2016 Toyota Tacoma vs. 2016 Chevrolet Colorado

2016 Toyota Tacoma

Toyota Tacoma

2016 Chevy Colorado

Chevy Colorado

Looking for the perfect pickup that will take you and your family around Salt Lake City, whether you’re off-roading and camping just outside of Draper or working a big job in South Jordan? You might be trying to decide between the 2016 Toyota Tacoma and the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado. Brent Brown Toyota presents this handy guide to making your decision!

Off-Roading Features

The 2016 Toyota Tacoma is built to dominate, whether you’re taking the freeway or going off-road. The Off-Road model includes a limited slip rear differential to keep you anchored to the terrain with your 16-inch wheels over even the roughest ground, with hill start assist that helps you get up steep grades. You’ll also be able to pick different settings for the Tacoma for systems like traction control, brake power, and throttle response, in order to respond appropriately to varying terrain. The new crawl control program automatically handles braking and acceleration at low speeds with the low-speed cruise control and the hill descent control system. The manual transmission also comes with Clutch Star Cancel, which overrides the clutch interlock during engine starts and makes sure that you won’t roll off a hill in case you stall.

If you want more luxury in your capability, the Limited is there for you. You’ll enjoy luxury components like dual-zone automatic climate control and plush leather seats, along with a power sunroof that lets in natural light and fresh air. Technological features include the push-button start with keyless entry and the wireless device charging for your smartphone. You’ll also get comfortable soft-touch materials inside the cabin and a wide center stack for easier controls, along with sound deadening materials and a laminated windshield that help insulate you from cabin and road noise.

The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado, on the other hand, is made with accessories and features that suggest its use is meant primarily for on-road functions. The chassis is built on a fully boxed frame with shear-style body mounts for a smooth ride over most terrain, as well as four-wheel disc brakes with brake rotors that reduce wheel shudder along with electric power steering. These devices and systems all contribute to a smooth ride when you’re going over a bumpy or gravel road, but they won’t help your vehicle actually move over difficult or ungraded terrain the same way that the Tacoma’s features will. The Colorado does focus on storage, with options like a utility rack and bike carrier that let you customize your pickup for outdoors vacations and load it up with your favorite gear as add-ons. You can also opt for the GearOn cargo management system, which features a bed divider for different types of cargo. These are great features for going on vacation, but they won’t necessarily help you haul or tow heavy cargo if you’re at work.

Performance and Power

The 2016 Toyota Tacoma features a base 2.7L 4-cylinder engine, which comes with a five-speed transmission to produce up to 159 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. This engine gets up to 23 mpg highway, using variable valve timing with intelligence and a dual overhead cam shaft for smooth and steady power, and can tow up to 3,500 pounds at a time. You can also opt for the 3.5L V6 engine, which uses a D-4S fuel injection system; this combines direct high pressure fuel injection with a more conventional intake port fuel injection, letting the system switch back and forth depending on engine speed to produce the right amount of power for your needs and a smoother ride with more fuel for passing and merging maneuvers on the highway. This engine produces an impressive 278 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque, towing up to 6,800 pounds at a time and getting up to 24 mpg highway. You’ll get a six-speed automatic shifting transmission with intelligence, with carefully damped up shifts and downshifts for easy gear changes, available for both engines. The V6 engine does provide the option for a six-speed manual transmission for those who want a more spirited driving experience.

The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado offers three different choices of engine. The base engine is a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine, which produces 200 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque and 25 mpg highway with a 6-speed automatic transmission, towing up to 3,500 pounds at a time. You can also choose the 3.6L V6 engine, which produces 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque and gets 24 mpg highway, towing up to 7,000 pounds. The diesel engine on the Colorado is a disappointment in terms of power, with this 2.8L engine producing just 181 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque to get up to 29 mpg highway.

Get Your Toyota Tacoma Today

Are you ready to take a test drive of the rough and tough Toyota Tacoma? Brent Brown Toyota can help! Call our sales staff today at (801) 224-1320 or come see us at 1400 S Sandhill Road n Orem to find your next rugged outdoors pickup!