I am sort of new to the towing game and I am unsure of what exactly I need when it comes to this whole world. I know that I don't need a big HD truck that will tow the state building off of it's foundation, but will the 7,600 lbs of towing (4X4 model) will be enough to tow trailers with a few motorcycles or a UTV.
Towing ratings is for the gross weight of the load right? Trailer weight plus the weight of the cargo.
What sort of trailer weights are there? I know that the all aluminum ones are lighter, but more expensive as well.
My Colorado has 6,000 miles on it and if you want to talk about towing prowess I am confident this one is pretty tough to beat. I ride with a group of 6 snowmobiles and we have a 5 pace aluminum inline snowmobile trailer. This was the first trip we used the Colorado for because it was 800 miles round trip and the gas 1/2 tons we usually use were getting 6-7 mpg with this rig.
Mpg was as follows without 6th sled in the bed of the truck 16.1mpg with the sled in the bed 14.4. Now this truck isn't going to break any land speed records, but we did hit 80 a few times passing. I let a buddy drive it and he couldn't believe how well the Colorado pulled the trailer. RPM not a problem keep them low if you can keep the truck in the torque band and out of that 2,600+ RPM range.
Trailer empty weighs 2,800 lbs. 5 snowmobiles with gas and oil averaging 500-550 lbs a piece and to top off the cake on in the bed.
Trip was from Oshkosh, WI to Roscommon, MI. The "baby max" was so efficient even with a chase vehicle the fuel costs for the trip were half that of a standard V8 gas engine.
Moral of the story the Colorado/Canyon with a Diesel is the undisputed king of towing in the midsize segment. It rivals the V8 Silverado 1500 and this is proof.