2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Car Seat Check

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is having a good year. It was recently named Cars.com’s Best Pickup Truck of 2015. This midsize pickup truck is built on an all-new platform and has a redesigned exterior and interior. The Colorado comes in extended- or crew-cab models; we tested a Colorado crew cab, which seats five.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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What We Like

  • The Colorado crew cab has two sets of lower Latch anchors in the outboard rear seats. Despite stiff seat cushions, we found the anchors easy to access.
  • The forward-facing convertible installed easily into the Colorado, but the tether anchor’s location is problematic.
  • The booster fit well on the Colorado’s flat bench. The seat belt buckles are on floppy bases, but the connecting strap is so short that the buckles don’t move around too much. They should be easy for a younger child in a booster seat to use independently.

What We Don’t

  • Tether anchors are often a little tricky in pickup trucks. In the Colorado crew cab, the three tether anchors are hard to find: You have to fold the seatbacks to access them. More than 50 percent of parents forget to use the tether anchor with their child’s car seat. In the crew cab, the tether anchors are out of sight, making it likely that parents will forget to use them.
  • For both the rear-facing convertible and infant seats we had to move the front passenger seat forward to accommodate each of them, with the infant seat needing more room than the convertible. After moving the front passenger seat forward, our 5-foot-8 tester was able to sit comfortably in the front row, but taller adults may be cramped.

Grading Scale

A: Plenty of room for the car seat and the child; doesn’t impact driver or front-passenger legroom. Easy to find and connect to Latch and tether anchors. No fit issues involving head restraint or seat contouring. Easy access to the third row.

B: Plenty of room. One fit or connection issue. Some problems accessing third row when available.

C: Marginal room. Two fit or connection issues. Difficult to access third row when available.

D: Insufficient room. Two or more fit or connection issues.

F: Does not fit or is unsafe.

About Cars.com’s Car Seat Checks

Editor Jennifer Newman is a certified child safety seat installation technician. Editor Jennifer Geiger is working on renewing her certification.

For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide Classic Connect 30 infant-safety seat, a Britax Marathon convertible seat and Graco TurboBooster seat. The front seats are adjusted for a 6-foot driver and a 5-foot-8 passenger. The three child seats are installed in the second row. The booster seat sits behind the driver’s seat, and the infant and convertible seats are installed behind the front passenger seat.

We also install the forward-facing convertible in the second row’s middle seat with the booster and infant seat in the outboard seats to see if three car seats will fit; a child sitting in the booster seat must be able to reach the seat belt buckle. If there’s a third row, we install the booster seat and a forward-facing convertible. To learn more about how we conduct our Car Seat Checks, go here.

Parents should also remember that they can use the Latch system or a seat belt to install a car seat, and that Latch anchors have a weight limit of 65 pounds, including the weight of the child and the weight of the seat itself.

Cars.com photos by Evan Sears

 
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