Chevy Colorado: ‘Unsung Workhorse’ Tows Like a Full-Size Truck

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado

Towing a big trailer with a mid-size truck is easy. Just be ready to answer a lot of questions if you choose to do so.

If you ask most folks what kind of truck you need to tow a full-size trailer, more often than not, they’ll reply with a full-size truck. It only makes sense, after all. When you’re tooling down the highway, you rarely ever see compact or mid-size trucks towing big trailers. Heck, when was the last time you saw a Chevy Colorado towing anything? Typically, the folks that opt for smaller trucks don’t plan on towing much. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

Instead, most mid-size truck buyers are looking for something with decent utility that also offers decent gas mileage. Not to mention a truck that’s easier to park and maneuver around town. Maybe they’ll throw some lumber or bricks in the back to freshen up their yard every spring. Or pull a small boat or jet ski to the lake in the summer. But that doesn’t mean a truck like the Chevy Colorado can’t be a full-time tow rig. Not by a long shot.

2015 Chevrolet Colorado

Need proof? Look no further than the folks at Modern Nomad, who purchased a 2015 Chevy Colorado a couple of years ago with an eye toward camping. They chose the Colorado for the same reasons most people do – gas mileage and ease of maneuverability. Shortly thereafter, the couple also purchased a 23-foot Airstream camper to live out their, uh, nomadic dreams.

2015 Chevrolet Colorado

Obviously, their travels with the duo have raised a few eyebrows along the way. More than a few folks have asked “Can you really tow that big trailer with such a little pickup?” The answer, obviously, is yes. For one, the couple wisely chose a trailer that didn’t exceed the truck’s 7,000 pound towing capacity. The Colorado has played the part of the “unsung workhorse that enables it all,” though it admittedly bogs down while traversing extremely steep inclines.

And sure, the couple could opt for a Silverado to address that minor issue. But as they point out, it’s more expensive, bigger, and less fuel efficient. Like everything in life, every choice requires compromise. “So, for now, we’ll keep trucking through the boondocks in our good, ‘little’ Chevy,” they conclude. “Run what you brung,” as they say. It tows that big trailer just fine.”

Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts.

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