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GM's small pickups, the Colorado and its GMC Canyon twin, are more maneuverable than full-sized trucks and better equipped than their Nissan and Toyota competitors. We tested the V6, which returned 18 mpg overall, and the four-cylinder diesel, which got 24 mpg overall. The ride is rather choppy, as expected of a pickup, but handling is responsive. Rear- and four-wheel-drive versions are available, as are extended and crew-cab body styles. Inside are the latest electronics, including the MyLink audio system. These are the first small trucks to offer forward-collision and lane-departure warnings. In addition, a backup camera is standard. New for 2017 are an eight-speed automatic transmission and an updated, more responsive V6. Reliability has been below average.

Road Test

The world needs more small trucks. They’re easier to park and maneuver and cost less to feed than full-sized behemoths, like the Chevrolet Silverado, Ford F-150, and Ram 1500. But then the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon twins came along with the f...

Highs

  • Smaller dimensions -- especially width-wise -- make it easier to maneuver and park than a full-sized truck
  • Plenty of payload and towing capacity for most buyers

Lows

  • Ride is stiff and choppy; full-sized trucks are quieter and ride better
  • Super-hard cloth seats lack needed adjustments

Best Version to Get

Most   will likely get an LT. Consider the 3.6-liter V6 to be $950 well spent; it has a lot more power than the base four-cylinder engin...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 6 year/100,000 miles
  • Roadside aid: 5 year/60,000 miles
Body Styles
extended cab
crew cab
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 8-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 (200 hp)
  • 2.8-liter 4 turbo (181 hp)
  • 3.6-liter V6 (308 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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