Chevrolet, GMC Midsize Pickups Best 30 MPG

Chevy Colorado Duramax 1 II

It's official: The 2016 GMC Canyons and Chevrolet Colorados equipped with the all-new Duramax 2.8-liter inline four-cylinder turbo-diesel will have the best EPA-rated fuel economy of any pickup truck sold in the U.S., breaking the 30 mpg ceiling.

The crew-cab 4x2 GM twins with the diesel engine option — which adds $3,730 to a similarly equipped gas V-6 model — get an EPA rating of 22/31/25 mpg city/highway/combined. Colorado and Canyon diesel 4x4 models are rated at 20/29/23 mpg city/highway/combined.

The addition of the four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine gives the midsize pair better towing capacity than some half-ton V-6 models (Ford and Ram) as well as some half-ton V-8s (Nissan and select Ram models). The engine is rated at 181 horsepower and 369 pounds-feet of torque, and includes includes a Class III hitch, integrated trailer brake controller, a locking rear differential, an exhaust brake switch and a unique vibration damper on the torque converter.

The new EPA ratings make the Colorado and Canyon the clear mpg leaders in the midsize segment, as neither of the other two competitors have a diesel option yet. There are grumblings, however, that Nissan and Toyota are looking at new powertrain options for future models.

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GMC Canyon Duramax 1 II

 

Comments

@Big Al - I am very familiar with diesel powered equipment and motor vehicles. My dad had a trucking business and currently a large number of my friends and acquaintances are either truckers and loggers. In my past life as a paramedic I drove gas and diesel EMT units.

Each time I have looked at diesel pickups I could not come up with a satisfactory justification for the extra cash outlay. In 1990 when I purchased my F250 there was a huge difference in fuel prices to diesel's advantage. Those pre-emissions diesels also got exceptionally good mpg. My math put break even at 160,000 km. That same truck lasted 15 years with 225,000 km when I got rid of it. It really would not of given me much benefit to getting the diesel. Some guys I knew with exact same trucks needed injectors and one needed glow plugs over a similar mileage span.
In 2010 I could not justify the extra 20k in price to step up to a HD diesel.

Spare me the lectures.

Once again you contradict yourself. You go on about how most trucks are just glorified cars therefor tow and haul ratings mean nothing but then you say this, "Diesels are bought because they are perceived as better engines for work and more durable."

If trucks do not tow or haul then why would you need a diesel in the first place?

Dude - work on your consistency. Your message isn't much different than that of the Rambot fanboz. You twist comments to suit your ideology.

I got nothing against diesels. If I feel that I need one, I'll buy one but like I pointed out earlier - a full bling Colorado diesel is within spitting distance of a full bling Chevy 6.2 or mid-bling Chevy Duramax.

If I wanted a diesel it would be to tow or haul and that means a Duramax Chevy as they have the best durability ratings and always do well in tests.

Lou,
Then don't read my comments if you consider myself a mentor or as you call it a lecturer.

So, Lou you commentary appears to be very personal as if I'm talking to you. The comment was directed at Scott.

Then Nitro and yourself attack as if the comments are directed at you guys.

Are Scott and Nitro one of your symbiotic personalities?

Hmmm...............

Lois, you are a problem person, are we?

Big Al from Oz -

mentor bwhaaahaaahaaahaaa.

Lecturer - perhaps but professors tend to be more accurate in relation to subject matter.

This is a blog and therefor any comment is open to any rebuttal.

BTW - you have directed a few comments directly to me.

Back to the multiposter paranoia I see.

http://i660.photobucket.com/albums/uu322/bNphish/its-a-conspiracy-1.jpg

Big AL, what attack are you talking about? Just talking, not attacking, giving opinions and experiences, dont take the things the wrong way all the time this site is not about you

I forgot to respond to the montoids guy with the huge payload on the door sticker, that just shows, that the knowledge is not there in how to determine your loads, the sticker was from the line the truck left, if the dealer added 500 pounds of options the sticker will not reflect that, since it was from the manufacture.

Lou,
Maybe you should re-read his comment.

Considering your claimed profession as an Aumbulance Driver you should hopefully be able to make such simple observations. Accurate observation and the processes employed to manipulate information or input from your observations determine the outcome you present. If your powers of processing this information is flawed then you will be prone to making a poor assessment or an error.

Big Al's comment is directed at your erroneous comment.

Frod isn't all that and a bag of chips because it doesn't use Eco Boost's in HDs for a reason. That reason is is due to their less than stellar FE.

I don't know how you can distort or change our comments. Sort of like the many other pro Frod commenters on this site.

Bafo
Here is a article from your beloved and most referred website. Appears fords fire sale really isn't. They fooled you big time
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/barks-bites-sale-not-sale-not-sale-sale/#more-1218313

Bafo
Here is a article from your beloved and most referred website. Appears fords fire sale really isn't. They fooled you big time
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/barks-bites-sale-not-sale-not-sale-sale/#more-1218313

Posted by: Scott | Nov 13, 2015 1:28:31 PM

Oh, there is still a big sale. Ford's incentives are as high or higher than anyone's because they have to if they want to end the year on a strong note to make up for the disappointing year they have had.
http://www.ford.com/trucks/f150/2015/incentives/

Ray Ray - sales incentives vary from manufacturer to manufacturer and even time of year. Year end tends to be the time for the best rebates.

@Lou_BC
Payload is the thing here. The Global Colorado, gets a Minimum 2,300lb for the Crewcab
@Mark Williams editorial sums up , partially why these Global Midsizers are so popular, the other aspects are fuel economy and stock Off Road ability
"The addition of the four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine gives the midsize pair better towing capacity than some half-ton V-6 models (Ford and Ram) as well as some half-ton V-8s (Nissan and select Ram models)"

"Ford needs to do more than a fire sale."

If I remember, didn't GM & Chrysler a few years ago, have a GOING OUT BUSINESS SALE.

"Ford needs to do more than a fire sale."

If I remember, didn't GM & Chrysler a few years ago, have a GOING OUT of BUSINESS SALE

Laugh it off johnny bob. We all know who you and your ignorant self is. Can you even tie your own shoe laces????? Nope!!

31 mpg! I hate to brage, but SEE I TOLD YOU SO!

Yep, I was right. And it is a beatiful CHEVY Truck that got over 30 mpg first! It kicks the tar out of the F-150 in fuel economy enventhough the F-150 has TWO TURBOS!

The bottom line is this website has nothing but Ford GIRLY MEN pimping Ford and bashing GM! The site would be A LOT better if Ford just went bankrupt and kept their GIRLY MAN STEP to themselves!

I have spoken and the truth is what I speak.
Posted by: Bob | Nov 13, 2015 9:27:44 AM

This is a great post by the buddy Bob.

How much longer is the site going to put up with girly Ford men? Why the Ford posts all the time?

31 mpg! I hate to brage, but SEE I TOLD YOU SO!

Yep, I was right. And it is a beatiful CHEVY Truck that got over 30 mpg first! It kicks the tar out of the F-150 in fuel economy enventhough the F-150 has TWO TURBOS!

The bottom line is this website has nothing but Ford GIRLY MEN pimping Ford and bashing GM! The site would be A LOT better if Ford just went bankrupt and kept their GIRLY MAN STEP to themselves!

I have spoken and the truth is what I speak.
Posted by: Bob | Nov 13, 2015 9:27:44 AM

This is a great post by the buddy Bob.

How much longer is the site going to put up with girly Ford men? Why the Ford posts all the time?

Y'all can be eco boosting, I rather Dynamic Skip Fire or Dynamic Skip Fords LOL!

http://www.autonews.com/article/20150105/OEM06/150109992/gm-expects-15-mpg-gain-from-new-cylinder-deactivation-system

Look Frank is back from the Ford dealer for his stuck spart plugs. You get your settlement check yet? LMAO.

http://www.fordsparkplugsettlement.com/

Like I said, you can't even tie your own shoe laces now can you???

I don't think Ford's employee pricing sale is as much desperation as an opportunity to expand market share especially in the automobile segment of the market where the competition is highly competitive with many more players. Ford has some decent cars but the Japanese and South Koreans keep upping the ante. Also GM and Ram have been having some aggressive promotions to increase their share of the truck market. People are looking for discounts and it is hard just to sit on the sidelines.

As for the previous generation of the Colorado/Canyon they were not as terrible as many think but they were priced much too high and GM did some serious cost cutting on the fit and finish. The new Colorado/Canyon is much better in fit and finish. The interior and exterior finish of the previous Colorado/Canyon were not as good as the S-10/Sonoma. Hopefully the new generation of Colorado/Canyon does not have any major issues.

i looked at the new colorodo as i would like a mid size truck for a daily driver, but for the price of one i can get a full size that will haul more, tow more and basically beat it in every category except slightly less fuel mileage and cost a little more. I just cant justify the expense for a less capable truck, BUT i want the midsize so i am caught in a dilemma, my wants vs what makes more sense. Also the colorodo does not have a manual tranny for the V6 which is a deal breaker, waiting to see if the ford rumour of the ranger is true or not for now

It is very hard to find a manual transmission in anything unless it is a base model. A 6 speed manual would be great with a V-6 and with a 4 x 4. I will bet that Ford will do the same thing with the Ranger, but if Ford did offer a manual transmission on a V-6 and a 4 x 4 they would get additional sales. I believe that all the manufacturers will eventually eliminate manual transmissions but I will miss them.

Do you all think the GMC Canyon is worth paying the $2000 premium over the Chevy colorado? I mea it's like paying $2k for nicer trim right? Nothing really else difference? Any difference in reliability OR service for Chevy vs GMC?

Also I rarely Haul so should I just save on the Duramax like $3750 price tag and just get a V6??? What do you all think I'm a city driver, do deliveries etc, but don't need to haul trailers.



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