I’d like to say that I’m disappointed by this, but that wouldn’t be entirely true. I expected it wasn’t going to be a great ride, after sampling the crew cab recently, and I’m not disappointed. Understeer, lack of tyre grip (admittedly and albeit with the tray unladen) in spades and my god, the wind noise at freeway speed is horrendous. I’m overwhelmed that any aero work didn’t factor this in because you’d go crazy having to put up with that hour after hour….There’s really very little that can be said about the look of the cab chassis because it’s nigh near impossible to make anything with this design look vaguely pretty.
Although the gruff and bluff nose of the Colorado does add some character, it’s not a vehicle I’d classify as attractive. The interior, as mentioned in the crew cab review, is an odd mix of nice and tacky/cheap. The centre gunmetal plastic console lid looks like it comes from something thousands of dollars cheaper or fifteen years older, the radio display is the dot matrix style that went out of date centuries ago and bearing in mind it’s a workhorse vehicle, does actually have some modern tech. Bluetooth is always handy, audio is pretty thumpy (no doubt, for the tradie rock’n’roller) and it is, at least, functional as a workplace. There is switchable traction control, airbags (natch) and the now standard manual shift option on the auto. The seats, however, were the comfortable yet not terribly supportive “sit on”, not sit in style.
The diesel is pretty good, with a hint of turbo whistle with the driver’s window down. However, given the specifications of the engine, the six cogger auto feels like it’s only five for some reason. It’s not excessively noisy, apart from on startup and on the freeway it’s barely noticeable. On a prod of the loud pedal, it does kick back a gear or two but lazily, with no real urgency. With maximum torque being 470 of Newton’s best metres at 2000rpm, the torque curve tails off gently until 4000 rpm and that’s where it really takes a dive. It’s also where peak power (132 killer wasps) comes in, not that you be really needing to push to here as it does run out of puff pretty quickly after this.
As mentioned, the ride quality is average and, as yet, I haven’t tried it with a load. The tyres (Bridgestone Duelers) though, do give cause for concern as even with no real push into a corner, they scrub under and really give no impression of wanting to grip….that’s backed up by the squealing, something I didn’t expect and haven’t heard for a while from a car. The understeer as a result, really doesn’t imbue a driver (me) with confidence the chassis is well sorted. The rear end, for example, likes to jump sideways after going over one of those terrible and annoying supersized rubber speed bumps that are supposed to deter anything like a Camry driver…that’s rather disconcerting, to say the least. It makes me wonder if the leaf sprung suspension is up to the task of anything other than a straight line.
So, unimpressed and not disappointed, a seemingly odd mix but when the bar wasn’t that high in the first place…