If you’re going to test-drive a Colorado, you should look at its close cousin, the GMC Canyon.
Mainstream trim levels are nearly identical, but the Canyon aims for tony luxury with its range-topping Denali instead of the rugged Colorado ZR2.
The Toyota Tacoma has long been the mid-size pickup of choice, but the current model feels a step behind the times compared to the GM twins—although it’s still a solid choice.
Nissan’s Frontier is wildly outdated, but its price compensates somewhat for that and it remains a durable, honest choice.
The more car-like Honda Ridgeline is the best-driving pickup by a country mile, so we’d certainly have one on our shopping list.
Load up a Colorado and you’re in full-size truck territory, so it may be worth test-driving the Chevrolet Silverado, too.
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|2018 Chevrolet ColoradoBrowse Used Listings||2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500Browse Used Listings||2018 GMC CanyonBrowse Used Listings||2018 Honda RidgelineBrowse Used Listings||2018 Nissan FrontierBrowse Used Listings||2018 Toyota TacomaBrowse Used Listings|
|16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas/Ethanol V6||Gas I4||Regular Unleaded V-6||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4|
|2WD Ext Cab 128.3" Base||2WD Reg Cab 119.0" Work Truck||2WD Ext Cab 128.3" SL||RT 2WD||King Cab 4x2 S Manual||SR Access Cab 6' Bed I4 4x2 AT (GS)|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Extended Cab Pickup||Regular Cab Pickup||Extended Cab Pickup||Crew Cab||King Cab||Access Cab|
|Manual||Automatic||Manual||Automatic w/OD||Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
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|2018 Chevrolet Colorado vs. 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500||2018 Chevrolet Colorado vs. 2018 GMC Canyon||2018 Chevrolet Colorado vs. 2018 Honda Ridgeline||2018 Chevrolet Colorado vs. 2018 Nissan Frontier||2018 Chevrolet Colorado vs. 2018 Toyota Tacoma|