When it comes to performance, Tacoma’s available 6-speed manual transmission enables the driver to choose which gear best suits traffic conditions.
Part-time 4WD, Active Traction Control as well as Multi-terrain Select and Crawl Control are all available to help ensure Tacoma remains planted. Multi-terrain Select gives Tacoma drivers five modes to choose from to help adjust engine throttle and traction control; the 2019 Colorado has no comparable feature.
Tacoma’s off-road performance advantages also come with a more reasonable price tag. For example, the 2019 Tacoma TRD Off-Road Double Cab 4x4 Short Bed has a starting MSRP of $36,615, which undercuts the 2019 Colorado Z71 Crew Cab 4X4’s short box starting MSRP of $38,095.
Tacoma offers a better off-road feel with an available 6-speed manual transition and Multi-terrain select. Both trucks have the option of including a rear locking differential: offered on the TRD Off Road Tacoma model, and on the WT and up models of the Colorado. Tacoma also comes with Hill Start Assist Control (HAC), which is not an option on Colorado.
The Colorado Z71's towing capacity of 7,000 lbs. allows it to haul slightly more than Tacoma, but the advantage is marginal as a 4X2 V6 Tacoma’s capacity sits at 6,700 lbs. Upgrading the Colorado Z71 to a 2.8L Duramax Turbo-Diesel 4-cylinder engine will up the max towing capacity to 7,700 lbs.— but it comes at an additional cost of $3,730.
With the Tacoma, one of the biggest benefits is the legacy Toyota brings. Toyota has the heritage of 50 years in trucks and a legendary reputation for quality, dependability, and reliability.