The world needs more small trucks. They're easier to park and maneuver and they cost less to feed than their full-sized siblings. This version of the Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon represented the first redesign of the model in 11 years. How to put this nicely? We really want to like this truck. We just can't. If it's any consolation, this Colorado replaces a version that was an also-ran right out of the box.
Alerts
There are 7 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
NA
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. ESC standard from 2009. Head protection air bags standard from 2010.
Road Test

The world needs more small trucks. They're easier to park and maneuver and they cost less to feed than their full-sized siblings. This version of the Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon represented the first redesign of the model in 11 years. How to put this nicely? We really want to like this truck. We just can't. If it's any consolation, this Colorado replaces a version that was an also-ran right out of the box.

On the positive side, the pint-sized dimensions make parking a snap. It's clearly the most maneuverable truck in the segment and Colorado's handling is quite responsive as well. Further, fuel economy, at 18 mpg overall, is tops. The cabin is also quiet and offers easy access. As for carrying out normal truck duties, the Colorado boasts a 1,555-pound payload and can tow up to 7,000 pounds.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
extended cab
crew cab
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 (200 hp)
  • 3.6-liter V6 (305 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2015 Chevrolet Colorado owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Frequently the contrast is too dim on a bright day to see anything on the screen."

Anonymous, GA (2015 Chevrolet Colorado LT 3.6-L V6)
Display screen freezes up

"software malfunction. dealer replaced touch screen at no cost and all problems resolved."

Samuel W., NC (2015 Chevrolet Colorado LT 3.6-L V6)

"cannot get screen to adjust to touch control. Won't let you adjust it, when warm they stop working"

Anonymous, OH (2015 Chevrolet Colorado LT 3.6-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"Screen was defective and required to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Chevrolet Colorado None 3.6-L V6)

"Electronic control module for touchscreen failed and was replaced under warranty. No further problems"

James S., SC (2015 Chevrolet Colorado None 3.6-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"compass doesnot work, ONSTAR will not sync"

Anonymous, WI (2015 Chevrolet Colorado None 3.6-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Sometimes the phone and the car's bluetooth will not pair"

Michael B., LA (2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 3.6-L V6)
Radio

"Radio completely stopped working."

Sandra S., TX (2015 Chevrolet Colorado LT 3.6-L V6)

"The radio randomly changes stations and the screen gets locked up. Other things on the radio don't work either - I can only program 1/3 of the channels"

Michael B., LA (2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 3.6-L V6)

"The radio will not work in very cold temperatures. Once the truck is warmed up the radio will work"

Anonymous, QC (2015 Chevrolet Colorado LT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The radio will not work in very cold days in Canada"

Anonymous, QC (2015 Chevrolet Colorado LT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This week, the radio did not work at all until I had made two stops and let the truck sit for 2 1/2 hours. I then started the truck and it worked fine,"

Anonymous, GA (2015 Chevrolet Colorado LT 3.6-L V6)
Speakers

"Rear speakers are set to very low volume. Have to fade F/R to about 75-80% to HEAR rear speakers,told issue is in factory amp settings. GM customer service rep told me that I should install aftermarket system... on a new vehicle that i like sound, just not the useless rear speakers and loose control of functions controled by radio interface"

Timothy S., PA (2015 Chevrolet Colorado WT 3.6-L V6)
Steering wheel controls

"Steering wheel controls stopped working within 2 weeks of buying the car brand new, and I had to have the entire steering wheel replaced"

Michael S., MD (2015 Chevrolet Colorado None 3.6-L V6)

"just stopped working"

Anonymous, OH (2015 Chevrolet Colorado LT 3.6-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"I always run the climate control system on its automatic setting because I know it is important for the compressor to run from time to time throughout the year. Just a couple weeks back I notice the cold air was not happening during the warmer days of spring. I took the vehicle to the CHEVROLET dealer and they discovered the compressor was frozen up. The repair was to replace the compressor."

Anonymous, IA (2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 3.6-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"Temperature is controlled using selected cabin temperature, becomes too cold and then swings to too hot, does a poor job setting one comfortable temperature"

Donna C., TX (2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 3.6-L V6)

"The system does not regulate temperature. It is either blasting very cold or very hot. The adjustments to desired temperature do not work. You spend your trip turning the temperature up and down because every little adjustment causes a wild swing in actual temperature in the car. For example, if you are at 69 degrees, and you adjust to a desired temperature of 73, it will feel like 85 degrees. Then, when you adjust back down to 69 degrees, it will feel like 60 degrees."

