Trucks & SUVs

Consumer Reports Wants to Like This Chevy Colorado but ‘Just Can’t’

When it comes to newer model trucks, the manufacturers look to land a position at the top of the Consumer Reports lists. However, there are some lists they’d prefer not to land on at all. For the one particular model year for the Chevy Colorado, it’s on the CR’s list of used cars to avoid buying. We investigated further to learn which year to avoid, and why Consumer Reports wanted to like the truck, but just couldn’t bring themselves to do so.

A 2015 Chevy Colorado on display at an auto show
Chevrolet Colorado | Scott Legato/WireImage

Chevy Colorado is an overall good little truck

When it was originally introduced in 2003 and 2004, as a replacement for the popular Chevrolet S-10, the Colorado was met with high praise. It was a small truck, marketed as a mid-size truck, and was designed to offer more power and space than the S-10. Consumers were raving about the efficiency, the power it had, and the lower price points to buy this all-around great truck.

What model year is Consumer Reports suggesting you avoid?

While it made waves early in its introduction back in ’03 and ’04, by the time 2015 rolled around, Chevy decided it was time for a redesign. It had been 11 years since either Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon had changed looks.

Despite Consumer Reports positively highlighting the 2015 Chevy Colorado’s 1,555-pound payload and 7,000-pound towing capacity, along with top-notch fuel economy, there were just a few negatives they couldn’t overlook.

Why CR can’t like the 2015 Chevy Colorado

The 2015 Chevy Colorado may have had a facelift, but there were a few other features that needed additional attention. In terms of safety equipment, for example, the 2015 model still had ABS Standard, ESC from 2009, and head protection airbag design from 2010.

Based on the consumer surveys, featuring feedback from Colorado owners on all areas from the engine to interior elements, this truck just wasn’t proving to be reliable either. Colorado owners reported trouble with climate control and in-vehicle electronics. There were squeaks and rattles along with water collecting under the doors for some.

The average retail price to buy a 2015 Colorado now is $12,550-$23,450, which might sound tempting. But beware before you do, in addition to these previously reported issues, there are six recalls out.

Consumer Reports isn’t the only critic

Other reviews also highlighted a few shortcomings with the 2015 Chevy Colorado, despite its attributes. U.S. News likes the truck but also mentions it looks good on paper, with a low-reliability rating. Edmunds has positive reviews out of the gate as well but cautioned any off-roading enthusiasts to beware of the Colorado’s modest ground clearance.

Consumer Reports really wanted to like the 2015 Chevy Colorado

According to their review in listing this roster of used cars to avoid buying, CR really wanted to endorse this truck. The Colorado is easy to drive, easy to park, and they can get the work done for a reduced cost and better fuel economy. But, in the case of the 2015 (and 2016) models, they simply couldn’t avoid adding the Chevy to the ‘avoid buying used’ list.

If you are in the market to find a used Chevy Colorado, don’t be swayed from test driving your favorite model years. Instead, use this recent list from Consumer Reports as a guide before you spend the money. You might find a great little 2015 that does precisely what you need it to do.

But, if you have an opportunity to opt for an earlier or later model, you might be better off doing just that. Avoiding the 2015 (or 2016) altogether might save you a little money and a lot of hassle in the end.