2016 Chevrolet Colorado Duramax Diesel Road Test Review

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With the addition of the powerful, efficient, and wonderfully integrated Duramax diesel powertrain, Cars.com reviewer Aaron Bragman says the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado becomes, quite possibly, one of the world's finest pickup trucks. Find out more in his review.

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Too bad the review used a 3800 lb trailer for towing tests considering its rated for 7700.

Nice truck. Now if we can get the Ranger going and Toyota we'll have a small truck war again. Its about time.

GM hit a home run with these little trucks!

I like the colorado more than I thought I would. Still wouldn't consider buying one though. Too expensive for what you get. Disappointed that the next ford ranger will likely be the same story. Why can't someone give us a true compact truck?

I think within the next five years we'll get a true compact truck from polaris, honda, canam, kawasaki etc.

@Michael, the reason they did the test with a 3800# trailer is because realistically thats all it will do until it starts to fly apart. Seriously these car/truck crossovers should not be looked at as, hey lets go tow a 6500LB camper no problem, you wold be looking for problems there. Again this is a small test, in the real world, if you always towed a 3800 # trailer with that it would not last long.

I will wait a few years to see if the new Colorado's durability is any better than other GM products I have owned. If not, then forget it. No matter how pretty it is, no matter how good it appears to be when new, if it is going to spend most of its time in the shop, like my prior GM vehicles, and is going to keep costing me money when the warranty runs out, then I'll stay with other brands.

@Dale, correct that is why I dont buy the towing capacity based on my past experience with GM 1/2 tons, they can't even handle that over the long haul.

These little trucks that are not little.

I fully understand what these new midsize diesels can offer.

I can't believe how he describes the 2.8 as a smooth diesel when here it is regarded as one of the more agricultural diesels in a midsize pickup.

As for the FE. I've been quoting those numbers which are very similar to what I achieve. Diesel doesn't have nowhere near the same level of fudging in FE figures like the gasoline engines do, especially those 2.7 EcoThirsts fitted to the aluminium F-150s.

The amount being towed was realistic. I do know they are rated to tow well over 7 000lbs, but I'd wouldn't buy a midsize to tow 7 000lbs or even a 1/2 ton pickup.

If anyone who comments on PUTC has ever towed a large and heavy load, even 7 800lbs would know you would like a pickup at least the size and capability as a XD Titan.

Isn't this the 2.8 VM Motari diesel?

I will wait a few years to see if the new Colorado's durability is any better than other GM products I have owned. If not, then forget it. No matter how pretty it is, no matter how good it appears to be when new, if it is going to spend most of its time in the shop, like my prior GM vehicles, and is going to keep costing me money when the warranty runs out, then I'll stay with other brands.


Posted by: Dale | Dec 14, 2015 11:28:30 AM

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Go look at cost of ownership and Studies that look past 90 days for dependability and quality.

You know what you find missing.

Ford and Fiat.

http://www.jdpower.com/cars/awards/Vehicle-Dependability-Study-%2528VDS%2529-by-Category/433ENG

http://www.jdpower.com/cars/articles/jd-power-studies/2015-us-vehicle-dependability-study-results

http://www.kbb.com/new-cars/5-year-cost-to-own-awards/best-cto-full-size-pickup-truck/


The only domestic vehicles mentioned in the same breath as the Japanese are, wait for it, GM vehicles. A nice attaboy to Dodge for making better trucks than in the past but not in the upper echelon.

The stigma is old. Like whatever brand you want. Vehicle quality is a good as ever on domestic vehicles but apparently GM is the only company making vehicles that score as high as Toyota or Honda.

Dale,
Do you realise much of the Colorado/Canyon pickups have been around for quite some time now?

They've been in the global market. I do believe the engine/drivetrain is the same as the global Colorados.

So, yes these are tried and proven in many ways.

Nitro need to do some more home work on this med size trucks. First of all the Colorado / Canyon and Toyota are Not crossover vehicles, they are body on frame not cars. Nitro go to the Motortrend .com and check out, the 2016 Colorado truck of the year test, to see if the Colorado can pull 7700 lb trailer and stop making make dumb statements like you do !

I've got about 2000 miles logged pulling approx 7000lb RV with a 5.0 F150 and never felt the chassis, brakes or engine was not completely capable. It's more important to have proper trailer brakes and WD/anti sway hitch. The 5.0 has enough snot to maintain 65 on decent east coast hills.

Yep its an evolution of the jeep liberty 2.8 liters A428 engine. Link below.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duramax

@lois o, I only make these statements based on my actual experience, especially with GM, I know that the two 1/2 tons I owned did not do well towing a measly 2500lbs all the time, now that was years ago, so I am willing to give them the benefit of the doubt, but I still have a bad taste in my mouth about GM. That being said, these are small trucks, and I would never buy one of these to tow something much less 7000lbs.

