Chevy Colorado vs. Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier | Valley Chevy

Chevy Colorado vs. the Competition

As a working professional in the construction business, I know how important it is to have a solid, responsible and capable truck at my disposal at all times. I need a truck that is built to last, able to tow and give me solid performance every time, so when I recently went out to purchase a new truck I knew I wanted to check out the 2015 Chevy Colorado and a few other models. I had always wondered how some of the Japanese trucks could stack up against the Colorado, so I decided to compare the Toyota Tacoma and the Nissan Frontier to the Colorado and see which vehicle would come out on top.

Chevy Colorado Fuel Economy

One of the first pieces of information anyone shopping for a new vehicle wants to know is the fuel economy. Now, for me, this is not at the top of my list, as power and performance remain my highest priority when purchasing a truck, but fuel economy does go a long way as a determining factor of the cost of running the vehicle. The 2015 Chevy Colorado, featuring a two wheel drive, 3.6L V6 Z71 Crew Cab Short Box model trim provides 18 miles per gallon in the city and an estimated 26 miles per gallon on the highway. These numbers are rather impressive for most vehicles, but especially a truck. As for the 2015 Toyota Tacoma, the two wheel drive 4.0L V6 Double Cab Short Bed provides 17 miles per gallon in the city and 21 miles per gallon on the highway. Similarly, the Nissan Frontier two wheel drive, 4.0L V6 Crew SWB Desert Runner offers 16 miles per gallon in the city and 22 miles per gallon on the highway. Chevy Colorado comes out on top.

Engine Capability

I wanted to compare three vehicles with similar stats, which is why I selected these three vehicles and the trim models. Now, both the Toyota and Nissan have slightly larger V6 engines, yet neither provides the horsepower I thought would come out of the larger 4.0L versus the Chevy 3.6. The Chevy Colorado produces 305 horsepower while the Frontier offers 261 and the Tacoma drops down to 236. That was disappointing due to not only having the larger engines, but also having reduced fuel economy. The Chevy Colorado not only has better fuel economy than its rivals, but far superior horsepower as well.

Towing Capacity

While I don't move excessively large equipment on my job, I do haul gear to and from the work site each and every day, so having a higher towing capacity is important for me. Both the Tacoma and the Frontier provide 6,500 pounds in towing capacity, which isn't terrible, but the Colorado provides 7,000. This is enough to tow just about anything I would need and the bed can handle almost anything I toss in it as well.

Warranty Coverage

When I buy a new vehicle, I want something that is built to last, but also has coverage in case something happens. With the Colorado I receive a three year, 36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty. Both the Toyota Tacoma and Frontier offer this, so all three are even regarding the bumper-to-bumper warranty feature. Only the Chevy and Tacoma have a two year, 24,000 mile scheduled maintenance warranty. The Nissan just doesn't have that at all. Finally, all three vehicles have a Powertrain limited warranty. However, the Frontier and Tacoma provide a five year, 60,000 mile warranty while the Colorado offers a five year, 100,000 mile warranty. I drive my truck a good deal, so within the course of five years I will most likely hit anywhere from 80,000 to 100,000 miles. I'd hate for something to happen to the Powertrain in the final 40,000 miles that would require me to pay out of pocket. The Chevy Colorado has me covered in this regarding.

Colorado tops competition

When looking at the fuel economy, horsepower/engine capacity, towing capacity and the general warranties that come with the vehicles, the 2015 Chevy Colorado is the best buy of the three trucks. The Colorado is less expensive to drive, has a more powerful engine and a higher towing capacity than the other three, all while providing the best warranty coverage. This made selecting my new truck that much easier. It’s the 2015 Chevy Colorado.

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