2016 Toyota Tacoma vs. 2016 Chevrolet Colorado

 

2016 Toyota Tacoma red exterior

2016 Toyota Tacoma

2016 Chevrolet Colorado black exterior

2016 Chevrolet Colorado

The 2016 Toyota Tacoma and the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado are two of the hottest pickups on the market for off-roading and more, coming soon to dealerships near you. But which one will you choose? Savannah Toyota presents this handy comparison sheet to the merits of each pickup.

Pricing

The 2016 Toyota Tacoma starts at $21,844 for the base cab SR trim level, and goes all the way up to $35,035 for the most expensive double cab V6 T Limited trim level. You can choose from an access cab or a double cab, as well as the SR, SR5, TRD, or Limited trim options.

The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado starts at $20,995 for the base long-box extended cab, and goes up to $32,205 for the crew cab the Z71 trim. You can choose from a crew cab or an extended cab, as well as from the WT, LT, or Z71 trim levels.

2016 Toyota Tacoma

Performance and Power

The base 2016 Toyota Tacoma features a 2.7L 4-cylinder engine, which comes with a five-speed transmission. It produces 190 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. Replacing the old 4.0L engine is a new 3.5L V6 engine, which adopts the old D-4S fuel injection system, which combines direct high-pressure fuel injection with conventional intake port fuel injection; the system adjusts itself automatically to switch back and forth from direct injection to port injection depending on the engine speed, which allows the engine to produce an incredible amount of power. This fuel injection method also creates a smoother ride, with more power for passing and merging maneuvers on the highway. The final output figures haven’t been released by Toyota yet, but experts predict that the current V6 engine’s 236 hp will see an increase of power by anywhere from 40 to 50 hp, making it possible that the engine will get as much as 288 hp. The gearbox will be a six-speed automatic shift with nicely damped upshifts and downshifts as well as well-spaced gears, available for both the 2.7L 4-cylinder engine and the V6 engine; a six-speed manual will be an option for the V6 engine only.

The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado has more of its specs released already. The base engine is a 2.5L 4-cylinder direct overhead camshaft engine, which gets 200 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque using direct fuel injection. You can also choose the 3.6L V6 engine, which produces 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque, and offers deceleration fuel cutoff to save power. Both engines come with a 6-speed automatic transmission. You can also choose the Duramax 2.8L Turbo Diesel engine in Fall 2015, although the information for this engine hasn’t been released yet.

2016 Toyota Tacoma blue exterior model

Off-Roading Features

The 2016 Toyota Tacoma is built to dominate, whether you’re off-roading or hitting the city streets. The Off-Road provides you with hearty 16-inch wheels, as well as hill-start assist to get you up those steep slopes, and a limited-slip rear differential to keep you anchored when the terrain starts getting difficult. There’s also a new system which allows you to pick different settings that tweak the throttle response, traction control, and brake power in order to respond to different terrain. In addition, a crawl-control program will automatically handle acceleration and braking at low speeds by using low-speed cruise control and hill-descent control. When you get the manual transmission, you’ll also get Clutch Star Cancel, which overrides the clutch interlock during engine starts and ensures that you don’t roll off a hill if you get stalled.

Those preferring a softer type of adventure can choose the Limited, which features 18-inch wheels in addition to luxury components such as leather seats and dual-zone automatic climate control. You’ll also get a power sunroof to let natural light in, as well as a push-button start with keyless entry and wireless device charging for your compatible devices. All Tacoma models also get soft-touch materials inside with a wide center stack, as well as reduced cabin noise with sound-deadening materials and a laminated windshield.

The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado focuses on more road-typical accessories and features. The chassis is built on a fully boxed frame with shear-style body mounts, which provide a smooth ride over most terrain even if it’s bit rough. It also has four-wheel disc brakes with brake rotors to reduce wheel shudder, along with electric power steering–all of which contribute to a smooth ride, but don’t necessarily help you get through rough terrain easier. Chevrolet has focused on storage, with the GearOn cargo management system that features a bed divider and two-tier loading, along with a utility rack and a bike carrier that will let you load up your car with gear.

2016 Toyota Tacoma in action

Which Car is Right For You?

The 2016 Toyota Tacoma may be a little more expensive, but you do get more trim and build options than on the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado. Unfortunately, it’s hard to compare the engines when the horsepower figures haven’t been released yet, but the power is likely to be comparable with the Colorado’s stats. The most important factor, however, might be the off-roading capability. The Tacoma is stuffed with features intended to make off-roading more intense and allow you to safely drive in places that most cars can’t negotiate, whereas the features of the Colorado seem to be more attuned to the crossover crowd that tools their vehicles along the highway–fortunately, if you want extra comfort in your cabin, you can always opt for the Tacoma Limited. Serious off-roaders will certainly want the Tacoma in their corner.
2016 Toyota Tacoma models

Get the Tacoma

For more information on the upcoming 2016 Toyota Tacoma, call Savannah Toyota at (855) 411-6139 or come visit us at 11101 Abercorn Street in Savannah, GA today.