2020 Chevrolet Colorado vs. 2020 Toyota Tacoma

April 25th, 2020 by

2020 Chevrolet Colorado vs. 2020 Toyota Tacoma

Full-size pickup trucks are quite popular, but if you are looking for something that is a little smaller and still offers you great capability, a compact truck might be a great option for you. The Chevy Colorado and Toyota Tacoma are two of your compact truck options. Below, you can check out a comparison of these two trucks to see which one offers you what you need in terms of performance, features, and more.


The 2020 Chevy Colorado offers you a look of power. This vehicle has a solid look with features like LED lights, 17-inch painted wheels, optional all-terrain tires, and more. The bed of the Colorado is available in a 5-foot-2-inch bed or a 6-foot-2-inch bed to give you the type of exterior cargo space you need. There are also features to give you easier access to this bed like the rear bumper step and the EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate.

The Toyota Tacoma offers you a strong look as well. This vehicle has features like available LED headlights and embossed tail lights. You also have an aggressive Toyota grille that gives this vehicle great style and function. The bed of the Tacoma gives you great space for storage, and it is made of a fiber-reinforced Sheet-Molded Composite surface. This bed is also home to the available 120V power outlet to make your life easier.

Performance and Engine Options

Next, let’s talk about the performance and engine options that you can find in these two compact truck options.

First, let’s look at the engine options in the 2020 Chevy Colorado. This vehicle is home to a 2.5-liter four-cylinder base engine that gives you 200-horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque. However, there are two other engine options with this vehicle. One of your available engines in the 2020 Colorado is a 3.6-liter V6 engine. This engine gives you 308-horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. The other engine option is a 2.8-liter turbodiesel engine that gives you 181-horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.

Next, let’s talk a bit about the capability of these engines. The Chevy Colorado is not a full-size pickup, but this vehicle still gives you the potential for towing and hauling. Your V6 engine can tow up to 7,000 pounds, and the turbo diesel can tow up to 7,700 pounds. The 2020 Colorado also gives you the ability to haul about 1,578 pounds when properly equipped.

The 2020 Colorado also offers you the ability to adventure off the pavement. This vehicle has two different trim levels that are ready to help you go off-roading. The Z72 and ZR2 trims offer you off-road features like hill descent control, a heavy-duty suspension, a locking differential, and more.

In the Toyota Tacoma, you have two engine options. The base engine is a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine that gives you 159-horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. Your other engine option is a 3.5-liter V6 engine. The V6 engine gives you 278-horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque.

When it comes to towing and hauling, the 2020 Tacoma gives you the ability to tow up to 6,800 pounds, and the ability to haul up to 1,620 pounds.

You also have off-road capability in the Toyota Tacoma. This vehicle gives you features like off-road Crawl Control, an electronically locking rear differential, hill start assist, a multi-terrain select system, and Bilstein shocks.

Overall, when it comes to performance, the Colorado offers you more engine options and more towing capacity. This vehicle also offers you some great off-road features to make it a powerful option for many people.

Interior and Technology

Now, we can take a look at the inside of these trucks. In the 2020 Colorado, you have seating for up to five people. The base-level Colorado does not have a rear seat, and it just has room for two people, but there are extended cab models that can seat four people and crew cab models that can seat five people. The Colorado also has seating and interior options like leather-appointed seats, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and more.

When it comes to technology, the Chevy Colorado has you covered with plenty of connective features. This vehicle is home to the Chevy Infotainment 3 system, as well as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, USB ports, and a 7-inch touchscreen. There are also optional upgrades like wireless device charging, a Wi-Fi hotspot, a navigation system, and a seven-speaker Bose audio system.

On the inside of the Toyota Tacoma, you have seating for four people with the access cab and seating for five people with the double cab. This truck comes with standard cloth upholstery, but you have the option to upgrade to leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and heated front seats.

Standard technology features in the Tacoma include a 4.2-inch instrument cluster display, a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, USB ports, and Amazon Alexa. Available technology upgrades include wireless device charging, a JBL premium stereo, and a navigation system.

Both of these vehicles offer you a nice interior with some great standard and available technology features.


Above, we discussed a lot of the interior features and technology, but we have not yet talked about the safety features these vehicles have, so check it out below.

There are also some great safety features standard in the Chevy Colorado. This vehicle comes standard with a rearview camera to help you see better when you are parking and going in reverse. The Colorado also has the Teen Driver safety system standard to help you coach your teen as they learn to drive. There are also available active safety features like lane departure warning, rear parking sensors, and forward collision warning.

In the Toyota Tacoma, you have plenty of standard safety features. These features include automatic high beams, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, a rearview camera, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking. You can upgrade to get additional features like rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, and blind spot monitoring.

Now, we have compared the exterior, interior, technology, and features in both of these compact trucks. Which of these trucks is the better option for you? Only you can decide that, but we think the performance, capability, and features in the 2020 Chevy Colorado are pretty tough to beat.