2016 Chevy Colorado vs. 2016 Toyota Tacoma
The truck market is filled with options of all capacities, price points, and styles. It’s a daunting task to compare the details that matter between options, so we’ve done some of the work for you. Two of the models that have probably appeared in your search are the 2016 Chevy Colorado and the 2016 Toyota Tacoma. Both have a solid set of safety, performance, capacity, and towing power features, but which one comes out ahead in the end? Take a look at some of the key differences compared for your convenience.
Safety and Warranty
The safety and warranty features that the all-new Colorado includes are not available for the Tacoma. Take a look at the safety options for the Colorado:
- Driver controlled, user-friendly child locks
- Optional Collision Warning System
- Optional all-wheel full-time drive
- Available Lane Departure Warning System
- Optional blind spot mirrors on side mirrors
- Optional OnStar technology with live emergency response
The Colorado also received higher marks from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s crash testing. In the 35 mph front crash tests, the Colorado garnered a 4 star rating, while the Tacoma got only 3 stars. Side impact tests also named the Colorado as the winner with a 5 star rating, as opposed to the Tacoma’s 4 stars.
In addition to the Colorado’s stellar safety ratings, the warranty that Chevy provides also edges out Toyota’s. The Colorado’s corrosion warranty is a full year longer than the Tacoma’s. Chevy has nearly 400 percent more dealerships than Toyota—an important convenience factor for when you need service.
If you’re looking for an engine that is both fast and powerful, the Colorado is a reliable choice. Comparing each engine type, the Colorado edges out the Tacoma on horsepower and torque. Starting with the standard engines, the Colorado’s 2.5L DOHC 4-cylinder has 200 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque, while the Tacoma’s 2.7L DOHC 4-cylinder only delivers 159 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. The trend holds for the optional V6 engines, where the Colorado delivers 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque to the Tacoma’s 236 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque.
The Colorado’s V6 is also significantly faster than the Tacoma’s V6, reaching 0-60 mph .4 seconds faster.
Cabin and Cargo Capacity
The Colorado offers more capacity for both cargo and passengers. Comparing each extended cab option, the Colorado offers 1.4 inches more headroom, 3.7 more front legroom, and 1.4 inches more front hip room than the Tacoma.
You’ll also be able to haul more cargo with the Colorado. The cargo box on each Colorado outsizes the corresponding Tacoma model by over seven cubic feet.
Payload and Towing
Both the payload and towing capacity of the Colorado outclasses the Tacoma for every trim:
- Colorado’s standard towing capacity is 3500 pounds, while the Tacoma’s standard capacity is 3400 pounds.
- Maximum upgraded trailer capacity for the Colorado is 7700 pounds, while the Tacoma offers only 6500 pounds.
Try the Mighty Chevy Colorado Today!
Experience the raw power of the all-new 2016 Chevy Colorado for yourself. We think that once you get behind the wheel for a test drive, you’ll love this truck as much as we do. Schedule a test drive and get all of your questions answered by contacting us today. Our Chevy truck aficionados are ready to get you all of the information you need to make a great decision on your new truck purchase.