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3/4 Front Glamour 2015 Chevrolet Colorado

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No longer content to let the imports have all sales, Chevrolet is back in the midsize pickup business with the all-new Colorado. The former generation, which faded out in 2012, didn't exactly set the marketplace on fire with its trucky feel and lackluster efficiency. Rest assured the rough spots have been eliminated this time around, and the Colorado will likely appeal to a whole new set of buyers.

What's New for 2015

The Colorado is totally new this year.

Choosing Your Chevrolet Colorado

The new Colorado bears more than a passing resemblance to the full-size Silverado. The blocky front end, wide-open grille and beefy fenders are clearly cribbed from the larger truck with pleasing results. You have a choice of two body styles: an extended cab with narrow rear-hinged back doors and a 6-foot bed, and a four-door crew cab with a 5- or 6-foot bed.

The standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine produces 200 horsepower, enough for everyday driving and light hauling. The available 3.6-liter V6 provides a boost to 305 horsepower and allows the Canyon to tow up to 7,000 pounds. All but the most basic Colorados get a six-speed automatic transmission and can be equipped with four-wheel drive.

Here's a rundown of what you get at each trim level:

Base

Comes in rear-drive, extended cab form only with the four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission. The seats and floor are covered in vinyl, but you do get some nice perks like a rearview camera, a power driver's seat and a six-speaker sound system with a color display.

WT

Gets the automatic transmission as standard, plus full carpeting and (optional) cloth seats. Both cabs styles, the V6 engine and four-wheel drive are available. The optional WT Convenience package includes keyless entry, cruise control and Chevy's EZ-Lift and Lower tailgate system. For a more finished look, there's the WT Appearance package with metallic-finish silver wheels and body-color door handles, mirrors (with power) and rear bumper.

LT

Comes standard with the contents of the WT's option packages, except the EZ-Lift and Low tailgate. For that, you need to add the LT Convenience package, which also comes with a rear-window defogger, fog lamps and remote start. The LT Luxury package spruces up the Colorado with heated front seats with passenger power, automatic climate control, an auto-dimming mirror and generous exterior chrome trim. Models so equipped can also get the Safety package, which adds forward collision alert and lane departure warning.

Z71

Designed for rugged duty, the Z71 gets an off-road suspension, a locking rear differential, hill descent control and special ornamentation. Heated front seats with passenger power are also part of the deal. Option packages are aimed at cargo organization and exterior protection rather than luxury (as in the case of the LT).

The LT and Z71 can get a Bose 7-speaker sound system and navigation as standalone options.

CarsDirect Tip

The crew cab adds about $5,000 to the price of Colorado, whereas the difference between trim levels is around $2,000. So if you don't really need four proper doors, you can stick with the extended cab and get a lot more equipment for your money.

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