You wouldn’t have been alone if you thought that if the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado would have been a solid runner-up to the 2015 Ford F-150 for Motor Trend’s 2015 Truck of the Year honors. Truth be told, we fully expected the 2015 F-150 with all of its aluminum body revolutions and fuel economy, towing and payload evolutions in its segment to walk away with the W here. Which would leave the 2015 Colorado, and 2015 GMC Canyon for that matter, empty handed.
It seems the editorial staff from Motor Trend didn’t see it that way.
Instead, Motor Trend unanimously voted in favor of the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado over the 2015 Ford F-150 based on the magazine’s six evaluation criteria: design advancement, engineering excellence, efficiency, safety, value and performance of intended function. Chevrolet entered both the 2015 Colorado WT and Colorado Z71 into the test, while GMC entered a 2015 Canyon SLT. Ford submitted the 2.7L EcoBoost 2015 F-150 and 3.5L EcoBoost 2015 F-150.
Some of the features of the 2015 Colorado that won the Motor Trend jurors over were its looks, handling, optimal combination of size and capability, and returned best-in-class fuel economy numbers based on the magazine’s “Real MPG” testing. Other contenders included: the Ford F-450, 2015 GMC Sierra Denali 2500 HD, 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD, along with the Ford Transit 350 HR and Transit 150 MR.
The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel won the award last year.