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8.4

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.5
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 8.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 8.3
Reliability:
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2015 Chevrolet Colorado Review

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado’s powerful base engine and stylish, comfortable interior make it a good compact pickup for both work and play.

Pros & Cons

  • Upscale interior
  • Crew Cab models have roomy rear seats
  • Strong fuel economy numbers

  •  Automatic transmission shifts can be rough

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Overview

Is the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado a Good Used Truck?

The 2015 Colorado is a good used truck. It won our 2015 Best Compact Truck for the Money award. It has a powerful base four-cylinder engine, and its available V6 can tow 7,000 pounds when properly equipped. The Colorado's cabin is attractive and constructed with high-quality, soft-touch materials. It can easily be used as a daily driver.

Used 2015 Chevrolet Colorado Performance and Interior

The Chevrolet Colorado comes standard with a 200-horsepower four-cylinder engine. An available V6 generates 305 horsepower. The four-cylinder models are available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, while V6 models are only available with the automatic. Downshifts can be harsh at times with the automatic transmission. The four-cylinder Colorado has plenty of power for commuting. However, the responsive V6 is a better choice for towing or hauling; it also delivers spirited acceleration. When equipped with the V6 engine and available towing package, the 2015 Colorado can tow up to 7,000 pounds.

A rear-wheel-drive, four-cylinder Colorado returns an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg highway, which is better than the ratings of similarly equipped rivals. The four-wheel-drive V6 Colorado is rated at 17 mpg in the city and 24 on the highway.

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Extended Cab Chevrolet Colorado models seat four, and the Crew Cab seats five. Vinyl upholstery and a power-adjustable driver’s seat are standard. Cloth or leather seats, a power-adjustable passenger seat, and heated front seats are available. The front seats offer ample legroom and headroom for tall occupants. The Extended Cab’s rear seats are pretty cramped, but the Crew Cab's rear seats are comfortable and have abundant legroom. The Colorado Crew Cab has two complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the outboard rear seats, and there’s a middle-seat tether anchor.

The Colorado’s base model is pretty bare-bones. Available features include Bluetooth, Chevy's MyLink infotainment system (with either a 4.2-inch display screen or an 8-inch touch screen), navigation, and OnStar with 4G LTE and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot. MyLink’s 8-inch touch screen has a sharp display, and the gauges are easy to read. Most infotainment functions work well, but reaching some of the audio settings requires multiple steps. Physical knobs and buttons are available for basic audio functions.

Colorado Extended Cab models come with a 6-foot-2-inch bed. Crew Cab models have the same bed, as well as an available 5-foot-2-inch bed. The 2015 Colorado's standard locking tailgate is long enough that 8-foot boards don't hang beyond the length of the tailgate when it is lowered.

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Used 2015 Chevrolet Colorado Prices

The price of a used 2015 Chevrolet Colorado ranges from about $18,500 for the base trim with a six-speed manual transmission to around $29,900 for the LT trim with four-wheel drive and an extended bed. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 18 Reviews Analyzed

Our used car rankings and reviews are not based on our own opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total costs of ownership, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 18 professional reviews for this 2015 Chevrolet Colorado overview to help you make a buying decision.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs for a decade, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined experience in the automotive industry. To ensure our impartiality, we don’t accept expensive gifts or trips from carmakers or dealers, and an outside team handles our site’s advertising.

How Reliable Is the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado?

The 2015 Colorado has a predicted reliability score of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power and Associates, which is above average for the auto industry. No other truck in the class does better – or worse.

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How Safe Is the Colorado?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the Colorado Crew Cab the highest rating of Good in the moderate overlap front crash test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded the Colorado Extended Cab four out of five stars overall, with three stars in the rollover test, five stars in the side impact crash, and four stars in the frontal crash test.

The Colorado comes standard with a rearview camera. Lane departure warning and forward collision alert are available in some LT models.

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Should I Consider Another Used Colorado?

The fully redesigned 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is the first model year in the truck’s second generation, which includes the 2017 Colorado. The truck was not produced from 2013 to 2014. If you’d like another model, you’ll want to consider the 2016 or 2017, as models from the Colorado’s first generation lack several of the newer features.

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Which Used Chevrolet Colorado Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado comes in four trims: base, Work Truck, LT, and Z71. The base trim level includes a 4.2-inch diagonal color display USB port, a four-way power driver’s seat with manual recline, front bucket seats, a cargo-box light, a center console that holds a tablet, a CornerStep rear bumper, two-tier loading, and 13 tie-down locations in the bed. The Work Truck trim adds dual rear seats with under-seat storage. The LT trim level includes an 8-inch diagonal color touch screen with Bluetooth streaming audio for music and most phones, hands-free smartphone integration, and voice-activated technology for radio and phone. Also standard are cruise control; OnStar with 4G LTE, which provides a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot, and an overhead console. The Z71 trim includes power lumbar control for the heated driver and passenger seats, the EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate, hill descent control, the Off-Road Suspension package, and automatic locking rear differential for better traction. The LT trim provides the best combination of comfort and utility, making it appropriate for work or personal use.

Even with the Colorado’s above-average predicted reliability, you might want to consider a certified pre-owned model. For all of its certified pre-owned vehicles, Chevy extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to six years or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty. Chevrolet CPO vehicles must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Chevy’s warranty page carefully.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado and Other Trucks to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Chevrolet Colorado or 2015 Toyota Tacoma?

The 2015 Toyota Tacoma has durable interior materials, but it is not as luxurious as the Colorado. The Colorado also has a more potent four-cylinder engine. You’ll probably spend a little less money on a used Tacoma, but the Chevy’s a better value.

Which Is Better: 2015 Chevrolet Colorado or 2015 Nissan Frontier?

A 2015 Nissan Frontier is another compact pickup worthy of consideration, but mostly because it has the best safety score in our rankings. Otherwise, the Frontier lags behind the Colorado due to its weaker base four-cylinder engine and dull interior made with low-cost materials. The Colorado is the better choice.

Which Is Better: 2015 Chevrolet Colorado or 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500?

A 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 might be a good alternative to the Colorado if hauling and towing are primary concerns for you. The Regular Cab Silverado comes with an 8-foot bed. It can tow up to 12,000 pounds with the 6.2-liter V8 when properly equipped. The Silverado also has slightly better safety and reliability scores.

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