2023 Chevy Colorado vs 2023 Toyota Tacoma

October 21st, 2022 by

The Colorado has long been at the forefront of its class of mid-size pickup trucks, but how does the new model stack up against one of its fiercest rivals, the 2023 Toyota Tacoma? Here we’ll look at the Tacoma vs. the Colorado in areas such as power, performance, hauling and towing, off-road capability, and technology.

Trim Levels

For 2023, the Chevy Colorado is offered in five trim levels: Work Truck (WT), LT, Z71, ZR2, and for the first time, the Colorado Trail Boss. The new Colorado heads into the future with a more rugged appearance, and its wider stance and longer wheelbase give it a strong road presence. It features a spacious crew cab and versatile cargo bed with eight tie-downs.

The 2023 Toyota Tacoma retains the previous model year’s lineup. You can opt for the SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, Limited, or TRD Pro trim level. The Tacoma’s styling is from 2016 and now looks a bit outdated. It’s available with an extended cab or a crew cab, along with two cargo bed options.

Power and Performance

The 2023 Colorado outperforms the Tacoma, generating more horsepower and torque than both Toyota engines.

The Colorado is offered with a powerful and efficient 2.7-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine, but with three output options. The base 2.7-liter Turbo delivers 237 horsepower and 259 lb-ft of torque, while the 2.7-liter Turbo Plus generates 310 horsepower and 390 lb-ft. The ZR2 comes standard with the 2.7-liter Turbo High-Output engine that pumps out 310 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque. Each engine is paired with a new eight-speed automatic transmission.

With the Tacoma, you get a choice of two engines: a 2.7-liter four-cylinder that delivers 159 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque or a 3.5-liter V-6 power plant that develops 278 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, although some V-6 trims offer the option of a six-speed manual transmission.

While fuel efficiency figures for the new Colorado are not yet available, it’s expected to achieve around the same as the previous model’s 2.5-liter engine. You should get up to 19 mpg around the Boardman city streets and 25 mpg on the Ohio highways. That means you’re getting more power without sacrificing fuel economy.

The Tacoma gives you similar fuel efficiency in the city but uses more gas on the highway. The base engine returns up to 20 mpg for city driving and 23 mpg for highway driving, while the V-6 returns up to 19 and 24 mpg, respectively.

Tacoma vs. Colorado Hauling Ability

2023 Chevrolet Colorado z71 towing a jet ski on a dirt road

When it comes to maximum payload, there’s little to separate the Chevy and Toyota, with the Colorado able to haul up to 1,684 lbs and the Tacoma 1,685 lbs (coming in a bit higher than the 2022 Colorado towing capacity). However, when you want to tow a trailer, the Colorado has a best-in-class maximum towing capacity of 7,700 lbs. The Tacoma’s maximum tow rating is just 6,800 lbs.

Off-Road Capability

When equipped with all-wheel drive, all 2023 Colorado models offer superb off-road capability. However, the lineup now features three specialized off-road trim levels for tackling the Ohio trails, which gives the Colorado the advantage over the Tacoma.

The new Trail Boss features a 2-inch suspension lift, a two-speed transfer case, an automatic locking differential, and four selectable drive modes, including off-road and terrain. The Z71 adds off-road performance enhancements.

With the ZR2, you get a 3-inch suspension lift, high-performance dampers, aluminum skid plates, and driver-selectable electronic locking front and rear differentials. It also adds a Baja drive mode for high-speed desert driving.

The 2023 Tacoma lineup features two specific off-road models: the TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro. The former features off-road-tuned suspension, an electronic locking rear differential, crawl control, and multi-terrain select. The TRD Pro adds a 1.5-inch suspension lift, high-performance suspension, and a front skid plate.

Tacoma vs. Colorado Technology

Interior shot of Colorado LT from front passenger's perspective.

Every Colorado now features a fully digital, high-resolution, customizable 8-inch instrument cluster paired with a configurable 11.3-inch infotainment touch screen, putting all the information you need at your fingertips. The infotainment system offers wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, along with Google Built-In to give you convenient access to vehicle functions, maps, music, and more.

With the off-road-specialized models, you get an innovative off-road performance display that gives you GPS guidance and readouts for pitch, roll, g-force, wheel slip, tire pressure, and more. You can get up to 10 different camera views, which on the Z71 and ZR2 include a class-first underbody camera to help you navigate over tricky terrain. Standard hitch guidance, the available hitch view camera, and the Chevrolet trailering app make hitching and towing a trailer simple.

The Tacoma’s technology simply doesn’t match up to the Colorado. It has an analog instrument cluster with a 4.2-inch color multi-information display. In the SR trim, the infotainment system has a 7-inch touch screen, while other models feature an 8-inch display. The system offers wired smartphone integration and Amazon Alexa compatibility. With the available multi-terrain monitor, four cameras provide you with a 360-degree view around the truck.

Driver Assistance Features

Standard for the 2023 Colorado is the Chevy Safety Assist suite of driver assistance technology. It includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, front pedestrian braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, following distance indicator, and IntelliBeam high beam control. Available safety features include adaptive cruise control, blind-spot steering assist, rear cross-traffic braking, and rear pedestrian alert.

The Tacoma comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense, which includes dynamic cruise control, lane departure alert, a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, and automatic high beams. The two top trims offer blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

When you look at the 2023 Tacoma vs. the Colorado, the Chevy comes out on top for performance, towing capacity, off-road capability, technology, and safety features. We expect the all-new Colorado to join the range of Chevy vehicles at our dealership in early 2023. Keep an eye on our website or visit our showroom regularly for updates on its arrival and watch out for the upcoming #1 Cochran blogs to have all of your car questions answered.

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