New Toyota 2019 Tacoma vs. Chevy Colorado for Sale in Smithfield, RI


Those who are shopping for a new mid-sized pickup truck will surely have the Toyota Tacoma on their list. One of the comparisons to the competition that they will need to make during this decision process is the merits of the 2019 Tacoma vs. the Chevy Colorado. These two durable trucks are relatively similar in a lot of areas, from selling price to their capabilities, and so it’s a natural comparison to make.

Both of these pickups have undergone a redesign in the past few years – the Tacoma for the 2016 model year and the Colorado in 2015. The Tacoma has a longer history, having existed for three generations thus far as opposed to the Colorado’s two. As a Toyota product, it’s known for its long life and reliability and boasts a higher resale value than the Chevy. There is also much wider availability of after-market parts and accessories for the Tacoma, to the delight of off-roaders and other owners who like to customize their trucks. Speaking of off-roading, the Tacoma has 9.4 inches of ground clearance versus the Colorado Crew Cab’s 8.1, for a difference of 1.3 inches.

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Capabilities, Functionality, and Standard Features

Each truck can be ordered in multiple configurations of engines (four- or six-cylinder), transmissions (a manual stickshift is still available on both), bed lengths, drivetrains (rear-wheel or four-wheel drive), and cab layout (extended or crew). Although Toyota does not offer a diesel engine option, the Colorado does—but at the cost of a few thousand additional dollars. Vinyl seating comes on the base Colorado, but the base Tacoma is superior with its standard cloth upholstery (both trucks add leather in the higher trims, with heated front seats offered as well).

While the Colorado’s bed choices are a bit larger (each by 3 cubic feet), the Tacoma bed beats it out because of the way it is accessorized: a composite bed liner and cargo tie-down system with integrated deck rails both come standard. In contrast, the Colorado has a spray-on bed liner available as an option for approximately $500; if you choose the Chevy truck and don’t pay for that add-on, you’ll soon find yourself with a scratched-up and dented bed surface. A cargo management system must also be purchased as an add-on for the Colorado as well.

Safety Features

No compact pickup beats the Toyota Tacoma in the department of safety equipment, especially today’s sophisticated active safety features. The ’19 Tacoma comes standard with a backup camera, lane departure warning with steering assist, pre-collision alert with pedestrian sensing, and auto high beams. The Colorado, on the other hand, only offers a backup camera and daytime running lights as base equipment, without even offering the dynamic cruise control, pre-collision alert, or blind-spot monitoring as options whatsoever.


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