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Chevy Colorado vs Toyota Tacoma

        SIDE-VIEW_2015-chevrolet-colorado-mid-size-truck There are several choices in the midsize pickup market, but the new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is giving buyers much to get excited about this year. The Colorado can easily go toe-to-toe with competitors like the Toyota Tacoma. The big question is which truck model is better? Below is a comparison of the two trucks, but first we should look at what’s new for the 2015 model year.

Changes to the 2015 Colorado

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is completely new, and it is only related to the old 2004-2012 model by name. It comes with new interior styling and modern features you wouldn’t expect to find in a midsize truck. It also has new exterior styling and a new powertrain.

Changes to the 2015 Tacoma

There are two major changes to the Toyota Tacoma for the 2015 model year. Toyota did away with the base level, regular cab body style, and now you can only purchase the truck in extended cab and crew cab models. The new Tacoma TRD Pro replaces last year’s off road TRD T/X Baja model.

Dependability

The Tacoma earned a rating of four in J.D. Power’s Power Circle ratings and this indicates it has better than average reliability. The Colorado is too new to be rated. The length of Colorado’s warranty gives it an advantage over the Tacoma. Both trucks come with a three year or 36,000 mile warranty, but the Colorado has a five year or 100,000 mile powertrain coverage. The Toyota’s is five years or 60,000 miles.

Fuel Economy

Both trucks are offered with two engine choices. The Colorado’s 4-cylinder base engine is 200 HP, 2.5 liters, and it gets 20 mpg city and 27 mpg on the highway. The Tacoma’s 4-cylinder offering is 159 HP, 2.7 liters, and it gets 21 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. Both the Colorado and the Tacoma offer a V6, and this tends to be the more popular option. Tacoma’s V6 is 236 HP and gets 17 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. Colorado boasts a 305 HP V6 that gets a superior 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. As far as fuel economy goes, the Colorado has better gas mileage with a bigger engine and more horsepower.

Safety

When it comes to safety equipment comparisons, The Tacoma doesn’t hold up to the Colorado. The Chevy has a blind spot camera, which is optional on the Toyota, and includes a lane-departure warning system and forward collision alert. The Tacoma has neither of these. While the Colorado has not been tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety because it is so new, it is expected to perform better than Tacoma thanks to its new design.

Tech

On top of the advantages in the safety section, the Colorado offers even more benefits over Tacoma when it comes to technology. Tacoma offers the basics like the available JBL audio system and Toyota’s Entune system. The Colorado offers so much more including the on-board Wi-Fi, an eight-inch touch screen, automatic grade braking, and a transmission that has a tow/haul mode.

Value

Colorado is comparable in price to Tacoma, if not a little cheaper, depending on where you buy. That means you get a more powerful truck, with more safety features, more equipment, better technology, and better fuel economy than the Tacoma. That ultimately makes Colorado the better value. The answer is very simple. The Colorado is a better choice in every way! Please visit any of your Valley Chevy dealers to check out the fantastic 2015 Chevy Colorado.  

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