2015 Chevrolet Colorado

 
 
2015 Chevrolet Colorado
 

2015 Chevrolet Colorado

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$20,995
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$21,296
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Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 19 mpg City, 26 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 2.5L Gas I4, 200 HP
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive Train: Rear Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 4
  • Doors: 2

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Warranty

  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 100,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 5 Years / 100,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

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Specifications for 2015 Chevrolet Colorado

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • StabiliTrak, stability control system
    • Traction control, electronic
    • Daytime Running Lamps
    • Air bags, dual-stage frontal and side-impact, driver and front passenger and head-curtain and seat-mounted side-impact, front and rear outboard seating positions with Passenger Sensing System (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
    • Rear Vision Camera with dynamic guide lines
    • Tire Pressure Monitor System
  • Entertainment Features
    • Audio system, 4.2" diagonal color display, AM/FM stereo with USB port and auxiliary jack
    • Audio system feature, 6-speaker system
    • Audio system feature, USB port, located on instrument panel
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels, 16" x 7" (40.6 cm x 17.8 cm) Ultra Silver Metallic steel
    • Tires, P265/70R16 all-season, blackwall
    • Pickup box
    • Tire, compact spare T175/80R18, blackwall
    • Wheel, compact spare, 18" x 4.5" (45.7 cm x 11.4 cm) Black cast aluminum
    • Bumper, rear chrome
    • CornerStep, rear bumper
    • Moldings, Black beltline
    • Headlamps, halogen with automatic exterior lamp control
    • Lighting, cargo box
    • Mirrors, outside remote with manual-folding, Black
    • Glass, windshield shade band
    • Handles, door release, front and rear, Jet Black
    • Door handles, Black
    • Tailgate, locking
    • Tailgate handle, Black
  • Interior Features
    • Seats, front bucket
    • Seat adjuster, driver 4-way power with manual recline
    • Seat adjuster, passenger 2-way manual fore/aft with manual recline
    • Seat delete, rear
    • Console, floor, front compartment, custom
    • Floor covering, full-length Black vinyl
    • Steering wheel, urethane
    • Steering column, Tilt-Wheel, manual
    • Display, driver instrument information enhanced, one color
    • Windows, power with driver Express-Up and Down
    • Theft-deterrent system, immobilization
    • Air conditioning, single-zone manual climate control
    • Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
    • Visors, driver and front passenger with passenger covered vanity mirror
    • Lighting, interior, center dome
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine, 2.5L I4, DI, DOHC, VVT (200 hp [149.0 kW] @ 6300 rpm, 191 lb-ft of torque [259 N-m] @ 4400 rpm)
    • Transmission, 6-speed manual
    • Rear axle, 4.10 ratio
    • GVWR, 5400 lbs. (2449 kg)
    • Rear wheel drive
    • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake Type - Pwr
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12.2 x 1.0
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12.8 x 0.7
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Box Length @ Floor (in) - 74.00
    • Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear (in) - - TBD -
    • Cargo Box Width @ Floor (in) - 57.80
    • Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - 44.40
    • Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - - TBD -
    • Tailgate Width (in) - - TBD -
    • Cargo Volume (ft³) - 49.90
    • Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (ft³) - - TBD -
  • Cooling System Features
    • Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - 14.8
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - - TBD -
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - - TBD -
    • Maximum Alternator Watts - - TBD -
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Order Code - LCV
    • Engine Type - Gas I4
    • Displacement - 2.5L/150
    • Fuel System - Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 200 @ 6300
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 191 @ 4400
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 128.30
    • Length, Overall w/o rear bumper (in) - 212.70
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 74.30
    • Height, Overall (in) - 70.40
    • Overhang, Front (in) - 36.90
    • Overhang, Rear w/o bumper (in) - 47.20
    • Front Bumper to Back of Cab (in) - - TBD -
    • Cab to Axle (in) - - TBD -
    • Cab to End of Frame (in) - - TBD -
    • Ground to Top of Load Floor (in) - - TBD -
    • Ground to Top of Frame (in) - - TBD -
    • Frame Width, Rear (in) - - TBD -
    • Ground Clearance, Front (in) - 8.40
    • Ground Clearance, Rear (in) - 8.40
  • Frame Features
    • Frame Type - - TBD -
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 21
    • Fuel Tank Location - - TBD -
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 2
    • Front Head Room (in) - 41.40
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 45.00
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 57.50
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 55.00
    • Second Head Room (in) - 36.70
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 28.60
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 57.30
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 52.20
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 22
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 19
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 26
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Pwr Rack & Pinion
    • Steering Ratio (:1), On Center - - TBD -
    • Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock - - TBD -
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 41.3
    • Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - - TBD -
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Chevrolet Colorado
    • Body Style - Extended Cab Pickup
    • Body Code - E63
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Independent
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-Leaf
    • Spring Capacity - Front (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Axle Type - Front - - TBD -
    • Axle Type - Rear - - TBD -
    • Axle Capacity - Front (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear - 4.10
    • Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - - TBD -
    • Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - - TBD -
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Order Code - QJJ
    • Rear Tire Order Code - QJJ
    • Spare Tire Order Code - QDC
    • Front Tire Size - P265/70R16
    • Rear Tire Size - P265/70R16
    • Spare Tire Size - T175/80R18
    • Front Tire Capacity (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Rear Tire Capacity (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Spare Tire Capacity (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front - - TBD -
    • Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear - - TBD -
    • Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare - - TBD -
  • Trailering Features
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Maximum Trailering Capacity (N/A) - 3500
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Rear Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - N8D
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Manual
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 4.47
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.46
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.47
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.00
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.85
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.73
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 4.03
    • Transfer Case Model - N/A
  • Vehicle Features
    • Number of Passenger Doors - 2
    • EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - 5
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 8.1
  • Weight Information Features
    • Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs) - 2900
    • Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs) - 3300
    • Curb Weight - Front (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Curb Weight - Rear (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs) - 5400
    • Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs) - - TBD -
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 16 x 7
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 16 x 7
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - 18 x 4.5
    • Front Wheel Material - Steel
    • Rear Wheel Material - Steel
    • Spare Wheel Material - Aluminum

