GM has announced EPA fuel economy estimates for the 2015 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickups, and the numbers surprise. The truck with the 3.6L V6, 6-speed automatic transmission, and 2WD is rated at 18 MPG city, 26 MPG highway and 21 MPG combined. The 4WD version is rated at 17 / 24 / 20 respectively. This is impressive for a truck with 305 horsepower this level of capability.
For comparison, Toyota Tacoma Access Cab 2WD is rated at 17 MPG city and 21 MPG highway. The Nissan Frontier King Cab 2WD is rated at 16 city and 22 on the highway. Both Tacoma and Frontier use V6 engines of 4.0L displacement and 5-speed automatic transmissions.
GM did not announce fuel economy numbers for the Colorado or Canyon equipped with the 2.5L four cylinder engine and the 6-speed manual transmission. We assume that these numbers will be released soon as the first drive program for these trucks is within two and half weeks.
The EPA website does not have any of these details yet. However, you can go to www.chevrolet.com and configure your 2015 Chevy Colorado online. Online configurator for the 2015 GMC Canyon is available as of this writing, but it will also go on sale this fall.
Watch these TFLtruck videos of the 2015 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon, and stay tuned for the first drive videos later this month.