As the new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-size pickup trucks get to dealers this week, GM announced Sunday, that the four-cylinder power trains on their all-new trucks will deliver segment leading fuel economy of up to 20/22 mpg City/ Highway with an expected 27 mpg average. In both Colorado and Canyon, the top fuel economy truck will be those 2.5L four-cylinder engine models equipped with 2WD and the available 6-speed automatic transmission.
GM says that trucks outfitted with 4WD will have EPA-estimated 19/25 mpg City/Highway with an expected average of 21 mpg. For those models with the available six-speed manual transmission, the numbers are said to be 19/22 mpg City/Highway with an expected average of 26 mpg.
For those who may be concerned that a four-cylinder is not enough power – even in a smaller mid-size pickup – the 2.5L in-line four-cylinder engine for the new Colorado and Canyon trucks produces 200 horsepower with 191 lb.-ft. of torque – easily the best in segment. The competing trucks (Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier) also offer four-cylinder power plants for 2015. The Tacoma engine is a 2.7L in-line four-cylinder that produces 150 horsepower with 180 lb.-ft. of torque and has a best fuel economy rating of 19/24 mpg City/ Highway. The Nissan Frontier offers a 2.5L in-line four-cylinder that generates 152 horsepower with 171 lb.-ft of torque. It has a fuel economy rating of 19/23 mpg City/Highway.
We have commented previously that we feel these new generation mid-size pickup trucks from GM will bring new energy to the segment and change the dynamics of the mid-size vs full size consumer interest in the segment.
The new Colorado and Canyon will offer almost every feature, function and technology that a customer can get on a full-size pickup truck without having to spend that higher price (easily runs to $50,000) and deal with the larger size that often does not fit in the garage. As we pointed out before, these trucks are a cost effective alternative for consumers wanting to move into a pickup truck at a physical size and a price point below a full-size pickup and still get all of their needs met.
But the proof is in the driving at the end of the day. Our team will be doing a media first drive of both the Colorado and Canyon this week. Our expectations are high and we think – from what we have seen so far – that these new trucks will be up that bar (even with the four-cylinder).
We will let you know.