@andrwken - JD Power Dependability results are based upon 3 year old trucks. The 2015 ratings are covering 2012 pickups. That would mean the GMT900 model. They did have durable drivetrains but anyone who works them complained about interior fit and finish, door seals, easily damaged body panels for example. Those things might not be issues for private owners and often fleets won't get them repaired because the serviceable lifespan of any work truck is very short. My brother gets a new truck roughly every 2 years. He's on his 4th 2500 Chevy in the past 7 years.
Kelly BlueBook - is that based on 2010 trucks from the link you posted since they were talking about a 5 year period?

Consumer Reports stated that they would NOT recommend the 2015 Silverado/Sierra due to durability issues.

Any truck tends to rate better at the end of its model lifespan.

@been done and @ Big Al from OZ,
He really has nothing to compare the Colorado Diesel with. Yes it is pretty agricultural

Big Al from OZ & Robert:

Since you guys might have more knowledge with Asian built trucks in your part of the world; can you share with us any info with backup in expert comparisons and/or real world reports of each brands oil burning mills (global versions of Colorado, Ranger, Nissan etc)...thks

Robert Ryan - there is the age old automotive journalistic tradition of not being brutally honest with anything new. If you tell it as it is you will loose access to the corporate press fleet. TTAC staff have been blacklisted by several auto companies for being brutally honest with new vehicles.

"Don't bite the hand that feeds you".

@ Lou

I think your being a little tit for tat. Sounds mostly like you have an agenda based on brand. Honestly, I don't buy into 90 day quality surveys that so many here like to bring up. I want to know what vehicles are going to cost to own on the average and which ones are the most reliable.

Rather than tear apart the evidence in a way that makes you sound fanboyish, maybe you could provide some evidence to disprove the findings of what the most reliable and most affordable trucks are to own that aren't 90 days old.

I want to see data from 3 to 5 year old vehicles because that gives me a better picture of what to expect. I'm not trading one in every year because I"m worried it's going cost more money than another truck. Trucks do tend to have a lot of carryover from one design to the next so it's not like history does not play into determining reliability.

As for Consumer Reports,

How the hell does anyone know if a vehicle is going to be reliable when it's only a year old? Maybe they could disclose just how those findings are brought up. Do they have a lot of data based on having a vehicle for one year? I mean Dodge has great initial quality ratings from JD Power. Look how that data changes after 3 years?

Most of the info can be slanted towards where the money goes. I get that. I try and look for trends and if you look back through the last 5 years from different groups trying to rate quality, there is a trend there.

BigAl the US colorado is not the same truck as the global colorado. It is a completely different truck.

Thanks Robert - this confirms what I've always suspected & know already; the current global Ranger is one damn great value truck (I own one). It can do it all in comfort & still classy enough to take your partner out on a date.

I was very surprised how poorly the new Hilux was rated but confirms what I've always suspected (just like the US Taco version; Toy makers are only riding on old reliability myths & the reason why the new US Colorado seems so far better on initial tests.

Too bad the US are missing out on this fantastic truck & if ever it's introduced; I'm certain Ford will improve it even more or maybe not; it might eat into F150 sales...oh well let's see.

@Bog Al

"As for the FE. I've been quoting those numbers which are very similar to what I achieve. Diesel doesn't have nowhere near the same level of fudging in FE figures like the gasoline engines do, especially those 2.7 EcoThirsts fitted to the aluminium F-150s."


And those diesels like this 2.8L don't even have nearly the same power and can't even get out of their own way in comparison. More power equals more fuel. That is engine 101. What, they don't teach engine basics over there is Oz?

Some people want fuel economy while others want more power. Considering how many truck owners opt for the more powerful engine in the US(regardless of what their need is) I would say it is a safe bet that many do not share you opinion that FE is the most important factor in a truck.

@Lionel,
Fly in the Ointment for the Ranger is reliability. This fire in the new Everest and some Rangers, does not inspire confidence, when the excuse given is a loose battery lead!!
Never seen a vehicle, close down it's electrical systems and then explode because of a loose battery lead.
http://www.carsguide.com.au/car-news/ford-everest-fire-caused-by-loose-battery-connection-37276

Robert - you are obviously an anti-Ford turd like your buddy Big Al & still deny this global Ranger is gaining popularity worldwide (except the US); one fire incident out of the millions sold worldwide is obviously an isolated incident - it could very well be a bad one from the factory which happens with any brand (some more than others) or like in most cases - it's the idiotic owner who tampered with the electrical system for an aftermarket installation (alarm, stereo etc)....

