2015 Chevy Colorado ConfiguratorWhile the news of today is destined to be dominated by a certain plucky Japanese roadster, props to Chevrolet and GMC for announcing its own significant bit of news about their newest pickup twins, the midsize Colorado and Canyon. The two GM-owned brands announced that the twins' 3.6-liter V6 will return up to 26 miles per gallon on the freeway.

To get such efficiency from the 305-horsepower mill, you'll need to live without four-wheel drive and be okay with a max city fuel economy of 18 mpg. The combined rating for the 2WD model sits at 21 mpg. Adding four-wheel drive drops the city and combined ratings by one mpg, while the highway rating dips from 26 to 24 mpg.

As for the twins' eagerly anticipated 2.8-liter diesel engine, it's destined for model year 2016, meaning we've got a ways to go before its efficiency and output are certified.

In other Colorado news, Chevy has launched the new pickup's configurator ahead of the truck's release later this fall. Its sister company, GMC, hasn't done the same for the Canyon (as of this writing), although we doubt a release is too far off.

Take a look below for the press release touting the new trucks' fuel economy, and then head over and build your very own Colorado at Chevy's consumer website.
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2015 Colorado and Canyon offer Segment-Leading Fuel Economy
EPA estimated 26 mpg highway for V-6 2wd models

DETROIT – The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon will offer segment-leading fuel economy for V-6 midsize pickups, based on EPA fuel economy estimates released today.

For V-6 pickups with automatic transmissions, which make up the majority of midsize truck sales, Colorado and Canyon offer highway fuel economy 3 to 5 mpg better than competitors.

"Colorado offers some of the best EPA fuel economy estimates of any pickup in a fun-to-drive, easy-to-own package," said Tony Johnson, Colorado marketing manager. "Colorado proves you don't have to buy a lot of expensive technology to save money at the pump."

"The all-new 2015 GMC Canyon adds segment-leading fuel economy to its winning resume," said Kenn Bakowski, Canyon marketing manager. "Innovations such as available active grille shutters combine with an aerodynamic design in a smaller, more maneuverable package to set a new standard for fuel economy in midsize trucks."

Colorado and Canyon fuel economy

Engine

Transmission

Drive
EPA Fuel Economy Estimates
City Combined Highway
305-hp 3.6L V-6 with direct fuel injection and continuously variable valve timing 6-speed automatic 2wd 18 21 26
4x4 17 20 24

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.

Colorado and Canyon will be available in dealerships nationwide in the fall of 2014. EPA fuel economy estimates for four-cylinder Colorado and Canyon will be finalized in the near future.

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.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.9 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

GMC has manufactured trucks since 1902, and is one of the industry's healthiest brands. Innovation and engineering excellence is built into all GMC vehicles and the brand is evolving to offer more fuel-efficient trucks and crossovers, including the Terrain small SUV and Acadia crossover. GMC is the only manufacturer to offer three full-size hybrid trucks with the Yukon, Yukon Denali SUVs and the Sierra pickup. The Sierra Heavy Duty pickups are the most capable and powerful trucks in the market. Details on all GMC models are available at http://www.gmc.com/, on Twitter at @thisisgmc or at http://www.facebook.com/gmc.


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      GR
      • 3 Months Ago

      I'm not even really a truck guy but I really like the styling on this Colorado/Canyon. If GM ever offers a 4x4 + Diesel engine + manual transmission, I'm quite interested. 

      Quen47
      • 3 Months Ago

      I'm really glad to see (between this and the new wave of small vans) the return of reasonably sized working vehicles. I don't need a pickup right now but a basic stick-shift Colorado pushes a lot of buttons for me. 

      Carpinions
      • 3 Months Ago

      I'm excited to see these come out as I'm considering one in a couple years. I priced an LT Z71 Colorado out to $37,500 with everything I want, which is a mostly fully loaded V6 long bed. Certainly not cheap, but after spec'ing a V6 Silverado in similar fashion, it's about $5k cheaper. The Silverado has incentives and can tow ~500lb more, so we'll see how that affects Colorado sales. I suspect initial sales will be high for the first couple years because GM will have grabbed many Toyota and Nissan conquests, as well as the many who don't want a huge half-ton. What happens in years 4 and 5 only time will tell. My guess is, the diesel exclusive in the segment will keep sales steady for a while. This truck should be an impressive entry into the segment.

        JB
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Carpinions

        Actual sales prices and incentives vs. MSRP, which gm gets for almost none of their vehicles except the vette and some Camaros, will be the determining factor.  If the discounts are anything like the fullsize truck discounts that config will easily be 4k off MSRP and probably had for lower by end of 2016 model year.  Initial demand will allow them get close to MSRP probably, and most definitely on the diesel.   But Toyota and Nissan are going to hit back and probably sooner than GM suspects.

      Jay
      • 3 Months Ago

      I want both the new Colorado and Canyon. These trucks are just so cool. I am so glad GM is making these. Give me a Z-71 off-road package with the V6 or the 2.8 Duramax diesel.

      john m
      • 3 Months Ago

      I'm not in the market for a truck but if I was, I'd get this.  I can't wait to see the ZR-2 (I think that's what they're gonna call it)  when it comes out.

      6speed
      • 3 Months Ago

      OK one glaring omission on GM's part that I noticed, or perhaps this didn't make it in to the configurator?  Not showing an option for either a sunroof or a sliding rear window.  Bummer.

