Jump to content
  • Sign up for FREE! Become a GM-Trucks.com Member Today!

    In 20 seconds you can become part of the worlds largest and oldest community discussing General Motors, Chevrolet and GMC branded pickups, crossovers, and SUVs. From buying research to owner support, join 1.5 MILLION GM Truck Enthusiasts every month who use GM-Trucks.com as a daily part of their ownership experience. 

  • 0

2016 Colorado 4cyl 6 Speed Gear Question



So far, sans the post over in Engines about PIP 5409A, truck is good. Got the base extended cab 2wd. Like the way it rides - if its the electronic steering that's making it so crisp - well done chevy - love it.


Question is this - what is/was the logic behind the 6 gears? I had two 4cyl 5spd rangers previously. Obviously you can't do much in 5th gear and passing on the e-way in a city requires 4th gear. As I'm driving this 6, what's the logic behind adding the 6th? Doesn't seem all that much added benefit and you're never in 5th without needing 6th soon. Not very knowledgeable, just asking to learn.


After 20yrs in a 5spd, it's taking some getting used to that down and right is a forward gear - about a week into driving it my subconscious is coming around that shifting over there is ok... :)

Edited by Dayooper14
Link to comment
Share on other sites

2 answers to this question

Recommended Posts

  • 0

I just bought a 2016 4-cyl Colorado with manual shift and I think the gears make perfect sense. Where I've driven, on country roads where the prevailing speed is 45 to 55 mph with frequent speed changes, it's 5th gear all the way. I haven't even used 6th yet. I'll use 6th when I'm on a highway where I can cruise at a constant 60 or more for awhile.


In town it's mostly 3rd and 4th. This is convenient because it's the center position, so the shifts don't work against the springs.


I also moved from a traditional 5-speed configuration, which I'm still using for awhile. The only adjustment is for the reverse gear, which takes some getting used to. Otherwise, it's the same because I am not using 6th.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 0

Simply said it's all about fuel economy. The gear ratio that is closest to 1:1 is your last "power" gear. If the specs state 4th is closest to 1:1, then 5th and 6th are overdrive gears and save fuel without lugging the engine.


Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Answer this question...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.