Off-Road.com describes the mid-size truck segment as “boring, stagnant” and “neglected,” and they’re right, but that was before the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon came along. The two trucks are the newest additions to the segment, with the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan frontier having essentially been around in their current iterations since 2004.
So does General Motors’ new mid-size offer consumers a truck that is less “boring” and “neglected”? That’s what Off-Road was looking to find out when they pitted the Colorado against the only other two mid-size trucks currently on offer.
The editors appreciated the Colorado’s “smooth steering” and class-leading fuel economy figures, but said the limited suspension travel and lack of a manual locking-rear differential were low points of the truck. They liked the special-edition Tacoma Baja’s Bilstein shock and spring package and off-road wheels and tires, but like the Frontier, it’s starting to show its age a bit.
Many publications have already said the Colorado is the best mid-size truck currently offer, and Motor Trend thinks its the best new truck of the year. Find out how Off-Road feels about the smallest Chevy pickup in the video below.