STATUS: The six-speed manual transmission is deleted for 2020 - Both the Chevrolet Colorado and related GMC Canyon midsize pickups are smaller and less capable than their full-size Silverado and Sierra counterparts, but many buyers just don't need big pickups, or the big price tags and fuel bills that come with them. Both the extended-cab and crew-cab Canyon can be ordered with a 200-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder, or a 305-horsepower V-6. There's also a 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel on the option sheet. The Duramax-badged engine produces 181 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, making it ideal for hauling payloads up to 1,800 pounds or trailering up to 3,500 pounds. Of the four trim levels, the premium Denali is easy to spot by its unique grille and plenty of additional content. Models equipped with the 4x4 Autotrac system are available with an off-road suspension, locking rear differential, all-terrain rubber, automatic transmission (now standard with all Canyons) and hill-descent control. There are, of course, numerous options, including leather seats (heated in front), eight-inch touch-screen/navigation combo, and a factory-installed spray-on bed liner. For the 2020 model year, an off-road-oriented AT4 trim joins the lineup.
Base price (incl. destination): $22,600
Type: Midsize pickup
Engines (h.p.): 2.5-liter I-4 (200); 3.6-liter V-6 (305); 2.8-litre I-4, turbo-diesel (181)
Transmissions: Six-speed automatic; eight-speed automatic (V-6)
Layout: Rear- /four-wheel-drive
Base mpg (city/highway/combined): 19/26/22 (2.5 MT, RWD)
Base weight (lb.): 3,960