While the full-size pickup market is getting better and better, mid-size pickups are still popular, with Chevrolet, GMC, Honda and Toyota all launching facelifts and new models. At present, the Chevrolet Colorado and Toyota Tacoma are two of the more popular compact pickups on the market.
The Toyota Tacoma is considered the mainstay of compact pickups, and the reputation of Toyota pickups is undeniable all over the world. Toyota Tacoma is produced in the United States. Its durability and reliability, combined with the excellent pickup truck market in the United States, naturally gained a large number of fans. After buying it, off-road, outdoor adventures, and picnics are all easy. . The Chevrolet Colorado was completely redesigned in 2014 compared to the old model, and all aspects have also been qualitatively improved. Next, we will compare these two compact pickups in many ways.
As for the starting price, the low-end version of the Toyota Tacoma is 24,120 US dollars (about 164,000 yuan), while the starting price of the low-end version of the Chevrolet Colorado is 20,000 US dollars (about 136,000 yuan). The matching version of the Toyota Tacoma is more than 40,000 US dollars (about 272,000 yuan), while the latter is priced at 35,000 US dollars (about 238,000 yuan). The price of the Colorado will be about $4,000 less than the Tacoma, but this will never mean that there is a big difference in quality, configuration, etc. In fact, in the base version, the standard configuration of the Colorado is higher than that of the Tacoma. plentiful.
Chevrolet only configures basic active safety protection on the Colorado, such as forward collision warning and lane departure warning, but this still requires an additional price of $395 (about 2686 yuan). In addition, the Chevrolet Colorado received a 4-star rating in NHTSA testing and an “excellent” rating in the IIHS front-end side-corner crash test. The NHTSA gave the Toyota Tacoma a full 4-star rating, but the Colorado has yet to pass the IIHS side impact test.
In-vehicle comfort may not be a priority for most pickup buyers, but it just shows the Chevrolet Colorado’s strengths when compared. The steering wheel of the Toyota Tacoma is closer to the driver, and the driver’s sitting posture is more uncomfortable. Don’t have too much extravagant expectations for the basic seat material, but the durability is nothing to say. Of course, Toyota also offers luxurious interior options. And in terms of sound insulation in the cabin, it can only be said that the Toyota Tacoma has been reminding you that this is a pickup truck, and the sound of engine vibration can even drown out normal conversations at its worst.
However, things like touchscreens, power windows, and locks still cost Chevrolet a premium on the base model. In contrast, the overall environment inside the Chevrolet Colorado is better. The seat material is more comfortable and the support is better, and in terms of sound insulation, it is very quiet, more like a luxury car. Additionally, the base Toyota Tacoma gets a touchscreen infotainment system, plus knobs for volume and radio tuning. In comparison, the system on the Chevrolet Colorado has more uses. The latest CarPlay and Android smart systems support the connection of multiple mobile phones, which is more practical.
While the performance of these two pickups is basically similar, the Chevrolet Colorado is slightly better after careful consideration. The Colorado has more power options than the Tacoma and has a slight edge in power performance and fuel economy. As for powertrains, the Chevrolet Colorado’s base four-cylinder engine makes 200 horsepower, compared with 159 horsepower in the Tacoma. And the Chevrolet Colorado offers both a six-speed automatic and a manual transmission, while the Toyota Tacoma offers a five-speed manual in all-wheel-drive versions. Additionally, the Colorado’s optional V6 version is capable of 308 horsepower, compared to the Tacoma’s 278 horsepower.
The biggest highlight of the Chevrolet Colorado is the four-cylinder diesel supercharged engine. The heavy-duty engine can output a maximum torque of 510 Nm. Equipped in the double-row version, it is matched with a 6-speed automatic transmission. In terms of fuel economy, we first tested the 2.8L diesel supercharged engine, the front-drive version of the Chevrolet Colorado, with an urban road condition of 10.5 liters per 100 kilometers and a high-speed 7.4 liters per 100 kilometers. As for the gasoline version, the Chevrolet Colorado equipped with a 2.5L four-cylinder engine and an automatic transmission is 11.1 liters per 100 kilometers in the city and 8.5 liters on the highway, while the Toyota Tacoma equipped with a 2.7L four-cylinder automatic transmission is 100 kilometers in the city. 11.7 liters per kilometer, and 9.6 liters on the highway.
Speaking of handling, I believe that buyers of these two pickups will not pursue any sportiness. The Chevrolet Colorado’s steering wheel steering effort is lighter and more natural. The whole vehicle also handles the bumps on the road better, and can filter most of the vibrations. In comparison, the steering of the Toyota Tacoma is slightly heavy and sluggish, and the rear suspension does not handle the vibration of the road surface well, which can be clearly felt, and the feeling of long-term bumps will make people more tired.
Carrying and towing capacity
Most versions of the Colorado can carry 675 kg, depending on the single-cab and double-cab seats and the power configuration, the load-carrying capacity is between 670 kg and 708 kg. The double-row seat cargo box is 1.55 meters long, and the single-row seat version has a cargo box length of 1.85 meters. The base four-cylinder, front-drive version of the single-cab Toyota Tacoma can carry 729kg. The front-wheel drive version with the V6 engine has a carrying capacity of just 495 kg. Regardless of whether it is a single-row seat or a double-row seat, the length of the cargo box is 5 cm shorter than that of the Chevrolet Colorado.
In terms of towing capacity, although both are compact pickups, the small pickup is not ambiguous at all. The V6 version of the Toyota Tacoma can tow 3060kg, and the four-cylinder version can tow up to 1575kg. For the Chevrolet Colorado with the four-cylinder configuration, it is also 1575 kg, while the V6 regular version of the Colorado can tow up to 3150 kg, and the V6 diesel supercharged version can tow an astonishing 3465 kg.
Having said so much, let me briefly summarize at the end. Both compact pickups have been redesigned, but which one is more modern? It is obviously the Chevrolet Colorado. Although the price is a bit more expensive than the Toyota Tacoma, it can afford more, has a strong towing capacity, and the cabin is more comfortable and quiet. It is worth spending more money.