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Introduction

Chevrolet Colorado is a mid-sized pickup for people who do occasional hauling, tow light trailers, or need four-wheel drive to reach their favorite sporting site.

Narrower and lower than a full-size pickup but not necessarily shorter, Colorado offers two cabs: An Extended Cab with rear doors that open opposite the front and a Crew Cab with four conventional doors. Extended Cabs have two compact, forward-facing rear seats good for kids or child seats, while Crew Cabs use a three-person bench with head and legroom approximating the space of a full-size pickup with an extended cab.

All Chevrolet Colorado pickups have roomy bucket seats in front.

Load capacity ranges from 1,400 to 1,600 pounds, more than some full-size pickups. Maximum towing capacity is 7,000 pounds. As with all pickups you can't carry and tow maximum weights simultaneously.

Useful Silverado bits that trickled down to the midsize Colorado include bed lights and cargo control systems, corner bumper step and rail grab handle, and a locking tailgate with backup camera. The primary compromise in pickup utility comes from wheel arches too close to put a 4x8 sheet flat on the bed floor; they'll need to be carried above the wheels with some 2x6 or 2x8 cross planks. Tailgate opening width is about 55 inches so your quad or watercraft may fit.

The base model Chevrolet Colorado is powered by a four-cylinder engine, with manual transmission, rear-wheel drive, no back seats, vinyl upholstery and flooring, and few options. This is best for the most budget-conscious or as a blank canvas for a custom truck. Features and options progress upward through Colorado WT and Colorado LT to the Colorado Z71 top trim. A fully loaded 2015 Chevrolet Colorado will hover around $40,000.

A rearview camera is standard and you can get forward collision and lane departure warning systems, but at least for now you cannot get those warning systems on the Z71 with our favorite suspension setup. OnStar is available on most 2015 Chevrolet Colorado models and now offers 4G LTE communications and serves as a Wi-Fi hotspot. Data pricing varies on use and whether you are an OnStar subscriber. The pilot/machine interface is easy to use and includes Bluetooth streaming, text alerts, internet radio and so on.

Engines include a 200-hp four-cylinder and a 305-hp V6, almost all with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Both perform well. The four-cylinder tows up to 3500 pounds. Given the choice, we'd recommend the four-cylinder if you're using your Colorado as a second car, V6 if you plan on towing or four-wheeling. EPA ratings are better than those of the similar-size Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma, but they're also just one or two miles per gallon better than those of a full-size Silverado V6 or Ram HFE and lag behind ratings for a Ram 1500 diesel.

Colorado's twin brother GMC Canyon has a much different appearance, slightly different trip computer/data screen operation and different packaging. It may appear to cost more but do the math: Canyon comes standard with alloy wheels, has a higher shipping charge and includes basic maintenance for a couple of years. If you want a more premium vehicle, go for the GMC, if you want more value, go for the Chevy.

Your debate between a Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab with 2+2 seats or a Chevrolet Silverado regular cab with three seats, or Colorado Crew Cab V6 versus Silverado Double Cab V6, will come down to which gets top priority: cost and the features you want, styling or garage width consumed because loads, fuel economy and maneuverability are typically within 10 percent of each other.

Lineup

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado offers three configurations, an Extended Cab with 6-foot, 2-inch box and a Crew Cab with 5-foot, 2-inch or 6-foot, 2-inch box. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder is standard on all Extended Cabs and 2WD Crew Cab short box; a 3.6-liter V6 is optional on all but Base trim; the V6 is standard on Crew Cab 4WD and all Crew Cab long box.

The base Colorado ($20,120) is 2WD, four-cylinder, manual transmission only with no rear seats. It includes vinyl upholstery and floor, air conditioning, backup camera, power driver seat cushion, tilt steering wheel, power windows, chrome rear corner-step bumper, locking tailgate, compact spare tire, 16-inch steel wheels, floor console and 4.2-inch display 6-speaker AM/FM stereo with aux and USB ports. The sole notable option is an engine block heater.

Colorado WT is the work truck model available with 2WD ($21,775) or 4WD. A 6-speed manual comes standard on 2WD, with 6-speed automatic optional; 4WD comes standard with the automatic. WT improves on base with cloth upholstery, carpeting, floor mats, rear seats with storage underneath (folding on Crew Cab). WT offers numerous options: V6 engine; OnStar basic or 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot. The WT convenience package adds cruise control, remote keyless entry, unauthorized entry theft-deterrent, EZ-lift and lower tailgate. WT appearance package features body-color trim and power mirrors, 16-inch aluminum wheels.

Colorado LT ($25,170) upgrades further with 8-inch screen MyLink with SiriusXM, overhead console, tilt/telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel with redundant controls, reading lights, OnStar, chrome exterior trim, the WT convenience package, sliding sun visors, wide-angle driver side mirror and 17-inch aluminum wheels. Options include leather, climate control, forward collision and lane departure warning, rear defroster, sliding rear window, auto-dimming inside mirror, power lumbar adjustment, heated front seats, fog lamps, projector headlamps and LED position lights, 18-inch aluminum wheels, full-size spare, spray-in bedliner, locking differential, and trailer package (V6 only).

Colorado Z71 ($27,630) is the top trim with climate control, heated front seats, rear defroster, auto-dimming inside mirror, remote start, four-way power passenger seat, fog lamps, projector headlamps, EZ-lift and lower tailgate, full-size spare, and 17-inch all-terrain tires. Options include many mechanical upgrades but Z71 does not offer chrome exterior trim or the forward collision/lane departure warnings.

A variety of racks and cargo management systems are available through GM Accessories, many of which can be included in financing and warranty.

Safety features on all models include dual frontal airbags, dual front side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags front and rear, engine immobilizer, daytime running lights, tire pressure monitors, electronic stability control and a rear view camera. Upgrades include OnStar and forward collision/lane departure warnings.

Walkaround

Beyond its bowtie badges, squared fender apertures, tail lights and corner-step bumpers the Chevrolet Colorado doesn't share much styling with the Silverado from which it is derived. It looks much more a world truck than its brother, the GMC Canyon.

With no regular cab, the shortest Colorado is longer than some full-size pickups but typically a half-foot narrower and not as tall. A Colorado long-bed Crew Cab has the same wheelbase as some full-size four-door pickups and needs the same roadway to make a U-turn, but they'll all fit in a typical 20-foot long garage.

