The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado faced stiff competition from Ford in this year’s Detroit Free Press Truck of the Year awards, coming in third behind the Lincoln MKC and Ford F-150. General Motors was also recognized by the Free Press in last year’s awards, taking home Truck of the Year for the new-for-2014 Silverado.
The Free Press said the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon “bring style and a user-friendly size to the pickup market,” and are “easier to park than full-size trucks, making them more practical for buyers who like pickup practicality but don’t need a workhorse like the Chevrolet Silverado or Ford F-150.” They also noted the 2.8-liter four-cylinder Duramax diesel engine will be added to Canyon and Colorado this fall, making them “trucks to watch,” for next year’s awards, too.
The 2015 F-150 took first as Ford “shouldered the burden of leadership,” by making extensive use of aluminum in the truck’s construction. The Free Press also said Ford “stepped up” by being the first automaker to use aluminum on a mass market vehicle like the F-150 and ended up with a truck that “tows and hauls more than the previous model, gets better fuel economy and pioneers new manufacturing techniques.”