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Chevrolet Colorado Review

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado ranks 1 out of 4 Compact Pickup Trucks. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Chevrolet Colorado, as well as reliability and safety data.

The all-new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado surpasses its competitors with first-rate cabin materials and composed driving dynamics, according to test drivers.

With the best combination of positive reviews and long-term ownership costs in its class, the Chevrolet Colorado is our 2015 Best Compact Pickup for the Money.

The 2015 Chevy Colorado comes standard with a four-cylinder engine that critics report has sufficient power for everyday driving. A V6 is optional, and reviewers say it delivers spirited acceleration, and is the better engine choice for towing or hauling. Four-cylinder models have either a manual or automatic transmission, and V6 models are automatic-only. A few critics note that the automatic downshifts roughly at times. A V6-powered 2015 Colorado returns up to 18/26 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class. Some reviewers report that the Colorado's ride is pretty firm, but never to the point of feeling harsh. Test drivers say it has controlled handling, responsive steering and strong brakes.

According to auto critics, the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado's cabin is very quiet and looks and feels much nicer than that of its rivals, with an attractive design and high-quality, soft-touch materials. Auto journalists are pleased with the ample headroom and legroom in the front seats. As with most trucks in the class, they report that the rear seats in extended cab models are fairly cramped for adults. However, crew cab models offer plenty of rear-seat legroom, according to test drivers. A rearview camera and USB port are standard. Bluetooth, Chevy's MyLink infotainment system, navigation, OnStar with 4G LTE and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot, a seven-speaker Bose audio system, forward collision alert and lane departure warning are optional.

  • "After spending quality time in the new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon (as well as their competition) it was obvious GM has set a new benchmark in the midsize truck category." -- Forbes
  • "The most noticeable way the Colorado and Canyon have passed the competition is refinement. This begins at the frame, which was engineered with the same approach used on the big-brother Silverado and Sierra, making the Colorado and Canyon tougher and stronger as well as greatly improving ride and handling." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "These are the trucks that the midsize buyer has been waiting for, and we can't wait to spend time in one again in the future." -- Truck Trend
  • "GM doesn't just think it's got the new best product in the segment, it is sure that it has leapfrogged the existing competition by a pretty significant margin. I'm not usually one to swallow that kind of rhetoric without contest, but the truth is that even five minutes of comparison driving should convince just about anyone." -- Autoblog
  • "It finally happened. After years of neglect, an automaker stepped up and breathed some new life into the midsize truck segment. The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon are the real new efforts in this category in almost a decade. They're sorted, capable, and right-sized for anyone who doesn't need to tow a house." -- Road and Track

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Other Trucks to Consider

Reviewers are pleased with the Honda Ridgeline's car-like ride and composed handling. The Ridgeline is only available in a crew cab body style, and reviewers like its unique cargo hauling features such as a lockable in-bed trunk and a tailgate that can be either lowered or swung open to one side.

Test drivers remark that the Toyota Tacoma's automatic transmission puts power down smoothly, and that the Tacoma is a capable off-roader when equipped with the TRD Off-Road package. Reviewers like the Tacoma's bed-mounted power outlet and dent-resistant bed.

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Details: 2015 Chevrolet Colorado

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is reintroduced for the 2015 model year after it was discontinued after the 2012 model year. It is available as a four-seat extended cab or a five-seat crew cab. Rear-wheel drive is standard and four-wheel drive is available. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is standard and a 3.6-liter V6 is optional. Four-cylinder models are available with either a six-speed automatic or manual transmission, while V6 models only come with the automatic. There are four trim levels: Base, WT, LT and Z71.

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Review Last Updated: 2/11/15

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