Are you looking for a marriage of power, toughness and efficiency? If that sounds like your cup of tea, the midsize Toyota Tacoma pickup has exactly what you are looking for. If you have to haul a load of gravel for an outdoor project, the bed of a truck delivers the versatility and capability that you need in addition to a powerful towing capacity. But what if you want better fuel economy than those full-size V-8 monsters will offer? With four- and six-cylinder powertrains in its repertoire, midsize pickup trucks like the redesigned 2016 Toyota Tacoma fit the bill. To further illustrate the impressive qualities of the segment and the redefined Toyota Tacoma, we are highlighting two class leaders in our 2016 Toyota Tacoma vs 2016 Chevy Colorado comparison.
Completely redesigned from top to bottom and from the inside out, the 2016 Toyota Tacoma is poised to maintain its best-in-class status over the reinvented Chevy Colorado. With a muscular, lifted stance and a refined suspension the Toyota Tacoma will provide a smooth ride on the road and exciting thrills off of it. A reimagined interior gives drivers a reprieve from the dirt and dust of the trail or jobsite when they get behind the wheel of the Tacoma, which offers a luxurious Limited trim, Toyota Entune with touchscreen interface, Qi wireless charging, leather trim and Toyota Smart Key with push button start. Under the hood, the 2016 Toyota Tacoma adds more power, more toughness and better fuel economy than any edition to date.
How Does the 2016 Toyota Tacoma Compare to the 2016 Chevy Colorado?
To further illustrate the class-leading characteristics of the new 2016 Toyota Tacoma, we put it up against the reigning Motor Trend Truck of the Year in the Chevy Colorado. While a base 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine promotes efficiency, the engine of choice under the hood of the Tacoma is an all-new Atkinson cycle 3.5-liter V-6 powertrain. Employing both direct and port fuel-injection, the new V-6 powertrain makes 278 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque, achieving 23 mpg on the highway. By comparison, the 2016 Chevy Colorado’s 3.6-liter V-6 engine delivers slightly higher power output with nearly identical fuel economy ratings. Both pickup trucks come standard with a six-speed automatic gearbox and an optional six-speed manual.
Power and performance for these two models essentially cancel each other out in our 2016 Toyota Tacoma vs 2016 Chevy Colorado comparison, so we explored other elements. Towing capacity based on properly equipped models is in favor of the Chevy Colorado by a slight margin, a difference that the Toyota Tacoma makes up for in terms of off-road adventure. Each model offers an off-road trim, but closer examination shows that the Chevy Colorado Z71 Trail Boss provides more flair and style than substance. The Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road trim on the other hand, is built to decimate the trail and whatever Mother Nature can throw at it. With an off-road tuned suspension with Bilstein shocks, part-time 4WD with Automatic Limited Slip Differential, a Multi-Terrain Select system and an innovative Crawl Control feature, the Tacoma is unbeatable where the blacktop ends. Stop in today at Gale Toyota to see the 2016 Toyota Tacoma first hand!