The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado has just been crowned the MotorTrend Truck of the Year for 2015. Though the Colorado was up against a tough field of competitors, the MotorTrend editors judged the contenders against the magazine’s six key criteria with Chevy’s truck pulling out the victory.

The vehicle lineup included the Chevrolet Colorado WT and Colorado Z71; the Silverado 3500 HD; the Ford F-150 2.7-liter EcoBoost and 3.5-liter EcoBoost; the Ford F-450; the Ford Transit 350 HR and Transit 150 MR; the GMC Canyon SLT; and the GMC Sierra Denali 2500 HD.

Each contender was invited to the test because they are either all new or significantly updated. The field includes seven truck and van competitors, three of which brought secondary trim levels. That meant 10 trucks were competing for victory.

The six criteria include design advancement, engineering excellence, efficiency, safety, value, and performance of intended function. Each truck was judged over a weeklong process and hundreds of miles that included normal driving, hauling, towing, and performance handling. After the evaluations, MotorTrend conducted its proprietary “Real MPG” evaluation on each truck, accurately measuring each competitors’ fuel consumption.

At the end of the process, the judges unanimously named the Colorado the winner, with the Ford Transit and Ford F-150 falling in second and third place respectively.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado.

Why it matters

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Crowned Motor Trend "Truck Of The Year"
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Motor Trend has been conducting its “of the year” awards for more than 65 years, so it’s a big deal for a vehicle to win the golden calipers. It also speaks volumes about the truck to not only win, but prove itself against the tough criteria the contenders are judged by.

2015 Chevrolet Colorado

2015 Chevrolet Colorado High Resolution Exterior
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The Chevrolet Colorado is GM’s latest truck and the first refreshed competitor in the mid-size market in nearly a decade. The truck comes in two cab configurations, two bed configurations, two engine options (three for 2016), two transmission options, and two- and four-wheel drive. The Colorado shares segment space with the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier – both of which are well past their prime.

The base engine in the Colorado is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder while a 3.6-liter V-6 is optional. Making 200 and 306 horsepower respectively, the pair are able to motivate the truck at a decent clip. The V-6 is even rated to tow 7,000 pounds.

Pricing for the truck starts at $20,995 and rises past the $35,000 for the top-trim Z71 package.

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Press Release

After its most comprehensive truck evaluation program in history, MOTOR TREND has selected the Chevy Colorado as its 2015 Truck of the Year®.

MOTOR TREND’s Truck of the Year program is only open to all-new or significantly updated trucks and vans for the upcoming model year. For 2015, seven contenders were invited to compete; three competitors were asked to bring a powertrain and/or body style variant for a total of 10 vehicles overall:

Chevrolet Colorado WT and Colorado Z71
Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD
Ford F150 2.7L EcoBoost and 3.5L EcoBoost
Ford F-450
Ford Transit 350 HR and Transit 150 MR
GMC Canyon SLT
GMC Sierra Denali 2500 HD

The 2015 Colorado emerged as MOTOR TREND’s 2015 Truck of the Year by a rare unanimous vote. The editors were particularly impressed with Colorado’s handsome, clean-sheet design, “right-sized” package, excellent handling and overall capability. Colorado’s potent-yet-efficient powertrains also returned best-in-class fuel economy according to Real MPG and EPA testing.

“After days of testing, hundreds of miles on the road, and our most rigorous truck testing program to date, our editors unanimously selected the Chevy Colorado as our 2015 Truck of the Year,” said Edward Loh, MOTOR TREND’s editor-in-chief. “Colorado is a smart, capable, and refreshingly honest truck that makes a strong value and efficiency statement. It’s perfectly sized and suited for the needs of many of today’s truck users.”

Said Sandor Piszar, Chevy Trucks marketing director: “The Chevrolet Colorado offers customers the versatility of a pickup in a powerful, refined, fuel-efficient midsize package, with up to 27 mpg EPA highway. For Colorado to emerge from MOTOR TREND’s thorough evaluation as the 2015 Truck of the Year shows how Colorado is changing the game by offering truck customers fresh new choices.”

To determine which truck deserved top honors, the MOTOR TREND test team subjected all of the contenders to numerous instrumented and real-world road tests. First up was standard MOTOR TREND testing, which included: 0-60 mph and 1/4-mile acceleration, 60-0 mph braking, and maximum lateral grip - all without payload or trailered loads.

A specific payload was then added to each truck and van, and the vehicles were then driven more than 250 miles to the Arizona/Nevada border to evaluate ride quality and loaded fuel economy. The vehicles were driven up and down the famed Davis Dam in Bullhead City, Ariz., for further assessment, including an instrumented test designed to simulate a passing situation while carrying a load.

The team then moved to a world-class automotive proving grounds for instrumented acceleration tests with nominal weight trailers. Truck and trailer were also driven through a short handling course to evaluate acceleration, braking, maneuverability and outward visibility. The final phase of evaluation involved a 21-mile road loop through hills of Arizona’s Hualapai Mountains.

Following the team’s intensive evaluation, the trucks were shipped to MOTOR TREND headquarters in El Segundo to undergo proprietary “Real MPG” fuel-economy testing. Using advanced exhaust gas and flow-rate analyzers, Real MPG measures tailpipe emissions every second during a three-hour, 88-mile drive around the Los Angeles area to record accurate real-world fuel economy.

Once testing was completed, select MOTOR TREND editors convened to determine which truck would be crowned Truck of the Year. The winner is not chosen from a direct comparison against the other contenders, but rather as a result of how each contender performed in testing and against the award’s six criteria: Design Advancement, Engineering Excellence, Efficiency, Safety, Value, and Performance of Intended Function.

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