The Ford F-150 isn't the only new truck for 2015 -- and it may not be the most important. General Motors is taking another whack at smaller trucks, a segment most automakers have abandoned. If the new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickups post big numbers, Ford, Chrysler and the imports may have to develop their own competitors. Here are a few snippets from the first test drives conducted in September.
"Aside from delivery services and tradesmen, most users will want to opt for the 305-hp 3.6-liter V-6. It's no racehorse, but it pulls strong through all six of the mandatory automatic's gears. The 200-hp four-cylinder has enough power to get through the workday, but the on-road manners of the Colorado are polished enough for work and play, and the bigger engine makes both more enjoyable."
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-- Car and Driver
"After spending quality time in the new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon (as well as their competition) it was obvious GM has set a new benchmark in the midsize truck category. Nissan's Frontier and Toyota's Tacoma will both receive updates in the next two years, but until then GM's offerings have a clear advantage."
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"At 200 hp and 191 lb-ft, the four-cylinder moves the Colorado around confidently but not quickly. I never once felt as though the 2.5 was underpowered for basic commuter duty, though adding more passengers or a bed full of peat moss could slow down the reflexes a bit."
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-- Seyth Miersma of Autoblog
"The previous Colorado's plasticky ride is gone, and there are premium details like a steering wheel with comfortable hand grips, well-tuned electric power steering and soft-touch interior trim. A console shifter replaces the old-school column shift still seen on half-ton models. A front bench seat is not offered."
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-- The New York Times
"Acceleration is very good with the Crew Cab V6 models we drove, and was better than expected in the Extended Cab powered by the 200-horsepower 2.5-liter I4. There's plenty of power from the 305-power 3.6-liter V6, and the 6-speed automatic makes good use of it, giving the truck best-in-class towing of 7,000 pounds. We did notice frequent up- and downshifts from the transmission on grades. We had to work the I4 harder than the V6, but with the smaller engine, the truck felt more spry and agile, and in some ways reminded us more of the good old days of the compact trucks of the 1980s and 1990s."
Article: 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon First Review
"Both our drives were in Chevy Colorados, the first in a mid-level LT-trim V6-powered truck with Crew Cab and long box. Apart from some thrashy raspiness up near the top end of the tach, the power delivery was smooth and efficient. The automatic's shifter had an easy-to-use manual mode that not only held gears and matched revs on downshifts but would have been helpful had there been a trailer hooked up aft. The four-cylinder, meanwhile felt plenty powerful enough for most tasks, including the short haul we used it for."
Article: 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon first drive