2010 Chevrolet Colorado vs. Its Competition

2010 Chevrolet Colorado
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

With good crash-test results and bargain prices, the Ford Ranger in base four-cylinder guise is still king of the compact pickups.

Both the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier are available with fuel-sipping four-cylinder engines and upgraded V-6 powerplants, and both score well in independent crash tests.

The V-6 Frontier is still one of the most fun, versatile mid-size pickups you can buy, with lots of towing and off-roading capability.

But the only real competitor to the Colorado is the Dogde Dakota; with a wide selection of available engines, including a power V-8, the Dodge is substantially.

Note, however, The Dakota doesn't handle as well as the Colorado, which itself is not a shining star in this department.

The Colorado and its sibling, the GMC Canyon, are twins for all intents and purposes, save some badging and trim.

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Quick Specs
6.8
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.
6.8
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.
6.2
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.
7.0
The 2010 GMC Canyon returns with its powerful V-8, more safety features, and new exterior colors, but a cheap interior remains a letdown.
7.8
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.
7.4
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.
MSRP From     
$16,985$22,755$17,820$16,985$17,540$15,345
Gas Mileage     
15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas 4-CylGas V6Gas I4Gas I4Gas 4-cylGas I4
EPA Class     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Style Name     
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)
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
343343
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Regular CabExtended Cab 6'6" BedReg Cab 6' StylesideRegular CabKing CabRegular Cab
Transmission     
Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODManualManualManualManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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