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2015 Chevrolet Colorado Review

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado ranks in the back half of the compact pickup truck class. The Colorado has an upscale cabin, punchy engine options, and well-balanced handling, but also a poor reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Composed ride and handling
  • Refined four- and six-cylinder engines
  • Quality interior materials
  • Available active safety features
  • Poor reliability rating




Critics' Rating: 9.5
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 8.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
Safety: 8.8
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2015 Chevrolet Colorado Overview

Is the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado a Good Used Truck?

The 2015 Chevy Colorado is a good compact pickup truck – on paper. The Colorado rides smoothly over rough roads, and its four-cylinder and V6 engine options have plenty of power. It has a handsome interior with quality materials and user-friendly controls. The Colorado also offers active safety features like forward collision warning, which is uncommon in this class.

Ultimately though, the 2015 Colorado and its GMC Canyon sibling rate poorly for reliability, making it hard to recommend these used vehicles. Before you buy, consider alternatives with better track records for reliability, such as the 2015 Toyota Tacoma or even the full-size Chevrolet Silverado 1500.

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We’ve analyzed 22 Chevrolet Colorado reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Much Is the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado?

Based on listings for the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado on our site, the average price is $26,800. Prices range from $19,800 to $31,000 and vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado Cost to Own?

The Colorado’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $26,000, or $5,200 per year. That’s about average for a compact pickup truck.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Colorado?

The 2019 Chevy Colorado starts at around $21,300, but it can top $40,000 in its higher trim levels. You can save a lot of money with a used 2015 model while still finding similar safety features, styling, and handling. That said, there are a few reasons to opt for a newer model. These models pack more popular features like Apple CarPlay and are available in more configurations, including fuel-efficient diesel and off-road ZR2 variants.

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There aren’t many new trucks that cost less than a used 2015 Colorado, but there is one: the 2019 Nissan Frontier. This Nissan pickup lacks the sleek styling, soft-touch materials, and advanced features of the Chevy, but it earns a top-notch reliability rating.

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Which Model Year of the Chevrolet Colorado Is Best?

Chevrolet launched the second-generation of its Colorado pickup for 2015, and the truck has seen regular updates since. For 2016, Chevy added support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A new Duramax turbodiesel engine also became available, offering a hefty 369 pound-feet of torque. For 2017, the Colorado received GM’s Teen Driver system (to set limits and record information for other drivers) and an available eight-speed automatic transmission. The biggest update came for 2018 with the arrival of the Colorado ZR2 trim, which offers tremendous off-road capabilities.

You can save money by shopping for a used 2015 Colorado, but the performance and technology updates of the 2016-and-newer models are worth the higher price tag.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado?

The 2015 Colorado has a poor reliability rating of two out of five from J.D. Power. That’s the lowest score possible.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado Recalls

The 2015 Colorado is affected by six recalls. Chevrolet is recalling models due to potential issues with the driver air bags, front seat bracket, power steering, and front brake calipers. Make sure these recalls are addressed by a Chevy dealer before buying a used Colorado.

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Which Used Chevrolet Colorado Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Colorado is available in Extended Cab and Crew Cab body styles, two bed lengths (5-foot and 6-foot), and four trim levels: base, WT, LT, and Z71. The best bet for most shoppers is the well-equipped Chevrolet Colorado LT trim.

The two-seat base model Colorado is outfitted with a four-cylinder engine, a manual transmission, and rear-wheel drive. The standard infotainment system has a 4.2-inch screen, rearview camera, and a USB port. You also get cloth upholstery, air conditioning, power windows, a locking tailgate, tie-down cleats, and 16-inch steel wheels. The Colorado WT (Work Truck) adds a rear seat, and it’s available with a V6 engine, an automatic transmission, and four-wheel drive.

The Colorado LT builds on the WT trim with an 8-inch touch screen, satellite radio, Bluetooth, OnStar telematics, a Wi-Fi hot spot, remote keyless entry, cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and 17-inch alloy wheels. Lastly, the Chevrolet Colorado Z71 adds heated front seats, automatic climate control, remote start, a locking rear differential, off-road shock absorbers, skid plates, tow hooks, hill descent control, fog lights, and a spring-assisted tailgate.

Available features include a navigation system, a Bose stereo, leather seats, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, a two-speed transfer case, and a spray-on bed liner.

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What Does Chevrolet's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Chevrolet offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Chevy extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to six years or 100,000 miles. These vehicles also get a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty after the three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Chevrolet CPO vehicles must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available, so read Chevy’s warranty page carefully.

