|20 / 30 MPG||Fuel Economy||20 / 23 MPG|
|181 - 308 HP||Horsepower||159-278 HP|
|7,700 LBS||Towing Capacity||6,800 LBS|
In the world of midsize pickups, you have a lot of different options to choose from because it’s such a competitive market. This can be either good or bad. It’s always nice to have different options when you’re trying to make a decision on something, but having too many options can start to make things complicated when trying to find what exactly it is you need. So, let us make it easy for you with a quick side-by-side comparison of two popular midsize pickups, the 2020 Chevy Colorado vs 2020 Toyota Tacoma.
Now, of course, each truck is going to have its pros and cons, but we want to make sure you can see the highlights that really matter. For instance, one of the biggest factors to consider when looking into purchasing a new vehicle is the price you’re going to pay. When it comes to the 2020 Chevy Colorado, you’ll find it starts at a very reasonable $21,300, which is actually less than the starting MSRP of many sedans. The 2020 Toyota Tacoma starts at $26,050, which is still reasonable, but a higher starting point compared to the Colorado.
The 2020 Chevy Colorado also impresses across the board with its performance and versatility, putting up better numbers than the 2020 Toyota Tacoma when it comes to horsepower, torque, towing capacity, payload, and even gas mileage. That isn’t to say the Tacoma isn’t a great vehicle, because it is, but overall the Colorado makes for a very impressive machine. Come visit us at Rick Hendrick Chevrolet of Buford to check out the 2020 Colorado and the rest of Chevy’s pickup lineup today.
The first thing to look at, other than the price, when comparing two pickups like the 2020 Chevy Colorado vs 2020 Toyota Tacoma, is what kind of engines and performance options they come with. When it comes to midsize pickups, you’re going to need to see what kind of work these vehicles can put in and that all comes down to what they are equipped with. The 2020 Chevy Colorado comes with three available engine options, while the 2020 Toyota Tacoma comes with two.
The standard engine on the 2020 Chevy Colorado is a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine with up to 200 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque. This engine will be found standard on configurations within the Base, WT, and LT trim levels for the Colorado. The second option is a powerful 3.6L V6 engine with up to 308 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. This engine comes standard on the Z71 and ZR2 trim levels. You’ll also find it standard on the WT and LT trim levels, but only when in the Crew Cab and Long Box configuration. It’s available as an option on other configurations within the WT and LT trim levels.
The third engine is the 2.8L Duramax Turbo-Diesel 4-cylinder engine with up to 181 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. This engine won’t come standard on any model, but it is available as an option in certain configurations within the LT, Z71, and ZR2 trim levels.
All three engine options offer some pretty great levels of performance, but the real kicker is having a diesel engine as an available option. Diesel trucks are known for their towing and hauling prowess because of the high amount of torque their engines can produce. Their gas mileage is usually better as well.
The standard engine on the 2020 Toyota Tacoma is a 2.7L 4-cylinder engine with up to 159 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. You’ll notice this is significantly less than the horsepower and torque you’ll find on any of the Colorado’s three engine options. If you go with a higher trim level on the Tacoma (like the TRD Off-Road or Limited) then you’ll find the standard engine is a 3.5L V6 engine with up to 278 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. This is getting closer to what the Colorado’s 3.6L V6 engine can offer, but it’s still not quite there. Also, there is no option for a diesel engine on the Tacoma.
Although it’s nice to compare the different engines and types of performance you might see from a pickup, these numbers may not mean much to a lot of people. For many customers interested in a truck, towing and payload are a top concern. If you need to get some serious work done, like hauling construction equipment for work, we recommend a full-size truck from the Chevy lineup. However, if you are interested in a midsize option for weekend trips with the camper or picking up material from the lumber yard, both the 2020 Colorado and 2020 Tacoma can meet your needs.
Every configuration is going to be a little bit different, so the quickest way to see what a truck is capable of is just by going to the very best configuration and seeing what it can handle. A properly configured 2020 Chevy Colorado will have a maximum towing capacity of 7,700 lbs and a maximum payload of 1,578 lbs. For your average person, this will be more than enough to tow and haul anything you’d need for a weekend adventure or a good day’s worth of work.
As we did with the Colorado, we’ll also judge the Tacoma by its very best in towing and payload capacities. When properly configured, a 2020 Toyota Tacoma will have a maximum towing capacity of 6,800 lbs and a maximum payload of 1,440 lbs. Now, the maximum payload and towing capacity aren’t too much less on the Tacoma, around 1,000 lbs. However, when looking at a midsize model that you need to get every ounce of power out of, this is actually a significant amount. The difference in payload amounts might not sway many people one way or another, but the towing capacity should, especially if it’s one of your essentials for looking into a pickup.
This section may not be for everyone, but it’s important enough that it should be mentioned. If you’re looking to go on some adventures off the beaten path, it’s essential that you have a pickup that can handle whatever nature will throw at you. Both the 2020 Chevy Colorado and 2020 Toyota Tacoma pickups have models that are specifically meant for off-roading. How well do they compete?
The Colorado’s best available off-road trim is also the top model, the ZR2. The standard fare for the Colorado is 2WD, but the ZR2 is only available in 4WD, which should tell you something right off the bat — it’s meant to be in rugged terrain. Equipped with the 3.6L V6 engine and an 8-speed automatic transmission, the ZR2 comes with an Autotrac 2-speed transfer case (to shift power from 2 wheels to 4 wheels electronically), recovery hooks, driver-selectable full-locking front and rear differentials, electronic traction control, off-road rocker protection, and a transfer case shield. It also comes equipped with aggressive Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires, a 48mm factory lift, and Multimatic shocks. The 2.8L Duramax diesel engine is an available upgrade as well.
If you opt for the Colorado ZR2 Bison Package, you’ll get all the benefits of the ZR2, plus a bit of protection (among other things) in the form of AEV skid plates and front and rear bumpers.
The Tacoma’s best available off-road trim is the top model as well, which is the TRD Pro. It is also only available with 4WD and comes with the 3.5L V6 engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission. It comes equipped with Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain tires, TRD Pro front skid plate, electronically locking rear differential, Multi-terrain Select, Crawl Control, and FOX shocks.
Overall, both off-road trims seem to be quite competent. The Tacoma has the benefits of Crawl Control and Multi-terrain Select, but the Colorado will edge the Tacoma slightly with an upgradable engine and the available ZR2 Bison Package, which had the Colorado named Popular Mechanics’ Off-Road Truck of the Year 2019.