How Does 2018 Toyota Tacoma Compare to Chevy Colorado? For Portsmouth, NH Truckers, Exceptionally Well

If you're a coastal New Hampshire compact pickup die-hard looking to up your haul to the mid-size range, you've probably had a Toyota Tacoma or two catch your eye alongside the other new trucks of the day. But our automaker's flagship's not new to either the highway tow or the off-road getaway. It's a modern-day descendant of the first 1969 Toyota pickup, and it remains one of the ruggedest and reliable models on the road and unbeaten path today.

You've probably also seen Chevrolet Colorado kicking around, too, a newer player to the field and the worthy 2004 successor of the celebrated Chevy S-10, redesigned and significantly improved in 2014. But compare these light-duty trucks, and you'll find it's the new Tacoma that comes out on top. Check out just a few reasons why more Portsmouth, NH drivers prefer it.

  • One, it's more maneuverable in tight spaces, However, with a better turning radius between curbs, 40.6 feet to Colorado's 41.3. That's the leverage you need against crowded work sites and the hustle and bustle of highly populated urban centers.
  • Tacoma gets a larger max payload rating, up to 1,620 pounds compared to Colorado at 1,574. That's more tools, equipment, and weekend-getaway toys in the bed.
  • It's safer, coming rated for safety a step ahead of Colorado. Tacoma earns a "Good" rating from the IIHS for crashworthiness, a "Superior" rating for front crash prevention, and a well-regarded headlight rating of "Marginal." Colorado's IIHS marks aren't as high, as it takes home a few lower "Acceptable" ratings, it's only "Basic" on front crash prevention, and its headlights are certified "Poor". Moreover, though both models may earn from the NHTSA four stars overall for the ability to resist a crash, Tacoma gets four for rollover resistance, whereas Colorado receives only three.
  • Plus, Tacoma is a safer bet even excluding industry authority praise from consideration. The Toyota Star Safety System and Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) driver-assistance suite both come standard. Chevy Colorado might have comparable passive systems, like StabiliTrak electronic stability control, but its Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Alert are optional, and only via a package. In all, Colorado has fewer smart technologies.

These just scratch the surface of this bruiser, too. Visit us here at Toyota of Portsmouth, and we'll show you more of what a new 2018 Toyota Tacoma can do for you that the others can't. We're looking forward to talking shop!

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