2020 Toyota Tacoma vs. 2020 Chevrolet Colorado

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Safety

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The Tacoma has standard Pre-Collision System, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Colorado offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The Tacoma (except SR/SR5/TRD Sport) offers an optional Panoramic View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Colorado only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

To help make backing safer, the Tacoma (except SR/SR5)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Colorado doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Tacoma’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Colorado doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Tacoma and the Colorado have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available four-wheel drive and blind spot warning systems.

Warranty

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The Tacoma’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Colorado’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Tacoma for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Chevrolet only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Colorado.

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Tacoma’s reliability 17 points higher than the Colorado.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tacoma third among midsize pickups in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Colorado isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked fourth.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Chevrolet is ranked 23rd.

Engine

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The Tacoma’s optional 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 78 more horsepower (278 vs. 200) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (265 vs. 191) than the Colorado’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Tacoma V6 is faster than the Chevrolet Colorado V6 (automatics tested):

Tacoma

Colorado

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

7.2 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

15.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.6 MPH

87.9 MPH

Transmission

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The Tacoma offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The Colorado doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Tacoma 4x4’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Colorado:

Tacoma 4x4

Colorado

Front Rotors

12.48 inches

12.2 inches

The Tacoma stops much shorter than the Colorado:

Tacoma

Colorado

70 to 0 MPH

185 feet

206 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

132 feet

135 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The Tacoma has a standard full size spare so a flat doesn’t interrupt your work or a trip. A full size spare costs extra on the Colorado Without the option you must depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

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The Tacoma has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Tacoma flat and controlled during cornering. The Colorado’s suspension doesn’t offer stabilizer bars.

The Tacoma Short Bed Limited Double Cab 4x4 handles at .73 G’s, while the Colorado Short Box ZR2 Crew Cab pulls only .68 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Tacoma Short Bed TRD Off-Road Double Cab 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the Colorado Short Box Z71 Crew Cab 4x4 (28.6 seconds @ .58 average G’s vs. 29.7 seconds @ .53 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Tacoma’s turning circle is tighter than the Colorado’s:

Tacoma

Colorado

Extended Cab Standard Bed

40.6 feet

41.3 feet

Crew Cab Short Bed

40.6 feet

41.3 feet

Extended Cab Standard Bed 4x4

40.6 feet

41.3 feet

Crew Cab Short Bed 4x4

40.6 feet

41.3 feet

Crew Cab Standard Bed 4x4

44.1 feet

44.6 feet

For greater off-road capability the Tacoma has a 1.3 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Colorado Long Box Crew Cab (9.4 vs. 8.1 inches), allowing the Tacoma to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Tacoma’s minimum ground clearance is .5 inch higher than on the Colorado Short Box ZR2 Crew Cab (9.4 vs. 8.9 inches).

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Tacoma Short Bed Limited Double Cab 4x4 is quieter than the Colorado Short Box ZR2 Crew Cab (40 vs. 45 dB).

Passenger Space

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The Tacoma Access Cab has 2.2 inches more front hip room and .8 inches more front shoulder room than the Colorado Extended Cab.

The Tacoma Double Cab has 2.2 inches more front hip room, .8 inches more front shoulder room, 3 inches more rear hip room and 2.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Colorado Crew Cab.

Cargo Capacity

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A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Tacoma. The Colorado doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

The Toyota Tacoma has a standard tailgate assist feature, which prevents the heavy tailgate from falling with a crash and causing injury. It allows adults and children to easily open and close the tailgate with one hand to better facilitate loading and unloading. Tailgate assist costs extra on the Chevrolet Colorado, and isn’t available on the Colorado Base.

Payload

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The Tacoma has a higher standard payload capacity than the Colorado:

Tacoma

Colorado

Extended Cab

1685 lbs.

1426 lbs.

Crew Cab

1560 lbs.

1444 lbs.

Extended Cab 4x4

1445 lbs.

1404 lbs.

The Tacoma Access Cab has a higher optional payload capacity than the Colorado Extended Cab (1685 vs. 1561 lbs.).

Ergonomics

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The Tacoma TRD/Limited’s front power windows open fully with one touch of the switches, and the driver’s window also automatically closes, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Colorado’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

The Smart Key System standard on the Tacoma TRD Auto/Limited allows you to unlock the driver’s door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Chevrolet Colorado doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Tacoma detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Colorado doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Tacoma has standard power remote mirrors. The Colorado Base doesn’t offer either a remote driver side or passenger side mirror. The driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

The Tacoma’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Heated mirrors cost extra on the Colorado and aren’t offered on the Colorado Base/Work Truck.

The Tacoma (except SR/SR5)’s optional dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Colorado doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Tacoma has a standard Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Colorado doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Tacoma TRD/Limited has a 115-volt a/c outlet in the cargo area, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Colorado doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Tacoma owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Tacoma with a number “8” insurance rate while the Colorado is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

The Tacoma will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Tacoma will retain 61.41% to 75.5% of its original price after five years, while the Colorado only retains 46.35% to 94.95%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Tacoma is less expensive to operate than the Colorado because it costs $727 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Tacoma than the Colorado, including $51 less for front brake pads, $78 less for front struts and $124 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Tacoma will be $2129 to $5724 less than for the Chevrolet Colorado.

Recommendations

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4-Wheel & Off-Road performed a comparison test in its April 2016 issue and the Toyota Tacoma Short Bed TRD Off-Road Double Cab 4x4 won out over the Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Extended Cab 4x4.

The TRD Off-Road was selected by Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine as their 2016 4x4 of the Year. The Colorado has never been chosen.

The Toyota Tacoma outsold the Chevrolet Colorado by almost two to one during the 2019 model year.

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