2015 Chevrolet Colorado Wins Motor Trend Truck of the Year Honors
After a three-year hiatus, the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado re-enters the mid-size truck segment with a 2015 Motor Trend Truck of the Year trophy in tow. As full-size trucks increase in size, price, and performance, the Colorado sweeps in at the perfect time to capitalize on high demand for trucks with more accessible utility, value, and performance.
Motor Trend's editors were taken with the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado's "perfect size" and "simplicity and purity," making the truck a clear choice for the everyday driver. That's not to say the Colorado feels at all stripped down, though. Compared to its competition, the truck didn't feel terribly cheap even in lower-spec examples, such as the $23,300 extended cab work truck used for testing. In fact that test car and the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 crew cab, totaling $36,210, were the least expensive contestants for Truck of the Year.
The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado edged out six other truck nameplates based on Advancement in Design, Efficiency, Engineering Excellence, Performance of Intended Function, Safety, and Value. Testing was conducted both using real-world evaluation on the road and closed-course testing with payload and trailers in the Arizona desert.
Editors couldn't ignore the Colorado's combination of ride quality, steering feel, fuel economy, and everyday utility. The truck's larger size compared to midsize trucks of the last generation turned out to be a pro rather than a con, always feeling more nimble and user-friendly than the full-size competitors. For everyday use, the Colorado's comprehensive list of available technology features make it a no-brainer as a daily driver, work truck, or weekend recreation vehicle. The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado "bested everything else tested for performance of intended function."
Most of all, the Colorado won over editors for what it isn't—a massive, overpowered, wallet-crushing monster. Thoughtful engineering, intelligent packaging, and simple choices between body styles, engine options, and rear- or four-wheel drive should resonate with most truck shoppers. For the full story, check out Motor Trend's full explanation and evaluation of the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado's triumph as the Truck of the Year.