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John Goreham
Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
8-28-2017

GM seems to be downplaying its towing capabilities in non-full-size truck offerings. The first, and most surprising revelation was that Chevy is only rating the new Colorado ZR2 at 5,000 pounds for towing, regardless of its engine. That means the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro's gasoline engine's 6,400 lb towing rating tops the diesel ZR2. Toyota has for years been conservative in its tow ratings and adopted the current standards prior to GM. We doubt this is specmanship on Toyota's part.

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The newest towing surprise was the all-new 2018 Equinox diesel compact crossover. The new diesel engine costs almost $4,000 more than the base engine in the Equinox. Yet, its towing is limited to 1,500 pounds, the same rating almost all compact crossovers come with (the CR-V for example). Where is the diesel towing advantage we often see in larger pickups and sport utes?

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Perhaps Chevy assumes with these two diesel vehicles owners don't care much about towing. That would not be our impression based on posts to the ZR2 clubs* we participate in. What say you GM-Trucks.com faithful? No big deal, or sort of surprising?

 

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ZR2 is a totally different animal suspension wise than the TRD though. The ZR2 doesn't differ far from the Raptor with its reduced towing rating. 5000lbs is fine for the ZR2. Want to tow 7600lbs? Get the regular Colorado Diesel.

 

As for the Equinox, the disappointment I see is that the EPA ratings fell 1mpg short of GM's 40mpg highway prediction. As for the tow rating, the way GM appears to have strategized the Equinox is to have the diesel there to satisfy the diesel market and the MPG that comes with diesel engines, and the 2.0T be the race horse/tow pig.

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