The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado Towing Capacity ranges from 3,500 to 7,000 lbs.
These capacities, however, do not apply to every single Chevy Colorado. The towing capacity will vary with three engine options, four trims, and four configurations.
However, the best way to calculate your towing capacity is to do it yourself.
If you need help calculating your own towing capacity read: How is Towing Capacity Calculated? (With Calculator)
The most important information here that will actually assist you in determining your towing capacity is the GCWR. Read on to find these units and compare the towing capacities for the various configurations.
Though I tried to make this information as accurate as possible, you should always check your manual or contact your local dealer to determine the appropriate towing capacity of your vehicle and necessary equipment.
Three engines are available in the 2015 Colorado. Not all trim levels are available with every type of engine.
The 2.5 L engine is available in all four models, and the 3.6 L engine is available in all except the Base model.
|2.5 L 4-Cylinder
|3.6 L V6
2.5 L 4-Cylinder
The 2.5 L 4-cylinder engine in the 2015 Colorado is the least powerful engine in the family.
It has up to 200 hp @ 6,300 rpm and 191 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4,400 rpm.
3.6 L V6
The 3.6 L V6 engine is the middle engine of the family in terms of towing power which generates up to 305 hp @ 6,800 rpm and 296 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4,300 rpm.
There are four basic trim levels in the 2015 Chevy Colorado family.
This is the base version of the Colorado.
- 4-wheel Antilock Disc Brakes with Duralife brake rotors
- Dual-stage frontal and side-impact air bags
- StabiliTrak Electronic Stability System with Traction Control
- Theft-deterrent system with engine immobilizer
- Halogen headlamps
- Power adjustable manual folding black mirrors
- Rear vision camera
- Chrome CornerStep Rear Bumper
- Locking tailgate
- Black beltline moldings
- Enhanced driver information center
- Power windows
- Front bucket seats
The WT adds a few features from the Base model.
The features are:
- Carpeted flooring
- Cloth seating surfaces
- Rear-folding bench seat
- Dual-rear seats with under-seat storage
The LT is the upgraded version of the WT. It includes many of the same features as the WT, but some with additional luxuries.
Some of these additional features are:
- OnStar Directions & Connections Plan
- Theft-deterrent system with content-theft alarm and engine immobilizer
- Power-adjustable manual folding body-color mirrors
- Chrome beltline moldings
- Bluetooth wireless technology for select phones
- 2 USB ports
- Remote keyless entry
- Cruise control
- OnStar with 4G LTE and mobile Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 7 devices
The Z71 is the basic off-roading Colorado. It is a higher-end truck than the WT and the LT as it has fog lamps, heated and power side mirrors, and remote vehicle start. Since it is designed for off-roading it also has front recovery hooks.
Notable features of the Z71:
- Automatic locking rear differential
- Z71 Off-Road Suspension Package
- Transfer Case Shield
- Hill Descent Control
- Projector-beam headlamps
- Single-zone automatic climate control
- EZ lift and Lower tailgate
- Remote vehicle starter system
- Electric rear-window defogger
- Sliding rear window
There are many packages offered for the 2015 Colorado, but there is only one towing package.
This package is known as the trailering package. This package is available on all standard models except the base model. It is only compatible with the 2.8 L and 3.6 L engine, however.
It includes a trailer hitch and a 7-pin connector.
This package doesn’t have any effect on the GCWR, which means that any 2015 Colorado without a trailer hitch should not exceed a towing capacity of 3500 lbs.
You will see in the next section that there is an additional 3,500 lbs of towing capacity added with the trailering package.
Towing Capacity by Engine
2.5 L 4-Cylinder
As stated before, the 2.5 L 4-cylinder engine in the 2015 Chevy Colorado provides the least amount of towing capabilities and only provides 3,500 lbs of towing.
3.6 L V6
Without the trailering package, the 3.6 L engine in the 2015 Chevy Colorado can tow up to 3,500 lbs. However, with the trailering package, the towing capacity increases to 7,000 lbs. In both cases, the GCWR is 12,000 lbs.
GCWR – 12,000 lbs
|with Trailering Package
GCWR – 12,000 lbs
With the limited capabilities of the Colorado, there are also limited towing features. Since it is not designed and marketed as a towing truck, it doesn’t have some of the other bells and whistles that other truck companies have.
The three main available features are the integrated trailer brake controller, a diesel exhaust brake, and an automatic locking rear differential.
Again, these are all available features rather than standard features in the family.
The diesel exhaust brake creates back pressure in the exhaust to slow the vehicle down, which is especially helpful for towing large loads.
The other two features are standard in newer pickup trucks on the market and are nothing to ride home about.
2015 Chevy Colorado Towing Capacity Chart
2015 Chevy Colorado Colors
The 2015 Chevy Colorado comes in 9 colors:
- Laser Blue
- Rainforest Green Metallic
- Red Rock Metallic
- Red Hot
- Brownstone Metallic
- Cyber Gray Metallic
- Silver Ice Metallic
- Summit White
My personal favorite is black. I think it looks very sleek for the truck design (See below). My second pick is the red. (I’ve always wanted a red car).
Colorado Payload Capacity 2015
There is no information on the ebrochure that discusses the payload capacity of each engine of the Colorado, only a general payload of 1,590 lbs.
The document doesn’t specify in what configuration this may payload is, so you should absolutely make sure you check the payload capacity on your own.
Read: What Does GVWR Mean? GVWR Explained for Trucks and Trailers to learn all about payload capacity and how it is calculated.
To find your GVWR, you can look inside the forward side of the rear door. Here will be a certification and tire label that will list the GVWR in the position shown below.
The 2015 Chevy Colorado can tow up to 7,000 lbs, but this is only with the 3.6 engine with a trailering package. The 2.5L and 3.6L engines can tow only up to 3,500 lbs.
The information here is to be used for comparison purposes, and you should always do your due diligence to calculate your own towing capacity.
Check your owner’s manual to get the GCWR, then calculate the towing capacity.