Compare 2012 Chevrolet Colorado vs 2012 Nissan Frontier vs 2012 Toyota Tacoma

2012 Chevrolet Colorado
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2012 Nissan Frontier
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2012 Toyota Tacoma
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Select style
2WD Crew Cab LT w/1LT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Colorado 2WD Crew Cab LT w/1LT 18 25 $23,070 $24,285
Colorado 2WD Crew Cab LT w/2LT 17 23 $26,115 $27,490
Colorado 2WD Crew Cab LT w/3LT 14 20 $26,923 $28,340
Colorado 2WD Ext Cab LT w/1LT 18 25 $21,807 $22,955
Colorado 2WD Ext Cab LT w/2LT 17 23 $24,852 $26,160
Colorado 2WD Ext Cab LT w/3LT 14 20 $25,659 $27,010
Colorado 2WD Ext Cab Work Truck 18 25 $18,940 $19,730
Colorado 2WD Reg Cab LT w/1LT 18 25 $19,351 $20,370
Colorado 2WD Reg Cab Work Truck 18 25 $16,776 $17,475
Colorado 2WD Reg Chassis Cab Work Truck 15 20 $18,883 $19,670
Colorado 4WD Crew Cab LT w/1LT 16 21 $27,037 $28,460
Colorado 4WD Crew Cab LT w/2LT 16 21 $28,804 $30,320
Colorado 4WD Ext Cab LT w/1LT 17 23 $25,289 $26,620
Colorado 4WD Ext Cab LT w/2LT 17 23 $28,006 $29,480
Colorado 4WD Ext Cab Work Truck 18 24 $22,108 $23,030
Colorado 4WD Reg Cab LT w/1LT 17 24 $23,218 $24,440
Colorado 4WD Reg Cab Work Truck 18 24 $20,140 $20,980
Colorado 4WD Reg Chassis Cab Work Truck 16 21 $22,200 $23,125
Select style
2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SL
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SL 15 20 $28,380 $30,290
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SV 15 20 $24,506 $25,860
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic S 15 20 $23,079 $24,350
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SL 15 20 $27,912 $29,790
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SV 15 20 $24,109 $25,440
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Manual S 16 20 $22,086 $23,300
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SV 16 20 $23,116 $24,390
Frontier 2WD King Cab I4 Automatic S 17 22 $19,258 $20,310
Frontier 2WD King Cab I4 Automatic SV 17 22 $22,369 $23,600
Frontier 2WD King Cab I4 Manual S 19 23 $18,264 $19,260
Frontier 2WD King Cab I4 Manual SV 19 23 $21,376 $22,550
Frontier 2WD King Cab V6 Automatic SV 15 20 $22,927 $24,190
Frontier 2WD King Cab V6 Manual SV 16 20 $21,934 $23,140
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SL 14 19 $30,560 $32,990
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SV 14 19 $26,761 $28,560
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic PRO-4X 14 19 $28,691 $30,970
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic S 14 19 $25,349 $27,050
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SL 14 19 $30,051 $32,440
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SV 14 19 $26,369 $28,140
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual PRO-4X 15 20 $27,720 $29,920
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual S 15 20 $24,367 $26,000
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SV 15 20 $25,387 $27,090
Frontier 4WD King Cab Automatic PRO-4X 14 19 $28,008 $30,230
Frontier 4WD King Cab Automatic SV 14 19 $25,200 $26,890
Frontier 4WD King Cab Manual PRO-4X 15 20 $26,898 $29,030
Frontier 4WD King Cab Manual SV 15 20 $24,218 $25,840
Select style
2WD Access Cab I4 AT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Tacoma 2WD Access Cab I4 AT 19 24 $19,513 $20,815
Tacoma 2WD Access Cab I4 AT PreRunner 19 24 $20,228 $21,575
Tacoma 2WD Access Cab I4 MT 21 25 $18,670 $19,915
Tacoma 2WD Access Cab V6 AT PreRunner 17 21 $21,571 $23,010
Tacoma 2WD Access Cab V6 MT X-Runner 16 21 $24,966 $26,630
Tacoma 2WD Double Cab I4 AT 19 24 $20,775 $22,425
Tacoma 2WD Double Cab I4 AT PreRunner 19 24 $21,378 $23,075
Tacoma 2WD Double Cab LB V6 AT PreRunner 17 21 $23,169 $25,010
Tacoma 2WD Double Cab V6 AT PreRunner 17 21 $22,706 $24,510
Tacoma 2WD Reg Cab I4 AT 19 24 $17,067 $18,025
Tacoma 2WD Reg Cab I4 MT 21 25 $16,215 $17,125
Tacoma 4WD Access Cab I4 AT 18 21 $23,110 $24,650
Tacoma 4WD Access Cab I4 MT 18 20 $22,266 $23,750
Tacoma 4WD Access Cab V6 AT 16 21 $24,549 $26,185
Tacoma 4WD Access Cab V6 MT 15 19 $23,723 $25,305
Tacoma 4WD Double Cab LB V6 AT 16 21 $26,019 $28,085
Tacoma 4WD Double Cab V6 AT 16 21 $25,555 $27,585
Tacoma 4WD Double Cab V6 MT 15 19 $24,739 $26,705
Tacoma 4WD Reg Cab I4 AT 18 21 $20,929 $22,105
Tacoma 4WD Reg Cab I4 MT 18 20 $19,860 $20,975
Pricing
Invoice Price
$23,070
$28,380
$19,513
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$24,285
$30,290
$20,815
Monthly Payment Estimate
$405 / month
$505 / month
$347 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.6
7.6
6.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Chevrolet Colorado soldiers on as the only truly compact truck on the market (with its Canyon twin), but are you sure you don't really want a mid-size truck instead? You may not need to go full-size--the 2012 Nissan Frontier pickup truck can cover a lot of the same ground a bigger pickup can. The 2012 Toyota Tacoma's affordable price, fuel-efficiency, and simplicity make it a good, capable alternative for those who don't need a full-size truck.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 15 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
25 mpg 20 mpg 24 mpg
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
53.3 55.6 53.5
Second Leg Room (in)
34.8 33.6 24.7
Front Head Room (in)
39.3 40.0 40.0
Second Hip Room (in)
52.9 58.0 53.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.1 58.3 57.7
Passenger Capacity
6 5 4
Second Head Room (in)
38.3 38.7 34.9
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.1 58.3 55.7
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 42.4 41.7
Exterior Dimensions
Overhang, Rear w/o bumper (in)
- TBD - 48.2 - TBD -
Wheelbase (in)
126.0 139.9 127.4
Ground Clearance, Front (in)
7.7 9.8 - TBD -
Cab to Axle (in)
22.6 - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
67.6 72.8 72.2
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in)
35.7 - TBD - - TBD -
Overhang, Front (in)
33.9 31.3 - TBD -
Frame Width, Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Front Bumper to Back of Cab (in)
137.3 - TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall w/o rear bumper (in)
