Remember Joe Isuzu? Well, he’s no longer in the car business, but the company he worked for is still hanging by a thread in the United States, selling rebadged versions of light trucks built by General Motors.
The Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon, along with the Isuzu i-290, are the smallest pickups in the companies’ lineups, and it shows in fuel economy. EPA-rated at 18 mpg city/24 highway, the trucks are 20 percent more efficient than their full-sized stablemates.
The 190-horsepower 2.9-liter 4-cylinder engine produces the same mileage whether it drives the wheels through a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission. Even better for those of you who don’t like to shift, the automatic version can tow up to 3,400 pounds, about half a ton more than the stick.