2018 Chevrolet Colorado vs. Its Competition

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Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

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Nissan’s Frontier is wildly outdated, but its price compensates somewhat for that and it remains a durable, honest choice.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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Quick Specs
The 2018 Chevrolet Colorado can be whatever you need it to be: in-town runabout, suburban slogger, or off-road racing champion.
The suave 2018 Chevrolet Silverado does nearly all things well, even if it’s not a huge standout in one way or another.
The 2018 GMC Canyon is a solid, highly recommended choice among mid-size pickups for its terrific powertrains, comfortable interior, and refined demeanor.
The 2018 Honda Ridgeline is the most comfortable truck you can drive today. It has the capability that many casual buyers want, but it’s not the choice for heavy duty users.
The 2018 Nissan Frontier is a good, basic truck, but there are far more modern options for not too much more.
The 2018 Toyota Tacoma is a mid-size pickup with the right-sized attitude: it’s nimble off road, capable, and just enough truck for many buyers.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas/Ethanol V6Gas I4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Style Name     
2WD Ext Cab 128.3" Base2WD Reg Cab 119.0" Work Truck2WD Ext Cab 128.3" SLRT 2WDKing Cab 4x2 S ManualSR Access Cab 6' Bed I4 4x2 AT (GS)
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Extended Cab PickupRegular Cab PickupExtended Cab PickupCrew CabKing CabAccess Cab
ManualAutomaticManualAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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