Anonymous, WI (2015 Chevrolet Colorado LT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The climate control had a problem with heating the interior. About the time this started to happen I got a recall because some control was not opening or closing a door correctly. Issue was fixed by the recall"

Leonard G., IA (2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 3.6-L V6)

"temperature variation goes from to hot to too cold and is not regulated while in auto temp. Like the in cabin temperature sensing point is not located in the driver proximity to regulate temperature"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 3.6-L V6)

"Climate control has large temperature swings. Cannot keep cabin at a comfortable temperature. It is either too cold or too warm. Dealer has indicated that it is performing as designed"

Mark G., AK (2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 3.6-L V6)

"Recall on air damper"

Anonymous, LA (2015 Chevrolet Colorado LT 3.6-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"with the state of the art computer systems you would think the fan would not drown out the radio and/or take at least 10 seconds to respond.If the fan talk is on high I have to wait to talk on the phone"

Robert N., MA (2015 Chevrolet Colorado None 3.6-L V6)

"Cabin air filter whistles when fan is operated. Seems to be a common problem with all vehicles."

Anonymous, NY (2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 3.6-L V6)
Heater system

"After one week the heater failed. The computer had to be re-calibrated"

Anonymous, NH (2015 Chevrolet Colorado None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"heat stop working during the winter. thou it was a GM recall item they charged me, because someone had already marked the recall as completed for my vehicle."

Anonymous, MI (2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 3.6-L V6)

"Heater temperature is not well controlled. Mostly too hot or too cold. Dealer has fixed once, not completely."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Chevrolet Colorado LT 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"At low speeds the car would not downshift correctly. The car lugged as if it was a manual transmission in the wrong gear."

Richard J., TX (2015 Chevrolet Colorado LT 3.6-L V6)

"Transmission will not downshift when starting uphill at 20 to 30 mph and wanting to maintain that slow speed"

Kenneth C., WV (2015 Chevrolet Colorado None 3.6-L V6)

"would not shift from 6th or 5th gear into a lower gear when running slower and caused truck to lug on the engine"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 3.6-L V6)

"Sometimes in auto it shifts down so that RPMs rise above 4,000. Also sometimes seems to abruptly shift instead of usual smoothly."

Anonymous, WA (2015 Chevrolet Colorado LT 3.6-L V6)
Slipping transmission

"the engine goes into high RPM's every so often for about 10 seconds.i;m trying to video,but haven't been able yet.Truck has also be in dealership with check engine light on.(twice)"

Robert N., MA (2015 Chevrolet Colorado None 3.6-L V6)
Transmission computer

"Transmission is the worst I have ever driven. Shifting is awful and I have to rev engine up to over 5000RPM to get it to shift and accelerate. Awful"

Michael S., MD (2015 Chevrolet Colorado None 3.6-L V6)

"Transmission was reluctant to shift out of higher gears causing the engine to lug or bog down before downshifting. The TCM was reprogrammed with updated code and that mitigated the issue for the most part"

Mark G., AK (2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 3.6-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"Transmission started leaking fluid from between engine and bell housing. Covered by 5/100,000 warranty. Dealer replaced torque converter because of GM bulletin and potential cracks"

Anonymous, CT (2015 Chevrolet Colorado Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Clock

"clock resets to 1200 hrs often and a/c comes on sometimes when it does"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Chevrolet Colorado WT 3.6-L V6)

"some times the a/c comes on by its self, the low tire pressure comes on and the clock goes to 1200hrs am"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Chevrolet Colorado WT 3.6-L V6)
Interior lights

"Dimmer control works intermittently"

Anonymous, (2015 Chevrolet Colorado WT 3.6-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

"The low pressure light came on and I found no low tire as indicated. It eventually went off"

Anonymous, AL (2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 3.6-L V6)

"Replaced them two time and they started to fail after few miles"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Chevrolet Colorado LT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"The vehicle has been to 3 different dealers 5 different times and they have yet to solve the problem. GM customer service has been involved but still NO answers."

