2018 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab

Starting Price: $27,030 | Price yours

Above Average: Reliability, capability, resale value

Below Average: Cabin comfort, no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto

Consensus: Legendary rugged truck a bit long in the tooth


2018 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab

Starting Price: $29,990 | Price yours

Above Average: Styling, capacity and comfort

Below Average: Almost as big as a full-size without the capability

Consensus: Good-looking addition to the segment, with interesting powertrain options


Midsize pickups seemed to be a moribund segment until the all-new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon reinvigorated the category. Buyers have a real choice here -- you can go with the tried-and-true Tacoma, which is rugged, dependable and has great resale value. While the Colorado has yet to prove itself as rugged as the Tacoma, in addition to being slightly larger and more comfortable, this Chevy offers a diesel option.

Toyota Tacoma Advantages

Bulletproof mechanicals, iconic styling

Chevrolet Colorado Advantages

Comfortable ride, available diesel


Size matters here and both offer decent cargo capacity and towing for vehicles of this ilk. If you need to haul more stuff and a full passenger complement, you’d probably be better off stepping up to a Tundra or Silverado.

Final Recommendation

If you're shopping for a midsize pickup, the Toyota Tacoma and Chevrolet Colorado should both be on your list.

  2018 Toyota Tacoma 2018 Chevrolet  Colorado
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 3.5-liter V6 3.6-liter V6
Horsepower 278 hp 308 hp
Torque 265 lb-ft 275 lb-ft
Transmission Manual, Auto 6-Spd Automatic, 8-Spd
Fuel Economy 19 mpg city, 24 hwy 18 mpg city, 25 hwy
Also Available 159-hp, 2.7-liter I4 200-hp, 2.5-liter I4, 181-hp 2.8-liter I4 diesel
Warranty 3 years or 36,000 miles 3 years or 36,000 miles
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 127.4 inches 128.3 inches
Overall Length 212.3 inches 212.7 inches
Height 70.6 inches 70.7 inches
Payload (base engine) 1,505 pounds 1,574 pounds
Max Payload 1,620 pounds 1,574 pounds
Towing Capacity (base engine) 3,500 pounds 3,500 pounds
Max Towing Capacity 6,800 pounds 7,700 pounds
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