The Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon siblings have been rated by the EPA at a combined fuel economy of 21 mpg, besting some of its segment’s rivals but also too close for comfort to large-sized trucks.

General Motors disclosed the EPA ratings for the 3.6-liter V6 engine, forecasted to be the customers’ main choice: 18 mpg in city driving and 26 mpg on the highway, for two-wheel drive models. All-wheel drive variants are rated at 17 mpg city/24 highway/20 combined.

“Colorado offers some of the best EPA fuel economy estimates of any pickup in a fun-to-drive, easy-to-own package,” said Tony Johnson, Colorado marketing manager.

“The all-new 2015 GMC Canyon adds segment-leading fuel economy to its winning resume,” added Kenn Bakowski, Canyon marketing manager. “Innovations such as available active grille shutters combine with an aerodynamic design in a smaller, more maneuverable package to set a new standard for fuel economy in midsize trucks.”

The figures are better than what Toyota’s Tacoma – the segment’s leader – offers, with the 2WD V6 version rated at 17 mpg city and 21 highway, and 19 mpg combined. They also best the second bestseller – Nissan’s Frontier, rated at 16 city and 22 highway, and 18 mpg combined. On the other hand, the rating come dangerously close to a 2WD Ram 1500 that boasts an EPA rating of 17 mpg city and 25 highway, for a combined 20 mpg.


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