Ford has released the fuel economy numbers for its new 2015 F-150. They are impressive for a full-size truck, good enough to where they match the same fuel economy estimates for the 2015 Chevy Colorado and 2015 GMC Canyon — trucks much smaller.
Officially, Ford is touting the fuel economy of the 2.7L EcoBoost in a two-wheel drive setup with its estimated figures of 19 MPG city, 26 MPG highway and 22 MPG combined. That combined number exact same as GM’s mid-size trucks configured with 2.5L gasser engines and two-wheel-drive. The best fuel economy transmission configuration for GM’s mid-size trucks is with the automatic, achieving 20 MPG city and 27 MPG highway. Yes, that’s higher than the 2015 F-150, but according to the EPA, the 2015 Colorado and 2015 Canyon sucked down gasoline at an equal combined rate to the new Ford. For good measure, a 4.3L V6 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 nabs 20 combined MPG.
Why compare a full-size truck’s fuel economy with a mid-size truck? Simply put, the 2015 F-150 delivers less of a compromise for those needing full-size capability while needing sufficient fuel economy numbers. But at a price, as a 2015 Ford F-150 configured with the 2.7L EcoBoost and 2WD comes in at $26,215 with absolutely no other options. The starting MSRP for a 2015 Chevrolet Colorado with no options is currently just under $21,000 including destination. Of course, optioning out both trucks moves the pricing meter rather quickly.
The GM Authority Take
Depending on what’s more important: more size and capability to a more frugal and compact option, should sway buyers one way or another. Ultimately, with such solid choices, the consumer wins either way.