The rear view is typical pickup: bumper that doubles as a step, vertical tail lights and a none-too-discrete badge. A locking tailgate is standard and most can be optioned with assist so it lifts easily and doesn't crash open if you let it go. The rear view camera is here too, so don't grab the lens with your hand still holding a tool. A receiver hitch and 4/7-pin plugs adjacent the license plate are the tow package, but without it there is still a frame crossmember to avoid dragging the spare tire or rear bumper off obstacles.

Bed depth is nearly 21 inches regardless of length and 55 inches wide at the gate. More important the space between the wheel-housings is less than 45 inches, so ubiquitous 4x8 sheets of building materials will go in the back but they will not lay flat on the floor. There are moldings in the side to lay 2x6s across to make a deck for those 4x8 flats. Four tie-down loops are standard but there are 13 attachment points for accessory cargo management systems.

The profile of the Colorado is defined by the windshield slope, upswept rear side window base and character line rising behind the front wheel, some of it reminiscent of a Toyota Tacoma. No surprise the Colorado's roof is the only panel shared with Chevy's world truck. All that upswept styling leaves a tailgate chest-high to a six-footer, where you may see only the motorcyclist's helmet in the rear-view mirror.

A big-bar grille is the only semblance to family lineage up front, the angled-back lights and corners not nearly as blunt those on the Silverado. The projector headlamp and LED running light arrangement for upper trims looks better, and more aggressive, than the standard lights but lacking darkness we can't say which, if either, performs better.

Interior

Chevrolet Colorado's cabin is basic pickup in bucket seat form. Materials are appropriate for truck use and upper trims are nicer but don't expect anything like High Country luxury here. And if you don't like black and gray you're out of luck.

Visibility from the driver's seat is good. Even the price-leader has a power seat cushion for the driver, and some have that on both sides and welcome power lumbar as well; recline is manual across the board. There's plenty of room for those well beyond six feet, but some of those might wish for a longer seat cushion or a lower center armrest.

Extended Cab rear seats are accessed by aft-hinged doors you can open to nearly 90 degrees when the front doors are open. The big clamshell opening makes it easier to load kids or child seats in the minimal rear buckets, or slide awkward objects in. Clamshell doors are less convenient in tight situations, such as parking lots, however. Rear seats in Extended Cabs are for kids of short-term less-than-average-height adults; competitors are in the same boat. There is some storage below the seat cushions, though the separate release seems unnecessary when you could just lift the cushion past a detent.

Crew Cab rear occupants are treated much better and your 6-foot-plus correspondent got in without becoming stuck in the roof. A 6-foot passenger could not comfortably get in with the same size driver, but for a small family this is plenty of space.

The Colorado dashboard echoes that of the Silverado, with switches for the headlights and four-wheel drive functions moved beneath the left vent rather than next to it. We prefer the ergonomic alignment here, and there's good visibility of instruments. Gauge gradations are blue and the small cluster offers data on oil pressure, transmission fluid temperature, fuel economy and most truck controls; it's run by the menu and end-button on the signal stalk.

Center-stack display screens vary by model from a 4.2-inch monochrome to 8-inch color with navigation. All the infotainment functions work well, including Siri eyes free, the 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and text alerts, and there are plenty of input choices, our only wish was more choices in map scales.

The console shifter uses a +/- thumb rocker for manual gear changes, after you've moved the lever to M.

Cupholders and storage areas in the center console, doors and glovebox were more than sufficient for our traveling circus.

Driving Impressions

Unlike the full-size Chevrolet Silverado truck, the Chevrolet Colorado uses car engines, a 200-horsepower four-cylinder or a 305-horsepower V6. The four-cylinder can be found in the Cadillac ATS, while and the V6 is similar to what's in the Camaro. So, refinement and high-revving power are not issues in the Chevrolet Colorado.

But they do have a minimum of two tons to haul around. The four-cylinder drives around town well enough and cruises easily on the highway, but even with its 4.10:1 axle ratio any call for power will bring a few downshifts and lots of revs. We found our freeway merge was approaching 60 mph at 6000 rpm in second gear. The 6-speed automatic is programmed for economy and upshifts at the first opportunity, so it shifts frequently in undulating terrain or winding roads where you vary throttle often.

Shifts are firm and reassuring, neither hammered home nor slush-like. The 6-speed manual price-leader is so rare we didn't get to sample one and expect real-world economy wouldn't be appreciably better than the automatic.

