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2015 Chevrolet Colorado Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado was new.


Performance: 8.4

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado earns reviewer praise for its quiet ride and controlled handling. Some critics note that the ride is on the firm side, but most agree that it never feels harsh. Test drivers report that the standard four-cylinder engine has plenty of power, but the available V6 is a better choice if you plan to regularly tow or haul heavier loads.

  • "Compared to the last Tacoma we drove, the new Colorado feels more taut and controlled. GM seems to have gotten the balance right: The ride isn't overly hard, and the body doesn't bounce much when the road gets really wavy." -- Edmunds
  • "We had to work the I4 harder than the V6, but with the smaller engine, the truck felt more spry and agile, and in some ways reminded us more of the good old days of the compact trucks of the 1980s and 1990s. The brakes were responsive, with somewhat less pedal travel in the 4-cylinder truck we tested. The ride was compliant but not mushy." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "On paper they aren't much different than a previous generation 1/2-ton, but driving them we noticed that they have the maneuverability of a much smaller pickup." -- Truck Trend
  • "In comparison to the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier, however, well, there is no comparison -- the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon are far superior." -- Automobile Magazine

Acceleration and Power

The Chevrolet Colorado comes standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque. An optional 3.6-liter V6 generates 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. Four-cylinder models are available with either a six-speed manual transmission or six-speed automatic, while V6 models are only available with the automatic. A rear-wheel drive 2015 Colorado with the V6 engine returns an EPA-estimated 18/26 mpg city/highway, which is better than the ratings of similarly equipped rivals.

Auto journalists write that the four-cylinder Colorado has plenty of power for commuting. However, many say that the V6 is a better choice if you plan to do heavier towing or hauling, and that the V6 feels responsive and delivers spirited acceleration. A few critics note that the automatic transmission's downshifts could be a bit smoother.

  • "Aside from delivery services and tradesmen, most users will want to opt for the 305-hp 3.6-liter V-6. It's no racehorse, but it pulls strong through all six of the mandatory automatic's gears. The 200-hp four-cylinder has enough power to get through the workday, but the on-road manners of the Colorado are polished enough for work and play, and the bigger engine makes both more enjoyable." -- Car and Driver
  • "You can have the Colorado with either a 2.5-liter four-cylinder good for 200 horsepower and 191 lb-ft of torque or a 3.6-liter V6 with 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. Both get you down the road without any drama or thrash, and the six-speed automatic married to both in most applications is an excellent piece of work." -- Road and Track
  • "Power and responsiveness was great from both available engines. The V-6 has enough power to tackle any task or load you might throw at it, and the four-cylinder was a real treat to drive, never once leaving us wishing for more in normal, unloaded, city, and highway driving." -- Truck Trend
  • "Though I drove the six-speed-manual truck at Milford (and loved it, even though the throws were long and the automatic makes a lot more sense for the powertrain), the 6AT will clearly be the volume transmission, which is mostly a good thing. I heard the trans hunting a bit moving through traffic on the highway, but for the most part, it would simply move into top gear as soon as it felt a steady-state cruise, and fade into the background. Kickdowns into lower gears felt a little rough, but not jarring." -- Autoblog
  • "Acceleration is very good with the Crew Cab V6 models we drove, and was better than expected in the Extended Cab powered by the 200-horsepower 2.5-liter I4. There's plenty of power from the 305-power 3.6-liter V6, and the 6-speed automatic makes good use of it, giving the truck best-in-class towing of 7,000 pounds. We did notice frequent up- and downshifts from the transmission on grades." -- Kelley Blue Book

Handling and Braking

Rear-wheel drive is standard on the 2015 Chevy Colorado and four-wheel drive is optional. The Z71 trim adds an off-road suspension, an automatic locking rear differential and hill descent control. Some reviewers are pleased with the Colorado's ride comfort. Others note that it has a fairly firm ride but not to the point of being uncomfortable. Some also remark that its ride quality is better than that of its closest rivals. They say the Colorado has composed handling, accurate steering and strong brakes.

  • "The good news, however, is that the Colorado's ride is never downright harsh. It can be rough, bumpy and even a little shaky on the toughest of surfaces, but you'll never feel like you're in a commercial vehicle or even in Colorado models of years past." -- AutoTrader
  • "A Chevy Colorado Z71 with 17-inch off-road tires produced the ride quality you'd expect from a truck shod in serious nubbies. Its chassis was very busy over the Milford road course's chatter bumps. The upshot is that while no version of the Colorado/Canyon rides quite like an F-150, Ram, or Silverado/Sierra, they're notably better than the Tacoma and Frontier and easily rival the Toyota Tundra." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The steering feels steady going straight ahead and the truck bends reassuringly into turns accurately and with minimal body lean. It feels more connected and composed than the last Tacoma we drove. The steering response does feel a bit slow, but GM is quick to point out that the Colorado's turning circle is tighter than the Tacoma's." -- Edmunds
  • "Much of that confidence comes from a solid braking system. With 12.2-inch discs up front and 12.75-inch discs out back, the Canyon has no trouble scrubbing speed, even with a good load behind it. The pedal is firm, with good initial bite." -- Road and Track
  • "The Colorado offered a controlled ride with good isolation of road harshness for the driver. In fact, the most basic four-cylinder-powered Colorado seemed tuned to mirror the placid ride of the Escape, which is pretty high praise considering how rough-and-tumble the Toyota and the Nissan seemed on the same roads." -- Autoblog

Towing and Hauling

When equipped with the V6 engine and available towing package, the 2015 Colorado can tow up to 7,000 pounds. In testing, reviewers report that the Colorado easily towed 4,500-pound trailers and mention that the transmission's Tow/Haul mode helps keep the engine in its power band.

  • "Seven. Thousand. A decade ago, that was a respectable number for a full-size truck. I drug a 4500-pound boat and trailer up the hills away from the California coast, and the Colorado handled the task just fine." -- Road and Track
  • "The tow/haul mode (not available on four-cylinder trucks) does a good job of selecting the right gear to keep the engine in the meat of its torque curve, although the engine does get a tad raucous at higher rpm." -- Car and Driver

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