2015 Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon rated at 27 mpg by EPA with 4-cylinder

Article by Andrew Christian, on September 26, 2014

Chevrolet’s new 2015 Colorado made quite a buzz and dealers already ordered more than 40,000 units but today we expect this number to increase as the new pickup truck shows promises to return class-leading fuel economy figures.

According to GM, the 2.5-liter four-cylinder which delivers 200 hp and 191 pound-feet of torque, equipped with rear-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission will offer an EPA rating of 19 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg combined.

When using the six-speed automatic transmission as well as the two-wheel drive configuration, the numbers increase to 20 mpg city, 27 mph highway and 22 mpg combined.

This means that the 2015 Colorado is more efficient that the 2WD Tacoma, which is powered by a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine developing 159 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque, that returns 21 mpg city, 25 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined.

Moreover, the Colorado is better than the Nissan Frontier that uses a 2.5-liter four-cylinder producing 152 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque, that returns 19 mpg city, 23 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined. The 2015 Colorado equipped with 4WD is rated by EPA at 19 mpg city, 25 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined. The 2015 GMC Canyon shows the same fuel economy figures as it uses the same engines as the 2015 Colorado.

Press Release

Colorado and Canyon Will Lead Midsize Pickup Segment in Four-Cylinder Fuel Economy and Payload

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon will offer segment-leading highway fuel efficiency for four-cylinder midsize pickup trucks, according to EPA fuel economy estimates. The Canyon will also offer segment-leading payload ratings. No competitor in the segment offers more payload capacity than the Colorado or Canyon.

The all-new midsize trucks, powered by the 2.5L four-cylinder engine with 2WD and available 6-speed automatic transmission, will have an EPA-estimated 20 mpg city and 27 mpg highway, for a combined 22 mpg rating overall.

Trucks outfitted with 4WD will have EPA-estimated 19 city mpg and 25 mpg highway for a combined 21 mpg, giving Colorado and Canyon segment-leading highway fuel efficiency and segment-leading power for a four-cylinder models with automatic transmissions.

With the 3.6L V-6 engine, payload ratings for the Colorado and Canyon are 1,590 pounds and 1,620 pounds, respectively. The difference is due to slight differences in curb weight – the Canyon has alloy wheels standard while the standard wheels on the Colorado are slightly heavier steel wheels.

“Offering segment-leading four-cylinder fuel economy is yet another item to add to the Chevrolet Colorado’s long list of segment leads,” said Tony Johnson, Colorado marketing manager. “It shows once again how the midsize segment can benefit from a fresh competitor offering the latest technologies.”

“The 2015 GMC Canyon uses innovations like available active grille shutters, which close to get the most out of every gallon of fuel and open when more air is needed, like when transporting heavy loads” said Kenn Bakowski, Canyon marketing manager. “Having segment-leading V-6 and four-cylinder efficiency, plus the highest payload rating, proves GMC has applied the latest technologies in just the right places, and our customers reap the benefits.”

The Colorado and Canyon began shipping to dealers last week. For the 2016 model year, Colorado and Canyon will add a 2.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel to the engine lineup. Technical details and EPA fuel economy estimates will be available closer to launch.

With the introduction of Colorado and Canyon, Chevrolet and GMC will offer customers more pickup choices than any other brand, including midsize, full-size light duty and heavy-duty pickups.

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