Chevy Colorado Vs. Toyota Tacoma

By Justin Cupler | May 7th, 2019

Midsize pickup trucks give buyers truck capabilities with more manageable footprints in heavy traffic and tight spaces. Two masters of the midsize pickup realm are the 2019 Chevy Colorado and the 2019 Toyota Tacoma. Which is better for our Linwood area truck buyers? Continue reading to find out.

Exterior

The 2019 Chevy Colorado arrived with a new look in 2015 and has since remained unchanged, save for a few packages that add extra style. This new look made the midsize pickup legitimately look like the baby bro of the full-size Silverado, pleasing truck buyers. Because the 2019 Colorado is available in so many trim levels, it ranges from a simple work truck in its base and WT models to a more premium-looking, commute-friendly rig in its LT and Z71 packages.

The 2019 Toyota Tacoma also carries a rugged pickup appearance with its blocky front end, hard body angles, and upright stance. Like the Colorado, this look is relatively new, as the Tacoma debuted back in 2016, but it has always been one of the more rugged-looking midsize pickups in the American market.  

Both the 2019 Tacoma and 2019 Chevy Colorado have their respective off-road-ready models. In fact, the 2019 Toyota Tacoma has two in the TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro trims. The 2019 Colorado has its ZR2 package for buyers looking to take the road less traveled. These off-road-friendly models show their credentials with heavier-duty shocks, higher ride heights, knobby tires, and more.

 

Measurement 2019 Chevy Colorado 2019 Toyota Tacoma Difference
Length 212.7 to 224.9 inches 212.3 to 225.5 inches +0.4 to -0.6 inches
Width 74.3 inches 74.4 to 75.2 inches -0.9 to -0.1 inches
Height 70.3 to 70.7 inches 70.6 to 71.6 inches -0.9 to -0.3 inches
Wheelbase 128.3 to 140.5 inches 127.4 to 140.6 inches +0.9 to -0.1 inches
Ground Clearance
9.4 inches
Curb weight 3,986 to 4,529 pounds 3,980 to 4,480 pounds +6 to +49 pounds

 

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Colorado

  • More toned-down appearance
  • Rugged ZR2 with tons of off-road options

Advantage: 2019 Toyota Tacoma

  • More angular body
  • TRD Pro grille makes a statement

Interior

The 2019 Toyota Tacoma and 2019 Chevy Colorado are pickup trucks designed with value and utility in mind, so they both feature simple cabins in their base levels. But as you move up the trim levels, they both gain some style and luxury. In their respective off-road-ready models, they also gain unique cabins with special colors, stitching, and materials to set them apart.

The 2019 Colorado’s interior includes a larger dashboard, resulting in a lot of empty black space, but this also gives it room for larger 7- and 8-inch touchscreens. The 2019 Tacoma has a smaller dash, making everything a bit crowded, but its round air vents and splashes of color help set it apart.

The 2019 Colorado wins in every key measurable inside, including one of the most important for families: rear legroom.

 

Measurement 2019 Chevy Colorado 2019 Toyota Tacoma Difference
Front headroom 41.4 inches 39.7 inches +1.7 inches
Front legroom 45 inches 42.9 inches +2.9 inches
Front shoulder room 57.5 inches 58.3 inches -0.8 inches
Front hip room 55 inches 57.2 inches -2.2 inches
Rear headroom (Extended/Access Cab) 36.7 inches 34.9 inches +1.8 inches
Rear legroom (Extended/Access Cab) 28.6 inches 24.6 inches +4 inches
Rear shoulder room (Extended/Access Cab) 57.3 inches 56.5 inches +0.8 inches
Rear hip room (Extended/Access Cab) 52.2 inches 51.7 inches +0.5 inches
Rear headroom (Crew/Double Cab) 38.3 inches 38.3 inches
Rear legroom (Crew/Double Cab) 35.8 inches 32.6 inches +3.2 inches
Rear shoulder room (Crew/Double Cab) 56.2 inches 58.9 inches -2.7 inches
Rear hip room (Crew/Double Cab) 53.3 inches 56.3 inches -3 inches

 

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Colorado

  • Larger touchscreens
  • Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • More rear legroom

Advantage: 2019 Toyota Tacoma

  • Lots of standard safety features
  • More colorful cabin

Performance

The 2019 Colorado and 2019 Tacoma follow the same path in the powertrain department, mostly. They both include standard four-cylinder engines and optional V-6 units.

 

The standard engine in the 2019 Colorado is a 200-horsepower 2.5-liter four-pot. Buyers can opt for a 308-horsepower V-6 for improved performance and higher towing capacity. The 2019 Tacoma comes up short in both areas with its base 2.7-liter four-cylinder producing just 159 horsepower and its 3.5-liter V-6 topping out at 278 horsepower.

The 2019 Colorado takes it a step farther with its optional 2.8-liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine. This engine cranks out modest 186 horsepower, but its torque is through the roof at 369 pound-feet. This massive pulling ability gives the Colorado a 7,700-pound capacity, beating the Tacoma by at least 900 pounds. Plus, with it getting up to 30 mpg highway, the diesel-fueled Colorado is a great option for commuters.

