With a newly redesigned Toyota Tacoma just unveiled at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, this comparison between an example of the old, second-generation Japanese truck and its rival in the mid-size pickup segment – the Chevy Colorado – might be a bit premature.
But if for nothing else, AutoGuide‘s comparison of the two medium-weights should at least prove illustrative as to how far the “underdog” Colorado has come since its last iteration. In terms of numbers, the Chevy has the Toyota beat in pretty much every way. Even with 0.4 liters less displacement at 3.6 L, the Chevrolet makes 3 more lb-ft of torque, and an astonishing extra 70 horsepower. That grants it slightly more hauling and towing capacity, while still allowing for 20 mpg to the Toyota’s 15 (as tested).
So how well does the Chevy hold up on the road? Well, in terms of acceleration, it’s a wash; AutoGuide notes that while the Tacoma produces less horsepower, it also weighs less, making it feel just as nimble. However, when it comes to comfort and ride, not only does the Colorado’s thoroughly modern interior have that of the aging Tacoma beat, but even equipped with the Z71 package (as this Colorado is), traveling over rough surfaces feels and sounds more supple and damped in the Chevy.
Add to that the price of the two trucks as-tested – $37,525 for the Colorado vs. $38,317 for the Tacoma – and it becomes even more clear how and why the Chevrolet wins this comparison.
We look forward to a rematch when the new third-generation Toyota mid-size truck finally launches.