For the most part, Chevy trucks have been known as the workhorse of the automobile world. There is not much that you cannot do with your truck and everyone has known that since the early part of the century. When it comes to awards that are given to automobile makers, Chevy has a shelf full of them and consistent adds to it each year. This week is not any different as the Chevy Colorado was just named the 2015 Truck of the Year.
The Chevy Colorado has been on the market for about 10 years now, along with the GMC Canyon and they were mainly built to replace the Chevy S-10 and the GMC Sonoma. Both trucks came with automatic or manual transmissions, rear-wheel or 4-wheel drive options and standard, extended and four-door crew cab. The Chevy Colorado comes standard with the 2.8L engine and if you want the upgrade, you are getting the Z71 model that comes with the 3.5L engine. Chevy also catered to the sporty truck lovers out there with the ZQ8 edition which came with a better suspension and 17-inch wheels.
Motor Trend has tested the Colorado over many days and hundreds of miles, as they do with all of the trucks they nominate. The main things that the editors were impressed with was the design, handling and miles per gallon just to name a few. The editors were also impressed with other areas like the 305 horsepower, touch screen radio dial and integrated 4G LTE for the mobile users out there. Motor Trend’s editor-in-chief had plenty of nice things to say about the truck, including that it was “smart” and “honest” that makes a great “value and efficiency” statement.
The Chevy Colorado beat out 7 other trucks that were tested to be crowned the Truck of the Year. The competition included the Colorado WT, Colorado Z71, Silverado 3500 HD, Ford F150, Ford F450, Ford Transit 530 HR, GMC Canyon and GMC Denali 2500 HD. As you can see that is quite an impressive list of competition for the Chevy Colorado to moved beyond.
The fuel efficiency might get the most attention as truck owners look to get away from sub 15 MPG units like the full sized pickup or the SUV’s on the market. The tested model of the Chevy Colorado was found to have 27 MPG on the highway, which is pretty good for a mid-sized pickup truck. Just in case you thought that Motor Trend was playing favorites, the review is also in from Auto Guide and it looks just as promising for Chevy.