2016 Chevrolet Colorado vs. Its Competition

2016 Chevrolet Colorado Duramax diesel
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

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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Quick Specs
7.6
The 2016 Chevy Colorado is the answer for drivers who don't quite need a full-size truck.
7.8
If all-around utility is more important than ultimate payload and towing numbers, the 2016 GMC Canyon can replace the full-sizer in your garage.
7.0
The 2016 Nissan Frontier is an aging mid-size truck that's still attractive and useful, but in some ways outpointed by its new GM rivals.
7.2
The 2016 Toyota Tacoma steps up its act in all the ways that attracted current Tacoma owners to their trucks, but few that will pull in a new guard.
MSRP From   
$20,055$20,940$18,290$23,660
Gas Mileage   
17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas I4Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Style Name   
2WD Ext Cab 128.3" Base2WD Ext Cab 128.3" SL2WD King Cab I4 Manual S2WD Access Cab I4 AT SR (GS)
Drivetrain   
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
2244
Passenger Doors   
22N/AN/A
Body Style   
Extended Cab PickupExtended Cab PickupKing CabAccess Cab
Transmission   
ManualManualManual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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