And those diesels like this 2.8L don't even have nearly the same power and can't even get out of their own way in comparison. More power equals more fuel. That is engine 101. What, they don't teach engine basics over there is Oz?

@Cummins

I don't compare FE in gas engines to diesel engines. Diesel fuel has WAY more BTU per gallon than gasoline. That's why 18 wheelers use it.

Apples/oranges.

I doubt that I will ever own a compact pickup again, but you gotta give GM credit for gumption bringing a mid size to market after Ford pulled the Ranger and Dodge dumped the Dakota.

A chebby one of the finer PU's of the world..now that is a real knee slapper

Not a bad pickup. Would prefer a smaller pickup thats still very offroad capable

andrwken - CR can report on problems that are reported. If a vehicle has too many then they can easily make the claim that they won't recommend it. Any 1st year truck isn't going to be as reliable as subsequent models.

I did not mention 90 day Initial Quality from JD Power since that is a completely different animal than their Durability Data.

I don't have "an agenda". The Silverado is actually at the top of the my list if I had to replace my current truck. The 6.2 8 speed with max tow is what I'd want since I don't recall seeing a max tow 5.3. That might be different now that the 8 speed is available with the 5.3.

papa jim - the demographic data on the Colorado/Canyon is interesting. The average age of buyers is 57 (IIRC) with 10% being under 35. GM marketed the twins as lifestyle buyers and the adds target young buyers but they aren't the ones buying the bulk of them. Big Al in his zeal to support baby diesels and small trucks went down a feeble path of ridicule when I pointed out that this truck didn't have much back seat room for a family with growing kids. He also didn't like the fact that I pointed out that most small truck crew 4x4's I see are driving by emptynesters or single or young family types. Those demographics I commented upon would show that my observations were correct.

You can compare diesel to gas if one factors price into the equation. These trucks are too new in USA/Canada to be known to be durable so resale and durability are still unknown quantities. HD Diesels do tend to hold value better than equivalent gassers.

papa jim - the demographic data on the Colorado/Canyon is interesting. The average age of buyers is 57 (IIRC) with 10% being under 35.

@LouBC the demographics have been set on their heads during the last 20 years because economic conditions have favored baby boomers over the Gen Y and Gen Xers.

Until the GenY males can move out of mom's house and be on their own, the truck market will reflect some pretty skewed demographics. Not disparaging the younger buyers, they just don't have the disposable income.

RE: diesel. Regardless of fuel prices, diesel is the option of choice for anyone whose needs include a lot of grunt.

There are trade-offs for sure.

When I was a boy gasoline was dirt cheap (about $0.12 per gallon wholesale before tax, believe it or not). Back after World War 2, we used to see GMC single-axle cab semis that used those huge gas V6 and V8 truck engines (ditto school buses). Horrible gas mileage but they were cheap, bulletproof and nobody cared. We used gas and diesel to clean tools and parts, even paintbrushes.

The 1970s changed all that.

@papa jim--We use to have gas price wars in Texas in the 60's and early 70's. Full service gas would get below 20 cents a gallon. Some self service stations would give trucks and station wagons an additional 5 cents off a gallon. My father had a station wagon and he would take advantage of the truck discount. Paying 30 cents a gallon for regular was considered high.

@Lionel,
Ford is the second best selling Pickup behind, the Toyota Hilux. Nissan Navara has shot up to 3rd.

@Lou_BC--The power trains on the Colorado/Canyon are not that new and the truck itself has a lot of the Global Colorado DNA in it. My only concern would be the assembly aspect for the first few years. GM took the existing Global Colorado and adapted it for the US and Canada. The gas engines will be the majority of the sales but those who buy the diesel will get a reliable engine. I would be concerned about any new model of car or truck until the bugs have been worked out. Even the new F-150 has a few bugs that will take a couple of years to perfect. Not saying that the new F-150 is bad but not all defects can be caught initially. A vehicle that has not changed much has a better chance of having less defects which a perfect example is Toyota that is risk adverse to making too many changes.

@Lionel,
Toyota Corolla and the Hilux are the best selling Vehicles.Ford Ranger 4th best. Ford is currently the 6th best selling manufacturer
http://www.themotorreport.com.au/62701/new-car-sales-november-record-sales-beckon-and-is-toyota-unstoppable

@Robert - stop grabbing straws - I see all the data; the Toy makers had controlled these markets for too long that everyone is brainwashed whatever product they put out is the best - wrong! Just give it another year & Ranger will surely take the sales lead.
Same thing happened in Tahiti - Hilux was No. 1 in truck sales for as long as they kept records until last year Ranger overtook the sales lead & the gab is increasing even after the release of the new Hilux.
So hey reread article - these guys review was spot on & couldn't have agreed more - you cannot stop a good product from progressing & Toy makers reputation can only last for awhile...

