2015 Chevrolet Colorado: From All Angles

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It's not an exaggeration to say the all-new midsize 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is doing quite well in the marketplace and seems to be gaining momentum. And we're not surprised. We named the Chevy Colorado our Best Pickup Truck of 2015 just a few months ago; however, it's not a perfect pickup, and it won't be the right choice for everyone. That's why we've driven, tested and reviewed the new midsize from just about every angle.

Getting you that information was one of the biggest reasons we pushed to get our 2015 Midsize Challenge done, even though a new Toyota Tacoma is due later this year. We knew you'd want to see a comparison test with both the new Chevy and GMC Canyon as soon as possible. Here are three perspectives on the new downsized Chevy for your enjoyment.

You can read all about our most recent head-to-head contest, the 2015 Midsize Pickup Challenge, by clicking here.

You can read our latest Cars.com review of the Chevy Colorado and what we think about the little pickups by clicking here.

And to see our latest video of a 2015 Chevy Colorado Z71 four-wheeler, just click on the video below.

 

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

 

 

Comments

Mark,

I really enjoyed the Midsize truck challenge. A lot of good information and I'm glad to see that you tested the noise level in the cabins as well.

Please, please add the 2016 Tacoma to the test once it arrives this fall and re-rank the trucks if necessary. Please do the exact same tests during the 2015 Midsize truck challenge. Also, it would be great if it was a comparable model such as a TRD Off Road instead of the TRD-Pro (I understand that is what Toyota gave you for the 2015 test). I would be very interested in the results.

Thanks again.

This truck in red looks really nice.

I hope they come out with a 5.3 version like the end of the last generation. (Or a 6.2!)

Nice truck.

Tim maybe not a V8 , But how about a Turbo V6 with 380 + HP and 420 lb of Torque, that would be nice .

Since Ford has had very good success with their ecoboost f150's, maybe GM needs to concentrate more on the PR with this small pick up. Seems that GM owners likes the smaller version of a pick up and maybe that will boost GM over Ford. They difinity dont have any competion in this market. leave it to GM to finally figure out how to out- fox Ford. Well , we will see how this works out in the next 2 to 3 years. Blah ha ha.

If GM are coming out with the diesel Colorado Canyon I don't foresee a V8 coming on line.

It will be interesting to watch how the twins sell over the rest of the year, especially when competition increases from Toyota and Nissan.

It's a matter of time and hopefully Ford will bring the Ranger to the US.

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Where's papa jim to compare these twins to the Sports Trac? I like the Colorado/Canyon and both of them plus the Global Ranger are light years ahead of the Sports Trac or the prior Colorado/Canyon. I was cleaning out my old eight tracks and found a couple of Lawrence Welk tapes that belonged to my grandmother--I thought I would send them to papa jim.

Tom#3 - where is your evidence that the EB 3.5 is a failure for Ford?

Autoblog said this:

"Ford is projecting about 28 percent of the next-generation trucks will have the 5.0-liter V8. That's nothing to sneeze at, but consider this: Ford figures its two EcoBoost truck engines – the new 2.7-liter V6 and the existing 3.5-liter V6 – will also each account for about 28 percent of the F-150's sales (56 percent total). That leaves only 15 percent of the pie for the 3.5-liter (non-EcoBoost) V6. The new F-150 goes on sale late this year."

That is roughly 1 out of 4 Ford F150 pickups with a V8.

Another story about GM's midsize offering and the same idiots have to start bringing the F150 into the picture. F150 is not a midsize truck. Leave it at that. You got one and don't like it, get rid of it and buy the one you preach about. Seems like the same old fool doing it every time.

Finally some jumps with the truck!

Waiting for gm to bring on the zr2 baby duramax with an 8-10 sod auto

Heard the Ecoboost had so much potential that Ford is considering it in the F250. No lie. the torque is diesel-like. Why not? the latest generation will be in a Raptor and another HP version in the new GT40. Yes Ford has hit a goal mine with this Ecoboost. Again GM has hit on something too. A small and pretty little pickup that can be had with all the bell and whistles but yet be priced way under $49,000. Blah ha ha

I have been waiting to buy a Colorado but no Chevy Dealers have any on stock.
I guess they are selling so good that's why I can't find one.
I did test drive a 2015 F-150 with the 2.7 EB what atrocity!
clunk-clunk-clunk-clunk why can I feel abrupt transmission shifts when I can't feel the transmission on my F-150 with the 5.0?
I can't believe anybody would drive any truck that constantly shifts where you can feel it and say you like it?
I also don't like any engine being artificially inseminated with a plastic turbo that's going to cost me $4000 when it goes bad!
Plus! A crew cab 4x4 F-150 is $45K where a similar Colorado is $35K
NOT only am I getting a better truck, its less expensive too plus it will have better resale value!
Just think of this: 2 years from now a $10K less money Colorado will be worth the same money used as an F-150

The Colorado-Canyon is a good buy and maybe I can say a good investment too!
There are a handful of vehicles out there that have excellent resale value where used ones sometimes go for more money than new ones, take the Nissan Versa and Kia Soul as an example.
It could be the Colorado-Canyon can be one too!

I am talking smart money people!

