2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z7: Is It A Bad Mamma Jamma?

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71

I drove past a row of 2015 Chevrolet Colorado pick-up trucks at Texas Motor Speedway, and wondered does it drive as good as it looks? Well, I finally got a week in the driver’s seat. Even if you are not a truck person, by now, most people have heard of the all new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado. It really became famous at the 2014 World Series where it was officially named, in an unofficial way, as the #TechnologyandStuff truck on national TV by a GM spokesman.Last week it officially became Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year, so yes, it has a lot of nicknames. My personal favorite, was one shared with me at the Texas Truck Rodeo, by Chevrolet Truck Communications member Otie McKinley. He refers to Chevrolet’s all new mid-size truck as “one bad Mamma Jamma.”

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Crew Cab

 

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Is Wicked Good Looking

It is bad enough to tow up to 7,000 pounds when properly equipped with the tow package and 3.6 liter V6 engine (269 lb-ft @4000 rpm torque)…but, I don’t own a trailer. With the 4 wheel drive I could have kicked up some mud. Sadly I was too busy shuttling the kids to and from school, to find a mud hole. Instead, we kept the Chevrolet Colorado on the road, between the white lines. Even in the midst of suburbia we got lots of stares and compliments. Sharp. Bold. Wicked. Just a few words both friends and strangers used to describe the exterior.

2015 Colorado Mid Size Truck

By the way, I should mention the Chevrolet Colorado Z71 features a gunmetal grille versus the chrome on the other trim levels. From front to back, it’s a sharp looking truck on the outside. Speaking of looks, did you see the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 concept revealed at the LA Auto Show? Fingers crossed that concept, becomes a reality.

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Sport Cloth Seats
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2015 Colorado Is It Too Small, Too Big, or Just Right?

I’m not the biggest fan of the dashboard or console design, but do like the sport cloth seats. The rear seat folds down for extra storage, and the kids in their booster seats fit comfortably. I kind of fall into the school of thought that when it comes to trucks, bigger is better, so the mid-size Colorado had an uphill road to convince me otherwise.

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Cargo Room
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A few errands later, and I realized the mid-size truck had all the power I need, room for cargo in the back, and is easier to handle on city streets, especially in congested school zones. Parking was less of a challenge due to size and nimble steering. But, with a price tag of $36,535 as tested, would I choose the Colorado over a full-size pickup? I personally wouldn’t, because with two kids, we need the extra room in the cab.

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Back Seat

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Has Technology & Stuff

Now, if this was my husband’s truck, primarily used for work, I can see how the mid-size Chevrolet Colorado would be appealing, especially with a base starting price of $20,995. I know we’d much prefer the 18 mpg, over the 12 mpg he currently gets in his truck. Of course, the 4WD Z71 Crew Long Box we tested had almost all the bells and whistles. My favorite feature was the OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi. I put the hotspot to the test during a forty mile drive across town. I was able to use my laptop and participate in a Twitter party while my husband drove. Connectivity was flawless for an entire hour with no lagging or dropped signal, while we were driving.

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Dash
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The technology on the Colorado is impressive, and not just the hotspot. Chevrolet MyLink with Text Messaging Alerts and Siri Eyes Free reduces distracted driving, and large buttons on the 8 inch color touch screen are an added bonus. Plus, the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is the first in its class to offer Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, and a standard back-up camera.

For me, a truck with Wi-Fi is a “work truck”, but I know that’s not what the industry means when referring to the term. My husband frequently uses his truck to haul supplies, samples and ladders. His favorite features were the CornerStep rear bumper, and the  EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate.

2015 Chevrolet Colorado CornerStep
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The one we drove had a 3.6 liter V6 engine, but if you aren’t hauling or towing, you might consider the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. While my husband felt the V6 (305hp) had plenty of power, he did note it felt like the truck was lacking a passing gear. Want more options, well how about extended cab or crew cab, rear-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive, and do you want a 5- or 6-foot bed?

Whether you’re looking for a mid-size truck, or just truck shopping in general, check out the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado. You never know, you might be surprised to learn bigger isn’t always better. Competitors include the Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma.

 

 

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