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TRUCKS

2016 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Diesel

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By Nick Hromiak

ince Ram was the first truck
maker to debut a diesel engine
in a half-ton pickup truck,
Chevy went one better and put
a diesel engine in a midsize pickup.
Chevrolet's Colorado midsize diesel
pickup was much talked about and publicized even before the first model left
the factory. In a conversation with a Missouri farm owner/hunter near where
these trucks are made by some of his
friends in Wentzville, Mo., said friends
told him they can't make enough Colorado trucks as demand is so great. In fact,
some Chevrolet dealers can't keep them
on their lots. Adding the diesel option
may only increase demand.
Why? For starters, the Colorado is a
handsome pickup and caters to those who
don't want or need a full-size unit. And
with diesel power, the Colorado becomes
even more attractive, particularly for
sportsmen who need high tow capacity.
Diesel-powered trucks are also economical, although this factor is often
negated by their higher cost. But that cost
is recoverable within a few years based on
expected fuel economy and a diesel's traditional longevity over a gasoline engine.
As such, the Colorado's 2.8-liter I4
Duramax turbo diesel comes with some
impressive numbers. This new Thailand-made engine (actually, it has been

in service in other markets for several
years) generates 181 hp at 3,400 rpm and
a stump-pulling 369 lb.-ft. of torque at a
low 2,000 rpm. When coupled to a standard six-speed automatic transmission,
the 2.8L B20 bio-diesel-capable engine
garners EPA mileage estimates of 20 city,
29 highway mpg. So configured, the Colorado is tow-rated for a hefty 7,600 pounds
and carries a payload of 1,477 pounds for
the 4WD version with a 5-foot 2-inch
cargo box and 3.42 rear axle.
In comparison, Ram's full-size 1500
with 3-liter V6 Eco diesel produces
240 hp at 3,400 rpm and 420 lb.-ft. of
torque at 2,000 rpm. Sending power to
the wheels through an eight-speed automatic trans, Ram's EPA estimates come in
at 21 city, 29 highway mpg.
Considering the curb-weight difference (4,738 pounds for the Ram, 4,460 for
the Colorado) and lacking two cylinders,
the Colorado appears to be a competitive
performer against Ram's half-ton pickup.
And if a 5-foot-2 cargo box is not large
enough for your hunting needs, the Colorado can also be had with a 6-foot-2 box.
While the diesel engine with its
exhaust brake and trailer brake controller is the big news, the Colorado has a few
other noteworthy traits. It's a 4G Wi-Fi
hotspot and comes standard with an
8-inch color touch display with weather
map including hourly and five-day forecasts, texting, GPS nav, rearview camera,
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Apple CarPlay capability, satellite radio,
locking rear differential, Z71 off-road
suspension package, EZ Lift and Lower
locking tailgate, Stabilitrak stability control with traction and hill descent control,
four-wheel disc brakes, remote start, fog
lights and more.
Optional assist steps lower the step-in
height to 14 inches, but they're really not
needed as step-in is only 23 inches. Actually, they get in the way and can soil the
backs of pant legs if stepping over them.
Load height to the tailgate is 33 inches.
Once inside, sportsmen are treated
to an appealing interior with two-tone
leatherette and cloth seats that have just
the right amount of lateral support that
won't encumber the driver or passengers
wearing bulky hunting clothes. The seat
bottoms, though, could use a bit more padding to soften off-road bumps and highway
tar strips. As is, they're a tad firm.
The back seat splits 60/40 and folds
up against the bulkhead to expose a shallow bin for small-item storage like ammo,
game calls or hand tools. Flip down the
backs to form a flat, albeit high, load floor.
Like its big brother, the full-size
Silverado pickup, the Colorado's 4WD
system offers 2WD, Auto, 4High and
4Low gearing that in combination with
the fully automatic locking rear offers
sure-footed traction qualities.
The ride on 17-inch Wrangler Kevlar
17-inch tires was fairly smooth with only

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