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2015 Chevrolet Colorado & GMC Canyon 4-Cylinder MPG Announced

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 9/22/2014 Joseph Capparella

According to the EPA, four-cylinder versions of the new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickup trucks achieve ratings of up to 20/27/22 mpg city/highway/combined when equipped with rear-wheel drive and the optional six-speed automatic.

Given that 305-hp, V-6 versions of these new trucks have already been rated at 21 mpg combined for rear-wheel-drive models and 20 mpg for four-wheel-drive models, we were expecting higher from the smaller four-cylinder engine. Looks like we’ll have to wait for the 2.8-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder that’s coming for the 2016 model year to get even more efficiency out of this midsize truck packaging.

These numbers still beat equivalent versions of the Colorado and Canyon’s midsize competitors, the dated Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier, which achieve 19/24/21 mpg and 17/23/19 mpg city/highway/combined, respectively, for their rear-wheel-drive, four-cylinder, automatic transmission models. The GM trucks are much more efficient despite their more powerful 2.5-liter engine that makes 200 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque.

Adding four-wheel drive to the four-cylinder 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon lowers fuel economy ratings by 1 mpg city, 2 mpg highway, and 1 mpg combined for totals of 19/25/21 mpg city/highway combined, and the base trucks with a six-speed manual instead of the optional automatic are rated at 19/26/22 mpg city/highway/combined.

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon’s fuel economy numbers compare less favorably with their larger full-size truck siblings, the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. These significantly larger and more capable half-ton trucks achieve only slightly lower ratings when equipped with the standard 4.3-liter V-6 engine. With two-wheel drive, the Silverado V-6 is rated at 18/24/20 mpg, and four-wheel drive versions achieve 17/22/19 mpg city/highway combined; combined ratings for the larger trucks are thus only 2 mpg lower than four-cylinder Colorado and Canyon models, and the disparity is even smaller when you consider V-6 Colorado and Canyon trucks.

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The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups are on sale now.

Source: EPA

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