Among vehicle types that have evolved from a purely commercial to a multi-purpose fun-to-drive vehicle is the pickup truck.
Way back then, a pickup truck was a very basic vehicle designed to carry loads of materials and nothing more. There was nothing exciting about a pickup truck. It came in as a two seater transport vehicle coupled with a long bed, and steel wheel rims with practically nothing to talk of as far as its interior features are concerned. It is more of a farm or delivery equipment than a multi-purpose transportation equipment.
Automotive design is very dynamic. Major car manufacturers listened to the needs of the market thus the evolution of a pickup truck from a purely commercial equipment to an all-around multi — purpose people and cargo mover all rolled into one.
I took the Chevy Colorado for a spin from Alabang to BGC. And boy, was I impressed! It was a far cry from the pickup truck of yesteryears. At first I was a bit skeptical about the handling of this vehicle. It is still a 4×4 truck. But my doubt was erased as soon as I entered the Skyway. Its powerful, yet quiet 2.8 L diesel engine traversed the Skyway with ease. It was really reassuring that there were 200 horses under the Colorado’s hood while driving inside the Skyway. As I approached EDSA, where heavy traffic is the norm, the Colorado showed off its car-like handling through it electronic power steering. I have never imagined driving a pickup truck in comfort in stop and go traffic. Its wide front windshield offers great visibility even from a raised 4×4 platform. Its automatic dimming rear view mirror was a welcome relief while driving home after sundown from BGC. The glare coming from headlights of cars coming from behind can be irritating and unsafe. Thanks to the automatic dimming rear view mirror of the Colorado, night driving is made a lot safer.
I am pleasantly surprised that the Colorado has a lot of features that can only be found in luxury cars like leather seats with driver side power adjustment, keyless entry with remote engine start, auto light, rain sensing wipers, daylight running lamps, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, front and rear park assist with reverse camera. But wait, there is still more. It has a host of more safety features like, traction control, hill start assist, anti-lock braking system, electronic brake force distribution and electronic stability control.
Three thumbs up for the Chevy Colorado for being the complete pickup truck! Its stunning good looks, safety and comfort features made my driving experience very enjoyable.
Whether it is for business, sports or recreation, the Chevy Colorado can be it!