The V6 revs even more than the four, more than once making a full-throttle shift in the tachometer's red zone (6500 rpm, but peak power is at 6800) and amusingly it felt no more refined in those reaches. The V6 clearly makes more power than the four (with 40-percent more torque), but it's also geared 16-percent higher and similarly programmed for economy so it behaves quite similarly.

Using Tow/Haul mode on the V6 acts like a sport mode, not upshifting at first chance and was our choice when not just cruising highways or plodding through traffic. It rev-matches for cleaner downshifts and has grade-control braking, but we recommend trailer brakes for any weight of consequence.

All Colorado models use the same all-disc brake package, with a nice firm pedal, quick response and good modulation. You might think a lighter 2WD four-cylinder would stop better with the same brakes but don't plan on it; most pickups stop just as well with some weight in the back.

Steering assist is electric and has decent directional stability with no dead zones off center and adds effort quickly so you're aware of cornering forces. There's plenty of roll stiffness so the body rarely leans much in corners, it changes directions well, for a truck. We thought 2WD four-cylinder models offered the best handling.

Ride quality is solid in these pickups. An empty truck does have some rear-end kick on bumps, common for vehicles designed to carry 1400-1500 pounds, and perhaps more noticeable here than in some full-sizes because payload is a greater percentage of truck weight. As is often the case, we found the Z71 suspension setup gave the best comfort/handling compromise.

We were pleasantly surprised how solid the Colorado felt. The Extended Cab models had none of the squeaks, rattles and groans that usually result from a 25-square-foot hole in the side of a body structure. Indeed, the Colorado is far and away the quietest pickup in its class. It seems quieter than a lot of cars and SUVs as well.

Colorado 4WD uses an electrically switched part-time system with low-range; there is no on-highway 4WD automatic mode. Any Colorado except a 2WD automatic can be flat-towed, such as behind a motorhome, but none is approved or recommended for snow-plow use.

Load ratings range from 1410 to 1590 pounds, less with any weighty options or passengers aboard. All Colorado models are rated for a 3,500-pound trailer; a V6 with tow package is rated to 7,000 pounds. The top GCWR (truck, trailer and everything in them) is 12,500 pounds: a well optioned truck, 1400 pounds of friends, gear and trailer tongue weight and a 6,000-pound boat. It handled a 4500-pound trailer with no problems. For routine trailer loads at 6,000 pounds or boxy camper shells we'd step up to the heavier Silverado and better mirrors.

The Chevrolet Colorado boasts better EPA numbers than mid-size competitors and we observed everything between 14 mpg and 23 mpg. However, a V6 Silverado is only 1-2 EPA mpg behind, a Ram 1500 diesel is better, and we expect the F-150 2.7 to come very close, so don't consider this 75 percent of a full-size pickup and expect to get 25 percent better mileage.

Summary

Chevrolet Colorado brings a new standard of refinement and contemporary safety features to the mid-size pickup market, with a size that may be just right, like Goldilock's porridge. If you don't need a three-person bench seat or a flat-floor for 4x8s, it's just the combination of payload, towing and 4WD to replace a 10 or 15-year-old full-size half-ton.

NewCarTestDrive.com G.R. Whale filed this report after his test drive of Chevrolet Colorado models near Del Mar, California.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado 4WD Crew Cab 128.3" Z71
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2015 Chevrolet Colorado 4WD Crew Cab 140.5" Z71
2015 Chevrolet Colorado 4WD Ext Cab 128.3" LT
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2015 Chevrolet Colorado 4WD Ext Cab 128.3" Z71

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Invoice is commonly known as the published amount that the dealer paid the manufacturer for the vehicle. This may or may not represent a close relation to the dealer’s actual cost, but can be beneficial as a benchmark. This figure is available on many other web sites however CarQuotes.com adds an estimate of local and regional fees from manufacturer to the dealers to this price, which makes it very close to the actual invoice amount for cars at your local dealer.

MSRP is the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. This is a proposed price only. For most vehicles, the CarQuotes.com price is below this amount. Some high demand cars may be priced over this amount.

Estimated Target Price

The CarQuotes.com Target Price is to be used as a general guide that reflects a typical, market price (before taxes and other customary fees and charges) generally found for the vehicle that you selected. This price is based on our research and estimates of supply and demand in the marketplace. There are many factors that go into the final price of a particular vehicle including local supply and demand. Your final price may differ.

