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Old 07-24-2014, 01:50 PM   #31
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My new daily driver/tow vehicle, 4wd 5.3L V-8 (uses from 8 to 4 valves automatically) averaged 21.5 mpg (city/highway) not towing recently, (thanks Tonneau cover?). Tow capacity 5200-6200 pounds depending on what I read.

Haven't made really big trip towing yet, but are in love again. Probably won't wait until late Sept trip north rim of the Grand Canyon.

'14 Silverado double cab short bed. The maroon balloon. Nice flaps, eh? Also has insanely amazing dashboard graphics info.
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Old 07-24-2014, 02:09 PM   #32
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they should help protect your trailer...
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Old 07-24-2014, 03:10 PM   #33
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Exactly why I special ordered them, Jim. Hey--and nice drip caps you got there.
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Old 07-24-2014, 05:28 PM   #34
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Alan, why a manual?
Personal belief that I can decided in advance what the proper gear should be, while an automatic can only react to conditions after it encounters them. Plus we live in Colorado and there's no flat driving between home and camping (fishing, skiing, etc.). Plus I've been driving manuals for longer than I will admit in public and just plain like shifting (except in rush hour).

If nothing else, a manual seems to save my brakes from overuse. I would take the old 4-Runner into a dealer/brake repair shop and they always (15 years!) tell me - "nope, nothing needed". As Click&Clack might say - "That's a missed opportunity to make a boat payment..."

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Old 07-24-2014, 06:16 PM   #35
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It will be interesting to hear about towing experiences from Alan and Catchlight after a couple of months. For a lot of our camping we have to bring water with us so that tends to weight us down going into the high country. Cresting some of the higher passes we can defiantly feel the power loss. I would say we generally carry an extra 800 to 1000lbs in the trailer and 4runner once you take into account 2 adults/2 kids/2 dogs/ 4 bikes/ and all the items that go along with it.

A supercharger might be in Alan's future otherwise I see a 21 being hard to pull in the high mountains of Colorado.

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Old 07-24-2014, 07:54 PM   #36
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Yeah, there has been a lot of chatter about the 4 cyl diesel. But, won't be out until 2016.

Chevrolet Colorado Diesel - Not Until 2016
Actually the 2015 GMC Canyon w/diesel is expected this October, 2014, 3 more months.
https://www.gmc.com/canyon-small-pic...ml#PERFORMANCE
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Old 07-24-2014, 08:15 PM   #37
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I think the diesel is later

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Actually the 2015 GMC Canyon w/diesel is expected this October, 2014, 3 more months.
https://www.gmc.com/canyon-small-pic...ml#PERFORMANCE
I read it differently:

"The 2.8L Duramax® Turbo-Diesel joins the engine lineup in 2015 to deliver even bigger power to this smaller pickup."
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Old 07-24-2014, 11:03 PM   #38
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I agree with drpaddle: 2015 model year Colorado/Canyon (no diesel) this fall; with diesel (perhaps an early 2016 model year) arriving in 2015.
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Old 07-25-2014, 01:09 AM   #39
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Yeah, the hype can be hard to decipher. But, GM insiders are saying in multiple interviews that the I-4 diesel (which has already been proven internationally) won't be an option until the 2016 model year -- October or so of 2015. They are apparently still deciding whether or not to offer a manual transmission with it. 368 ft lbs of torque and around 26 mpg? That sounds very appealing.
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I seem to remember that I read somewhere that the truck will
Arrive this fall as a 2015 and the diesels will be a early release in early 2016 like the 3/4 and 1 tons were this year . They started arriving in early feb I believe .
I must admit I am very interested to see these when they arrive , the idea of perhaps obtaining somewhere around 20 ish mph while towing would be lovely
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