The Colorado is Chevy’s very first brand-new mid-size pick-up in ages, with fresh appearances, brand-new tech, and benefit functions galore. Power comes from a 200-hp and 2.5-liter then four-cylinder with 191 lb-ft of torque or an optional 3.6 liter V-6 with 305 hp and 269 lb-ft.
Full-size pick-ups have actually ended up being so huge that a more reasonably sized truck looks like a huge offer. General Motors has actually been basking in interest for more than 2 years given that revealing that it was bringing brand new mid-size trucks– the Chevrolet Colorado and the GMC Canyon– to market. Now they’re right here for 2015, gathering “of the year” elections all over the media map simply for going into an overlooked section that has actually mostly been controlled by 10-year-old designs from Toyota and Nissan.
For our very first complete test of the Chevy variation, the tape states we’re taking the step of the greatest of the little brand-new trucks, a Colorado Crew Cab with the long bed (6 feet, 2 inches), the V-6 engine, and four-wheel drive. Stretching over a 140.5-inch wheelbase, this truck is certainly mid-size and not “compact” by any ways.
On the roadway, we sat eye-level with men in Silverado 4x4s in the next lane. The Colorado is, nevertheless, half a foot narrower than its full-size stablemate and normally simpler to wield in traffic and slip into parking areas. And for higher ease of use, you can make it smaller sized by going with either the extended taxi or the five-foot-two freight bed.
Based on a worldwide design developed in Brazil and Thailand considering that 2011, the revised-for-our-market variations of the Colorado and the Canyon are put together in Wentzville, Missouri, to prevent the ridiculous 50-year-old “chicken tax” imposed versus imported trucks. Even based on a years-old design. They are much fresher than the Nissan Frontier and the Toyota Tacoma that trace their origins to 2005. (A brand-new Tacoma is due for 2016.).
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For now, then, this Colorado has the benefit of being the most recent gamer in an exhausted field. This reveals up in the Colorado’s modern-looking cabin complete of the newest innovation, its sleek roadway good manners, and its variety of electronic security helps.
The Colorado got to 60 miles per hour from a dead stop in 7.1 seconds. They’re likewise thrashier at highway speeds, where the Chevy, currently smoother, has taller tailoring to peaceful things down even more. And that’s likewise where the power benefit reveals; the Tacoma tracks this Colorado by four-tenths of a 2nd in a quarter-mile drag race.
You ‘d discover more torque however less power– as well as comparable total efficiency– in the Silverado V-6 we checked, which is qualifieded to tow 7600 pounds, however that full-size team taxi cost $8200 more than this Colorado. We saw 18 mpg in this mid-size compared with 16 mpg from the full-size V-6 Chevy and 17 mpg in the Tacoma TRD Pro Series.
By other track steps, the Colorado lands midpack, braking from 70 miles per hour in 174 feet and cornering at 0.78 g numbers on the “great” end of the truck spectrum however not unique. There was no fade from the four-wheel disc brakes and understeer, on the skidpad was just moderate. Guiding feel and weight are excellent on the open roadway and light in parking circumstances.
Exactly what’s the Right Size?
With gas rates reduced since this writing, GM isn’t really getting any assist with the argument that individuals ought to “best size” their truck purchases to match their own requirements instead of overbuying ability “simply in case.” A margin of 1 or 2 mpg is not likely to persuade numerous truck purchasers– who appear to have infamously brief memories about the volatility of fuel rates– to pick smaller sized. Aside from measurements, however, the Colorado purchaser does not quit much and gets a smaller sized regular monthly payment when you begin pairing up functions versus likewise geared up full-size trucks.
As kept in mind, this one was $8200 more affordable than a V-6 Silverado, even though it was packed up beyond $38,000 with choices. This example revealed up with a $1080 Luxury bundle that consists of heated seats with power modifications (even lumbar) for both motorist and traveler, heated outdoors power mirrors, automobile environment control, and projector-beam headlamps. Remote beginning and rear defrost then front fog lights and then an easy-lift tailgate included $615 and then came the Bose audio ($500). The navigation system with eight-inch color touch screen and Chevy MyLink ($495), a $395 Safety plan with forward-collision and lane-departure informs, plus a locking rear differential ($325), and the trailering devices ($250).
Plainly, truck online marketers still understand the best ways to accumulate the costly bits. Cent pinchers or those with lower tow/haul requirements might seek to the smaller sized Colorado with a beginning cost in the low twenties, four-cylinder power, and possibly the six-speed handbook gearbox. GM is making us wait up until the 2016 design year for the assured turbo-diesel variation, although that will not be the least expensive method to go.
While there’s some wait-and-see mindset out there about the mid-size-truck market– especially from GM’s 2 Detroit-based competitors– both Nissan and Toyota are currently banging about their coming responses. In the meantime, the Colorado is the most recent huge little thing, however that’s not a condition you can mine for long.
This story and its spec panel have actually been upgraded to fix a mistake that we initially made on the Track Sheet. The fixed Track Sheet is now readily available in the Downloads area.
General Motors has actually been basking in interest for more than 2 years given that revealing that it was bringing brand new mid-size trucks– the Chevrolet Colorado and the GMC Canyon– to market. For our very first complete test of the Chevy variation, the tape states we’re taking the step of the greatest of the little brand-new trucks, a Colorado Crew Cab with the long bed (6 feet, 2 inches), the V-6 engine, and four-wheel drive. Based on a worldwide design constructed in Brazil and Thailand given that 2011, the revised-for-our-market variations of the Colorado and the Canyon are put together in Wentzville, Missouri, to prevent the unreasonable 50-year-old “chicken tax” imposed versus imported trucks. You ‘d discover more torque however less power– as well as comparable total efficiency– in the Silverado V-6 we checked, which is qualifieded to tow 7600 pounds, however that full-size team taxi cost $8200 more than this Colorado. Aside from measurements, however the Colorado purchaser does not offer up much and gets a smaller sized month-to-month payment when you begin matching up functions versus likewise geared up full-size trucks.