I have owned 2 Chevy Colorado Crew Cabs starting with an '05 LS Crew Cab and 2.8L engine and a 2010 Crew Cab with 3.7L engine. Both were 2WD. My family and I have found this configuration to be more useful and appealing than the purchase of a compact SUV.
The reason I write this is because besides the great service and reliability, the new 3.7L in 2WD actually gets as good or better than the 2.8L. We routinely drive 330 mi. each way to a family cabin. On three recent trips (May, June, July)
we got 26.3, 26.5, and 26.7 mpg on one leg. This was with AC on or off. It just confuses me how some say this truck get no better mpg than full size trucks. It gets 17-19 city and 24 to +26 highway.
The best features we like is gas mileage, comfortable seats, useful space, and ride comfort. The cabin is very quiet with less road noise than most compact SUVs than do not have a full frame as this small truck has.
There is no thumpa-thump from non isolated tire and suspension going over road cracks or bumps. This is present in nearly all newer design vehicles that do not use frames.
the mileage is approx. 20% better in the city and 30% to 35% better on the highway than a full sized Chevy or Ford truck. Also, handling, parking and insurance costs are much less. Full size trucks get 14-16 city and 20-21 mpg highway.
The range of mpg depends on wind, traffic and winter/summer weatr
Interior could be a bit more dressy and early looks at the 2014 Colorado shoes it will be. Yay! The ceramic brakes last a loong time (90K to 100K) , but the front wheel bearing/spindles usually have to be replaced at around 100K due to sealed bearings and the ABS wheel spindle etchings (signal producing encoding ring) are not very deep so rust after several years. These should be made deeper since some folks have gotten ABS fault lights. You can remove the ABS fuse and still drive it, but then no ABS or Stabil-a-Track. It's not a major thing, but it does cost $300 to $500. If it occurs at 90K to 100K miles is not bad since bearing spindles need maintenance/replacement by then anyways.
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