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2015 5-Year Cost to Own Awards: Best Mid-Size Pickup Truck

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab

Best Mid-Size Pickup Truck:
2015 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab

All-new for the 2015 model year, the Chevrolet Colorado adds new blood to a midsize pickup truck segment that has been quiet as of late. The recent addition of the Colorado and its corporate cousin, the GMC Canyon, has bumped the incumbent Toyota Tacoma from the number one spot on this list. However, Toyota has already pulled the wraps off of the 2016 Tacoma so it'll be interesting to see how things stack up next year. For now, it's all about the Colorado as its return has earned praise throughout the automotive industry.

For 2015, the Colorado Crew Cab is offered in three different trim levels (WT, LT, and Z71) and draws motivation from a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder or a 3.6-liter V6 engine. A 6-speed automatic transmission (standard) is good for 18 city/ 26 mpg highway. If it's a manual transmission you seek, a 6-speed manual is available with the 4-cylinder engine on the Colorado Extended Cab but not the Crew Cab model. A 2.8-liter 4-cylinder diesel engine will also be available starting next year and should help to create some space for the Colorado in the segment.

Standard features on the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado include a 6-speaker audio system, front bucket seats, a power driver seat, a 4.2-inch screen, backup camera, and a rear bench seat that folds. Notable optional equipment includes a 7-speaker Bose audio system, Sirius XM with an 8-inch color touchscreen that houses navigation and Chevy MyLink, and all-weather floor mats. Standard safety features include air bags, daytime running lights, stability and traction control, and a tire pressure monitoring system. An OnStar Basic 5-year plan is available as is OnStar Directions and Connections.

The midsize pickup truck segment has been quiet for the last few years but the addition of the all-new Colorado and GMC Canyon offer more choices without crushing the bank.

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5-Year Cost to Own:

$35,891
as of December 31, 2014

2nd Place Finisher
2015 GMC Canyon Crew Cab

2015 GMC Canyon Crew Cab

Like its corporate cousin, the GMC Canyon is all-new for 2015 touting good fuel economy and features galore.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$36,370
as of December 31, 2014

3rd Place Finisher
2015 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab

2015 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab

The segment stalwart Toyota Tacoma still offers plenty of bang for the buck while a new one is on the way for 2016.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$36,692
as of December 31, 2014

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See the previous Winners of these Awards: 2014 | 2013 | 2012

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