2016 Colorado and Silverado: Redefining Chevy Strength  

November 24th, 2015 by

2016 Silverado prairie

When you’re looking for a truck that is built on lasting quality, strength and dependability, Chevy has you covered. Both it’s 2016 pickups, the midsize Colorado and full-size Silverado have been updated with the latest technologies, offer more powerful engine choices and show off their new faces of strength with redesigned style. The 2016 Chevy Silverado 1500 has gone through an entire redesign and proudly displays the current look of Chevy strength. The 2016 Colorado has added a diesel engine to its powertrain making it the only midsize diesel in its class.

If you’re looking for a truck that’s going to outperform in power, towing, fuel efficiency, and energy, there’s only one stop brand that won’t let you down and that’s Chevy.

2016 Chevy Silverado: New Face of Strong

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When you have a midsize truck that is as top quality as Chevy’s Silverado, it’s not too often that it needs to be changed. Still, to keep its appeal fresh and its approach modern, updates and redesigns must take place. So, in a desire to build on last years full-size pickup sales, they’re keeping the momentum up with aggressive new tactics to entice buyers.

Enter the Redesign

Immediately upon looking at the 2016 Silverado you’ll notice the front fascia is totally different. That’s because there are no more stacked headlights for the Silverado and the chrome is gone. Being that stacked headlights have been an iconic part of Chevy’s front end appearance since the 1980’s, this change has been received with mixed reviews. The chrome being gone from the front grill is a nice change. Like a teenager fresh from the orthodontist, the Silverado is smiling pretty sans all the blinding metal.

Powerful Performance

Taking from Chevy’s 5th generation of legendary small block engines that use three proven fuel-saving technologies: Active Fuel Management, Direct Injection and Continuously Variable Valve Timing, each delivers impressive efficiency and a powerful performance. A 4.3L Ecotec 3 V6 engine produces 285 horsepower and provides 18 city/24 hwy mpg and can tow up to 7600 lbs. Next is the 5.3L Ecotec 3 V8 which produces 355 horsepower, can tow up to 11,100 lbs. This engine provides the best-in-class fuel economy at 16 city/23 hwy mpg. Finally, the most impressive engine offered on the 2016 Silverado is the 6.2L Ecotec 3 V8 that delivers 420 horsepower with a best 12,000 lbs. towing capacity and a fuel economy of 15 city/21 hwy mpg.

Transmission That Works For You

2016 Silverado Lineup

Providing optimal balance between power and acceleration is the addition of the 8-speed transmission being offered to both V8 engines. Providing a higher first gear ratio, it aids in more confidence when accelerating when hauling heavy loads. It also has a lower rear axle ratios that reduces engine rpms when on the highway increasing highway fuel economy.  

Reportedly weighing the same as a 6 speed, it’s presumed that the lack of difference in weight will improve its fuel economy. For the fourth quarter, it was a goal of GM’s to produce a pickup that was better on fuel economy. The 2016 Chevy Silverado makes it look promising.  

Off-Roading Package

In a way to capture the market for those who still love to take their car out and get dirty, the 2016 Silverado is including a new package specifically for off-roading. The legendary Z-71 Off-Road Package provides off-road capability from a tuned suspension featuring Rancho shocks, skid plates, as well as an automatic locking rear differential.

Updated Technology

The new Silverado stays updated on the latest technology by keeping you and your passengers connected by offering 4G LTE wifi, and wireless charging. Now, Chevy’s infotainment system MyLink syncs up with Apple’s CarPlay, allowing access to certain iPhone apps through the 8-inch touchscreen.

2016 Chevy Colorado Goes Diesel

2016 Colorado

As Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year for both 2015 and 2016, there’s little else that needs to be explained about why you should own a Chevy Colorado. But, for kicks, let’s do it anyway. To start, Chevy added a diesel engine to their lineup combining unbeatable torque and efficiency. Second, it provides the best-in-class horsepower and towing capacity. Third, as if we even need one, the Colorado diesel gets up to 31 highway mpg beating out most other normal engines in this segment.

When Chevy considered adding a diesel to the Colorado powertrain lineup it was because there was no midsize truck that currently boasts one. They assumed this would broaden its appeal to a larger audience. Not only has it done just that, it’s received the attention of critics and competitors alike. 

Offering More Powertrains

The 2016 Colorado also offers two other powertrains should a diesel not speak directly to your needs. A 2.5L I-4 engine comes standard on the Crew Cab Short Box 2WD models and offers 27 highway mpg along with Direct Injection and Variable Valve Timing. It’s also powerful enough to maintain a towing capacity of 3,500 lbs.

A more powerful option is the 3.6L V6 engine that gets 26 highway mpg and provides best-in-class horsepower and towing of up to 7,000 lbs. This powerful V6 also come with Spark Ignition Direct Injection and deceleration fuel cutoff.

Finally, there’s the 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel engine. What does diesel do exactly? Diesel energy provides more power and produces a more efficient fuel economy than its gasoline-powered twin. This turbo-diesel engine produces the best fuel economy of all offered powertrains at 31 highway mpg, making it America’s most fuel-efficient pickup.

Highly competitive for its segment, it’s also the best choice for efficiency and power. If heavy towing and hauling is your concern, the diesel has you covered. This engine delivers 181 horsepower at 3400 rpm and has 369 lb/ft of torque. This diesel hits its towing capacity at 7,700 lbs which is more than its gasoline guzzling friend. Coming standard on the turbo-diesel is a Z82 towing package that has integrated trailer-brake controller.

Cleaner Energy with Updated Technology

2016 Colorado diesel tow

Because of new improvements within the diesel world, GM is backing that this is the cleanest diesel engine ever. This is in part to a cooled exhaust-gas recirculation system, which mixes some exhaust gas back into the air intake, a process that GM says helps lower combustion temperatures. Similar to other modern diesels, the 2016 diesel Colorado will use an exhaust after-treatment to scrub out pollutants.  

Redefined Design

The 2016 Colorado was designed to go be durable and rugged no matter in an urban landscape or by the shore. As the first small pickup ever to be designed with triple sealed doors, thick windshield and side glass that all work together to dull the unpleasant sounds from the powertrain and outside noises, the cabin provides a quiet and comfortable ride, no matter the destination.

The bed of the 2016 Colorado was developed with you in mind. Should you need the Colorado for work, Chevy has the accessories to help optimize your workload. Should you need the Colorado for play, they too have you covered on providing exactly the right equipment for whatever your passion. The GearOn storage system features two-tier loading and divider ready to secure and organize whatever you need to carry; utility rack or bike carrier. With GearOn you are ready for any adventure.

Choosing which 2016 Chevy pickup is right for you comes down to how much you’ll be towing, hauling, working and playing. While the Silverado provides more strength, power, and ultimately more towing capabilities, while the Colorado offers a Duramax diesel engine that is providing America with the best fuel economy in a pickup.