Right out of the gate, many readers were left pondering why General Motors went with the universal 3.6L V6 found in everything from the Chevrolet Equinox to the Cadillac ATS, over the all-new Small Block-based 4.3L found in the 2014 Silverado 1500, for the 2015 Colorado. Even we questioned the decision, as the motor seemed like a good fit for the all-new mid-sized pickup. Yet there is a sound reason as to why the truck features the 3.6L motor over the 4.3L.
Simply, the 3.6L V6 was found to be more fuel efficient in the 2015 Colorado over the 4.3L during the truck’s development, according to Chevrolet mid-sized truck marketing manager Anthony Johnson in an interview with us at the 2013 LA Auto Show. That said, the 4.3L would have provided more in terms of towing and hauling capabilities, yet these elements are not the primary reason customers choose mid-sized trucks here in America. Notably Chevrolet expects the 2015 Colorado to tow as much as 6,700 pounds.
Instead, these customers look for a vehicle that can appropriately fit their active lifestyle, rather than needing a work truck that needs to tow tons of weight. We can level with that.