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 first modern compact truck redesign in 11 years.
GM had Rocky Mountain high hopes for this truck, and sales have been strong. Sure, this truck is far more refined than the rough-and-tumble Toyota Tacoma that perennially tops the sales charts in this class. But ultimately the Colorado/Canyon breaks little new ground, beyond offering an extremely efficient diesel engine, the only one in this segment.
There definitely are some strong points. Pint-sized dimensions make parking a snap, especially compared to full-sized pickup behemoths. Handling is quite responsive. At 18 mpg overall with the gasoline engine, fuel economy comes close to the 19 mpg of the Tacoma. With 24 mpg overall, the diesel is the most fuel-efficient pickup truck you can buy. The cabin is quiet (except for the diesel clatter) and easy to climb into.