Chevrolet’s Colorado Diesel Makes Me Want a Ford Ranger Even More!

By -

2015 Ford Ranger Wildtrak - Jungle

Last week I had the opportunity to drive the new Chevrolet Colorado with the diesel engine both on and off the road at the Texas Auto Writers Association’s Truck Rodeo.

After spending some time behind the wheel of the premium Z71 Trail Boss model with the 2.8L Duratec diesel, I can confidently say I’m ready for a new Ranger.

2016 Chevrolet Colorado Trail Boss Knibbe Ranch - _DSC0439

This isn’t going to be a review of the Colorado and me waxing poetic about that truck here on a Ford site, but there are some things that the Colorado does extremely well.

For example, while the Colorado is still bigger than the Rangers of yore, the truck is still “right sized” for a lot of people. It’s easier to maneuver¬†and drive, plus it has the capability of some full-size trucks.

2016 Chevrolet Colorado Trail Boss Knibbe Ranch - IMG_0478

For example, the Trail Boss diesel is rated to tow 7,600 pounds in the 4-wheel drive setup. That’s more than just an ATV or two, but a proper full-size trailer.

The diesel engine also returns decent fuel economy. On a short loop, without trying, the truck hit in the 27 mpg range. Honestly, that’s not too shabby at all for four-wheel drive.

2016 Chevrolet Colorado Trail Boss Knibbe Ranch - IMG_0608

There aren’t sales numbers on the diesel because it’s just gone into production, but I have no doubt that they’ll sell well.

Ford needs to get in on the action and bring a proper diesel competitor to the Colorado. Currently that truck is in a class of one, and we all know Ford could do a kickass job on the truck.

What do you think? Let us know over in the forums!

Chad Kirchner is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other auto sites.

Comments ()