In 2012, Chevrolet discontinued their mid-size Colorado pickup due to a slump in sales just one year after Ford built the last Ranger to be sold in the United States. For 2015, Chevrolet has brought back the Colorado for those that want all the fun of a pickup but are not ready to make a commitment to a full-size pickup. One look at the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and you know it is a much more grown up truck than the one from just a few years ago. It has a much tougher look than it ever has and gives you all the good feelings you get driving a pickup with the bonus of fuel-efficiency.
The 2015 Colorado is available in a range of styles from your basic mid-size pickup to the off-road ready Z71 version. Available with a 2.5 Liter four-cylinder engine you get plenty of horsepower to make the drive fun, but if you need extra power for towing or you just want the extra horses, it is available with a 3.6 Liter V6 engine with an impressive 305 horsepower and 269 lb.-ft. of torque. All versions are available in rear- or four-wheel-drive. Both engines are paired with a 6 Speed automatic transmission, but for those who want a standard shift, Chevrolet has announced it will offer a 6 Speed manual transmission available on limited models. It is also expected that Chevrolet will also offer a diesel version of the Colorado for 2016.
Interior updates for the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado include an almost sedan-like interior look and feel and the addition of the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system. The interior is roomy, comfortable and does not force you to give up creature comforts just because you own a pickup. With more people driving trucks just because they want to not because they need a functional utility vehicle, automakers like Chevrolet are smart to add more fit and finish to the interior but still leave buyers to option to equip their Colorado as much or as little as they choose.
As the 2015 Colorado has just recently starting to appear at Chevrolet dealerships, it will take a little time to collect data on the new Colorado owner's experiences. Chevrolet gives the 2.5 Liter four-cylinder engine an estimated mpg of 26, making it nearly as fuel efficient as a small sedan but with much more room, more function and certainly something that is much more fun to drive.
If you were one of the people that were sad to see the mid-size trucks go away, it seems as though it was well worth the demise of the old Colorado to bring back a great new one. Chevrolet continues to update the complete line of vehicles they offer to appeal to consumers wants and needs and it seems that as each revised model is released they only seem to get better. If you are in the market for a truck but still want fuel savings, why not take a trip to your local Chevrolet dealer and take one for a test drive?