The 5 Best New Chevy Vehicles for 2015
Chevy is constantly refreshing old vehicles and releasing new vehicles, so keeping up with the latest models is a must if you’re on the hunt for the latest and greatest.
For the 2015 model year, Chevy really stepped up their game, introducing innovative new models, refreshing popular stand outs, and introducing new trims to give buyers looking for a Chevy in Albany the absolute best selection of any major auto maker.
Here’s an inside look at the best new Chevy vehicles in 2015:
2015 Chevy Colorado
The mid-size pickup truck segment has taken a backseat to the full-size segment in recent years. Chevy even discontinued its own mid-size truck, the Colorado, after the 2012 model year.
What was left were mid-size pickups that lacked the innovation, the efficiency, and the style that auto makers had been pouring into their full-size truck line-ups.
But as the market began to take notice of the lack of a great mid-size truck, Chevy took up the challenge and created the mid-size truck people actually wanted to buy. That truck is the 2015 Chevy Colorado. Gone for only two model years, but revived in such a way that everyone in the industry took notice.
Against its biggest competition, the Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma, the Colorado is a clear winner in the battle of specs. According to test data from Motor Trend, the Colorado Z71 beats the Frontier PRO-4X and Tacoma TRD Pro in the following categories:
- 0-60 Time: In 7.4 seconds, compared to the Frontier’s 7.8 and Tacoma’s 7.7 time.
- Passing Time (45-65 mph): When you need to accelerate, you don’t want your truck lagging behind. The Colorado’s 3.7-second time trumps that of the Frontier’s 4.2 and the Tacoma’s 4.4 time.
- Quarter-Mile Time: While not as impressive as its only defeats, the Colorado does manage to beat its competitors in the quarter mile as well. With a 15.7 time at 88.8 mph, it’s got a leg up on the Frontier’s 16.1 at 88.4 mph and the Tacoma’s 16.1 at 84.7 mph recorded times.
- Braking (60-0 mph): Another crucial test that makes a big difference in performance, braking distance for the Colorado was 131 ft, compared to the Frontier’s 139 ft and the Tacoma’s 143 ft.
To seal the deal, the Colorado Z71’s base price is well below that of its competitors, starting at just $27,630. For a comparison, the Tacoma TRD Pro starts at $35,725 and the Frontier Pro-4X starts at $30,550. Quite the difference, especially if you plan on adding extras into the deal.
2015 Chevy Corvette Z06
The Corvette received a huge update with the 2014 model year, refreshing its style to a new level. While its still the American sports car it always was, people are shocked at how well Chevy made the Corvette look like an exotic car worth hundreds of thousands more than its actual starting price.
With the 2015 model year, Chevy took the Corvette one step further, reintroducing the legendary Z06 trim as the highest performing option. And while the previous Z06 was no slouch, its 505-horsepower LS7 V8 was simply not enough to compete with other supercars in 2015.
So Chevy upgraded to a monster new engine, the LT4 V8. This beast puts out 650 horsepower in the 2015 Corvette Z06, making it one of the most powerful cars available. And at less than $100,000, it’s also one of the most affordable high-performance cars you can buy today.
To make that completely clear, you should know that the Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 only puts out 601 horsepower. That’s 49 horsepower less than the Z06, which starts at about $160,000 less than the Lambo. You could likely buy three different Z06s for the price on one Huracan.
With its new 8-speed automatic, the Z06 is capable of launching from 0-60 in just 2.9 seconds. That’s on par with the Porsche 911 Turbo S, a classic sports car that’s considered to be one of the most powerful in its class. Quite the feat for a car that’s less than half its base price.
Overall, the Z06 is a masterpiece of engineering on Chevy’s part, and a car many will dream of owning as they grow up.
2015 Chevy Cruze
The Chevy Cruze has been one of the brand’s best-selling cars since it joined the line-up for the 2008 model year. Replacing the aging Chevy Cobalt as the company’s primary compact sedan, the Cruze quickly resonated with buyers who were looking for a budget-friendly, stylish, feature-packed sedan under $20,000.
Over the years, Chevy has updated that winning formula, but has yet to make any major changes to the exterior. With the 2015 model, however, that all changed. The 2015 Chevy Cruze is adopting a new front grille design to match new Chevy models, as well as many upcoming Chevy models.
The new angular design gives the 2015 Cruze a more sleek appearance from the front.
While not a huge update, Chevy is prepping to release the second-generation Cruze for the 2016 model year, which is said to look similar to the company’s new Volt design.
2015 Chevy Trax
The only model on this list that is completely new to the Chevy line-up, the Trax is creating a new segment that’s sure to take off in the coming years: the sub-compact crossover. Aimed at urban buyers and those looking for an efficient, yet capable vehicle, the 2015 Chevy Trax is a big car in a small package.
Featuring a tiny, yet powerful 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, the Trax is able to provide more than enough torque to get up and go, while maintaining the efficiency of a regular sub-compact car.
For those in need of an AWD vehicle, the Trax is a bargain. Starting at just $21,620 for the AWD version (compared to $20,120 for the base FWD model), those in climates with heavy winter snow can rest easy with the AWD Trax. To improve performance on any terrain, the Trax splits power between the front and back wheels to prevent wheel spin and provide a safe start to your journey.