General Motors has finally released full details on the fuel economy of the 2015 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon.
With the new 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that pumps out 200 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque and two-wheel drive, the pair of midsize trucks is rated at 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, combining for a 22 mpg rating. Stick four-wheel drive into the mix, and the fuel economy falls to 19 mpg in the city, 26 on the highway and 21 mpg combined.
A six-speed automatic comes standard on most trucks, but if you opt for a two-wheel drive extended cab in WT-trim you can get a six manual transmission, which puts the fuel economy at 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined.
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The four-cylinder only gets marginal fuel economy improvements compared to the larger 3.6-liter V6 option, which is rated at 18 mpg in city driving, 26 on the highway or a combined 21 when outfitted with two-wheel drive. The Colorado’s major competitor, the Toyota Tacoma, is rated at 21 mpg combined with two-wheel drive, putting the Colorado and Canyon just 1 mpg ahead.
GM also announced payload ratings for its new small trucks, saying that four-cylinder Colorado crew cab models with two-wheel drive can carry 1,460 pounds of payload. When fitted with the V6, the Colorado maxes out at 1,590 pounds. The four- and six-cylinder GMC Canyon carry maximum payload ratings of 1,490 pounds and 1,620 pounds respectively.
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