Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Toyota Tacoma VS 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Toyota Tacoma

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2016 Chevrolet Colorado

Safety Comparison

To help make backing safer, the Tacoma (except SR/SR5)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Colorado doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Tacoma and the Colorado have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available four-wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

Warranty Comparison

The Tacoma’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Colorado’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota third in reliability, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 9th.

Engine Comparison

The Tacoma’s optional 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 78 more horsepower (278 vs. 200) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (265 vs. 191) than the Colorado’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Tacoma V6 is faster than the Chevrolet Colorado V6 (automatics tested):



Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

7.4 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

15.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.6 MPH

88.8 MPH

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Tacoma 4x4’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Colorado:

Tacoma 4x4


Front Rotors

12.48 inches

12.2 inches

The Tacoma stops shorter than the Colorado:



70 to 0 MPH

195 feet

197 feet

Car and Driver

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Tacoma has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Tacoma flat and controlled during cornering. The Colorado’s suspension doesn’t offer stabilizer bars.

For better maneuverability, the Tacoma’s turning circle is tighter than the Colorado’s:



Extended Cab Standard Bed

40.6 feet

41.3 feet

Crew Cab Short Bed

40.6 feet

41.3 feet

Extended Cab Standard Bed 4x4

40.6 feet

41.3 feet

Crew Cab Short Bed 4x4

40.6 feet

41.3 feet

Crew Cab Standard Bed 4x4

44.1 feet

44.6 feet

For greater off-road capability the Tacoma has a 1.3 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Colorado Long Box Crew Cab (9.4 vs. 8.1 inches), allowing the Tacoma to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Tacoma’s minimum ground clearance is 1.1 inches higher than on the Colorado Extended Cab (9.4 vs. 8.3 inches).

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Tacoma Short Bed TRD Off-Road Double Cab 4x4 is quieter than the Colorado Short Box LT Crew Cab 4x4 (76 vs. 78 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Tacoma Access Cab has 2.2 inches more front hip room and .8 inches more front shoulder room than the Colorado Extended Cab.

The Tacoma Double Cab has 2.2 inches more front hip room, .8 inches more front shoulder room, 3 inches more rear hip room and 2.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Colorado Crew Cab.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Toyota Tacoma has a standard tailgate assist feature, which prevents the heavy tailgate from falling with a crash and causing injury. It allows adults and children to easily open and close the tailgate with one hand to better facilitate loading and unloading. Tailgate assist costs extra on the Chevrolet Colorado, and isn’t available on the Colorado Base.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Tacoma has a lever hand brake in the console, easy to use while keeping both feet free and not impeding entry and exit. The Colorado’s foot pedal parking brake is not handy to use as a hill holding device with a manual transmission.

The Smart Key System standard on the Tacoma TRD/Limited Auto allows you to unlock the driver’s door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Chevrolet Colorado doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Tacoma has standard power remote mirrors. The Colorado Base doesn’t offer either a remote driver side or passenger side mirror. The driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

The Tacoma (except SR/SR5)’s optional dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Colorado doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Tacoma, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Colorado.

The Tacoma TRD/Limited has a 115-volt a/c outlet in the cargo area, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Colorado doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Recommendations Comparison

4-Wheel & Off-Road performed a comparison test in its April 2016 issue and the Toyota Tacoma Short Bed TRD Off-Road Double Cab 4x4 won out over the Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Extended Cab 4x4.

The TRD Off-Road was selected by Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine as their 2016 4x4 of the Year. The Colorado has never been chosen.

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