Fuel Economy Announced for 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon I-4
Highway Figures Higher Than Tacoma, Frontier, Only Slightly Better than V-6
A few weeks ago, the fuel economy for the V-6 versions of the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon were announced and, to nobody’s great surprise, they fairly easily surpassed the mediocre performance of the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier. Today, economy figures have been released for the 200hp 2.5L gas I-4 base engine, which generally outpaces the competition but is only marginally better than the V-6 models.
Figures for the two-wheel-drive automatic extended-cab model are 20 mpg city, 27 highway, and 22 combined, with the four-wheel-drive getting 19 city, 25 highway, and 21 combined. The six-speed manual transmission, available only on the two-wheel-drive model, gets 19 city, 26 highway, and 22 combined. Figures for the V-6 models, which are only available with a six-speed automatic, are 18 city, 26 highway, and 21 combined for the two-wheel-drive, and 17 city, 24 highway, and 20 combined for the four-wheel-drive. Figures for the 2.8L Duramax I-4 turbodiesel have not yet been announced, but many believe it may reach or surpass 30 mpg highway.
For comparison’s sake, a two-wheel-drive Toyota Tacoma with the standard 2.7L I-4 and five-speed manual transmission gets 21 mpg city and 25 highway, the automatic gets 19 city and 24 highway, and the four-wheel-drive models get 18 city, 21 highway, and 18 city, 20 highway respectively for the automatic. The four-cylinder Nissan Frontier, which is only available with two-wheel drive, gets 17 mpg city, 23 highway with the automatic, and 19 city and 23 highway with the manual.
Source: General Motors