First off, I'm a guy that uses a truck. I've had many, and buy them for actual work...home and/or towing. Last truck (the one I traded in on this puppy) was a 2012 GMC Sierra X-Cab set up for towing a travel trailer. We are pausing the camping / trailer duty, but I still need a truck. Didn't want the full size version. In short, this is a great medium sized truck. Wish it was a bit smaller, lower, but overall it fits me well. A trip to Chicago from Peoria got me 22 MPG. That's not the trip computer, that's old fashioned miles divided by gallons method. It is fairly comfy, roomy, and love the 7,000 lb tow rating for the V6. Here are the negs: The 305 claimed HP is only at the very top of the RPM range. Trucks should have grunt....I'd happily give up MPG for more grunt. The engine feels weak until you lay in it, but even then its kinda numb. The transmission shifts fine....I know others complain about it hunting gears...and it does. But I mostly drive it like a car, even when towing a utility trailer, so I've not had quite the issues others had. Again, I'd pay more and sacrifice MPG if the XSMN held gears longer, and the engine had more grunt, but it works "okay" as is. Biggest complaint: The worthless infotainment system. In IL, it is illegal to use a cell phone while driving. Yet, I can nearly hit a pole while trying to figure out how to change a radio station. I dislike touch screens to the fullest. My phone has bluetooth, but will not pair with the radio. Guess what? TOO COMPLICATED. I prefer a good CD player....and they offer none in this truck. I knew this going in. Why do new cars / trucks think we need a complicated device in the dash to distract us from a simple station change....done in the past via moving your arm and doing it by feel. No longer! Now, use a touch screen, which has no feel, to go thru menus. Painfully stupid. I sound negative, but in reality I really like the truck. I've used it as a truck and will continue to do so. And, it hauls my kids. Looks good doing it. Engine and trans are fine...and will be better when I install a custom tune to hold gears longer and adjust a few things. Radio (I just can't call it infotainment) works, and music on USB sticks is okay, but not the same as CD's. I got a great deal on closeout '16's which is why I have the Z71 over the lesser models with more normalized radio. $5,400 off sticker just for walking in. BOTTOM LINE: I bought this over the Tacoma due to towing capacity and rebates / price.
I purchased my Duramax Colorado in May 2016 and have 16,800 miles on it. Fuel economy is 28-32 on the highway (higher at 65mph...around 38) and 26-27 in town. The engine is SUPER QUIET and has tons of torque for anything you want to do. Interior comfort is really nice for front and rear passengers and the entertainment package and navigation is fantastic. It's $40-45 to fill up and go for 550-600 miles on a tank. I do a lot of highway driving and the truck is perfect. It hauls up to 1500 lbs and can tow 7700 lbs, although I've not had to tow anything yet.
Listen, I have no complaints about the mechanical functionality of this truck. In fact, I think it's great as far as that is concerned. My caveat is if you are buying the laser blue color truck, be very careful. When you look at all the pictures of the laser blue on the Chevrolet website, it definitely appears as a terrific and great looking blue. Even in person at the dealership at night, or on a cloudy day, or if the sun angle is shining just right it will also appear to be the same terrific blue. What you might not realize though, is that this blue quickly turned to Barney purple with a 45 degree change in light refraction. This laser blue color is an un advertised two tone paint scheme. Sometimes it will look totally purple, and sometimes it will look the prettiest magnificent electric blue you have ever seen. Just don't get duped. Chevrolet makes no effort in the vehicle specs to describe this two-tone paint scheme. And all of the pictures on the Chevrolet website show the truck is a beautiful blue. And if you go to the dealership at night or on a cloudy day, you will not see it either. Chevy even calls this color "laser blue". I believe this is false advertisement and very deceptive to buyers. I can't imagine people that ordered this truck online, just for it to show up and realize they have a purple truck half the day. I'm not saying anything is wrong with a purple and blue truck. If that's your thing, go for it. But for someone that thinks they are buying a laser blue truck due to Chevrolets false advertising and deceptive ploys, they will be in for a terrible surprise. Listen, this is a great pick up truck. It looks great as far as the lines, and it performs outstanding. The price point is excellent. But that blue to purple transition is a huge surprise to a lot of buyers. I will be trading mine in next month and I haven't even made the first payment. It was a $3000 mistake that will cost me in depreciation value. The only other complaint that I have about the truck is that if you get one, get one with the sidestep. The truck looks good being raised up, but that step out it's about 6 inches short for me and I always have to slide off the seat before I hit the ground. I am about 5 foot 10.
I'm probably one of a few to get the LT with the 2.5L gas engine. I was just not impressed by the 3.6l enough to pay the premium. The LT package adds the larger screen for the center console. It's worth every penny of price difference. Apple car play gives you navigation for free, calling, streaming, talk to text, all work great. I've put 16,000 miles on in about 7 months. The truck rides wonderfully, it's easy to park, and has enough room for the home improvement work. Of those 16,000, 2000 miles were spent towing a car across country. The little 4 did great, lost some speed on the longer grades but on flat ground no complaints. Around town I average 22 mpg, 16-18 towing and about 25-29 on the highway unloaded. For doing work around the house and on cars it has a ton of well thought out features. The corner steps on the bumper make getting in and out easy. The storage under the back seat is big enough for tie down straps, hitch, and gloves. The GM roll up hard bed cover is a must have addition. It keeps whatever is in the bed dry, but can be rolled up to haul tall things. The short bed is small but still big enough to load a pallet full of floor and shut the tailgate.
Mpg not as good as I thought, but overall very nice truck. For the money I could've bought a silverado but tired of driving a big truck for what I use it for. Kids have plenty of room and they feel comfortable in the rear seats. Overall, very good truck. Not as small as people think but it's not a gas guzzler like my old tundra
We looked at 5 lots before buying. We went back to the same guy that we had bought our prior 2 cars from trusted him and got the best deal. Local for repairs or accidents to get truck fixed if need be.