This truck showdown pits the 2022 Toyota Tacoma off-roading legend against the 2022 Chevy Colorado work truck. See how they do in the categories of safety, interior, and reliability.
Looking at standard safety specs, the Tacoma comes with a whole suite of active safety features. The Colorado only has more advanced features on select trims. Plus, the Chevy Safety Package is nowhere near as extensive as the Tacoma's Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS P).
Both of these trucks were built to help make getting work done easier. The Tacoma Off-Road and Colorado ZR2 also have off-roading features for when you're ready to play. As you'll see, though, the ZR2 will cost you a lot more.
See beyond the obvious performance capabilities of these two trucks, and find the one that has the total package.
Have the confidence to tackle any road in the Tacoma with the support of its standard driver-assistive technology.
The Toyota Tacoma comes with the Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS P) suite of active safety features. This includes a Pre-Collision System w/Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), Lane Departure Alert (LDA), and Automatic High Beams (AHB).
You won't see much in the way of standard active safety features with the Chevy Colorado. Only the LT and Z71 models have available Forward Collision Alert, Automatic Emergency Braking, and Lane Departure Warning. It requires the additional Safety Package at checkout, which varies in price depending on the configuration.
When your adventures get a little rocky, know that the 2022 Tacoma has the capability to handle the bumps. After being reviewed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Tacoma received a 4-star Overall Safety Rating and Rollover Star Rating. Comparatively, the 2022 Colorado received a 4-star Overall Safety Rating and a 3-star Rollover Star Rating.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride with the help of the interior features of the Toyota Tacoma.
Pick a song from your favorite playlist using the standard connectivity options of the Tacoma. All models come with Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay®, and Amazon Alexa compatibility. Looking inside the Colorado, you'll find Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ capabilities but no Amazon Alexa integration.
See all of these apps displayed on a 7-in. touchscreen in both the Tacoma and Colorado. Crank the tunes through their standard six speakers, too.
After hours of listening, make sure your devices stay fully charged in the Tacoma with the help of three USB ports. The Colorado WT comes with two front USB ports. If you want two front USB ports and two rear USB ports, you'd have to get the Colorado LT or higher.
Toyota makes sure you get the best and that it stays that way for years to come.
With the ToyotaCare plan regular factory-scheduled maintenance is covered for 2 years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first, to help keep your Tacoma working like a well-oiled machine. Services like tire rotations and oil changes are covered with the ToyotaCare plan. Chevy Complete Care will only cover one maintenance visit during your first year of ownership.
Toyota helps your truck stay out of the shop so you can focus on what really matters — the fun. The Tacoma Off-Road can get you up and over any type of terrain with the help of standard Crawl Control (CRAWL) with Multi-Terrain Select (MTS). This off-roading model starts at $37,655. The comparable Colorado ZR2 starts at $43,795. It has a driver-selectable full-locking front and rear differential, which works like the Tacoma's Crawl Control (CRAWL) in off-roading situations.
Thanks to its excellent warranty coverage and even better standard offerings, the 2021 Toyota Tacoma was named the Best Buy of the Year among midsize pickup trucks according to Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com. Not only that, but, as of 2021, it has been America's best-selling midsize pickup for the last 16 years.
As far as trucks go, the Toyota Tacoma and Chevy Colorado are two standout competitors. They both have lots of power and the convenience of having an open truck bed. Only the Tacoma has more to offer customers who want something for everyday driving. Rock out with the Tacoma's multitude of multimedia options, including Amazon Alexa compatibility. The Colorado does not include Amazon Alexa connectivity. Keep on rolling with the Tacoma's ToyotaCare factory-scheduled maintenance plan, which covers the Tacoma for two years or 25,000 miles. On the other hand, you'll only get your first maintenance visit for free with the Colorado.