2019 Chevy Colorado 2019 Toyota Tacoma Difference
Standard engine 2.5-liter 4-cyl 2.7-liter 4-cyl
Horsepower 200 hp at 6,300 rpm 159 hp at 5,200 rpm +41 hp
Torque 191 lb-ft at 4,400 rpm 180 lb-ft at 3,800 rpm +11 lb-ft
Standard transmission 6-spd manual 6-spd automatic
Optional transmission 6-spd automatic 6-spd manual
Driveline RWD (std.) / 4WD (opt.) RWD (std.) / 4WD (opt.)
0-60 time
9.5 seconds (est.)
Towing capacity 3,500 pounds 3,500 pounds
Payload capacity 1,440 pounds 1,620 pounds -180 pounds
MPG City 19 to 20 mpg 19 to 20 mpg
MPG Highway 23 to 26 mpg 22 to 23 mpg +1 to +3 mpg
MPG Combined 21 to 22 mpg 21 mpg +0 to +1 mpg
Optional engine 3.6-liter V-6 3.5-liter V-6
Horsepower 308 hp at 6,800 rpm 278 hp at 6,000 rpm +30 hp
Torque 275 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm 265 lb-ft at 4,600 rpm +10 lb-ft
Transmission 8-spd automatic 6-spd automatic
Driveline RWD (std.) / 4WD (opt.) 6-spd manual
0-60 time 6.1 seconds 7.7 seconds -1.6 seconds
Towing capacity 7,000 pounds 6,800 pounds +200 pounds
Payload capacity 1,574 pounds 1,540 pounds +34 pounds
MPG City 16 to 18 mpg 17 to 19 mpg -3 to +1 mpg
MPG Highway 18 to 25 mpg 20 to 24 mpg -6 to +5 mpg
MPG Combined 17 to 20 mpg 18 to 21 mpg -4 to +2 mpg
Optional engine 2.8-liter turbo-diesel 4-cyl
Horsepower 186 hp at 3,400 rpm
Torque 369 lb-ft at 2,000 rpm
Transmission 6-spd automatic
Driveline RWD (std.) / 4WD (opt.)
0-60 time 9.1 seconds
Towing capacity 7,700 pounds
Payload capacity 1,511 pounds
MPG City 18 to 20 mpg
MPG Highway 22 to 30 mpg
MPG Combined 19 to 23 mpg

 

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Colorado

  • More powerful and faster across the board
  • Big towing advantage with the diesel engine
  • Huge fuel economy advantage with the diesel engine

Advantage: 2019 Toyota Tacoma

  • Superior off-road capabilities in TRD Pro model
  • Sporty-handling TRD Sport model

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Chevy Colorado is available in five trim levels — Base, WT, LT, Z71, and ZR2 — and their starting prices range from $22,395 to $42,395.

 

The 2019 Tacoma lineup has six trim levels: SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, Limited, and TRD Pro. Their respective starting prices range from $25,700 to $42,810.

2019 Chevy Colorado Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Base: $22,395

  • Extended Cab layout
  • 2.5-liter four-cylinder
  • 6-spd automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • 16-inch Ultra Silver steel wheels
  • Black beltline moldings
  • Black door handles
  • Black, manual-adjust mirrors
  • Black tailgate handle
  • Cab-mounted cargo lights
  • Chrome rear bumper
  • CornerStep rear bumper
  • Daytime running lights
  • Halogen headlights
  • Two-way manual passenger’s seat
  • 3.5-inch monochromatic driver-information system
  • Four-way power driver’s seat
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Black interior door handles
  • Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System
  • Bluetooth connectivity with streaming audio
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • 7-inch color touchscreen
  • Front center console
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Power door locks
  • Power windows with one-touch up/down driver window
  • Rubberized vinyl flooring
  • Rear seat delete
  • Single-zone climate control
  • Dual USB ports
  • Rearview camera
  • Teen driver

 

WT: $25,895

  • All Base features, plus
  • Carpeted floors
  • Dual rear seats with under-seat storage
  • Carpeted floor mats

 

LT: $28,695

  • All WT features, plus
  • 17-inch Blade Silver Metallic aluminum wheels
  • Body-color door handles
  • Body-color power mirrors
  • Body-color rear bumper
  • Chrome beltline molding
  • Driver’s side blind-spot mirror
  • 4.2-color driver-information center
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi
  • Six-way power driver’s seat
  • Two charge-only USB ports
  • 8-inch HD touchscreen
  • Chrome interior door handles
  • Cruise control
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • HD Radio
  • SiriusXM
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • Overhead console
  • Remote keyless entry
  • HD rearview camera
  • OnStar

 

Z71: $31,795

  • All LT features, plus
  • Automatic locking rear differential
  • Black recovery hooks
  • Hill-descent control
  • Off-road suspension
  • 17-inch Dark Argent Metallic aluminum wheels
  • Remote ignition
  • Black beltline moldings
  • Heated, power mirrors
  • EZ-Lift and Lower tailgate
  • Fog lights
  • Manual-sliding rear window
  • Projector-beam headlights
  • Four-way power passenger seat
  • Automatic climate control
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Rear park assist

