Son's Automotive Group Compares 2015 Toyota Tacoma VS 2015 Chevrolet Colorado Near Braselton, GA

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2015 Toyota Tacoma

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2015 Toyota Tacoma

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado

Safety Comparison

Both the Tacoma and the Colorado have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available four-wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

The Tacoma’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Colorado’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tacoma second among midsize pickups in their 2014 Initial Quality Study. The Colorado isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 6th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota third in reliability, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 9th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Tacoma RWD Manual 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the Colorado RWD Manual 4 cyl. (21 city/25 hwy vs. 19 city/26 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Tacoma 4x4’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Colorado:

Tacoma

Colorado

Front Rotors

12.48 inches

12.2 inches

The Tacoma stops shorter than the Colorado:

Tacoma

Colorado

60 to 0 MPH

126 feet

131 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Tacoma has a standard full size spare so your work or a trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare costs extra on the Colorado Without the option you must depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better maneuverability, the Tacoma’s turning circle is tighter than the Colorado’s:

Tacoma

Colorado

Extended Cab Standard Bed 4x4

40.7 feet

41.3 feet

Crew Cab Short Bed 4x4

40.7 feet

41.3 feet

Crew Cab Standard Bed 4x4

44 feet

44.6 feet

For greater off-road capability the Tacoma has a 1.2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Colorado Long Box Crew Cab (9.3 vs. 8.1 inches), allowing the Tacoma to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Tacoma’s minimum ground clearance is 1 inch higher than on the Colorado Extended Cab (9.3 vs. 8.3 inches).

Chassis Comparison

The Toyota Tacoma may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 350 pounds less than the Chevrolet Colorado.

The Tacoma is shorter than the Colorado, making the Tacoma easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces:

Tacoma

Colorado

Extended Cab Standard Bed

208.1 inches

212.7 inches

Crew Cab Short Bed

208.1 inches

212.7 inches

Crew Cab Standard Bed

221.3 inches

224.9 inches

Passenger Space Comparison

The Tacoma Access Cab has .6 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear hip room and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Colorado Extended Cab.

The Tacoma Double Cab has .2 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom, 1.9 inches more rear hip room and 3.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Colorado Crew Cab.

Ergonomics Comparison

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Tacoma, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Colorado.

The Tacoma V6 offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet in the cargo area, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Colorado doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Tacoma owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Tacoma will cost $80 to $1190 less than the Colorado over a five-year period.

The Tacoma will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the Tacoma will retain 64.7% to 71.01% of its original price after five years, while the Colorado only retains 46.99% to 58.84%.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Tacoma will be $3525 to $3933 less than for the Chevrolet Colorado.

Recommendations Comparison

Four Wheeler performed a comparison test in its May 2014 issue and they ranked the Toyota Tacoma Short Bed TRD PRO Double Cab 4x4 two places higher than the Chevrolet Colorado Short Box Z71 Crew Cab 4x4.

The Toyota Tacoma outsold the Chevrolet Colorado by over 19 to one during 2014.

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