2018 Toyota Tacoma vs 2018 Chevy Colorado

Without a doubt the most iconic truck on the Toyota lineup, the Tacoma continues to turn heads year after year with its style and capabilities despite being a midsize pickup truck. Many of the most popular trucks belong to the full-size segment, but the Tacoma transcends this. However, another midsize pickup truck has been giving it a run for its money lately, so we thought we’d see how the truly measure up to one another – by comparing the 2018 Toyota Tacoma vs 2018 Chevy Colorado.

The Chevy Colorado returned to market for the 2015 model year, after a few years on the sidelines due to decreased popularity of the segment. Notice, however, that the Tacoma never went anywhere. It was still popular even while its class came crashing down around it! We’ve put the table below together to give you a more visual look at some of the key advantages each truck has over the other.

2018 Toyota Tacoma


2018 Chevy Colorado

19 mpg City Fuel Efficiency 18 mpg
23 mpg Highway Fuel Efficiency 25 mpg
1,505 lbs. Maximum Payload 1,438 lbs.
3,500 lbs. Towing Capacity 3,500 lbs.

Advantages of the 2018 Tacoma

The first two rows depict fuel efficiency, before diving into capabilities. In some ways, efficiency is even more important in pickup trucks than it is in sedans. Why do we say that? Because everyone knows trucks are much less efficient, so the more efficient the truck the less of a harmful impact it’s having on the environment, and, as usual, the more saving you’re going to make at the pump. However, the advantage is kind of up in the air in this comparison, as the Tacoma offers an extra mile per gallon through the city and the Colorado offers an extra 2 mpg on the highway.

In terms of capabilities however, the Tacoma has a clear advantage, though again it’s not a big one. The Tacoma can accommodate an extra 67 pounds in its truck bed, which could make all the different on a few trips, but might not come into play all that often. The trucks also offer the same amount of towing capacity.

So this comparison comes down to everything else. All of the little things. If you’d like to know more about the Tacoma’s “little things,” be sure to check out our blog or hit us up right here at the Arlington Toyota sales desk.