Like I said, the same old Fool with the same old lies. Really sad to be like that but when your born that way, they say it just gets worse.

Why the fighting on here? What a fun time for trucks! GM is having good luck with their midsize, Ford is having fun with turbos and Ecoboost, and Ram is doing great things with half ton diesels! We have the baby Dmax for this truck coming, the Nissan 5.0 Cummins is on the way. We should all be having fun with this and enjoying the wide range of options from very competitive manufacturers. Each driver has different needs and everyone can get exactly what they want/need. Enjoy guys!

The Eco Boost maybe in 40% of F150s but GM's 5.3 has a 60-70% take rate in GM 1/2 tons. Since GM sells way more 1/2 ton trucks (about 100,00 more than Ford in 2014) that makes the 5.3 the dominate engine in the 1/2 ton market by a huge margin.

The doggy 5.3's take rate is like 80% because that's basically all GM offers the average Silverado half-ton truck buyer. For instance the 6.2 is expensive and it's only on certain trim packages. If GM offered more choice that was in the sweet spot like the 3 most popular Ford engines, the 5.3 sales would drop and they would finally be giving buyers more choice. that they want and deserve

GM really needs to rethink their engine strategy on the next gen 2018 trucks. Buyers are asking for more and better engines in the sweet spot. The 5.3 isn't it. Even the F-150 2.7 EB is beating the 6.2L GM 0-60 on TFL We need TW0 TURBOS and we needed it years ago! And don't limit the performance engines with TWO TURBOS to the upper trim and then say we cannot order them. I am sick and tired of that.

More choice, really? Ford has 3 optional 1/2 ton engines (2.7,3.5 and 5.0) GM has 2 (5.3 & 6.2).

Currently, Ford is pushing people into turbo V6s and GM is pushing the 5.3 v8 and GM is winng that battle big.

Ford's 2.7L or 3.5L Ecoboost would be killer in this truck.

Whether or not you want to admit it, the halfton market has gone with the 5.3 overwhelmingly. People don't have buy a GM 5.3 they can go to Ford or Ram but they don't. GM sold 100,000 more halfton trucks in 2014 than Ford.

Considering that the Nissan Frontier has been on the market for TEN YEARS and beat the Colorado or came in close 2nd on every category tested, at a MUCH lower price point, says to me that the GM is OVER RATED.

But... that should be no surprise to anyone who knows trucks.

I'd love the Colorado if it had the Canyon options. I still think it's the best looking truck on the road. But lack of an auto 4x4 transfer case and the chintzy interior make it hard to justify the purchase. Stick the Canyon transfer case and interior into the Chevy and I'd be sold.

@Cummins--Looking at your statistics most of the decreases in sales of cars have not gone to pickups but to CUVs, The fastest growing segment is cuvs and not trucks. Trucks market share has declined over the span of a decade and cuvs have grown rapidly. Sure there are some who go from cars to pickups but more typical the Honda Accord and Civic buyer will go to a CRV and not a Colorado or Tacoma.

Cummins, Mine were to. But I don't disagree.

Hopefully PUTC's moderators are going to start ensuring comments that are passed on this site are factual and not loaded.

Cummins, look at what your statement was. The data was accurate, but your use was not.

The reality is a person looking to buy a Kia Soul, Focus, etc. isn't in the market for a pickup.

A potential fullsize/midsize CUV/SUV customer could be persuaded to move over into a pickup.

From a business perspective a potential van customer might also be persuaded to move into a pickup.

But a person looking for a sub compact is hardly looking to buy a pickup. They aren't even in the price range.

Like I stated, I do hope PUTC is going to look at the questions and also as the case with your comment all that respond to it.

There is one response to your question from a person who tends to respond to many of the dubious commenters on this site, ie, the ones who entice derision and division. This I find odd.

@BAFO - If there's interest in diesel Colorados, the 5.3 V8 would server the same purpose for thousands less.

" For those mid-size pickup truck buyers that don't want the 2015 GMC Canyon or its more popular brother – the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, with a gasoline-fed engine, look forward to October. That's when the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Diesel will arrive on the market with a 2.8-liter Duramax oil burner.

Mark Williams of PickupTrucks.com was at the 2015 Work Truck Show and, as expected, the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Diesel took the limelight. With 181 horsepower and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm), the 2.8-liter Duramax Diesel four-banger turbocharged engine trumps the 3.6-liter V6 in terms of torque (269 lb-ft / 364 Nm compared to 369 lb-ft / 500 Nm). "

The 1/2 ton GM trucks with the 5.3 and 3:55 ring gear is a nice package.

Unfortunately most GM trucks are being sold with 3:08 or 3:23 ring gear, Unfortunately GM would rather sell a truck that gets 1.5 better MPG Avg than a truck that doesn't feel like it's got a boat anchor attached.

Motortrend reviewed a 2014 GM 4x4 with 3:08 ring gear and said it was a dog.

Car and Driver reviewed a 2014 GM 4x4 with 3:55 ring gear and described it as peppy.

0-60 times were 1.2 seconds faster unloaded with the 3:55 gears and 4 seconds faster with a 1200lb payload.

Gearing makes the difference.



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