2015 Chevy Colorado vs. the Competition
With the 2015 model year, pickup truck lovers have plenty to choose from and lots of exciting new options to consider.
However, one truck stands out from this competitive class: the 2015 Chevy Colorado.
Named “Truck of the Year” by Motor Trend, the 2015 Colorado is just the latest in the Chevy trucks lineup to be celebrated for performance, dependability, and safety.
Where Did it Come From?
The current Colorado model has significantly evolved from its initial launch in 2004.
At that time, the Colorado was built to replace the smaller Chevy S-10, a compact-sized pickup truck.
Slightly larger than the S-10, the Colorado joined the medium-sized class of pickup trucks on the market.
Reminiscent of the Chevy Silverado’s style, the Colorado featured a platform co-created with Isuzu and came available in regular, extended, or crew cab in either two-wheel or four-wheel drive.
Available engines included the 2.8-liter four-cylinder, generating 175 horsepower, or the 3.5-liter five-cylinder at 220 horsepower and maximum towing of 4,000 pounds.
In 2005, Chevy introduced the racing-inspired Xtreme package, which equipped the truck with 18-inch alloy wheels and lowered suspension.
The 2007 model year brought engine upgrades in the form of a standard 2.9-liter engine, with 185 horsepower and 190 lb.-ft. of torque.
Also available was the 3.7-liter engine, generating 242 horsepower.
Starting in 2008, the Chevy Colorado featured available V8 engines on the extended and crew cab configurations, from a 5.3-liter engine, backed by 300 horsepower.
Despite the enhanced powertrains, the Chevy Colorado was discontinued in 2012.
But, it’s back.
And better than ever…
What Makes a Truck of the Year?
Although it takes more than just accolades and increasing sales, to be named “Truck of the Year,” the Chevy Colorado has its share of both.
Best in its class for highway fuel economy, towing, and payload, it’s no wonder that the redesigned 2015 Colorado is the fast growing pickup truck in the mid-size segment.
Although larger than a compact pickup truck, U.S. News and World Report ranked the 2015 Chevy Colorado in the number one spot for compact pickup trucks.
Classify it however you want, the fact remains that the 2015 Chevy Colorado is an award-winner with good reason.
Starting at the MSRP of $20,120, the 2015 Chevy Colorado offers two drivetrains: the 2.5-liter I-4 or the 3.6-liter V6, which earned the Colorado its best-in-class distinction for highway fuel economy of 26 mpg.
Part of this distinction comes from engine innovations, including technologies like Spark Ignition Direct Injection and deceleration fuel cutoff, which, as its name implies, shuts off the engine’s fuel supply when braking, conserving energy and keeping you on the road longer between fill-ups.
Boasting 305 horsepower with 269 lb.-ft. of torque, the V6 can tow a maximum of 7,000 pounds, with a payload of 1,590 pounds.
The available six-speed automatic transmission includes an optional Tow/Haul mode to minimize upshifting and downshifting.
The 2.5-liter option also offers outstanding fuel efficiency of 27 highway mpg, making use of available Active Aero Shutters, programmed to open and close behind the grille, which reduces aerodynamic drag, resulting in improved fuel efficiency.
Whichever power train you choose, your 2015 Chevy Colorado is a performance-inspired, fuel-efficient pickup.
Featuring a 4G LTE high-speed Wi-Fi with OnStar technology for up to seven devices with available Chevrolet MyLink, the Colorado also has an 8-inch diagonal color touch-screen which operates with the same touch and swipe action similar to your smartphone.
There are also four USB ports for charging electronic devices, so you can stay connected while you’re on the move.
The 2015 Chevy Colorado is loaded with standard safety features like the Rear Vision camera technology, which allows you to see the area behind the car, and is able to detect and alert you to a sudden passing object or an inattentive pedestrian.
Forward Collision Alert is available, and warns you of a potential crash, by audibly signaling when you are fast approaching a slowed or unexpectedly stopped vehicle in front of you.
