2016 Toyota Tacoma vs. 2016 Chevrolet Colorado

Few trucks are as iconic as the Toyota Tacoma. Loaded with the strength and capability that’s made it the leading midsize truck for over ten years, Tacoma defines tough. And the new 2016 Tacoma Double Cab 4x4 TRD Off-Road just raised the bar. Again. The Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab Z71 4WD is looking to make its mark in Tacoma’s sandbox. Both trucks offer rugged style, off-road capability and on-road comfort, but Tacoma’s got the goods that keep it at the front of the pack.

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In an off-road matchup between Toyota Tacoma Double Cab 4x4 TRD Off-Road vs. Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab Z71 4WD, Tacoma leaves the Chevy in its dust. Tacoma gives you more ground clearance – 9.4 in. vs. Colorado’s 8.1 in. – helping you easily tackle tough terrain. Tacoma also offers greater approach, breakover and departure angles versus those on the Colorado, so Tacoma will have an easier time climbing over whatever you find on your favorite trail. And with Crawl Control, Multi-terrain Select and an electronically controlled locking rear differential, Tacoma’s got the cutting-edge tech you need to help tame the wild. Colorado’s Hill Descent Control and auto-locking rear differential just can’t compare.


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Both Toyota Tacoma and Chevy Colorado offer plenty of advanced safety features, like a standard backup camera. Tacoma comes standard with eight airbags, including standard driver and front passenger knee airbags. Colorado comes standard with six airbags. Tacoma’s available tech – including rear parking assist sonar, Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)  – also makes it a whole lot easier to get out of those tight spaces. And you won’t find any of this stuff on Colorado Crew Cab Z71 4WD.


When comparing the convenience features of Toyota Tacoma vs. Chevy Colorado, you’ll find Tacoma takes you that extra mile with more comfort. The available 4.2-in. full-color Multi-Information Display (MID) is larger than Colorado’s. And only Tacoma offers an available power tilt/slide moonroof or dual zone automatic climate control. Out back, Tacoma wins again with its standard fiber-reinforced Sheet-Molded Composite (SMC) bed. Tacoma’s got a 120V power outlet in the bed too. Colorado offers only an available spray-in bed, and no option for a power outlet.


Both Tacoma Double Cab 4x4 TRD Off-Road and Colorado Crew Cab Z71 4WD have got the tech to make any drive more enjoyable. With standard backup cameras and in-car entertainment systems, you won’t find a dull moment in either truck. But with extra features – like a standard GoPro® mount on the windshield to help you capture every epic adventure – Tacoma always comes out ahead. And only Tacoma offers standard Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging, so you can charge your compatible smartphone while leaving the wires at home. Also standard on Tacoma TRD Off-Road is the Smart Key System with Push Button Start, making it easy to just get in and go without ever taking your key out of your pocket or bag. You won’t find this feature on Colorado either.

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