(KTVI)- It’s time to go driving with Dan Weise in the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado midsize pick up truck!
The Post-Dispatch automotive writer shows us all of its new features.
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• The three-truck strategy seems sound, except that the small pickup market has pretty much vanished; only 222,000 were sold last year, most of them Toyota Tacomas. So, does the market want another small pickup? Or is Colorado the answer to a question nobody asked? We'll see.
• Colorado may be small, but it does real-truck work. Properly equipped, it can tow up to 7,000 pounds and carry a payload of up to 1,590 lbs. It has best-in-class horsepower (200 hp with I-4, 305 hp with V-6) and best-in-class fuel economy (27 hwy mpg with I-4, 26 with V-6)
• On average, GM says, a Colorado costs $10,000 less than a comparable Silverado full-size truck.
• A diesel option for Colorado (and Canyon) is coming in 2016.
2015 Chevrolet Colorado
TYPE: Midsize extended- or crew-cab pickup
DRIVE FORMAT: Rear- or four-wheel drive
BASE PRICE: 4x2: $20,995; 4x4: $27,760
PRICE AS DRIVEN: $36,535; a 4WD Z71 Crew Cab Long Box, based at $35,290, with $500 Bose audio, $495 Chevy MyLink with navigation, $250 Trailering Pkg.
ENGINES: 2.5-liter I-4; 3.6-liter V-6
HORSEPOWER: I-4: 200 hp at 6300 rpm; V-6: 305 at 6800 rpm
TORQUE: I-4: 191 lb.-ft. at 4400 rpm; V-6: 269 lb.-ft. at 4000 rpm
REQUIRED FUEL: Regular, both engines
TRANSMISSION: Six-speed automatic (six-speed manual offered only on base 2WD I-4 models)
SUSPENSION: Front: independent, coil-over-shock; rear: solid axle, leaf springs
BRAKES: Four-wheel disc, ABS, Duralife long-life rotors, traction and stability control; Hill Descent Control optional
EPA MPG: 2WD I-4 manual: 19 city/26 hwy/22 combined; 2WD I-4 automatic: 20/27/22; 4WD I-4: 19/25/21; 2WD V-6: 18/26/21; 4WD V-6: 17/24/20
CARGO BOX LENGTHS: Short box (Crew Cab only): 5 ft. 2 in.; long box: 6 ft. 2 in.
WHEELBASE: Extended Cab: 128.3 inches; Crew Cab short box: 128.3 inches; Crew Cab long box: 140.5 inches
LENGTH: Extended Cab: 212.7 inches; Crew Cab short box: 212.6 inches; Crew long box: 224.9
CURB WEIGHT: 3,960 lbs. - 4,450 lbs.
TOWING MAX.: 7,000 lbs. (V-6, tow pkg.)