2019 Toyota Tacoma vs 2019 Ford Ranger
2019 Toyota Tacoma vs 2019 Chevrolet Colorado
The 2019 Toyota Tacoma is America’s favorite midsize pickup. Truck buyers at dealerships like the Toyota dealer near Meridian appreciate the Tacoma because it provides plenty of power for towing and hauling heavy payloads. With more than 30 configurations available, buyers can get a Tacoma for just about every need. And the Toyota Tacoma is famous for its reliability and high resale value.
The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado competes with the 2019 Toyota Tacoma in the midsize pickup segment. If you’ve been considering buying either of these two trucks, read on as we compare them head to head to see which model comes out on top.
According to Kelley Bluebook’s kbb.com, the 2019 Toyota Tacoma and the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado have a similar starting Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The Tacoma starts at $27,625, while the Colorado has a starting MSRP of $27,595. However, the price you might pay at a dealer like Toyota dealer serving Meridian is only part of the story. According to “The Car Book” by Jack Gillis, owners of the Toyota Tacoma will pay less for insurance than Colorado owners. The book also states the Tacoma costs less to service and repair than the Colorado. The Tacoma also has a higher resale value. IntelliChoice calculates the Tacoma will retain 58.37% to 96.22% of its value after five years, while the Colorado will only retain 44.45% to 61.18%.
Suspension and Handling
The Tacoma has standard stabilizer bars in the front and rear, which help keep the vehicle under control when cornering. The Colorado’s suspension doesn’t utilize stabilizer bars. The average track width of the Tacoma is wider in the front and rear than the Colorado, providing better stability and handling. The Tacoma also has a smaller turning radius than the Colorado, making it easier for the Tacoma to maneuver in and out of tight spaces.
The Tacoma has 1.3 inches more minimum ground clearance than the Colorado’s Long Box Crew Cab and ZR2 Extended Cab. The increased ground clearance lets the Tacoma traverse rough terrain without stopping and helps prevent damage.
The Toyota Tacoma comes with a tailgate assist feature that keeps everyone safe by preventing the heavy tailgate from falling. This feature allows adults and children to use one hand to open and close the tailgate, making it easier to load and unload items. Tailgate assist is an optional feature on the Chevrolet Colorado, and it isn’t available at all on the Colorado Base trim.
Drivers who need to carry heavy payloads will appreciate the Toyota Tacoma, as it has a higher standard payload capacity than the Chevrolet Colorado. The maximum capacity for the Tacoma is 1,620 pounds for the extended cab models and 1,505 pounds for crew cabs. Compare this with the Colorado, which can only carry 1,382 with extended cabs and 1,440 pounds with crew cabs.
By all accounts, Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. According to J.D. Power and Associates, after three years of ownership, Toyota ranked second in reliability, while Chevrolet came in at number four. Consumer Reports had an even more startling assessment, ranking Toyota second in reliability and Chevrolet in 23rd place.
In the End
We think you’ll agree that in this contest between midsize trucks, the evidence is clear. The 2019 Toyota Tacoma beats the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado.