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Old 01-12-2015, 01:54 PM   #1
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2015 Colorado and Escape 5.0 TA ?

I'd like some of the folks here who have the new Escape 5.0 TA to weigh in on whether the 6 cyl Colorado with long or short box would be capable if the truck was the 2wd version.
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I'd like some of the folks here who have the new Escape 5.0 TA to weigh in on whether the 6 cyl Colorado with long or short box would be capable if the truck was the 2wd version.
Hi: drstock... Sorry I don't have a 6 cyl. Colorado, but I do have a V6 Nissan Frontier and have pulled both a 5.0 and now a 5.0TA without a problem. Switching trailers cost me 1 mpg in performance.
There is a fellow in Lake Orion Mich. towing a 5.0 with a I-5cyl. Colorado I think. I'm not sure he's on this forum though.
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Towing specs for the Colorado seem to be missing in action from the GM site.
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Alf, so your Frontier is a crew cab with a short box?
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Bob, noticed that, too. I just see a 7000 lb towing capacity (with 6 cyl) in the general description of the vehicle.
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Alf, so your Frontier is a crew cab with a short box?
Hi: drstock... It's a crew cab long box!!! 6'1" bed 140" wheel base 4X4 with a 6100 lb. tow cap. and 1100 # cargo cap. The pin wt. of the 5.0TA is 600#'s dry. We love this combo.
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Bob, noticed that, too. I just see a 7000 lb towing capacity (with 6 cyl) in the general description of the vehicle.
I "near" that figure mentioned on a non-GM site., but I am sure it is for a specific truck with specific options. GM is well known for NOT having general towing specs that go across an entire model line. For example, my TV is a 2003 Blazer 2dr. Specs for that model, all with the V6, range from as low as 2000 lbs to as high as 5800 lbs. Go Figure.

I'd suggest going to a dealer and peeking into an actual 2015 Colorado owners manual.
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"With the available trailering package, this small truck is rated to tow up to 7,000 lbs.† — delivering all the power you need to tow your adventure gear.

The 305-horsepower engine produces 269 lb.-ft. of torque, allowing Colorado to carry 1,590 lbs.† "

Payload stated above has to be extended cab, 2wd, and includes the weight of the driver, passengers, cargo, and options. (couldn't cut and paste in the contents of the bubble that states this part) The same weights have to be deducted from the max Tow Capacity too.

Alf, how does the HP and torque compare to your Frontier.

Payload wise you can do it, the pin is roughly 500-700 lbs depending on options and how it's loaded. Another 100 or so for the hitch. Towing capacity is okay, the trailer is roughly 4500 lbs. The short bed is 5'1" and what they call the long bed is just over 6' 2". You may well need a slider for the short bed but probably okay on the long.

I'd just be concerned with if it has enough power for mountains and such, but I've not tried the truck.
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I saw that same quote in a press release on a truck fan site. Are there any GM sites that provide towing capacities and define what it takes to get "Up to" that capacity?


My suspicion is because GM calls the Colorado a "Mid-Size" truck.
I mostly ask because I, like many, am waiting for the 2016 Colorado diesel.....
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"With the available trailering package, this small truck is rated to tow up to 7,000 lbs.† — delivering all the power you need to tow your adventure gear.

The 305-horsepower engine produces 269 lb.-ft. of torque, allowing Colorado to carry 1,590 lbs.† "

Payload stated above has to be extended cab, 2wd, and includes the weight of the driver, passengers, cargo, and options. (couldn't cut and paste in the contents of the bubble that states this part) The same weights have to be deducted from the max Tow Capacity too.

Alf, how does the HP and torque compare to your Frontier.

Payload wise you can do it, the pin is roughly 500-700 lbs depending on options and how it's loaded. Another 100 or so for the hitch. Towing capacity is okay, the trailer is roughly 4500 lbs. The short bed is 5'1" and what they call the long bed is just over 6' 2". You may well need a slider for the short bed but probably okay on the long.

I'd just be concerned with if it has enough power for mountains and such, but I've not tried the truck.
Hi: padlin00... The Nissan 4Ltr. V6 is rated at 261 hp. and 285 lb. ft. of torque. We have a Husky EZRoller hitch but never needed to slide it the extra 9" for turns.
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I saw that same quote in a press release on a truck fan site. Are there any GM sites that provide towing capacities and define what it takes to get "Up to" that capacity?


My suspicion is because GM calls the Colorado a "Mid-Size" truck.
I mostly ask because I, like many, am waiting for the 2016 Colorado diesel.....
Hi Bob, FWIW the quote was from a GM site.

2015 Colorado: Small Trucks - Mid Size Trucks | Chevrolet
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2wd vs. 4wd thoughts: As far as towing capacities, the updated Colorado will be matching Tacoma very closely, that's direct competition. I ended up with 4wd, but more as a convenience for my driving around VT in winter. On dry highways you do not switch to 4wd anyway, but if you get into some mud at simple campsites, the 4wd could come handy, and it did for me a couple times. If I had to make choices, I would take the bigger engine option and the towing package (transmission cooler is good) before the 4wd option.
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Hi Bob, FWIW the quote was from a GM site.

2015 Colorado: Small Trucks - Mid Size Trucks | Chevrolet
Thank You, that little note wasn't on the 1st GM site I was on. Here's the entire bubble they included:

"Requires available V6 engine and available Trailering Package.  Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner's Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount the amount you can tow."

I don't know what &nbsp means?
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