2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71

For your inspection: the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71

Specifically, this is a Chevy Colorado Z71 Crew Cab, offering four doors, plenty of room in the back and up-rated suspension.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71

The suspension makes it a solid off-road performer, as does the available 4WD system with a locking rear differential.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71

Seventeen-inch wheels and tires are standard on the Z71 package.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71

Our truck featured a 5-foot-2-inch bed, but a longer, 6-foot-2-inch version is available as an option.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71

As such you'll need to leave the tailgate down for longer loads.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71

Despite its off-road prowess, the Colorado handled on-road duties quite well.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71

Seating in the crew cab portion is plenty generous.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71

Our truck was painted a bright red, which did nothing to hide its dimensions.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71

A factory spray-on liner is a $450 option.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71

The lift-gate is nicely dampened, so it won't slam down.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71

Bed lighting comes standard on the Z71.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71

The interior is nicely equipped and quite comfortable.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71

Seats, front and rear, are great places to be.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71

Interior materials aren't top-shelf, but they're generally quite good.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71

This is the optional 8-inch capacitive touchscreen.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71

A smaller display is situated in the dashboard.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71

Plenty of USB ports to go around.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71

The six-speed automatic transmission is a definite disappointment, with incredibly sluggish shifts.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71

We saw 19.3 mpg in our testing, which also is on the disappointing side.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71

The GPS interface looks and feels dated but performs well enough.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71

No missing the Z71 badging.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71

If you're willing to live with a few compromises, the Colorado Crew Cab is a great mix of the utilitarian and the comfortable.

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