2015 Chevrolet Colorado Long-Term Road Test - MPG

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado: 2,000 Thirsty Miles and Our Worst Tank Yet

by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on October 14, 2015

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We drove our long-term 2015 Chevrolet Colorado about 2,000 miles in September. That's above average for our fleet, but for a truck — some of the most popular vehicles around here — it was business as usual. We enlisted the Colorado's services to haul tires to a rally, explore some local dirt trails and it even towed a lemon to-and-from the racetrack.

All that heavy-duty work, combined with some city mileage took a small toll on its fuel economy numbers, reducing the lifetime average to 18.4 mpg to 18.3 mpg. September also included our worst single-fill yet.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Fuel Economy Update for August — A Healthy Jump in Combined MPG

by James Riswick, New and Used Car Editor on September 23, 2015

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In the two months since our last traditional fuel economy summary, our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado has traveled to far-flung places like Wyoming and put on 5,502 miles in the process. Over that distance, its lifetime fuel economy has risen from 17.7 mpg to 18.4 mpg. That's good, but we're still falling short of the EPA-estimated 20 mpg combined.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Sign of the Diesel to Come

by Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor on September 3, 2015

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A few weeks ago I met my friend Colby who I hadn't seen in about a year. I was driving our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado. The first thing he said, even before "hello", was to ask about the upcoming diesel-powered Colorado. They might not be hugely popular in the American mainstream, but diesel-powered vehicles, especially pickups, still have a passionate, vocal following. Colby drives an old Dodge Ram 2500 with Cummins power. I call it Captain America.

It had only been a few days at that point since I noticed the blank inside the fuel door. Presumably, that round space next to the fuel cap is where the filler for the diesel exhaust fluid will reside on Duramax-powered trucks, which go on sale this fall.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Wyoming Road Trip - Range and Driving Impressions

August 13, 2015

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It took me about five days to recognize the value of a truck with really, really long range on this trip. At that point, I'd filled our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado once a day since we left California. During the 10 days that followed, I would fill it six more times.

Sure, we were covering some miles. The first two days we managed 1,056 miles, of which we jammed 800 into the second day. Truth is, I don't need to go more than 450 miles in a single sitting anyway. But the convenience of the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel's 700-mile range didn't go unnoticed as I stopped nearly twice as often to refill.

What's more, that wasn't all I missed.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Wringing Out MPG on the Road to Wyoming

August 11, 2015

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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.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Fuel Economy Update for June - Another 2,000 Miles, Lifetime Average Holds Steady

July 16, 2015

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Our long-term 2015 Chevrolet Colorado picked up another 1,969 miles in June. Most of those miles came on local Southern California highways, including a weekend trip to Angel Stadium.

Road Test Editor Jonathan Elfalan also used our midsize truck to haul his sport bike to a track day. Having a bike in the bed didn't affect fuel efficiency, as the Colorado returned 17.5 mpg and 18.7 mpg on Jonathan's two tanks.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Fuel Economy for May - Lifetime MPG Inches Up

June 11, 2015

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Although we just passed the 10,000-mile mark in our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, it had a pretty easy month of May. We racked up just 928 miles with no major tows or adventures. That might explain how the Colorado's average lifetime MPG jumped up two points to 17.7 mpg, with the last four fill-ups averaging 18.15 MPG.

The Colorado was slightly more active in March and April, when Mark used it to tow his motorcycle to an ill-fated track day about 100 miles away. Brent also spent some testing out the truck's demeanor in the California agricultural badlands, and Josh formed some stronger opinions about the Colorado's towing ability.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Fuel Economy for February

March 5, 2015

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We're nearing 7,000 miles on our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado after adding it to the fleet in mid-November and the news isn't getting better. Since January we've put about 3,000 miles on the odometer. In February, we saw our lifetime MPG drop to 17.5 (it was 17.7 at the end of December).

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado: 5,000 Miles

February 6, 2015

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That was fast. We only took possession of our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado in early/mid-November and we're now at around 5,200 miles in mid-January. And we haven't even taken the Colorado on any extensive road trips yet.

Jay took it to Sonoma and found it a pretty quiet truck with comfortable seats and good straightline stability over 400-some miles. We've driven it out to our local test track and the kart track a few times and have towed some loads. But otherwise, it's been a lot of in-and-around town stuff. That speaks volumes for the kinds of miles we'll put on the Colorado in the next nine months.

Sure, we'll take road trips. If I have my way, I'll drive an extended tour of the truck's namesake, Durango to Denver via the Woody Creek Tavern. We'll move sofas that belong to friends we haven't heard from in six months (yet somehow found out we now have a truck). We will tow race cars home from the track, in ruin or reward.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado: I'll Wait for the Diesel

February 2, 2015

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I was showing the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado to a friend of mine. He likes trucks and leans Toyota (fourth-generation 4Runner for the wife and two kids, Corolla for the daily commute, a Tundra way back when), but he was impressed with the Colorado on first impression. He poked around the cabin, sat in the front seats, and liked the rear step bumper feature.

I've found fuel economy doesn't come up much, as a deal-breaking concern anyway, among core truck guys. But neither he nor I are hardcore truck guys, just guys who like trucks and the sort of utility and adventure they inspire. So fuel economy came up.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Fuel Economy Update for December

January 9, 2015

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Now that we've had a little more time to stretch its legs, our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is posting slightly better mileage. And I say slightly because it's still well off its combined rating of 20 mpg.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Fuel Economy Update for November

December 5, 2014

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Our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado was all new in November and is yet to complete a full month in the fleet. With only about 1,100 miles under its belt, the Colorado has already performed brief towing duties and has five fills under its belt.

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