2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Wringing Out MPG on the Road to Wyoming
August 11, 2015
Eleven fill-ups and 3,703 miles later, our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is back from Wyoming. It was a heck of a trip and the Colorado proved itself a capable partner across large swaths of the Western United States.
There were moments when I've never been happier to have a truck like it, moments when I wished for a different truck, and moments when I would have given anything for a quick, comfortable sedan.
I've opted for a truck or SUV in recent years to accommodate several bikes and the huge pile of luggage my brood insists they need. We take Interstate 15 north from Southern California through Vegas and continue to Provo, Utah, where I use the Provo Canyon cutoff through Heber City to I-80 at Park City. From there, it's west to Rawlins, then north on U.S. 287 and finally Wyoming 220 to Casper.
We usually spend a few days in the Teton Valley area between Victor and Driggs, Idaho. This jaunt adds about another 1,000 miles round-trip from our Casper base camp.
The Colorado averaged 21.1 mpg during the 3,700 miles. Almost all of the driving was in 85-degree or warmer weather, and at least half of those miles were logged above 5,000 feet. Its best tank of 24.7 mpg came (surprise, surprise) with my wife driving after I suffered an allergy attack and had to medicate my way out of it with Benadryl.
This matched the Colorado's EPA highway estimate, so it's possible to achieve if one drives appropriately. It's also our best fill-to-date in this truck. The worst fill of the trip was a short 182-mile tank (mostly miles around town) at 16.3 mpg. The EPA rates the Colorado at 20 mpg combined and 17 mpg city.
More on the trip to follow in the coming days, including general driving observations and some more Teton shots.
Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor