Official: 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Diesel Gets Up To 31 MPG Highway
4WD Model Rated at 20 City, 29 Highway
The Chevrolet Colorado diesel (and presumably the GMC Canyon diesel) can now officially claim the title of America’s most fuel-efficient pickups. General Motors today announced the official EPA figures for the 2016 Chevy Colorado equipped with the 2.8L I-4 Duramax turbodiesel engine. Figures are 22 mpg city, 31 mpg highway, and 25 mpg combined for the 2WD model, and 20 mpg city, 29 mpg highway, and 23 mpg combined for the 4WD model. Although not in the same class, comparisons are inevitable with the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, which achieves a best of 21 mpg city and 29 mpg highway on the 2WD HFE model, with the non-HFE model getting 20 mpg city and 28 mpg highway and the 4WD model rated at 19 mpg city and 27 mpg highway.
Compared to the other engines in the lineup, the diesel gets 2 mpg better city and 4 mpg better highway fuel economy than the 2WD 2.5L I-4 with the six-speed automatic and 4 mpg better city and 5 mpg better highway than the 4WD 3.6L V-6. As has been noted by many other observed real-world fuel economy tests, diesel models often achieve better real-world fuel economy than the EPA figures, potentially giving the diesel an even larger fuel economy advantage over its gas-powered counterparts.
At 181 hp, the 2.8L Duramax is the least powerful engine in the lineup in terms of horsepower, having 19 less than the base 2.5L I-4 and 124 less than the 3.6L V-6. However, it handily trumps both engines in torque output, with 100 lb-ft more than the V-6 and a whopping 178 lb-ft more than the base I-4. The diesel also has the highest towing capacity of the Colorado line, with a 7,700-pound max rating on the 2WD model.
Source: General Motors