Better Than Tacoma? We'll Get Back to You on That - 2015 Chevrolet Colorado Long-Term Road Test

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edited February 2016 in Chevrolet
imageBetter Than Tacoma? We'll Get Back to You on That - 2015 Chevrolet Colorado Long-Term Road Test

We spent a year with the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, and we liked it. But we're not sure if we're any closer to answering the question on everyone's mind.

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  • nagantnagant Member Posts: 176
    Quite interesting to compare the average MPG of the Colorado and the 15 F150.
  • carguydarylcarguydaryl Member Posts: 27
    I'm interested to see how the Tacoma does with the new powertrain in the MPG department. Really if they didn't make any strides there, than the redesign, other than a slightly better ride, was a complete warm over refresh.

    I can guess how this comparison will end up. Colorado - much more comfortable to sit in and ride in, much smoother. Tacoma - better off-road and better looking. Both will most likely get the same MPG in Edmunds hands.
  • misterfusionmisterfusion Member Posts: 471
    I really wish they had gotten around to removing that air dam like they were threatening to. Both to see how it affects the truck's off-road-worthiness, and to check the real-world difference in MPG.
  • metalmaniametalmania Member Posts: 167
    I agree - I think the Colorado vs updated Tacoma comparisons are going to depend on what you want to do with the truck. Off road is definitely going to favor the Tacoma, towing goes to the Colorado (even without the diesel). Style is subjective, I personally think the Colorado looks better and the Tacoma is a little bit overdone - but I prefer subtlety. They're both good looking trucks. I checked them both over at an auto show recently, I thought the Colorado felt notably roomier - especially in the back of the quad cab. I preferred the design of the Colorado's interior. It just felt more modern to me - though obviously still sort of generic in a "truck" kind of way. Materials in the Toyota were a little nicer (neither example on hand were luxury packages), but I don't drive around caressing the top of my dashboard or radio/hvac switchgear either. Higher quality is obviously better, but as long as it's not utter junk, works as intended, and lasts I'm ok with it. I wish GM put similar functionality that the Tacoma's bed has incorporated into it in the Colorado and Canyon, it's not a deal breaker but still something extra one has over the other. Most people would default to say the Tacoma will hold up better over time, but I see plenty of people with long-living GM trucks. I have some reservations about whether the V6 in the Colorado is really the right engine for this application, being based on a car engine and not a purpose built truck engine, but maybe it'll be fine if you're not max towing with it all the time. I kind of wish the new small block V6 from the Silverado was there, less hp but more torque.
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