For me, the Diesel didn't make sense. $3k+ "Upgrade" that I didn't want.
1. Although I like turbos in high altitude because they lose less horsepower, I didn't want to sacrifice acceleration. At one point I said I wouldn't own a non-turbo, but never said that would be a turbo-diesel. I am coming from a turbo Subaru, so I wanted something quicker than the diesel offers. I drove a 16 Colorado, and wasn't impressed, now with the new engine/trans combo with the updated V6/8Sp, it is pretty close to the same (actually, according to car and driver, the Twins are quicker to 60 and the 1/4 than my Forester XT.)
2. I don't care about fuel economy with the way I drive. (and will take awhile to "pay for itself")
3. If I am towing anything, the V6 tow rating is only 10% less than the Diesel, and I won't even be close to that. Maybe 3000 lbs, stretching it to see I would ever do 4000 lbs.
I don't want anyone to think I am dogging on the duramax. It's a great engine, but not for me.
I'm going in the morning to get the Canyon that I mentioned a couple posts up. This dealer not only gets close to Laura's pricing, they are also offering $3k - $4k more for my trade than any other dealer.
With the test drives that I did, the Canyon All Terrain interior felt nicer than the Z71 (not just the contrast stitching and covered dash, but the overall feel.)
They drove the same, but they have the same suspension and tires, so I don't see why they wouldn't. I like the Canyon exterior style a little better too, but I feel sometimes it is the "red-headed step child" between the twins.
The wife has already nicknamed the new truck Canyonero, because of the Simpson's episode.