Another Colorado-exclusive, the Lane Departure Warning system operates from a camera mounted inside your rearview mirror, which signals when it senses that you’re about to accidentally veer into the neighboring lane.
Over 83 percent of the Colorado’s weight comes from high-strength steel and a reinforced safety cage, which supports a variety of airbags throughout the front and rear cabins, helping protect you and your passengers from injury in the event of a collision.
Whether standard or the optional advanced, the safety features on 2015 Chevy Colorado are abundant and able to effectively enhance your well-being on the road.
The stunning 2015 Chevy Colorado is available in ten colors, including: Red Hot, Red Rock Metallic, Silver Ice Metallic, Summit White, Black, Cyber Gray Metallic, Rally Yellow, Brownstone Metallic, Laser Blue, and Rainforest Green Metallic.
Your 2015 Colorado can be customized even further by choosing one of the five optional packages: Polished, Safeguard, Onyx, Adventurer, and Commercial.
Perhaps more than anything else, drivers have expressed an instant recognition of and appreciation for the extreme hush of the 2015 Chevy Colorado ride.
Deadening materials, and features like the advanced tread on the Colorado’s Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain tires, reinforce a quiet ride, keeping the outside world from interfering with the calm of the cabin.
The 2015 Colorado also offers more space than its competition, boasting 41.4 inches of headroom, and 45.0 inches of legroom.
Even seriously tall drivers can operate the vehicle comfortably, making use of the extra space, and adjustable electric steering column.
Best-in-Class Coverage, too!
Another reason to buy a 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is the unmatched coverage provided by Chevy.
The warranties for a new 2015 Colorado include 5-years/100,000 miles for powertrains, bumper-to-bumper protection for 3-Years/36,000 miles, and maintenance, including oil changes, oil filters, and tire rotations, are covered for 2-Years/24,000 miles.
Also, Chevy Colorado drivers are entitled to Roadside Assistance for 5-Years or 100,000 miles.
A Little Competition…But Not Much
2015 Chevy Colorado vs. 2015 Nissan Frontier
One of the Chevy Colorado’s main competitors in this segment is the 2015 Nissan Frontier.
But just how does it stack up against the Colorado?
The Nissan Frontier is equipped with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, generating 152 horsepower, with a 19/23 fuel economy on the standard manual transmission or 17/23 mpg from the optional automatic, meaning the Chevy Colorado gets better gas mileage.
In addition to increased fuel efficiency, the Chevy Colorado has better safety technology, that is not offered on the Nissan Frontier, including the optional features not available in any of the other models in this class, like Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning.
Between the Colorado’s larger touchscreen, the enhanced MyLink infotainment system, Wi-Fi technology, and grille shutters, the Colorado boasts superior technology over the Frontier across the board.
Although the Nissan Frontier is priced somewhat cheaper, starting at $19,000, the top line models are comparably priced to the Colorado, but with all the added bells and whistles, the Colorado offers better value.
2015 Chevy Colorado vs. 2015 Toyota Tacoma
The other top competitor, Toyota’s 2015 Tacoma, unlike the Nissan Frontier, is more expensive than the Colorado, at $21,650, but just like the Nissan Frontier, also offers less than the Colorado, overall.
At a maximum towing of 6,500 pounds and payload of 1,500 pounds, the Tacoma only generates 236 horsepower to the Colorado’s 305 horsepower.
Equipped with only one USB port, the touchscreen on the Tacoma is also considerably smaller, measuring only 6.1 inches.
Autotrader considers the 2015 Chevy Colorado a top choice for the 2015 model segment.
And it looks like the best is yet to come…
The Chevy Colorado in 2016
Starting next year, Chevy will introduce a third drivetrain to its engine options.
The 2.8-liter Duramax Turbo-diesel will give the 2016 Chevy Colorado even more edge over its competition, making it the only North American midsize pickup to offer a turbodiesel engine.
Whether you want a truck from this model year, or you’re planning ahead to what next year has to offer, consider the Chevy trucks in your area before all others.
Chevy trucks consistently trump the competition and deliver outstanding customer satisfaction to those drivers looking to “Find New Roads.”