2020 Tacoma vs. Colorado Comparison

With decades of truck building experience, Toyota introduced the Toyota Tacoma to North America in 1995. Its Chevy competitor, the Chevrolet Colorado, entered the truck market 9 years later in 2004. Made as part of General Motors' mid-size truck line, it was made to replace the Chevrolet S-10.

Not only have the looks of both of these trucks changed over time, the technology and safety features have also increasingly gotten more advanced. The 2020 Tacoma base trim comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) and Star Safety System™️. While higher-end trims of the Colorado do have driver-assistance safety features, the base-grade 2020 Chevrolet Colorado does not offer features comparable to Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P).

Safety features are one advantage that lower-grade 2020 Tacomas have over the Colorado, but there are some other interesting advantages in this starting-level comparison as well. For example, the base-grade 2020 Toyota Tacoma SR 4X2 with any size truck bed has a 3.5L V6 278 horsepower engine option for a starting MSRP of $29,025. Meanwhile, the 2020 Chevy Colorado base trim only has a 2.5L 4-cyl. engine that produces 200 horsepower. To get a more powerful 3.6L V6 engine for the Chevy Colorado 2WD, you’d need to look at the high end Z71 2WD trim (starting MSRP of $35,095). For a Chevy Colorado 4WD with the 3.6L V6 engine option, you’d need the WT (starting MSRP of $32,895) or higher. To compare, the 2020 Toyota Tacoma SR 4X4 with a 3.6L V6 engine starts slightly lower at $32,490.

As we continue to compare the Toyota Tacoma vs. Colorado, see who comes out ahead in key categories like safety, reliability, and performance.

Publish Date: 07/30/2020

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Safety

Safety that brings peace of mind is standard. With any 2020 Toyota Tacoma, drivers get standard active safety features without having to pay for additional packages at the checkout.

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Safety

  • New Toyota Tacoma purchases and leases come standard with an active suite of safety features, TSS-P.
  • The 2020 Tacoma has Smart Stop Technology® (SST), while this feature is not available on the Colorado.
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Reliability

Get a truck that you can rely on whether you're driving over dirt roads or along city streets.

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Reliability

  • All Toyota vehicles come standard with ToyotaCare, a factory-scheduled maintenance and roadside assistance program.
  • The Tacoma and Colorado have similar basic warranties that last for three years and 36,000 miles.
  • With an abundance of awards, the Tacoma also has a reputation of quality with reviews from both J.D. Power and KBB.
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Performance

If you prefer a manual drive, the Tacoma has a manual transmission option for its TRD trims. In fact, a manual transmission is standard on the TRD Sport 4X4 Double Cab. The Chevrolet Colorado does not offer a manual transmission.

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Performance

  • The 2020 Tacoma has the option for manual transmission on TRD models, while the Colorado has no manual transmission options.
  • For more off-roading features, the Tacoma offers the TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro.
  • If you're looking to haul a lot in the back, the base model Tacoma has a higher max payload than the base Colorado.
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Conclusion: Tacoma vs. Colorado

Withstanding the test of time, the Tacoma has been around 9 years longer than the Chevrolet Colorado.

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Conclusion: Tacoma vs. Colorado

  • The 2020 Tacoma includes a suite of active safety features called Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P).
  • Only Tacoma has the option for a manual transmission included on the Tacoma TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro.
  • 2020 Toyota Tacoma drivers also get more maintenance covered with ToyotaCare. Chevrolet has a maintenance plan that only covers one oil and oil filter change, DEF tank refills for diesel-equipped models and tire rotations according to the vehicle’s maintenance schedule.
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