All New 2015 Chevy Colorado Is Dog Approved6
One of the big questions for the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is if there is a market for it. And just what kind of customer is buying the new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado? Practical, purpose-driven buyers who don’t need a full-size truck, but want more utility than a mere sedan or crossover.
So, is there a market? For new 2015 Colorado customers Ann Lorenzo and her husband Albert, the answer is a resounding yes.
“[Albert] knew he liked the size of a midsize pickup,” said Lorenzo. “Imagine his excitement when he found out Chevy was bringing the new Colorado out.”
The Lorenzo’s have an infrequent need for a truck with Albert’s home projects and hauling wood for their fireplace and home in Omaha, Nebraska. They are preciously the type of customer the Chevy Colorado was built for. And In order to get their first Chevrolet product, they traded in their old Honda Civic. They chose a black 2015 Colorado Z71 Crew Cab Long Box with 4wd and upgraded MyLink with navigation.
Ann Lorenzo said she said the nicest thing about the truck is its smooth ride and car-like handling. Plus, the fuel economy of 26 MPG on the highway was a big selling point.
“Having a crew cab option was very important, as we would be down a car, and since we are hoping to expand our family in the near future,” said Lorenzo. “Albert definitely enjoys the Bluetooth connection for use with Pandora. The USB connectivity for iPod and USB media storage is definitely a great feature as well.”
And for the record, their two dogs, Beast and Crash, seem to enjoy the truck just fine.
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I am a woman with horses and I need a truck… I don’t need a full size Silverado but I went and looked at this and I was disappointed. It is not mid size. The cab is tight but the step up is higher than the Silverado even with smaller tires and the bed is higher and deep and all the reasons I don’t like the Silverado for my present needs exist in this truck. I think young males are the market. The dealer told me not one woman who saw it likes it and I know people… sales and service who were pretty surprised about the size when they were delivered.. .. Not a happy surprise.
Unfortunately this is untrue, this vehicle is not pet friendly. This will cost GM as 47 percent of households in the US have at least one dog according to the US Humane Society in 2012, that’s a lot of potential customers. The storage bin/seat support is the problem and here’s why:
The back seats do fold up but there is a plastic bin underneath making that space unusable for a dog. If you remove the plastic bin so that your dog can ride on the floor, you won’t be able to use the seat because the bin supports the seat. So basically if you have both kids and a dog you’re out of luck with this truck.
You could have your pet ride with the seat folded down and on top, however that would be very unsafe for both you and the pet in a crash (a 50 lb projectile at eye level). Furthermore the back of the seat isn’t very large/supportive to dogs and many dogs can’t jump that high. They can also fall into the space between the front and back seats.
A major concern is with the height of the seat. It’s several feet up and dogs jumping from the seat to the cement puts a lot of stress on their joints. They’re prone to osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia and lumbar joint space narrowing. The ground to the floor is a much more manageable distance. I’m not arguing that it’s not a good truck, I’m just pointing out that compared to other trucks and vehicles it is not “dog approved” as GM says.
Sure they could sit on the seat…but who wants their muddy paws on the cloth especially when this truck is marketed to “active outdoor lifestyle people?” Not to mention the hair on the seats that will greet your 2 legged guests when they sit down.
It was a poor design choice. Other trucks don’t have this problem. The outdated Frontier has had both removable bins and seats that float on their own years. I’m beating a dead horse because it should be a serious concern when you alienate 47% of your potential customers.
Dogs should NEVER travel unbelted. There are special harnesses that can attach a seat belt so the dog is secured to the seat and protected. I have two small dogs, and they know when we are going out when I put their harness on before getting into my Equinox. Check with your local pet shop for these auto harnesses (one brand is Four Paws). The same pet shops also sell seat covers to protect against “muddy paws”.
1. Dog should be belted into his harness. They sell these, cheap.
2. If you rely on your dog jumping out onto concrete from a seat you’re harming him anyway.
3. Ever hear of seat covers?
Congratulations, you managed to complain about it being both too big and too small in the same review. You need a measuring tape if you think the bed is “too high”.
My large dog cannot jump from the ground into my 2015 Chevy Colorado. Just purchased the truck and am very discouraged about getting my dog in. HELP.