The Colorado's only direct competitor is its platform sibling, the GMC Canyon, which has slightly higher towing and payload ratings.
Also, there's the Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma, the two veterans of the mid-size truck segment.
We prefer the Frontier's V-6 over the one found in the Tacoma, and the Nissan offers a more comfortable interior and better cabin space., though neither are kings of ride quality or refinement.
However, Toyota has a heavily updated Tacoma coming to showrooms this fall; as soon as we drive one this summer, we'll know if some styling and content and powertrain updates are enough to lift it back into serious contention.
One other key advantage the Colorado has is its optional diesel engine; no other truck in this class offers one.
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|2016 Chevrolet ColoradoBrowse Used Listings||2016 GMC CanyonBrowse Used Listings||2016 Nissan FrontierBrowse Used Listings||2016 Toyota TacomaBrowse Used Listings|
|17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4|
|2WD Ext Cab 128.3" Base||2WD Ext Cab 128.3" SL||2WD King Cab I4 Manual S||2WD Access Cab I4 AT SR (GS)|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Extended Cab Pickup||Extended Cab Pickup||King Cab||Access Cab|
|Manual||Manual||Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
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|2016 Chevrolet Colorado vs. 2016 GMC Canyon||2016 Chevrolet Colorado vs. 2016 Nissan Frontier||2016 Chevrolet Colorado vs. 2016 Toyota Tacoma|