The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is an all-new, second-generation design. It’s still a midsize, but depending on the configuration, it’s up to 20 inches longer, 6 inches wider and 5 inches taller than the 2004-2012 first-gen model. (There were no 2013 or 2014 models.) The 2015 version is available only as a 4-passenger Extended Cab with a pair of rear jump seats or 5-passenger Crew Cab with a flip-down 3-across rear bench. Front buckets are standard. The Extended Cab comes with a 6.2-foot bed, while the Crew Cab has a 5.2- or 6.2-foot bed. Both rear-wheel drive and shift-on-the-fly 4-wheel drive are offered. Most content is shared with the new GMC Canyon.
An all-new powertrain lineup includes a 200-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder teamed with a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. The 4-cylinder can tow up to 3,500 pounds. The top engine choice is a 305-hp 3.6-liter V6 seen in other Chevy cars and crossovers, matched to a 6-speed automatic with a 7,000-lb tow rating. Key to the new Colorado’s appeal is a much more livable cabin, with available Chevrolet MyLink infotainment with text-message alerts and Siri Eyes Free, OnStar 4G LTE with in-truck Wi-Fi, and forward-collision and lane-departure safety systems. See the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado models for sale near you
What We Like
More maneuverable size; updated infotainment; 4G LTE onboard Wi-Fi; V6 performance; improved cabin materials, attractive design; flip-up Crew Cab rear seat
What We Don’t
Sluggish performance of 4-cylinder; clunkiness of 6-speed manual transmission; insufficient adjustments for driver’s seat
Fuel Economy & Engine Specs
The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is available with an all-new 2.5-liter dual-overhead-camshaft (DOHC) 4-cylinder or a 3.6-liter DOHC V6 also used in Chevrolet cars and crossovers. All use regular unleaded fuel.
The base 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine develops 200 horsepower and 191 lb-ft of torque. Two-wheel-drive versions are rated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at 19 miles per gallon in the city and 26 mpg on the highway with the 6-speed manual transmission and 20 mpg city/27 mpg hwy with the 6-speed automatic. Four-wheel-drive versions are EPA-rated at 18 mpg city/25 mpg hwy.
Standard on 4-wheel-drive Crew Cabs and optional on other Colorados, the 3.6-liter V6 makes 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard with the V6. The 2-wheel-drive V6 models are EPA-rated at 18 mpg city/26 mpg hwy, and 4WD V6s get a 17 mpg city/24 mpg hwy rating.
Standard Features & Options
The 2015 Colorado comes in WT, LT and Z71 trims.
The WT (Work Truck) comes with air conditioning, full carpeting, cloth front bucket seats, a urethane steering wheel, 16-inch steel wheels, a 6-speaker AM/FM radio with a 4.2-in display and USB port, a backup camera, a power fore/aft driver’s seat, a tilt steering column, automatic headlamps, a chrome rear bumper, a locking tailgate, power front windows and door locks, anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control and manual-folding outside mirrors.
The LT equipment includes Chevrolet MyLink infotainment with an 8-in touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, OnStar 4G LTE with in-truck Wi-Fi, SiriusXM radio, 17-in alloy wheels, cruise control, a tilt-telescopic steering column, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, an overhead console, remote keyless entry, power mirrors and color-keyed exterior trim. Options on the LT include navigation, leather seats, a 7-speaker Bose audio, fog lights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, power-heated front seats, remote start, an automatic locking differential, a sliding rear window, an E-Z Lift and lower tailgate and 18-in alloy wheels.
The Z71 brings automatic climate control, an auto-dim rearview mirror, remote start, power heated front seats with lumbar adjustment, a sliding rear window, an E-Z Lift and lower tailgate, the auto-locking rear differential and 17-in all-terrain tires. Navigation, the Bose audio and leather seats are Z71 options.
A safety package offers optional lane-departure and forward-collision alert systems. An optional spray-in bedliner is available.
The Colorado’s slightly more maneuverable size makes it a sensible alternative to full-size pickups for light hauling in urban areas, where garageability is factor. There are no bargains in late-model, low-mileage pickups, but you’ll pay a bit less for a 4-cylinder 2-wheel-drive Extended Cab than a well-kitted 4-wheel-drive V6 Crew Cab with the LT or Z71 trim.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced the following recalls for the 2015 Colorado:
A faulty electric power steering connector may cause a steep increase in steering effort, creating an increased crash risk.
Brake fluid may seep from porous front brake calipers, increasing stopping distances and creating a crash risk.
Front seat frames may not be anchored properly to the floor, creating an increased injury risk in a crash.
A misaligned driver’s front airbag inflator may fail to deploy the airbag in a crash or send debris into interior occupants during a deployment, creating an injury risk.
A incorrectly wired driver airbag may fail to deploy in a crash, increasing the risk of injury.
Recall repairs are required by law, even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if the repairs were performed and, if not, will fix the car at no charge to you.
Safety Ratings & Warranties
NHTSA gave the 2015 Colorado Extended Cab a 4-star rating overall, with four for frontal impacts, five for side impacts and three for rollover performance. It did not rate the Crew Cab.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the 2015 Colorado Crew Cab as Good for moderate-overlap front impacts. It did not rate the Crew Cab for other crash performance and did not test the 2015 Colorado Extended Cab.
General Motors covers the 2015 Colorado with a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty with roadside assistance and a 6-year/100,000-mile corrosion-perforation warranty.
Chevrolet certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicles cannot have more than 75,000 miles on the odometer and must be 5 years old or newer. Every CPO Colorado undergoes a 172-point inspection. Those that pass receive a 12-month/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, plus whatever remains on the transferable, original 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain coverage.
Other Cars to Consider
2015 Nissan Frontier — The long-in-the-tooth Frontier continues in Extended (King) Cab and 4-door Crew Cab form, with a choice of a short or long bed, 2- or 4-wheel drive and a 152-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder or a 261-hp V6. A spray-in factory bed liner and adjustable tie-down cleats are available. Max tow rating remains 6,500 pounds.
2015 Toyota Tacoma — The top-selling midsize Tacoma continues with a 159-hp 2.7-liter 4-cylinder or a 236-hp 4.0-liter V6 powering Access (extended) or Double (crew) Cabs. The Regular Cab is dropped. A TRD Pro version adds off-road chassis upgrades and special trim.
Even though it’s bigger than the 2004-2012 model, the all-new 2015 Colorado midsize pickup still offers a more fuel-efficient, garage-friendly and maneuverable alternative to full-size trucks. We recommend V6-powered Colorados because they get nearly the same fuel mileage as 4-cylinder models and offer much better performance, particularly in hilly terrain. Look for a certified pre-owned truck or lower-mileage example. Avoid modified trucks and get a vehicle history report. Make sure all safety recalls have been performed by a GM dealer.