2010 Chevrolet Colorado vs. Its Competition

2010 Chevrolet Colorado
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

With good crash-test results and bargain prices, the base four-cylinder version of the Ford Ranger is still the most agreeable basic small pickup.

The Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma are both offered with fuel-efficient four-cylinder engines and powerful V-6s, and both score well in independent crash testing.

The Frontier is one of the most enjoyable, versatile mid-size pickups available in the V-6 variant, and it's surprisingly capable for towing and off-roading.

The Dodge Dakota is the only real competitor for the V-8 Colorado; it's substantially larger and offers a variety of engine configurations, including a powerful V-8.

Note, however, that it doesn’t handle as well as the Colorado, which itself is not a shining star in this department.

The GMC Canyon is essentially the same vehicle, sharing platforms, components, and all else except for trim and badging with the Colorado.

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Quick Specs
The 2010 Chevrolet Colorado is impressive with the V-8 engine and offers a good alternative to people who don't really need a big truck.
The 2010 Dodge Dakota could be a fine full-size pickup alternative, but its lack of standard safety gear, sloppy handling, and low-grade fit and finish knock it out of contention.
The 2010 Ford Ranger isn’t so modern and refined, but it’s a practical, fuel-efficient, and reasonably safe choice for those who just want a truck.
The 2010 GMC Canyon returns with its powerful V-8, more safety features, and new exterior colors, but a cheap interior remains a letdown.
The 2010 Nissan Frontier clearly isn't as large or capable as full-size trucks, but it offers enough toughness for personal use along with an especially good feature list.
The Tacoma is a workhorse truck that gives a little more space and capability than a true compact, yet offers decent fuel efficiency and a low price.
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Gas 4-CylGas V6Gas I4Gas I4Gas 4-cylGas I4
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2WD Reg Cab 111.2" Work Truck2WD Ext Cab ST2WD Reg Cab 112" XL2WD Reg Cab 111.2" Work Truck2WD King Cab I4 Manual XE2WD Reg I4 MT (Natl)
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
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Body Style     
Regular CabExtended Cab 6'6" BedReg Cab 6' StylesideRegular CabKing CabRegular Cab
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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