There was one important detail missing from the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Duramax first drive event. Chevrolet was happy to talk up the efficiency, smoothness and refinement of the 2.8-liter Duramax turbo-diesel engine, which may now reside under the hood of your very own 2016 Colorado, but fuel economy figures were absent.
This can be attributed to the scrutiny of diesel powerplants as of recent, thanks to what continues to unfold at Volkswagen Group. The EPA will subject the 2016 Colorado Duramax to extra scrutiny during its testing to ensure there isn’t any cheating occurring, but Chevrolet isn’t sweating it, it simply doesn’t have officially fuel economy numbers from the government.
But, Emissions Analytics, which supplies Motor Trend and Truck Trend its real-world MPG numbers, has finished its controlled testing of the 2016 Colorado Duramax, and it has achieved some pretty good numbers.
In city environments, the turbo-diesel truck returned 23.2 mpg. In highway scenarios, the truck became extremely frugal, returning 31.4. For a combined average, that’s 26.3 mpg, making the 2016 Colorado 3 mpg more efficient in the city, and 4 mpg more on the highway.
These numbers also back up General Motors statement of being the “most efficient truck in its class” by a long shot.
The numbers also reflect what we were able to achieve in our first drive of the 2016 Colorado Duramax, with 24 mpg around town, and just over 31 mpg during highway cruises.
Combine this with the 7,700-pound towing rating, and the $3,700 option price begins to look like quite the value proposition.