Tina T., GA (2015 Chevrolet Colorado LT 3.6-L V6)

"Erroneous light on the theft deterrent system"

Anonymous, WI (2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 3.6-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Water was leaking through the roof into the interior of the vehicle"

Anonymous, (2015 Chevrolet Colorado LT 3.6-L V6)

"Water collects under two of the doors anytime it rains. Dealer is unable to fix. GM says "the engineers are working on it", but nothing has been forthcoming. This has been a problem since the truck was new"

Fred F., WA (2015 Chevrolet Colorado LT 3.6-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"rattle noise at drive steering wheel air bag. bulliten from GM. working on problem and fix will be released"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Chevrolet Colorado None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"brake pad squeaks backing up. Maintenance inspected brakes and found nothing wrong."

Anonymous, MI (2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 3.6-L V6)

"I have an extended cab and the doors on both sides "jiggled" on rough roads"

Anonymous, IN (2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 3.6-L V6)

"Rattle noise under dash"

Anonymous, MI (2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 3.6-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

"Rear caliper froze"

Anonymous, MI (2015 Chevrolet Colorado LT 3.6-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"Normal wear & tear on brakes."

Anonymous, NH (2015 Chevrolet Colorado LT 3.6-L V6)
Parking brake

"Rubber pad came loose and entire inside assembly was replaced with a modified version."

Anonymous, MN (2015 Chevrolet Colorado LT 3.6-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"Rear brake pad wear premature."

Anonymous, MI (2015 Chevrolet Colorado LT 3.6-L V6)
Squeaking

"Brand new truck and the breaks have never stopped squeaking....makes it difficult to believe all those commercials on quality Chevy puts on tv!"

Amanda P., NC (2015 Chevrolet Colorado LT 3.6-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Glass defects

"streaking on windshield from some kind of chemical, will not come off"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Chevrolet Colorado None 3.6-L V6)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"seats do not heat up to a comfortable level, compared to other vehicle we have and have had"

Linda B., ME (2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

"the backdoor locks stopped working and the handle literally came off in our hand"

Anonymous, CO (2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 3.6-L V6)

"hood shaking, dealer adjusted ok"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Chevrolet Colorado None 3.6-L V6)
Windows

"Windows fault out and have to cycle up and donw to reset"

Timothy S., PA (2015 Chevrolet Colorado WT 3.6-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery cables

"4 trips to Chev until problem was solved after call to Chev costumer service & sent to different dealer."

Mark N., MN (2015 Chevrolet Colorado LT 3.6-L V6)
Coil

"Coil failed not covered by limited engine warranty. Coil is under intake manifold needed to be removed. $670 repair at Chev dealer. I Feel it’s part of the engine & should be covered by warranty"

Mark N., MN (2015 Chevrolet Colorado LT 3.6-L V6)
Electronic ignition

"Corroded connection"

Mark H., IA (2015 Chevrolet Colorado None 3.6-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Differential

"The bearings where not getting lubricated and wore out prematurely"

Anonymous, TN (2015 Chevrolet Colorado LT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bearing problem. Made a lot of noise. Dealer replaced differential. Cured problem."

Anonymous, KY (2015 Chevrolet Colorado LT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"Power steering sensor causing the power steering to go out while operating the vehicle. Sensor could not be replaced without replacing the whole rack and pinion system. When the power steering goes out almost impossible to steer vehicle. Went out 2 months after warranty expired."

Carey H., AL (2015 Chevrolet Colorado LT 3.6-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The paint scratches easily and somehow the back tail light got cracked, but I am sure I did not do it?"

Anonymous, IL (2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 3.6-L V6)

"Paint blemish about the size of a dime on the roof f my Chevrolet Colorado"

Richard S., NJ (2015 Chevrolet Colorado None 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"There was not a problem I noticed driving. Torque converter was replaced in conjunction with front transmission seal replacement due to potential crack issues."

Anonymous, CT (2015 Chevrolet Colorado Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"transmission slipped out of gear while stopped at a redlight and required several min to re-engage to move. Would not shift to a lower gear without manual help causing truck to lug on the motor"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 3.6-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

"Clinch bolt broke. $57 repair at auto shop"

Anonymous, MD (2015 Chevrolet Colorado LT 3.6-L V6)

"Studs broke off the back of The catalytic converter to intermediate exhaust pipe. New studs and seal replaced under the 3/36 warranty."

William G., PA (2015 Chevrolet Colorado LT 3.6-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Went to dealer problem was a switch it was under recall."

Anonymous, IA (2015 Chevrolet Colorado LT 3.6-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Check engine light kept coming on. Took 4trips to the dealer before they were able to fix it."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Chevrolet Colorado LT 3.6-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

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