Chevrolet has one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers. Hyundai, Buick, and Kia are better, according to our analysis.

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How Safe Is the Colorado?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 Colorado five out of five stars in the side crash test, four stars in the frontal crash test, and just three stars in the rollover test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave Crew Cab models the top score of Good in all areas tested. Extended Cab models received Good ratings in all but the side crash test, in which it received the second-highest rating of Acceptable.

The Colorado comes standard with a rearview camera. Available safety features include forward collision warning and lane departure warning.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado Versus the Competition

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

The 2015 Toyota Tacoma doesn’t ride as comfortably as the Colorado, and its interior materials can’t match what you'll find in the upscale Chevy. The Tacoma also doesn’t offer as many safety features. That said, most shoppers will want to opt for this Toyota. It may not be luxurious, but it rates far better for reliability and offers superior off-road performance.

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

It’s a similar story with the 2015 Nissan Frontier. This aged Nissan has cheap cabin materials, lower fuel economy, and few safety features. It’s the better buy for most shoppers though. Not only does the Frontier have a much higher reliability rating, but used models are typically a lot less expensive than the comparable Colorado.

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2015 Colorado Performance

How Does the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado Drive?

The 2015 Colorado has two engine options: a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 200 horsepower, and a 3.6-liter V6 with 305 horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard; a six-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive are available.

Both engines are refined and provide ample power for everyday driving, whether that’s around town or on the highway. However, most shoppers will be happier with the available V6, which is almost as fuel efficient as the four-cylinder engine. When the truck is loaded down with passengers, cargo, or a trailer, the V6 supplies the Colorado with snappier acceleration and more passing power than the base four-cylinder. The six-speed automatic delivers quick gear changes, though these shifts are occasionally rough and clunky. The six-speed manual is slick, but it’s only available on the most bare-bones model with the four-cylinder engine.

The Colorado drives better than its compact pickup rivals. Its suspension yields a cushioned ride and soaks up rough pavement nicely. The truck feels stable around turns, and its brakes slow the Chevy down confidently. The Colorado is also easy to park and maneuver in tight areas. Looking to go off-road? The Z71 model has a modest 8.3 inches of ground clearance, but it does come standard with a locking rear differential, skid plates, and hill descent control.

Does the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Chevy Colorado earns good fuel economy by class standards. Its four-cylinder engine gets up to 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. The V6 manages an EPA-estimated 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Towing Capacity

When with the V6 engine and Z82 Trailering package, the Colorado is rated to tow up to 7,000 pounds. All models can tow at least 3,500 pounds.

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2015 Colorado Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Colorado Seat?

The Chevy Colorado seats up to four occupants in Extended Cab models and up to five in Crew Cab models. The only exception is the base trim level, which is outfitted with just two seats. The Extended Cab has a pair of rearward-opening doors for backseat passengers; the Crew Cab has conventional rear doors.

The front seats are nicely padded. They provide ample head- and legroom for tall drivers and passengers. The rear seats in the Extended Cab are cramped, however, even for younger kids and teens, and the upright seating position is uncomfortable. The Crew Cab feels much bigger thanks to its extra 7.2 inches of rear legroom, allowing it to accommodate two adults in reasonable comfort. Cloth seats are standard; leather and heated seats are available.

The Colorado’s interior has an upscale look and feel, and it’s trimmed with quality soft-touch plastics in many areas. The cabin is also very quiet and well-insulated.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado?

There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats in the Colorado.

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Features

The Chevy Colorado comes standard with a 4.2-inch display, a USB port, a rearview camera, air conditioning, and power windows. Available features include an 8-inch touch screen, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hotspot, OnStar telematics, remote keyless entry, and a navigation system.

The dashboard is cleanly arranged, and it has easy-to-use buttons and knobs for many of the audio and climate controls. The available MyLink touch screen is also user-friendly, thanks to its simple menus.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado Dimensions

Chevrolet Colorado Cargo Space

The Colorado is available with 6-foot-2-inch and 5-foot-2-inch bed lengths. Payload ratings vary from 1,410 to 1,590 pounds, depending on the model. All Colorados have a locking tailgate and a rear bumper with integrated steps (CornerStep). A spring-assisted tailgate, called EZ Lift and Lower, is also available

2015 Colorado Length and Weight

Length and weight vary depending on the Colorado’s cab, bed, and engine configurations. The Colorado is between 17.7 and 18.7 feet long, and its weight ranges from 3,920 to 4,450 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado Built?

Chevrolet built the 2015 Colorado in Missouri.

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