From 2015 to 2016 — What’s Changed in the Chevy Colorado

February 23rd, 2016 by

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The 2016 Chevy Colorado and 2015 Colorado aren’t much different. In fact, not much has really changed for the two models. What has changed, however, is under the hood; and it’s significant. The 2015 model was only offered as a gas-powered truck, and the 2016 model now has a diesel kicking around as an option.

This was such a dramatic change in performance, that the Colorado was able to win Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year award again (it won in 2015, as well) in 2016 thanks to its performance when equipped with the diesel engine.

2015 Colorado Engines

For 2015 (and 2016) the gas powered engines offered in the Colorado are the 2.5-liter I-4 and 3.6-liter V6 engine. The V6 engine is equipped with innovative powertrain technologies, such as Spark Ignition Direct Injection and deceleration fuel cutoff. Both of which help improve the fuel economy and power of the engine.

The 2.5-liter engine is what landed the 2015 Colorado best-in-class fuel economy, and it’s able to get up to 27 mpg highway. Which is an impressive number for a truck. What’s even more impressive, is the ability for the 3.6-liter Pentastar engine to put out 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque; while only getting 1 mpg less than the 2.5-liter engine.

When equipped with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, and the proper trailering package, the 2015 Colorado also boasts some extremely impressive towing power. The towing capacity of the 2015 Colorado is up to 7,000 pounds; which is more than enough to tow whatever is needed. Considering the average bass boat weighs around 2,000 pounds.

On top of this phenomenal towing capacity, the Colorado can physically carry 1,590 pounds. Which means you can haul around almost anything that will fit into the bed of this truck.

2016 Colorado Diesel

The gas engines remained the same for the 2016 year, and why wouldn’t they? With power and fuel economy like that, it only makes sense they kept those engines. However, the addition of the turbo-diesel is a welcoming sight, and boosts the performance capabilities of the Colorado even further.

The 2.8-liter Duramax Turbo-Diesel provides the 2016 Colorado with exceptional towing capacity, fuel economy, horsepower, and torque. It actually get’s best-in-class for all categories mentioned. This engine puts out 181 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, which is 100 more torque than the 3.6-liter engine.

On top of that, it’s able to get 22 mpg city and up to 31 mpg highway, making it an even more fuel-efficient truck than before. Finally, it also has an increased towing capacity, and can now tow up to 7,700 pounds.

That means the Colorado was able to get 4 more mpg, 100 more torque, and 700 more pounds of towing capacity in one year. Which is an impressive feat, especially considering there were no drawbacks when adding on the new Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine. The price changed as well, but in an unexpected way. The starting MSRP went down by $20, and now sits at an even $20,100. Why? No idea, but any type of savings is appreciated.