2015 Chevrolet Colorado Shows How GM Plans to Make Its Welterweight

By Jacob Brown | March 12, 2014
This pickup truck fuel economy game is just heating up in the aftermath of Ford announcing that its 2015 F-150 would come in some 700 pounds less than the truck it's replacing, thanks to aluminum. As we reported last week--and now backed by hard numbers from GM--the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado will also show what efficiency-conscious customers can purchase to ease the burden in GM's two-tier truck rollout. First up was the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, boasting up to 23 mpg on the highway with a V-8 engine. Coming this fall, Chevrolet will follow up with its 2015 Colorado, with preliminary estimates pegging its weight savings at 889 pounds below the Silverado's, comparatively equipped. Chevrolet is boasting about its 4,329-pound Coloraro V-6 with a crew cab and short bed. And that weight difference is when compared to the 355-horsepower, 5.3-liter V-8 Silverado when comparable equipped otherwise. The automaker boasts about efficiencies gained with high-strength steel, aluminum, and right-sizing the pickup truck. The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado will roll out with a 193-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder or a 302-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6. Listing full-size rivals, this is how the Colorado compares: Curb weight in pounds; Difference
      2015 Colorado short box crew 4x4, 3.6L V-6 4,329
      2014 Silverado 1500 short bed crew 4x4, 5.3L V-8 5,218; 889
      2014 Nissan Titan short bed crew 4x4, 5.6L V-8 5,300; 971
      2014 Ram 1500 short bed crew 4x4, 5.9L V-8 5,341; 1,012
      2014 Ford F-150 short bed crew 4x4. 5.0L V-8 5,586; 1,257
      2014 Ram 1500 short box crew 4x4 3.0L diesel V-6 5,633; 1,304
      2015 Toyota Tundra short bed crew 4x4, 5.7L V-8 5,760; 1,431
GM says customers seeking more fuel-efficient options will be attracted to midsize pickups. Ford, on the other hand, says making its full-sizer the most efficient is what buyers want. We shall see in the fall when both the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado as well as the 2015 Ford F-150 go on sale. Source: GM
Frank Martin
Frank Martin

Ford can say it, but the reality is if I can buy a crew cab 6 foot bed Colorado 4x2 for 28-30k and the same thing in an f150 is 35-38k, you lose Ford and I buy the Colorado.  I don't tow toys.  I need a truck for my weekend warrior projects, not contractor work.  I had a frontier and loved it.  Now I'm in a light SUV and all of a sudden I have to go rent a pickup from U-Haul to do anything.  Guess what too, the Colorado at 76 inches wide will fit through my 8 foot garage door.  The f150 at 79 inches will only fit with the mirror folded in.  Ford is missing the boat on guys like me.  I love their trucks, but not their price, Ford.  That's why the Colorado is a win for me.