Pickup trucks are one of America’s most popular vehicle types, but within the truck segment, there’s one configuration that’s not such a big seller: trucks with manual transmissions. That’s part of the reason why GM is phasing out the manual transmission option on the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon this year.
Both trucks were originally offered with a six-speed manual transmission paired with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder manual transmission. Per GM, the consumer demand for this configuration was just too low for the automaker to keep offering it.
Now, for the 2019 model year, WT models of the Chevy Colorado and the GMC Canyon will have a six-speed automatic transmission. At higher trim levels, drivers can pair the six-speed automatic transmission with a 3.6-liter V6 engine or a 2.8-liter four-cylinder diesel engine. At these trims, drivers can also select the available eight-speed automatic transmission.
If you’re a fan of manual transmission trucks, it’s understandable if you feel a tinge of sadness at this news. However, we’re not so upset about it here at Fuller Chevy GMC Truck. Modern trucks offer plenty of performance-enhancing technologies that pair well with automatic transmissions to deliver a more engaging driving experience. Experience the contemporary performance of automatic-transmission trucks when you stop by our dealership to test-drive a new 2019 Colorado or Canyon model.