Here’s a top-ranker in the midsize pickup truck segment: 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Diesel. If you’re one who’s truly into trucks, this one comes highly recommended. Competition may be tough with GMC Canyon and Toyota Tacoma but Colorado just bested them.
Diesel over Gasoline
The 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel engine produces 100 pound-foot more torque than the V6 gasoline variant in 369 pound-foot though rated only as 181hp in power. Considering the gigantic torque, Colorado is hailed as the best compact truck for towing duty. The strongest gas-powered compact merely offers 7000 pounds of towing capacity but our Colorado here—a two-wheel drive in that matter—can draw a whooping 7700 lbs.
Worried that the diesel engine emits the unwanted noise during the ride? Then your fears are unfounded for its quietness is one of the most profound and impressive things about the Duramax core. Don’t get us wrong, you can still hear the noise since we’re talking about a diesel engine here, but it’s at the minimum and compared to other diesel engines, the noise is a sweet melody.
Partners of the Diesel Core
What’s more about this wonder-truck? Along with the diesel-powered core are refined, modern and comfortable details making Colorado like a diminished—only in size, mind you—full-sized pickup truck. So yeah, guys, you can hook up that trailer and go to your adventure. Let the little guys like the slick 6-speed auto transmission, integrated brake controller and engine braking do their duty.
- Category : Midsize Pickup Truck
- Engine : 2.8 DuramaxL turbo-diesel 4-cylinder, front placement
- Transmission : 6-speed automatic with manual shifting mode
- Drivetrain : RWD or 4WD
- Power : 181hp
- Torque : 369 lb.-ft.
- 0-60 mph : 10.2 seconds
- Top Speed : 99 mph
- Mileage : (city) 21 MPG; (highway) 30 MPG
- Price : (base) LT- $31,290; Z71- $33,805