About the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado:
Following a short hiatus, the Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickup truck returns for 2015, bigger, stronger, and more capable than ever.
Once a Colorado buyer decides between extended and crew cab body styles, there are four trim levels from which to choose: Base, WT, LT, and Z71.
Colorado buyers choosing the LT trim level get a Chevrolet MyLink touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth, satellite radio, OnStar services, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi connection, and multiple USB ports. Remote keyless entry, cruise control, and a theft deterrent system are also standard, along with nicer trim, power exterior mirrors, a CornerStep rear bumper design, and 17-inch aluminum wheels.
The Colorado Z71 adds a slew of off-roading equipment, though 4WD remains an option. This model also gets an EZ Lift & Lower tailgate, automatic climate control, unique aluminum wheels, fog lights, and more.
Engines and Transmissions:
A 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard in the 2015 Colorado, rated to make 200 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 191 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,400 rpm. Standard on Crew Cab models with 4WD, and optional on other Colorados, the 3.6-liter V-6 engine generates 305 horsepower at 6,800 rpm and 269 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm.
A 6-speed manual gearbox is standard for the Colorado Extended Cab with base or WT trim. Get the LT or the Z71, or opt for 4WD, or choose a Crew Cab model, and a 6-speed automatic transmission is included.
Depending on how the Colorado is configured, it will haul up to 1,590 lbs. of payload and tow up to 7,000 lbs. of trailer. All Colorados come with free scheduled maintenance for the first two years or 24,000 miles of ownership.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
Get a Colorado with a V-6 engine and the EPA says you can expect 21 mpg in combined driving with 2-wheel-drive and 20 mpg with 4WD. For reference, these numbers represent a 1-mpg improvement over a Silverado 1500 with a V-6 engine.
As this summary is written, fuel economy estimates for a Colorado with a 4-cylinder engine have not been finalized.
The 2015 Colorado had not been crash-tested as this summary was written. Thanks to the available OnStar services technology, if the truck’s airbags deploy the Automatic Crash Response system will automatically contact emergency rescue personnel even if you are unresponsive. A reversing camera is also standard, and both a forward collision warning system and a lane departure warning system are available, but Chevy does not offer a blind spot warning system for the Colorado.
In addition to the safety features listed above, the Colorado is available with Chevrolet MyLink technology, complete with an 8-inch color touchscreen, a USB charging port, and a Pandora radio app. A 4G LTE mobile Wi-Fi connection is also available for this truck, as well as a navigation system.
OnStar Remote Link Keyfob services provide remote access to certain vehicle functions, including the ability to start the engine to cool or heat the cabin prior to driving.
Written by Christian Wardlaw
October 10, 2014
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