By Kelsey Mays, Cars.com
Claiming the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon will have the "most horsepower in the midsized truck segment," GM issued revised power ratings for its redesigned pickup truck siblings.
A standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder with direct injection will make 200 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 191 pounds-feet of torque at 4,400 rpm, while a 3.6-liter V-6 with direct injection makes 305 hp at 6,800 rpm and 269 pounds-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. In earlier, preliminary specifications, GM estimated the four-cylinder would make 193 hp and 184 pounds-feet of torque, while the V-6 would make 302 hp and 270 pounds-feet of torque.
That means the V-6 Colorado and Canyon will outpower the Toyota Tacoma (236 hp, 266 pounds-feet) and have more horsepower but not as much torque as the Nissan Frontier (261 hp, 281 pounds-feet). Naturally, engine output is just one factor in the acceleration equation, and we'll have to test these trucks head-to-head before we crown a capability champ.
But based on horsepower alone, GM's trucks stand to make the most power with their optional engines. The Honda Ridgeline has a standard V-6, whose 250 hp and 247 pounds-feet of torque beat GM's base engines. But the Ridgeline is rumored to skip the 2015 model year ahead of a 2016 redesign, so the Colorado and Canyon may technically own the title of most base and optional horsepower when they go on sale this fall. The four-cylinder Tacoma makes 159 hp and 180 pounds-feet of torque, while the four-cylinder Frontier makes 152 hp and 171 pounds-feet of torque.
We digress, but all we have are the power ratings right now. Stay tuned for our driving impressions closer to the end of this year.