GM debuted the 2023 Chevy Colorado last July, unveiling a brand-new third generation compete with a restyled exterior, an overhauled cabin, an updated model lineup, and a new powertrain. Notably, the EPA has yet to release the official 2023 Chevy Colorado fuel economy estimates, even though the truck is now officially in production. That said, GM Authority recently got a chance to get behind the wheel of the new 2023 Chevy Colorado, recording some real-world fuel economy numbers in the process.
During a recent media drive, GM Authority Executive Editor Alex Luft pulled some interesting fuel economy numbers from the 2023 Chevy Colorado trip computer. The model in question was a 2023 Chevy Colorado Trail Boss, which is equipped with four-wheel drive as standard, as well as the mid-range 2.7L Turbo Plus engine configuration, rated at 310 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque. This particular Trail Boss was not equipped with the optional 2.7L Turbo High-Output engine, which is rated at 310 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque and is equipped as standard on ZR2 models.
Interestingly, GM Authority recorded an average of 26.5 mpg while driving a short 6.6-mile open road trip at a steady 65 to 70 mph. The onboard computer also recorded the truck’s average fuel economy since it left the factory as “Trip B,” which was never reset and showed 15 mpg. The latter figure includes all the time that the truck was left idling and driven during its trek to San Diego for the media event, and also included some off-road driving by all the journalists who were assigned the vehicle.
Of course, it bears mentioning that these numbers are in no way scientific, nor do they represent any kind of rigorous calculation. The open road average was also on a very short commute. Nevertheless, the two averages (26.5 mpg, 15 mpg) could very well represent some of the highs and lows for the new 2023 Chevy Colorado in terms of fuel economy.
|2023 Chevy Colorado||2022 Chevy Colorado||2022 Chevy Colorado||2022 Chevy Colorado||2023 Chevy Silverado 1500|
|Engine||Turbo 2.7L I4 L3B||2.5L I4 LCV||3.6L V6 LGZ||Turbo-diesel 2.8L I4 LWN||Turbo 2.7L I4 L3B|
|Transmission||8-speed automatic||6-speed automatic||8-speed automatic||6-speed automatic||8-speed automatic|
|Power (hp @ rpm)||310 @ 5,600||200 @ 6,300||308 @ 6,800||181 @ 3,400||310 @ 5,600|
|Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)||391 @ 2,000||191 @ 4,400||275 @ 4,000||369 @ 2,000||430 @ 3,000|
As a reminder, the 2023 Chevy Colorado also offers the base 2.7L Turbo engine, which gets its own L2R RPO code and produces 237 horsepower and 259 pound-feet of torque. All three engines connect to the second-gen GM 8-speed automatic transmission. Under the skin, the pickup rides on the updated 31XX-2 platform, while production is underway now at the GM Wentzville plant in Missouri.