2017 Toyota Tacoma vs. 2017 Chevy Colorado

See why the Tacoma wins the Battle of the Compact Pickups


Not everyone needs a big, hulking full size pickup truck. Over the past few years, smaller, capable trucks have become popular. They tend to be more fuel efficient than their bigger siblings while still being capable, practical vehicles. Not all compact pickup trucks are alike, though, and depending on your needs, a few don’t quite live up to the hype. Two of the more popular compact pickups on the market are the Toyota Tacoma and Chevy Colorado; read below to find out more about these trucks and why the 2017 Toyota Tacoma comes out on top.

 


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Off Road Capabilities

When comparing the Tacoma to the Colorado, it is widely accepted that the Tacoma is by far and away the better truck for going off the beaten path. The Colorado is a fine truck for heading to the grocery store, but the 2017 Toyota Tacoma is the ideal compact pickup truck for anyone who needs real off road capabilities. If you’re the fishing type that gets into the deep bush, or the adventurous rock climbing and mountain biking type that refuses to stay on a marked route, this truck is for you.

“The Tacoma comes closest to offering some of the charm of the old compact trucks, in the form of a base four-cylinder model with rear-wheel drive and a manual transmission. It also has a strong following among weekend-warrior off-road types who really push the capabilities of their vehicles; and that’s where Toyota really shines with the current Tacoma, which has been tweaked and specially packaged with those enthusiasts in mind.” - Car Connection

If you’re really serious about driving a reasonably sized truck with off road capabilities, the Tacoma comes in in the Toyota Racing Development (TRD) trim. As The Car Connection puts it,

“For 2017, the Tacoma is now available in a range-topping TRD Pro trim that sets the bar even higher for off roading.”

Fuel Efficiency

Even though the 2017 Toyota Tacoma is seen a capable off road truck, it also happens to be fuel quite fuel efficient, and depending on the trim level, actually beats the 2017 Chevy Colorado. Comparing the base versions of the trucks, the Tacoma gets an impressive 12 L / 100 km in the city and and 10 L / 100 km on the highway. The Colorado gets the same fuel efficiency on the highway, but if you’re driving in the city, you’ll be paying more for gas. It’s rated at 13.6 L / 100 km when driving in the city.

Dare to Compare

Take a look at our comparison chart to see further upsides to the popular Tacoma.

2017 Toyota Tacoma

2017 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 Double Cab TRD Off Road


Horsepower

278 hp @ 6000 rpm


Navigation System

Standard


Front Knee Airbags

Standard


Smart Key System

Standard


Rear Split Folding Bench Seat

Standard

2017 Toyota Tacoma

2017 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 Double Cab TRD Off Road


Horsepower

181 hp @ 3400 rpm


Navigation System

Optional


Front Knee Airbags

Not Available


Smart Key System

Not Available


Rear Split Folding Bench Seat

Not Available

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