The Holden Colorado was crowned the 2017 Ute of the Year by Light Commercial Vehicle Magazine (LCV).
It’s a timely award for the Australian car manufacturer. They face stiff competition in the Ute market from the Ford Ranger, Toyota Hilux, Nissan Navara and Mitsubishi Triton.
To say you’ve won an award like this means a lot. The Ford Ranger won the International Pick-up award in 2013 . Today it’s new New Zealand’s best selling new car.
LCV gave a good rundown on all the good things the Holden Colorado has to offer.
“In developing the new vehicle, Holden’s designers had aimed to achieve “the same assured off-road capability of its predecessor” and add “impressive on-road refinement.”
The vehicle was put through it’s paces, on-road and off-road.
“The following day we were traversing loose-surfaced roads that sometimes seemed impossibly-narrow as we threaded our way into and out of the Lees Valley. Sandwiched in between those gravel road drives was a long haul up into the hills flanking the valley, on narrow rutted tracks through tussock-land. I came away with positive thoughts about the Colorado, and the feeling that Holden had indeed made real improvements that turned a rather ordinary truck into a very good one.”
The reviewer also lauded the ride quality.
“It was quieter and smoother than the previous model, it rode better, performed just as well – and I felt the package now meant you could actually use much more of the truck’s performance. Best of all, though, was the electric steering. It was quicker, it was accurate and you could place the truck on the road with absolute precision. Turn-in to a corner and the Colorado went exactly where you wanted it to go; gone was the nanosecond pause while the old model decided whether it would, in fact, do your bidding. Even then, you’d need to feed more on more lock to get the old model to where you wanted it to.”
When it boils down to it, the magazine says the Holden Colorado won the award because the driving experience was more engaging.
“We think it thoroughly deserves to be the LCV Magazine 2017 Ute of the Year. It’s a standout vehicle in a field of high quality rivals.”