Whether for work or play, pickup trucks are designed for impressive off-road performance and practical utility. And, unlike full-size pickups, midsize models can easily bridge the gap between fun and functional, thanks to modest design and better fuel efficiency. The Toyota Tacoma and Chevy Colorado are two outstanding examples of this.
If you are looking to invest in a midsize pickup, the Tacoma and Colorado are likely toward the top of your list. We invite you to use the 2018 Toyota Tacoma vs 2018 Chevy Colorado comparison below to get a better idea which one is right for you. Let's start by comparing the base trims of each model.
2018 Toyota Tacoma SR
2018 Chevy Colorado Base
|1,620 lb||Payload Capacity||1,382 lb|
|4 passengers||Standard Seating||2 passengers|
|6-speed automatic||Transmission||6-speed manual|
|Standard||MP3 Player / CD Player||Not available|
In terms of performance, the Tacoma and Colorado come standard with I-4 engines and rear-wheel drive. While the Tacoma's engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, the Colorado base comes with a 6-speed manual transmission. Likewise, the Tacoma offers a standard seating capacity of 4 passengers, while the Colorado base trim only has room for 2. The 2018 Tacoma also comes standard with power side mirrors, steering wheel audio controls, cruise control, limited slip differential, and a brake assist system, none of which are standard offerings on the Chevy Colorado. That being said, both the Tacoma and Colorado have multiple trim levels, cab configurations, and bed sizes, allowing shoppers to find the features and capabilities that suit them.
The Toyota Tacoma is available in six different trims—SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, Limited, and TRD Pro. In addition to the standard 2.7-liter I-4 engine, drivers can upgrade to a 3.5-liter V6 that is capable of producing 278 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. Other available features include Crawl Control, Trailer-Sway Control, Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Entune™ Audio system, and much more.
Schedule a test drive with our team at Toyota Vacaville if you are interested in getting behind the wheel of the 2018 Toyota Tacoma and deciding whether or not it's the right fit for you.