 

ZR2: $42,395

  • All Z71 features, plus
  • 3.6-liter V-6 engine
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Autotrac two-speed transfer case
  • Full-locking front and rear differentials
  • Unique 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Integrated trailer brake controller
  • Off-road rocker protection
  • Tow/Haul mode
  • 2-inch receiver hitch
  • Four- and seven-pin hitch connectors
  • Seven-wire electrical harness
  • Four-way sealed connector
  • Trailering assist guidelines
  • Transfer case shield
  • Black rear bumper
  • Off-Road Appearance Package
  • Spray-on bed liner

2019 Toyota Tacoma Key Features and Pricing by Trim

SR: $25,700

  • 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • 16-inch styled steel wheels
  • Projector-beam headlights
  • Daytime running lights
  • Dark gray grille with black surround
  • Color-keyed power mirrors
  • Color-keyed door handles
  • Color-keyed rear bumper
  • Deck rail system with four adjustable tie-down cleats
  • Two-speed windshield wipers
  • Sliding rear glass
  • Engine and front suspension skid plates
  • Color=keyed tailgate spoiler
  • Air conditioning
  • One USB media port
  • Two USB charging ports
  • Cloth seating
  • Four-way manual front seats
  • Urethane tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Entune Audio infotainment system
  • 6.1-inch touchscreen display
  • AM/FM/CD six-speaker audio system
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Lane-departure alert with sway warning
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Hill-start assist

 

SR5: $27,475

  • All SR features, plus
  • Headlights-integrated fog lights
  • Charcoal grille with chrome surround
  • Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Entune Audio Plus infotainment system
  • 6.1-inch touchscreen
  • HD Radio
  • SiriusXM

 

TRD Sport: $32,395

  • All SR5 features, plus
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Integrated wide-angle fog lights
  • 3.5-liter V-6 engine
  • TRD sport-tuned suspension
  • Gray grille with smoked finish and chrome surround
  • 120-volt power outlet
  • 17-inch machined alloy wheels
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Keyless unlock
  • Keyless ignition
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Entune Premium Audio with Navigation
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Class IV tow hitch
  • Transmission fluid cooler

 

TRD Off-Road: $33,650

  • All SR5 features, plus
  • 3.5-liter V-6 engine
  • Double Cab body
  • TRD-tuned off-road suspension with Bilstein shocks
  • 16-inch machined-contrast alloy wheels
  • Integrated wide-angle fog lights
  • Gray grille with smoked finish and chrome surround
  • Mirror-integrated turn signals
  • 120-volt power outlet
  • Power-sliding rear window
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Push-button ignition
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Entune Premium Audio infotainment system
  • Navigation
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Multi-terrain Select
  • Crawl control
  • Electronically controlled locking rear differential
  • Class IV tow hitch receiver
  • ATF and engine oil coolers
  • Four- and seven-pin hitch wiring

 

Limited: $37,640

  • All SR5 features, plus
  • 3.5-liter V-6 engine
  • Chrome fog light bezels
  • Silver grille with chrome surround
  • Chrome-accented mirrors
  • Chrome-accented door handles
  • 120-volt power outlet
  • Power moonroof
  • 18-inch polished alloy wheels
  • Power-sliding rear window
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Leather seats
  • Keyless ignition
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Entune Premium JBL infotainment system
  • Navigation
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Blind-spot monitor
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Class IV tow hitch receiver

 

TRD Pro: $42,810

  • All Limited features, plus
  • 16-inch TRD Pro black alloy wheels
  • Active Traction Control
  • Electronically controlled locking rear differential
  • TRD Pro cat-back exhaust system
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • TRD-tuned off-road suspension
  • 2.5-inch FOX internal-bypass struts
  • Remote-reservoir rear shocks
  • Black headlight bezels
  • Rigid Industries LED fog lights
  • Black taillight bezels
  • Heritage-inspired “TOYOTA” grille
  • Black badges
  • Hood scoop with graphics
  • Color-keyed heated mirrors
  • TRD Pro front skid plate
  • Roll and pitch displays
  • Black TRD Pro leather seats
  • TRD Pro shift knob
  • TRD Pro floor mats
  • Entune Premium Audio infotainment system
  • Navigation

Who Should Buy the 2019 Chevy Colorado?

Looking for a midsize pickup with the latest in tech and powertrain options? The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado is the truck for you. Whether you need a potent V-6 or a thrifty diesel engine, this Chevy truck has you covered.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Toyota Tacoma?

With its simpler layout and more rugged design, the 2019 Toyota Tacoma is a great option for buyers who need a never-say-quit work truck or an off-road cruiser that can still handle the daily commute.

 

Ready to tackle work and play around the Linwood area? The 2019 Chevy Colorado can handle all your needs, whether you are heading to a job site in Bay City or taking the kids to school in Standish. Head down to Garber Chevrolet Linwood today and take the 2019 Colorado for a test drive to see what you think. Can’t make it to our Bay City area Chevy showroom today? Just navigate to our online showroom to see what 2019 Colorado models are in stock at our Standish area showroom and schedule a test drive later.