Look at that little toy truck right there. Isn't it cute? It's cute right? Motor Trend thought it was so cute that they named it 2014 Truck Of The Year. That's how they pick TOTY right? Cuteness?
Okay maybe some other factors went into their decision to award it the vaunted golden calipers. Maybe it was the 305hp 3.6L V6 that pulls strong as hell on the highway. Maybe it was the no detail overlooked bed with thirteen standard tie down locations and standard locking tailgate.
My guess as to what sealed the deal though, the interior. The last gen Colorado cabin was a terrible place to be for more than 10 minutes and due to the fact that my friend had one with a corporate gas card, I logged a lot of hours in that plastic factory. The new Colorado, much, much better than the old one. Great seats, Chevy's MYLINK infotainment system and lots of storage make the Colorado a pleasant place to hang out for an extended period of time.
My tester is a fully optioned Z71 off road package equipped model. I'll be taking it up to an off road park outside LA and seeing what kind of trouble I can get myself out of with the hill descent control. Aside from that, I'll be tooling it around town, seeing just how easy it is to live with a midsize truck in the city. Chevy wants young urban types to ditch the crossovers and get a crew cab, short box, Colorado instead, probably why they loaned me one. They also hope to lure over some Tacoma owners, which shouldn't be too hard since the the current gen would be an incredibly stupid purchase given how outdated it is and the next gen looks like a Tonka toy designed by anime artists.
So I'm going to take it offroad, I've already taken it on a mini road trip and I can tell you that the rear seat legroom is great for people up to 6'2. What else do you want to know internet folk?
Andrew Maness writes about cars because he has one and also has a computer. He's been known to drunkenly Tweet as @thisnicelife and upload photos to @theroadlessdriven. He also has a YouTube Channel and thinks talking about himself in the 3rd person is really weird but knows it's necessary if he wants to be taken seriously as an automotive journalist.