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The New-Generation 2015 Chevy Colorado & GMC Canyon

Posted in Vehicle Reviews on January 27, 2015
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Small pickups first came on the 4x4 scene way back when in the 1970s, and up until the last decade they were popular. Then the tide changed and all those small truck buyers either grew up and needed a crossover or, worse yet, a minivan. Meanwhile all of the manufacturers grew their small trucks into fullsize offerings with fullsize prices to match—and the “import” models hadn’t been significantly changed in a decade. Ford also moseyed along until the Ranger plug was pulled in 2011, and of course the Ram brand must not have a clue. That’s probably why GM thought it could fill the void of a smart-looking, hardworking, right-sized truck, for everything from active lifestyle buyers to youngsters and geezers.

Enter the new Chevrolet Colorado and its sibling, the GMC Canyon. Siblings, yes, but not twins by any means, nor are they marketed as such. There is enough style and content between the two to make a difference—you can actually tell they are different from driving them, not to mention a casual glance. But that casual glance is quite attractive; they both set the standards for their own style and function inside and out.

Underneath the sleek exterior the two end up pretty much the same, with the standard driveline configuration, but now with a Dana axle and a choice of the 2.5L four-cylinder with 200 ponies, or a 3.6L V-6 touting 305 horses . While plenty of poop is produced by the gas sipping four-popper, we would rather spend the cash now (and later) for the torquey V-6, which pulled us around on our test drive with a bit of snap and fun. We even found dirt and fire roads to engage low range, and could have easily spun donuts if our GM handlers weren’t on board.

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We took out Anita Burke on our test drive, since she is the chief vehicle engineer for the new truck. We found an oldie but a goody on a side street, and we wondered what the next 50 years of GM would mean to the new Canyon and Colorado.
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