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Reviewed by Marty Padgett
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The 2015 Chevy Colorado asks the question: is not-full-size big enough? We'll give you an answer soon. Read more »
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2015 Chevrolet Colorado 2WD Crew Cab 128.3" WT
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The Basics:

The mid-size truck class finally gets a new entry next year, when the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado stakes a claim on some of the shoppers who'd otherwise buy an aging Toyota Tacoma or Nissan Frontier.

With a maximum bed length of six feet and with its biggest engine a 3.6-liter V-6, the Colorado will barely overlap the base versions of the new 2014 Chevy Silverado and its kin, the GMC Sierra.

GM also says the new truck will be the best in its segment for power output, trailer-tow capacity, and payload capacity when it goes on sale in the fall of 2014.

2015 Chevy Colorado performance

GM's latest four- and six-cylinder engines will power the new Colorado. The base 2.5-liter in-line four-cylinder comes from a family of fours that powers today's Malibu and Impala. In the truck application, it's estimated at 193 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. It's direct-injected for more efficiency, but gas mileage estimates haven't been released.

The 3.6-liter V-6 that's also found in Cadillac's ATS and CTS is an option on the Colorado. In this tune, it's said to be good for about 302 hp and 270 pound-feet of torque.

Both powerplants are teamed to a six-speed automatic with a tow/haul mode, and on higher-spec models, an automatic locking rear differential. The same's likely to be true for the upcoming 2.8-liter in-line four turbodiesel, which GM confirms will arrive in 2016, promising "exceptional" torque and efficiency.  All versions have grille shutters and an aluminum hood, for better mileage.

Chevy says top towing capacity for the Colorado will be 6,700 pounds--which nearly matches the tow figures for trucks like the six-cylinder Ram 1500 and Ford F-150.

The Colorado rides on a fully boxed frame with a coil front suspension. Electric power steering is standard across the lineup. Four-wheel drive is an option, naturally, and four-wheel disc brakes with long-life rotors are standard.

2015 Chevy Colorado utility

With three configurations and three trim levels, the Colorado tries to slice and dice the smaller-truck market in sensible ways. There's a crew-cab model with a five-foot bed for more passenger-heavy uses, and one with a six-foot bed, as well as an extended-cab version with a six-foot bed.

On those six-footers, Chevy says it'll be possible to carry eight-foot loads with the tailgate down--which sounds obvious, but implies some sort of standard flip-out bed extender. All Colorados get a corner-step bumper, 13 tie-down points, a two-tier loading system, and can be fitted with a damped tailgate and a spray-in bedliner.

Inside, there's a center console with a storage bin deep enough to hold an iPad, and storage area under the rear seats.

Trim levels top out at the Z71 off-road specialist--it gets its own headlamps, 17-inch wheels, and dark-metal grille trim--and works its way down through LT trim to the WT work truck.

2015 Chevy Colorado safety and features

All Colorados will have six airbags, stability control with trailer-sway control, and hill start assist; Z71 models will also get hill descent control. Forward-collision alert and lane-departure warning systems will be available.

On the connectivity front, Bluetooth will be available, as will a touchscreen interface with an eight-inch screen (on LT and Z71 Colorados) and multiple USB ports for charging and music storage. Navigation will be an option, as will GM's OnStar service beyond a free trial period.

The 2015 Chevy Colorado goes on sale in the fall of 2014.

 

 

Likes:

  • A new alternative to full-sizers
  • Coming diesel power
  • Four-door utility with eight feet of bed space?

Dislikes:

  • New model--stay tuned

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