Reviewing vehicles for manufacturers is something I’ve been doing for a few years now, but it always seems to be SUV’s and cars. I’m a homesteader and a Texas girl. Trucks are where it’s at. So, I’ve starting asking my favorite brands for trucks to review for homesteaders. My first truck review to share with you is the 2015 Chevy Colorado.
Why the Chevy Colorado is a Great Truck for Homesteaders
Unless you need to pull a large heavy trailer or buy feed for a ranch, you don’t really need a full size truck. Us Texans like our trucks big, and personally I’d want one just because our boys will soon feel crowded in the backseat of a mid-size, but for our homesteading purposes, the 2015 Chevy Colorado is a really good option.
- Starts at $20,120
- 27mpg HWY
- 305 Horsepower
- 3.6L V6
- 6 Speed Automatic
- Roomy Interior
- Tough Bedliner
- Steps on the Back Bumper
- 4-Wheel Drive
- 4G LTE Hotspot via OnStar
Big enough to haul, small enough to maneuver. One of the downsides of a full-size pickup is trying to park the thing at the grocery store or in your carport at home. The Chevy Colorado is similar in size to my mid-size SUV and I found it really easy to get in and out of tight spaces. While it may be smaller than a Silverado, it’s still built to haul. We put six straw bales in the bed, along with a couple flats of plants, tools and other garden supplies. It would also pull a trailer without a problem and I loved that it comes with a tow package to make the whole process really simple. It also has 4-wheel drive for when you need a little extra traction.
Practical Comfort. Most newer vehicles are so loaded with gadgets and fancy features that they’re fun, but not so practical for the farm minded consumer. The Colorado we drove was just right. It had the backup camera, touch screen nav and entertainment center, Bluetooth capabilities, and OnStar, but the console didn’t scream luxury. It was clear that this was a truck and it was built for work. I really appreciated that the controls felt sturdy and made to last.
Rather than being all leather, the interior was a mixed media that included easy to clean fibers. I know, cause my messy kids got the cloth on the backseat dirty and a damp microfiber cloth cleaned it right up!
I was also pleasantly shocked to find out my 6′ 2″ big-boned husband fit in the Colorado just fine! I expected that he wouldn’t like it because it would be too small for him, but that wasn’t the case at all. He actually loved the truck and drove it almost every day we had it!
The backseat isn’t just a bench. It’s actually really nice and comfortable. Such an improvement over the old truck my dad drove when I was a kid! I hated sitting back there!
Great gas mileage for a truck! For me, one of the downsides of owning a truck has always been the gas mileage. But, the newer trucks aren’t so bad. Sure, they’re not going to be as efficient as a sedan, but the 2015 Chevy Colorado gets up to 27mpg. That sure beats my old Dodge Durango which gets 14 (11 if I use the AC)! I feel like a truck is finally an option for us and that really excites me after all these years of doing without one.
Things I Don’t Love
I feel like because we have boys who are bound to be tall, we’d actually need a larger truck within a few years, just for the larger backseat. It’s not that the Colorado’s backseat is small, it’s just that our boys are already tall and growing fast and I’d want any purchase we made to be something that would work for us long-term.
The backup camera is located in the tailgate. This means you can’t use it if the tailgate is down. It’s not a make-or-break deal, but it’s a little inconvenient sometimes.
I can’t think of anything else I disliked. We honestly fell in love with the idea of having a truck again. My husband and sons were so sad to see it leave!
A big thank you goes out to Drive the District for loaning us the Chevy Colorado for a week. They have such an amazing program and I’ve loved working with them over the years!