207.1 219.4 208.1
Ground Clearance, Rear (in)
7.7 9.8 - TBD -
Cab to End of Frame (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
65.2 73.9 66.1
Ground to Top of Frame (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
42.6 44.4 41.5
Tailgate Width (in)
52.4 58.8 - TBD -
Cargo Box Length @ Floor (in)
61.1 73.3 73.5
Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (ft³)
NA 38.8 - TBD -
Cargo Box Width @ Floor (in)
57.2 61.4 56.7
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
18.6 18.0 18.0
Cargo Volume (ft³)
37.0 33.5 - TBD -
Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear (in)
NA 61.4 - TBD -
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 11.3 x 0.7 NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
11.6 x 2.5 NA 10.0 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.2 x 1.6 11.7 x 1.1 10.8 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr-Assisted
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA Yes
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
NA NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Location
Inboard LH Frame Rail NA Midship
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
NA NA NA
Aux Fuel Tank Location
NA NA NA
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19 21.1 21.1
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center
17.4 20.4 17.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
44.3 47.8 42.3
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr Rack & pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock
3.31 3.6 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs)
1633 NA - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code
ZCY NA NA
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front
NA NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
P215/70R16 P265/60R18 P215/70R15
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare
- TBD - NA - TBD -
Front Tire Capacity (lbs)
1633 NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Order Code
QRD NA NA
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs)
1633 NA - TBD -
Front Tire Size
P215/70R16 P265/60R18 P215/70R15
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear
NA NA - TBD -
Spare Tire Size
Compact P265/60R18 Full-size
Front Tire Order Code
QRD NA NA
Trailering
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA 350
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3000 5000 3500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3000 6300 3500
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA 3500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
300 500 350
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
450 630 350
Weight Information
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
5000 5730 4900
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)
2633 3296 2380
Curb Weight - Front (lbs)
2048 2415 2109
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)
7000 11113 7500
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs)
2896 3324 2685
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs)
1680 2058 1726
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6 18 x 7.5 15 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 18 x 7.5 15 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6 18 x 7.5 15 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 10.8 9.1
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Watts
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
NA NA NA
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
125 130 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
590 550 - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas 4-Cyl Gas V6 Gas I4
Fuel System
SFI Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
Engine Oil Cooler
NA NA NA
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
190 @ 2800 281 @ 4000 180 @ 3800
Engine Order Code
LLV NA NA
Displacement
2.9L/177 4.0L/241 2.7L/164
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
185 @ 5600 261 @ 5600 159 @ 5200
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 15 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 17 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 20 24
Transmission
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.29 2.76 2.39
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.63 2.35 1.53
Trans Order Code
M30 NA NA
Transfer Case Power Take Off
NA NA - TBD -
Trans Power Take Off
NA NA - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.70 1.00 0.71
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic Automatic
Transfer Case Model
NA NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.06 3.84 2.80
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA NA
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.52 1.00
Trans Type
4 5 4
Trans PTO Access
NA NA - TBD -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.83 NA
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Colorado Nissan Frontier Toyota Tacoma
Body Code
E63 139.9 WB 127" WB
Body Style
Crew Cab Crew Cab Access Cab
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
30 - TBD - - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs)
2633 - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
2-Stage Multi-Leaf Multi-Leaf Leaf-Spring
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA NA NA
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
NA NA - TBD -
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs)
2900 - TBD - - TBD -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
30 - TBD - - TBD -
Axle Type - Rear
Semi-Floating C200 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Coil Springs Double Wishbone Double-Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.10 1.34 1.2
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs)
2900 - TBD - - TBD -
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs)
2633 - TBD - - TBD -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
3.73 3.13 - TBD -
Axle Type - Front
Independent NA - TBD -
Frame
Frame Type
Ladder Ladder Ladder
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.9 10.7 8.9
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 2 4 (2011)
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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