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Posted by Mark Williams | October 19, 2014


The recent Texas Auto Writers Association's Truck Rodeo provided our first chance to do some comparison towing with a couple new 2015 pickup trucks. We hauled loads with a 2015 Ford F-150 equipped with the all-new 2.7-liter V-6 EcoBoost as well as an all-new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado with the 3.6-liter V-6. We didn't get to do any instrumented testing, but we thought you might be interested in our observations.

To its credit, TAWA allows its members to do some towing with select manufacturers' vehicles that are part of the rodeo. We can't think of any other automotive writers' association that does this. This year TAWA provided four identically equipped 500-gallon water-tank trailers — outfitted with a conventional surge-brake hitch — to put behind each of the designated vehicles. Although we didn't see an exact weight for the trailer, we calculated the total weight of water and double-axle reinforced supports to be just more than 5,200 pounds. Based on our best guess, the total weight of the trailer was nearly the same as the F-150 and probably several hundred pounds heavier than the Colorado. All trailers and hitches were well balanced and height adjusted, so there was no excessive tongue weight.

The Ram for this tow event was a well-equipped EcoDiesel; the Toyota Tundra was a fully loaded 1794 Edition; the Ford was a midlevel XLT FX4 package; and Chevrolet, interestingly, offered its Silverado 2500 Heavy-Duty Duramax and Colorado crew-cab V-6. As you might expect, the big and small diesels (the Ram EcoDiesel and the Chevy Duramax) made short work of the stubby trailer, with the Duramax significantly under-stressed during the drive loop. Likewise, the Tundra's V-8 had no trouble moving the load around comfortably and feeling quite stable (but we can't believe Toyota doesn't offer an integrated trailer brake controller yet).

http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2014/1...ord-f-150-versus-2015-chevrolet-colorado.html
 

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So a bigger, heavier and MUCH more powerful truck towed better? So shocking.... :rolleyes:
A bigger, heavier and MUCH more powerful truck towed better, yes and more fuel efficient doing it!! Guess you missed that important point......

Chevy 9 MPG towing
Ford 11 MPG towing equal loads.....

Shocking...:rolleyes:
 

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So a bigger, heavier and MUCH more powerful truck towed better? So shocking.... :rolleyes:
A bigger, heavier and MUCH more powerful truck towed better, yes and more fuel efficient doing it!! Guess you missed that important point......

Chevy 9 MPG towing
Ford 11 MPG towing equal loads.....

Shocking...:rolleyes:
I've often figured or held the belief that the smaller engine struggled more when asked to do the big boy task and therefore the economy of it is all but lost. It's one instance where the bigger engine is actually better IMO.
 

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I've often figured or held the belief that the smaller engine struggled more when asked to do the big boy task and therefore the economy of it is all but lost. It's one instance where the bigger engine is actually better IMO.
Ford has the smaller engine 2.7EB vs. 3.6 Chevy.....
But has more HP and TQ.
 

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Obviously the F-150 is the better work truck, and it looks fantastic doing it. I was really impressed with real world fuel economy compared with the Colorado. That said, the Colorado looks great and it performed really well. Very impressed with these trucks.

I think a fair comparison would be the base v6 F-150 vs the Colorado, most people are going to cross shop those two.
 

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Is it a stupid comparison? If the Colorado can't beat the F150 2.7 in mpg (not under load) it really doesn't look good. Though the Colorado is more of a lifestyle vehicle than the F150, if the mpg is similar or if the Colorado can't beat it then they just might be cross shopped.

Though overall, yes I agree that the tow comparison is not the best, the F150 should perform better with towing, any other result would be shocking.
 

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Is it a stupid comparison? If the Colorado can't beat the F150 2.7 in mpg (not under load) it really doesn't look good. Though the Colorado is more of a lifestyle vehicle than the F150, if the mpg is similar or if the Colorado can't beat it then they just might be cross shopped.

Though overall, yes I agree that the tow comparison is not the best, the F150 should perform better with towing, any other result would be shocking.
Even if the F150 beats the Colorado in MPG, I don't think it will bother the Colorado's sales. The Colorado is that good of a truck it won't matter.....But it might hurt the Silverado's sales, not sure how you sell both Chevy's successfully....they are both that good...
somebody has to lose some sales......
 

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I do not believe the trucks where selected for this test BUT chosen to show each BRANDS offering to the journalists and a towing portion was included
the article SHOULD have focused on a total truck run down and NOT compared ONE test.
that said the Colorado DID hold it's OWN and being it MIGHT pull the occasional 5K load (boat/travel trailer ETC) and mostly run empty EX with GM's NEW advertising showing it as a CAR/CUV replacement and NOT a 1/2 tonner replacement
 

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Even if the F150 beats the Colorado in MPG, I don't think it will bother the Colorado's sales. The Colorado is that good of a truck it won't matter.....But it might hurt the Silverado's sales, not sure how you sell both Chevy's successfully....they are both that good...
somebody has to lose some sales......
Perhaps those losing sales will be Toyota and Nissan...

All the domestic truck offerings seem to be top notch, each model having their own strength...The Colorado 3.6 seems to be exactly what we thought it would be: A good lifestyle truck with the capability to do 3/4 the work of a typical mainstream full-size pick up. The 2.8 Diesel option should make for a very good mid-size work horse when it's offered next year... Too bad it's not available now!
 

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Perhaps those losing sales will be Toyota and Nissan...

All the domestic truck offerings seem to be top notch, each model having their own strength...The Colorado 3.6 seems to be exactly what we thought it would be: A good lifestyle truck with the capability to do 3/4 the work of a typical mainstream full-size pick up. The 2.8 Diesel option should make for a very good mid-size work horse when it's offered next year... Too bad it's not available now!
Toyota Tacoma has a huge loyal buying public, it will be hard to eat into their customers...the customers the Colorado can easily get are old Colorado customers, Dodge, and Ford Ranger customers...
 

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"we did manage to collect some unscientific numbers"

That is the understatement of the year. This appears to be an under-funded group trying to do some Ford PR work with little experience pulling off a "real" test. A real test would include real vehicle weights, real trailer weights, and real performance numbers with real test equipment. They compare a mid size truck to a full size and make them pull the same trailer? A real test would have each truck pull a load with the similar PERCENT of tow CAP load. The Ford is a pre-production unit without the window sticker. Do you really think the turbo pressures are the same as a production unit?
 

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"we did manage to collect some unscientific numbers"

That is the understatement of the year. This appears to be an under-funded group trying to do some Ford PR work with little experience pulling off a "real" test. A real test would include real vehicle weights, real trailer weights, and real performance numbers with real test equipment. They compare a mid size truck to a full size and make them pull the same trailer? A real test would have each truck pull a load with the similar PERCENT of tow CAP load. The Ford is a pre-production unit without the window sticker. Do you really think the turbo pressures are the same as a production unit?
Conspiracy theorist here.....so if the turbo pressure's are high how did it have better MPG than the Chevy? Better rethink your conspiracy......
 
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