The new Colorado is built for people who want strength and capability in a truck but don’t want to park a full-size one in the garage.
Also, the truck is a much better choice than a large and lumbering Silverado to take on an epic trek to the deadliest road in the world. Just something to keep in mind, because, well, you never know.
Before we get to the details of the harrowing road of death, let’s look at some specs on the new 2015 Colorado, which debuted yesterday at the L.A. Auto Show.
In its first year the truck will be offered with either a 193-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder gas engine or a 302-hp 3.6-liter V6. For the 2016 model year, Chevy has an even better engine option: a 4-cylinder diesel that is sure to provide ample amounts of low-end torque and stellar fuel economy for a pickup.
That’s the model I’d wait to buy, whether I have any trips to Yungas Road in Bolivia or not.
After reading yesterday about the Yungas Road, I’ve decided it should the testing grounds for every maker of trucks. What the Nurbugring is to sports cars, the Yungas Road should be to trucks. Check this out, from a post at SmarterTravel.com:
The drive is an insane white-knuckler: as narrow as 10 feet in spots and with drops of more than 1,000 feet straight down. There’s not a single guardrail.
About 200-300 people meet their maker there every year. That’s terrible.
On the positive side, if a truck was built to navigate the Yungas Road, it could surely handle the rigors of getting to the local Home Depot.
That’s what I want in a truck. I want to be able to take it anywhere, should I get the urge, but it should be comfortable and efficient enough to drive to the office every day. It seems like Chevy may have produced a winner. As soon as that diesel is available, I’ll be out putting it through its paces.
Nowhere near the Yungas Road.
What car would you trust to drive the deadliest road in the world?