      Avinash Machado
      • 3 Months Ago

      RIP Tacoma and Frontier.

        jtav2002
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Avinash Machado

        It will be interesting to see how sales do compared to them. I wouldn't expect this to kill those trucks, though. Like we've seen in other segments too you can make something that at the time may be best in class but still not take away all the sales of the vehicle thats led the segment for a long time.

      Luke
      • 3 Months Ago

      The can't seriously expect this to compete with full-size trucks that get this kind of fuel economy...and better in some cases?  There better be a pretty large price gap....

        Quen47
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Luke

        I think you are missing the point. The Colorado is intended for people who need/want a smaller work vehicle because they play or work in an urban or suburban environment and need a smaller footprint or want something that is manageably small on off road trails. Fuel economy variations between size classes are never that big anymore, but a Silverado is stupidly hard to park in San Francisco or Chicago, and stupidly hard to take off road on tight trails to a good camping or mountain biking spot. There are plenty of folks for whom a smallish pickup is desirable in and of itself, not because they want to save $ off the price of a full size.

          Luke
          • 3 Months Ago
          @Quen47

          The point is a truck that small with a V6 like that should be getting better mileage than that. 

        PTC DAWG
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Luke

        What full sized gasser gets 26?  And not everyone wants a full sized.  I think the half tons have gotten outrageously large, the truck beds are way too high for my taste.  

          Luke
          • 3 Months Ago
          @PTC DAWG

          Give it a couple months and you'll have your answer.

        Greg J.
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Luke

        I would say 26mpg with the biggest engine available is pretty good. Keep in mind. this is going to be the worst mileage available for that truck. 2.4L will be around 28-29 mpg. 2.8TD will deliver 30+ mpg.

      Johnny Lingo
      • 3 Months Ago

      I just configured mine how I'd like it and the total came to $36,135. That's for a 2015 Colorado Crew Cab, Short Box Z71 4WD (MSRP $34,115). Add destination of $875 and $1,145 in options and you get, well, an expensive mid-size truck. But I do love it. Can't wait to see these around.

        PTC DAWG
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Johnny Lingo

        Nobody pays sticker....

        jtav2002
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Johnny Lingo

        You can play that game with any vehicle though. Just have to take your pick. Do you want a higher/fully equipped version of a vehicle or do you want a lesser equipped one the next class up.

      white_blur47
      • 3 Months Ago

      I was expecting the fuel economy to be better. I can get a Ram 1500 2wd to get 25/17/20, which is just 1mpg worse then this.

      JeffC
      • 3 Months Ago

      Nice looking trucks, but the fuel mileage isn't enough for what you don't get with it.   The full sized trucks are too close in comparison for me to be interested in these smaller and less capable trucks.  That is the reason that the S10 and the Ford Ranger are no longer being sold.  These trucks won't sell either unless they improve their mileage.  The Diesels will sell, but these won't.

        montoym
        • 3 Months Ago
        @JeffC

        What if I don't want a giant truck?


        There are tons of buyers out there forced into the full-size trucks because no one offers a smaller option.


        Even these mid-size trucks too close in size to their full-size brethren if you ask me.


        It's not always about fuel economy.  If that were the case, why look to buy a truck in the first place??

      Billy Farmer
      • 3 Months Ago
      Tacoma Double Cab 20154.0L V6
      • Total Price (msrp)$34,830
      • Base Price$28,035
      • Color 
      • Exterior Color: Magnetic Gray Metallic$0
      • Interior Color: Sport fabric in Graphite$0
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      • V6 Tow Package 26 for Off-Road Package: Class-IV towing receiver hitch, transmission and supplemental oil coolers, 130-amp alternator, heavy duty battery, 7-pin connector with converter, Trailer-Sway Control (TSC) 25 [TW]$650
      • Entune™ Audio Plus - includes the Entune™ Multimedia Bundle 5 (6.1-in. high-resolution touch-screen display, AM/FM CD player, MP3/WMA playback capability, auxiliary audio jack, USB 2.0 port 2 with iPod® 3 connectivity and control, advanced voice recognition, 6 hands-free phone capability, phone book access and music streaming 7 via Bluetooth® 4 wireless technology), 8 with 3-month complimentary trial, HD Radio™, 9 HD traffic and weather in major metro areas [ED]$680
      • TRD Off-Road Extra Value Package: Off-road-tuned suspension with Bilstein® shocks, electronically controlled locking rear differential, 16-in. alloy wheels with P265/70R16 BFGoodrich® tires, engine skid plate, front tow hook, 115V/400W deck powerpoint, fog lights, power outside mirrors, remote keyless entry system, cruise control, variable-speed wipers, chrome grille surround and rear bumper, color-keyed front bumper and overfenders, sliding rear window with privacy glass, Sport water-resistant seats with driver lumbar support (passenger-side fold-flat feature delete), metallic-toned instrument panel trim, leather-trimmed steering wheel with audio controls, leather-trimmed shifter, dual sun visors with mirrors and extenders, tailgate-handle integrated backup camera, 1 TRD Off-Road graphics [OC]$3,375
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        Billy Farmer
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Billy Farmer

        I dont like toyota cars at all but i do like toyota trucks so I got to say I would go with this


          Carpinions
          • 3 Months Ago
          @Billy Farmer

          I get that individual choices are subjective, but the Tacoma has a much older platform, much older engine, much older tranny, much less HP, much older interior, less tow and payload capacity, a shorter bed option...if I'm set on buying the Toyota, I'm waiting until the next one comes out at the very least.

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