Colorado is better suited to the status of a capable work truck. It offers four engine options, from a 200-horsepower, 2.5-liter inline-four, standard from base to Colorado Z71 trims, to a 308-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6, standard in ZR2. Torque ratings range from 191 pound-feet to 275 pound-feet, depending on the engine. The Tacoma engine lineup includes only two, and the better can get up to only 278 horsepower and 265 pound-feet.
A 181-horsepower, 2.8-liter Duramax Turbo-Diesel I4 is available in Colorado LT, with a turbocharged 186-horsepower diesel variant optional at the top of the line. Both churn out an excellent 369 pound-feet of torque, suiting them to nearly any application where power's prioritized over acceleration. No diesel is offered, however, in Tacoma.
You can look forward in Colorado to the engaging handling and superior load management of a six-speed manual transmission. It comes standard in base models. In Tacoma, you can only get one by graduating several trim levels to the TRD Sport.
Colorado is a better cruiser for the drive out to Summerville, capable of getting up to 30 mpg highway in two-wheel drive with an optional 2.8-liter Turbo-Diesel, according to EPA estimates. Tacoma can only get up to 23 mpg, and that's with a four-cylinder and automatic transmission in 4x2.
If you're looking to haul everything from a trailer or boat to a pair of dirt bikes, ATVs, or jet skis, or even a second car, Colorado is the better choice. It has a max tow rating of up to 7,700 pounds. Tacoma can only trailer up to 6,800 pounds, even with a V6 and auto transmission in 4x2.
Colorado offers peace of mind when sliding into a space at your destination, with Ultrasonic Rear Park Assist available with no more than a step up from its base trim to WT. In Tacoma, a rear parking assist sonar only comes as a package deal and only at the top of the line.
Colorado offers more in the way of the latest technologies than Tacoma. A 7-inch touch-screen Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System comes standard in base models, and it features voice command, the smartphone integration capabilities of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and, available in WT, built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi. The Tacoma base features only a 6.1-inch Entune system, it doesn't incorporate Apple or Android support tech, and there's no Internet connectivity to speak of.