weight: 4380 pounds Warranty: 3 Years/36,000 miles Bumper to Bumper 5 Year/100,000 miles Powertrain 2 Years/24,000 miles Premium Care Maintenance 5 Years/100,000 miles Roadside Assistance

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The midsize Colorado is clearly more compact next to the Chevrolet Silverado

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