|200-308 HP||Horsepower||180-278 HP|
|191-369 lb-ft||Torque||180-265 lb-ft|
|7,700 LBS||Max Towing Capacity||6,800 LBS|
A lot of people value trucks for the incredible amount of work they can do, with newer models pushing the limits of what a consumer pickup can handle further than ever before. While hardworking full-size heavy-duty trucks are fantastic, they are not the right option for everyone. Sometimes a smaller, midsize pickup is a better truck for what you need without giving you way more than necessary. Choosing the right truck can be difficult; however, so looking at specific features on two models can help. Consider the 2019 Chevy Colorado vs 2019 Toyota Tacoma to see which would better meet your needs.
While these are both midsize trucks, you still want a pickup that can handle anything you throw at it. In terms of towing capacity, the 2019 Colorado is a better choice than the 2019 Tacoma, with higher tow limits than the Tacoma model can handle. That is in part due to the fact that you can get more powerful engines in the 2019 Chevy Colorado. The option for a Turbo-Diesel, which is something you will not find in a lot of midsize pickup trucks does help. And yet, the Colorado is also a great option if you prize fuel efficiency overpower, with greater highway fuel economy than the Tacoma when properly configured.
While the 2019 Toyota Tacoma is a fine truck, the 2019 Chevy Colorado is simply better: offering more power, greater towing capacity, and better fuel economy. The interior of the Colorado is beautifully designed and put together, with fantastic tech options as well as safety features that will protect you on the road. Whether you are interested in the 2019 Chevy Colorado, or you want to see a different model in Chevrolet’s lineup, we have you covered. Come visit us at McCluskey Chevy to see what the Colorado can do for you, and let us help you find the perfect vehicle for your needs.
While incredibly powerful engines might be a bit more critical on heavy-duty pickups, even when looking at a midsize truck, you still want to find a lot of power. After all, the engine is going to affect all kinds of performance options and how the truck handles. With that in mind, consider the options available on the 2019 Chevy Colorado and the 2019 Toyota Tacoma and decide which one will better suit your needs.
To start with, the 2019 Toyota Tacoma has two engines available for you to choose from, depending on the trim and configuration you select. The starting engine is a 2.7L 4-cylinder engine that provides up to 159 hp and 180 lb.-ft. of torque. That is decent, but will definitely fall short if you need more power in your pickup. There is a second option for the Tacoma, which is a 3.5L engine that offers up to 278 hp and up to 265 lb.-ft. of torque for better overall performance. That is pretty good for a midsize pickup, but the 2019 Chevy Colorado can top it.
The Colorado has three different engines available, which already puts it ahead of the Tacoma in terms of the freedom it gives you when choosing your midsize truck. The starting engine is a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that provides up to 200 hp and 191 lb.-ft. of torque. When you compare that to the starting engine in the Toyota Tacoma, you can see the Chevy Colorado is already ahead. Then there is an available 3.6L V6 engine that offers up to 308 hp and 275 lb.-ft. of torque, which is significantly more powerful than the Tacoma’s second choice.
Finally, the 2019 Chevy Colorado also has a third option if you need torque more than horsepower. It is a 2.8L Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine that provides up to 181 hp and 369 lb.-ft. of torque that will help with those heavy trailers. There is no diesel option available on the Tacoma. So if that is something you are looking for, to emphasize torque and muscle over anything else, then the Colorado is the clear winner.
It does not matter if you are looking at a powerful full-size truck or a leaner midsize model, towing and payload are essential. You want to make sure you choose a truck that can handle any job you throw at it. Towing, in particular, is very important if you have a trailer that you want to haul with you, so keep this in mind as you consider your options.
The 2019 Chevy Colorado has a maximum towing capacity, when properly configured, of up to 7,700 lbs. With the right setup, the Colorado has a maximum payload of up to 1,581 lbs. By comparison, the maximum towing capacity of the 2019 Toyota Tacoma is 6,800 lbs and its maximum payload is 1,620 lbs.
As you can see, the Colorado has a much higher maximum towing than the Tacoma can manage, by nearly a full 1,000 lbs In fairness, the Tacoma does have the potential for greater payload; however, that is only by less than 50 lbs. It is highly unlikely that you will actually take advantage of that 50 lb. difference, while the extra 900 lbs of towing capacity could come in handy.
While engine power and towing capacity are important when looking at a truck, you also want to consider what is inside it. Most of your time with your truck will be spent inside it, so you want to make sure it will give you the best ride possible. Consider the tech features inside the truck and the kinds of options available to you. To keep this simple, let us look at the tech features at the highest trim levels of these trucks; remember that some of these features will not be available on lower trims.
The highest trim of the 2019 Chevy Colorado is the Z71, and it includes an 8-inch HD touchscreen Infotainment center with Bluetooth functionality and support for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A Bose premium sound system is available, beyond its standard 6-speaker setup, as is Navigation functionality. The Colorado Z71 comes with power-adjustable heated front seating, an HD rear vision camera, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
By comparison, the 2019 Toyota Tacoma Limited features a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment display with Bluetooth and a seven-speaker sound system. It has power-adjustable front seating, though the driver’s seat in the Tacoma is 4-way adjustable while the Colorado has a 6-way adjustable driver’s seat. An auto-dimming rearview mirror is included, but it lacks an HD rear camera.
Safety should always be important to you when looking at any vehicle. Fortunately, both the 2019 Chevy Colorado and the 2019 Toyota Tacoma have some great safety features. Keep in mind that some of these might be available only on certain trim levels.
The 2019 Colorado includes a standard rear vision camera and an available HD camera for greater clarity and picture quality. There is also an available forward collision alert system, lane departure warning, and rear park assist in helping you when you are in reverse and moving slowly. Other safety features include multiple airbags, StabiliTrak with electronic stability and traction control, and a teen driver system.
The 2019 Toyota Tacoma is also a good option for safety, thanks to multiple airbags and the Toyota Safety Sense package which includes a pre-collision warning system, lane departure alert, and vehicle stability control. The Tacoma lacks the teen driver system found in the Colorado, and does not have an available HD rear camera option.