CarQuotes.com Estimated Target Prices include

The ’base’ price of the vehicle
All options that you select
Base Destination Charges — this is a charge that is added to the base price for every vehicle
Any related Estimated Manufacture to Consumer Cash Rebates. Note: rebates are subject to change at any time. Please make sure to confirm any consumer Cash rebates with your dealer representative at the time of purchase.

CarQuotes.com Estimated price(s) do NOT include any of the following:

Local taxes, license fees and other local fees, such as dealer documentation fees, tire and battery disposal fees, and where applicable, finance charges — these fees are also excluded from Dealer Invoice and MSRP and would be excluded from most advertisements you might see.
Random ’special qualification’ rebates — i.e., for new college grads only; for customers trading in a specific type of car.  Ask your dealer Representative for more information on ’special qualification’ rebates.

CarQuotes Estimated Dealer Price

The Estimated CarQuotes Dealer Price is an estimate of the pricing presented to CarQuotes members from CarQuotes Authorized Dealers in your area, and is calculated by subtracting an estimated savings value from the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price ("MSRP") as well as a value that relates to invoice for the "ideal vehicle" you configured. Dealer documentation, administrative or similar processing fees are not included in the price estimate. Any vehicle configured on the CarQuotes website is an "ideal vehicle" and may not exist at a CarQuotes Authorized Dealer or any other partner dealer. Each Dealer attempts to match a member’s vehicle preferences with the best possible selection from current, in-stock inventory.

Estimated Savings

The Estimated Savings represents the estimated amount of savings off of MSRP available to you from CarQuotes Dealers for a vehicle consistent with your configured preferences plus any customer incentives currently available.  This is also true when it comes to CarQuotes estimated target prices. Your actual savings will depend on several factors including market conditions, the style of vehicle you select, installed options, dealer coverage, and applicable manufacturer incentives. Each dealer sets its own pricing.

Advertised Rebates, Special Manufacturer Financing or Leasing Programs

In most cases, you must choose between these programs OR a customer rebate or a special manufacturer-to-dealer incentive that may or may not already be included in your CarQuotes.com Target Price. So, your final price may go up if you take advantage of special manufacturer financing. Credit Union members should contact their Credit Union loan department to determine what type of loan and financing options are right for you.

Please note that CarQuotes.com strives to include identified manufacturer incentives within the CarQuotes.com Target Price. CarQuotes.com does not administer these programs, which are subject to and often change without notice. Eligibility for these programs is subject to verification by a licensed auto dealer.

Ask your dealer representative for complete manufacturer program details for your area, and how participation in these programs will affect your price.

Base Vehicle

The base vehicle is the vehicle before any optional equipment or destination fees have been added. All of the standard features are included in the base vehicle.

Options

This is the total charge for all optional equipment included in the configuration of your virtual vehicle. The Options charge varies depending on whether it is calculated based on the Factory Invoice or MSRP. Options are not included in the base vehicle price and are not considered standard features.

Regional Fees

A Regional Fee is the fee a manufacturer charges a dealer to advertise and promote the vehicle in the dealer’s market. CarQuotes also includes estimated manufacturer preparation charges (manufacturer charges to the dealer to cover any work done on the car prior to delivering it to the dealership) and fuel charges (the charge for the fuel in the tank when the buyer purchases the vehicle) in this total. CarQuotes attempts to include regional ad fees in its Factory Invoice calculations; other sites at times do not.

Destination Fees

These are the amounts that manufacturers charge to deliver a vehicle from the factory to the dealership.

Customer Incentives

Customer incentives are also commonly known as customer cash or bonus incentives. These incentives are offered by manufacturers as a way of enticing buyers into purchasing a vehicle.

 

Note: Dealer Invoice amount might not be the amount that the dealer paid to the manufacturer

Dealer Invoice price may or may not bear close relation to a dealer’s actual cost for the vehicle. In some cases, a cost for a vehicle may be significantly less than the invoice price originally paid for the vehicle. Any difference between invoice price and the dealer’s final cost may be caused by many factors including factory refunds, rebates, allowances, or incentives which the manufacturer or distributor may provide to the dealer.

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