Vehicle Profile: 2015 Chevrolet Colorado


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Setting the standard

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is the “just right” pickup truck for many drivers – drivers for whom the size of a full-size truck feels like too much. The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, available here at Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio, is all-new from front to back, top to bottom and even underneath. It’s a reinvention of the midsize truck that delivers unmatched efficiency, capability, refinement and rugged performance.

It begins with the Colorado Base (MSRP $20,120. The standard Extended Cab/long box (six feet, two inches) configuration can be swapped for a Crew Cab/short box (five feet, two inches) or Crew Cab/long box setup, instead. The long box can accommodate eight-foot long items with the tailgate down.

A segment-best 200 hp is provided by the standard direct-injected 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which also delivers 191 lb/ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission routes output to the rear wheels. This powertrain rewards Colorado drivers with best-in-segment fuel economy, EPA-estimated at 27 mpg highway. Other standard features include four-wheel antilock disc brakes with four-piston front calipers and Duralife brake rotors, power-adjustable folding exterior mirrors, a rearview camera, a locking tailgate, a theft-deterrent system and a chrome CornerStep rear bumper.

The Colorado interior offers the comfort of a good sedan. Inlaid, triple-sealed doors, thick window and windshield glass, and sound-deadening materials are used to create a quiet cabin free of wind and road noise. Front bucket seats, a four-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, and a six-speaker audio system with 4.2-inch LCD screen, USB port and auxiliary input are included, as well.

The Colorado WT (Work Truck) comes with a six-speed automatic transmission in Crew Cab models, which also feature a folding rear bench seat. Dual rear seats with under-seat storage are standard in Extended Cab models. In Crew Cab/short box 4×4 and Crew Cab/long box trim, the Colorado WT adds more muscle by way of a 3.6-liter V6 engine that also delivers segment-best horsepower. This aluminum-alloy engine is strong––with 305 hp and 269 lb/ft of torque––and it’s also efficient, returning a best-in-class EPA-estimated 26 mpg highway.

The Colorado LT carries the six-speed automatic transmission and also features OnStar Directions and Connections with a six-month service plan included. The outside mirrors body color, there are chrome moldings along the beltline and the Colorado LT rides on standard 17-inch Blade Silver Metallic cast aluminum wheels. Inside, the standard Chevy MyLink audio system comes with a customizable eight-inch color touch-screen. MyLink pairs with your smartphone and allows easy, touch-and-swipe or voice-activated control over audio, apps and more, plus it features Text Messaging Alerts and, for iPhone users, Siri Eyes Free. You’ll enjoy three free months of SiriusXM Satellite Radio All-Access Package, Bluetooth, four USB ports, audio and cruise controls on the leather-wrapped steering wheel, and remote keyless entry. The Colorado LT also offers OnStar 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hotspot technology.

The Colorado Z71 (MSRP $27,630) is even better-equipped than the LT. The “Z71” badging underscores plenty of substance. Its Z71 Off-Road Suspension features twin-tube shock absorbers that can take a pounding and an automatic locking rear differential that maximizes traction. Four-wheel drive models also get a protective shield for the transfer case. Other enhancements include front recovery hooks, Hill Descent Control, foglamps, and an EZ Lift & Lower tailgate that’s available in the other trims. The Colorado Z71 is tough, and it’s also comfortable and convenient. There’s remote start, heated front seats (also available in LT trims) four-way power-adjustable front seats with power lumbar, and handsome, 17-inch Dark Argent cast aluminum wheels. LT and Z71 trims can be equipped with a seven-speaker Bose audio system, as well as navigation.

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is ready to go to work. Like the Silverado, it’s built on a strong, fully-boxed frame, and the available four-wheel drive system has an electronically controlled transfer case with “2WD,” 4WD HI,” and “4WD LO” settings. The Colorado offers a best-in-class maximum trailering capacity of 7,000 pounds and best-in-class payload of 1,590 pounds. Its gross vehicle weight rating starts at 5,400 pounds and goes as high as 5,900 pounds. The standard 4.10:1 rear axle ratio is great for putting the torque to work, and an available 3.42:1 axle is available to enhance fuel economy. The 3.6-liter V6 engine is standard with the 3.42 axle. Advanced, segment-first driver assistance/safety features that are available in the Colorado include Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning.

Standard bed-rail and tailgate protectors are included, and there are thirteen tie-down spots in the bed that can be used with the available, moveable cargo tie-down rings. Utility can be enhanced even more with the addition of the all-new GearOn storage system and available accessories and appearance enhancements. The GearOn Bars package, for example, includes cargo tie-down rings and tiered storage cross rails, while the GearOn Bed Divider and GearOn Utility Rack increase cargo carrying flexibility and capability.

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado sets a new standard for midsize pickups. There’s still quite a bit more to the 2015 Colorado, so come in and experience all it offers for yourself today.

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