@Lionel,
Grabbing straws? No notice where the Jeep is , it was a big seller, now non existent. Electronic issues and mechanical woes killed it. Ford has gone from 2nd to 6th

@andwrken I had a 2010 Tundra 4x4 dbl cab with 5.7, put 80K on it and in the 5.5 years i owned it the only thing it ever needed besides oil and filters was a windshield washer nozzle and windshield washer pump was leaking, so replaced it also and just replaced the original battery after 5.5 years. Purchased it for $31K without TTL and sold it for $25K last month. Best truck i ever owned by far. Wish they mad the crew max with a 6.5 ft bed. I am now going to try a F150 supercrew with 6.5 ft bed. will be a better swiss army knife for work and play, hope it's as good as the tundra, getting the 3.5 TT, should get better mpgs. BTW, towed over 8000lbs with the tundra at 80-90 from denver to phx and it towed great. I have towed a lot beyond a truck's tow ratings and never been scared, afraid or put anyone in danger. lot of scardy cats here afraid to tow close to the tow or cargo ratings. I'm 51 and come from an era when you make do with what you have and make it work and or know when you can push things or back off to get to destination safely.


@Michael, the reason they did the test with a 3800# trailer is because realistically thats all it will do until it starts to fly apart. Seriously these car/truck crossovers should not be looked at as, hey lets go tow a 6500LB camper no problem, you wold be looking for problems there. Again this is a small test, in the real world, if you always towed a 3800 # trailer with that it would not last long.

Posted by: nitro | Dec 14, 2015 11:22:04 AM


Amen. Ford says if you tow frequently Ford recommends the V8. I would too.


I like the colorado more than I thought I would. Still wouldn't consider buying one though. Too expensive for what you get. Disappointed that the next ford ranger will likely be the same story. Why can't someone give us a true compact truck?

Posted by: beebe | Dec 14, 2015 11:00:50 AM

I like the Dakota 4x4 with a 360 Magnum V8.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zj_KP6CYVRM


If anyone who comments on PUTC has ever towed a large and heavy load, even 7 800lbs would know you would like a pickup at least the size and capability as a XD Titan.

Posted by: Big Al from Oz | Dec 14, 2015 12:05:11 PM

I agree.

@Lionel,
In 2014, the Ranger and the Duster just managed to get past the older model Hilux in Tahiti. Duster not sold here.
http://bestsellingcarsblog.com/2015/06/tahiti-france-full-year-2014-ford-ranger-dacia-duster-edge-past-toyota-hilux/


I don't have "an agenda". The Silverado is actually at the top of the my list if I had to replace my current truck. The 6.2 8 speed with max tow is what I'd want since I don't recall seeing a max tow 5.3. That might be different now that the 8 speed is available with the 5.3.

Posted by: Lou_BC | Dec 14, 2015 6:17:29

I agree Lou, Now I got the beast 392 Hemi Prospector Power Wagon. It's the ultimate off road rig.

@Lionel,
Sounds like a French Polynesian thing. What is missing is Isuzu the Elephant in the Room.
"We witness a momentous event in the Tahitian models ranking in 2014: both the Ford Ranger (+1%) and Dacia Duster (+29%) dethrone the Toyota Hilux from the pole position it held in 2013, giving the sales charts a distinctly similar flavour to the other South Pacific overseas French collectivity: New Caledonia. The Hyundai ix35, Peugeot 207, Renault Clio and Nissan Navara are also strong sellers here."

Loo of BC,
It seems you mainly discuss Ford's attributes ie;

" I like midsizers and would own one........... except my 6' 10" five year old doesn't fit into the back"

Hmmmm......................so what vehicle is lacking in the Ford pickup lineup. A midsizer. So of course a midsizer is not good enough for Loo.

"I need to tow 8 000lbs, the 2.7 Ecothirst is a better tow and load pickup than a Ram".

Hmmmmm.........................so now you can only have Frod compete with Ram????

Looo, let's discuss Ford's EcoThirst mpg's. Can't do that. Because Ford changed it's marketing theme from FE to tow and load.

Go back and use some of your other Frod fan symbiotic pseudonyms. I'd like to see you become Alex;)

Lou in BC,
I have a new name for you!

Goldilocks.

Your view on pickups is like Goldilocks, eat the bears food and eventually find the "just right" bed to nap in.

Except with you it the aluminium F-150 2.7 EcoThirsts! 15.6mpg. Wow. Even an XD Titan is returning better FE and it weighs a few thousand pounds more.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ys4H-A6E5oY



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