2020 Toyota Tacoma vs. Chevrolet Colorado
When it comes to midsize pickup trucks, no other nameplate has dominated the segment quite like the legendary Toyota Tacoma. Its award-winning reputation for quality and durability, proven performance capabilities, and rugged good looks are just a handful of reasons how the Tacoma continues to top the competition. To help further demonstrate how the Tacoma remains the top choice in its class, our team at Germain Toyota Columbus has assembled this head-to-head comparison against the Chevrolet Colorado. Which one will be the better option for your lifestyle and needs? After you see the results, we have a feeling that you’ll choose the Tacoma.
Toyota Tacoma vs. Chevrolet Colorado
|2020 Toyota Tacoma SR5 V6 4X4 Double Cab||VS||2020 Chevrolet Colorado LT 4X4 V6 Crew Cab|
|Starting at $35,190 MSRP*||MSRP*||Starting at $34,400 MSRP*|
|18 / 20 ✓||City / Combined MPG**||17 / 19|
|Standard ✓||Trailer Hitch||Optional|
|Standard ✓||Spare/Temporary Tire||Not Available|
|Standard ✓||Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror||Optional|
|Standard ✓||Heated Exterior Mirrors||Requires Higher Trim Level|
|Standard ✓||Front Fog Lights||Optional|
|Standard ✓||Power Sliding Rear Window||Not Available|
|Standard ✓||Adaptive Cruise Control||Not Available|
|Standard ✓||Automatic High Beams||Not Available|
|Standard ✓||Collision Warning System including Automatic Braking||Not Available|
|Standard ✓||Front Knee Airbags||Not Available|
|Standard ✓||Lane Departure Warning||Optional|
|2 Years / 25,000 Miles ✓||Complimentary Scheduled Maintenance||1 Year / Unlimited Mileage|
Although the Chevrolet Colorado begins this matchup with a very slight price advantage, smart shoppers will quickly understand the sacrifices they’ll be making by choosing the Colorado over the Toyota Tacoma. For fairness sake, we’ve taken equivalent trim levels equipped with similar cab configurations and powertrains.
Especially important for truck buyers looking for a vehicle that’s ready to work as hard as they are, the Tacoma offers an advantage in both city and combined fuel economy ratings. Similarly, you’ll also receive a standard trailer hitch on the Tacoma. Laughably, the Colorado requires you to select a hitch as an added-cost option. If you find yourself with a flat tire on rugged mountain trails, the standard spare tire on the Tacoma can have a key impact on whether you make it home or not. Again, you’ll be forced to pay extra for this feature at Chevrolet.
Other premium standard features found on the exterior of the Toyota Tacoma SR5 V6 include heated exterior mirrors and front fog lights. Inside the cabin, drivers will also enjoy the benefits and convenience of a power sliding rear window along with an automatic dimming rearview mirror. If you desire any of these features on the Colorado, get ready to step up to a far more expensive trim level.
One aspect of the Toyota Tacoma which absolutely dominates the Chevrolet Colorado is safety. Included as standard, Toyota Safety Sense™-P (TSS-P) is a comprehensive collection of safety features designed to protect you from the unexpected. Standard features on the Tacoma SR5 include Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic High Beams, Collision Warning System including Automatic Braking, Front Knee Airbags, and Lane Departure Warning. Most of these features are completely unavailable on the Colorado LT. Last but not least, Toyota includes 2 years or 25,000 miles of complimentary scheduled maintenance with the purchase of a new Tacoma. That’s a full year longer than what you’ll get at Chevrolet.
Winner – Toyota Tacoma
Now that we’ve seen the results, it’s clear that the obvious winner of this in-depth comparison is the Toyota Tacoma. The Chevrolet Colorado simply cannot compete with the exceptional value, efficiency, premium standard equipment, and cutting-edge safety features found on the Toyota Tacoma. As you can see, there’s a reason that the Tacoma has remained the top choice in the segment for over a decade. Ready to write your own chapter in the storied history of the Tacoma? Our team at Germain Toyota of Columbus is standing by to help you find the right Tacoma model for your lifestyle.
*MSRP excludes the Delivery, Processing, and Handling Fee of $955 for Cars (86, Avalon, Avalon HV, Camry, Camry HV, Corolla, Corolla HV, Corolla HB, Mirai, Prius, Prius Prime, Supra, Yaris HB, Yaris Sedan), $1,120 for Small/Medium Trucks, SUVs and Van (4Runner, C-HR, Highlander, Highlander HV, RAV4, RAV4 HV, Sienna, Tacoma), $1,325 for Large SUVs (Land Cruiser, Sequoia), and $1,595 for Large Truck (Tundra). (Historically, vehicle manufacturers and distributors have charged a separate fee for processing, handling and delivering vehicles to dealerships. Toyota’s charge for these services is called the “Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee” and is based on the value of the processing, handling and delivery services Toyota provides as well as Toyota’s overall pricing structure. Toyota may make a profit on the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee.) Excludes taxes, license, title and available or regionally related equipment. The Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee in AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, and TX will be higher. The published prices do not apply to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Actual dealer price will vary.
**2020 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary.