Fuel economy is one of the highest priorities when it comes to an automotive purchase. This rings true in the truck market, where a 30 mpg full-size truck doesn’t exist yet, and fairly thirsty mid-size offerings are just incrementally more frugal on fuel. Though with the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and 2015 GMC Canyon, customers will be graced with by-far-better fuel economy than other vehicles in the segment when it comes to V6 offerings.
Canyons and Colorados equipped with the 3.6L gasoline V6 LFX engine, 2WD, and a six-speed automatic transmission have posted an estimated 21 mpg combined, otherwise known as 18 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. 4WD variants will return a slightly lower 20 mpg combined, at 24 mpg highway and 17 mpg city. The closest any other trucks in the segment get are the Toyota Tacoma V6 automatic 2WD at 17 city and 21 highway; the Nissan Frontier V6 automatic returns 16 city and 22 highway.
But that’s not all for the Colorado and Canyon, as the optional 2.8L Duramax diesel engine is on the horizon for the 2016 model year. Meanwhile, four cylinder gasoline fuel economy offerings have been made official, and are roughly 1 mpg better than the six-bangers. To compare to their larger and more expensive siblings, the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500, the best they can muster from their 4.3L gasoline V6 and six-speed automatic gearboxes are 18 mpg city, 24 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined… until GM mates its new 8-speed to those motors.