Colorado diesel narrowly beats Tacoma in head to head comparison

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Pickuptrucks.com compared the Colorado ZR2 diesel with Tacoma TRD Pro, both top of the line off road oriented models. The Colorado diesel wins on points, the Tacoma took more categories. So there's something for fans of each brand.

http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2017/07/2017-chevrolet-colorado-zr2-vs-2017-toyota-tacoma-trd-pro.html

Tacoma narrowly out-pointed Colorado in these categories
Powertrain, Acceleration, Interior and Value

Colorado diesel won these categories by wider margins
Braking, Suspension, and Rock crawling

These Categories were a tie:
Off-Road Technology, and Dirt and Sand Running

Overall winner: Colorado diesel with 143 points to Tacoma's 138 points.

Now we're left to think what the comparison between the gas engine Colorado ZR2 and Tacoma TRD Pro would be like. If the Tacoma barely beat the ZR2 diesel, surely the gasoline engine Colorado would beat both in the acceleration test.
 
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In my eyes the biggest conclusion is that neither one of these trucks is worth anywhere close to the sticker price. Mid 40Ks for that kind of performance? Are you kidding me?
 
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In my eyes the biggest conclusion is that neither one of these trucks is worth anywhere close to the sticker price. Mid 40Ks for that kind of performance? Are you kidding me?
IMO both are aimed at the enthusiast (and/or poseur) market, which doesn't play by normal rules.

With that said, even non-PRO Tacomas are insanely overpriced for what you get, and have been for many years. (I still bought one.)
 
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But are there more high-mileage Tacomas, or Colorados on the road?
That, and what state will the trucks' basic amenities/interior be after just a few years? Especially if the truck sees off-road/washboard during that time?

Every domestic I've ever been in had an interior that was falling apart just 2-3 years off the production line, and those were all city driven. I know that would drive me nuts.

There are lots of factors to consider when getting a vehicle, and everyone prioritizes things differently. Luckily there are options to choose from!
 
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But are there more high-mileage Tacomas, or Colorados on the road?
Given that the 2nd generation US spec Colorado has only been in production since 2014 (sold as a 2015 MY), it is going to take some time to see how the reliability fairs.

With that said, even non-PRO Tacomas are insanely overpriced for what you get, and have been for many years.
Yes they are! Honestly don't know if they are worth it. Grappling with if I should buy another, or just buy a fullsize.
 
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Yes they are! Honestly don't know if they are worth it. Grappling with if I should buy another, or just buy a fullsize.
I was/am after a reliable, "utility" truck with just enough modern creature comforts to keep me happy, and room to mod to my heart's content, so with that criteria, I think the Tacoma is hard to beat. Especially since I live in the city and park underground. With that said, there are definitely days that I wish I had gone for a Tundra. I can see the extra cab room (and definitely the V8) being nice. And with all the modifications (read: weight) I've added, fuel economy should be fairly similar.
 
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If one carries a camper, neither have the necessary payload without $$$$ suspension modifications.
Official payload won't change even with suspension upgrades. Certainly possible to make either truck capable, but they're not a great option for carrying a lot of weight more or less permanently.
 
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I was/am after a reliable, "utility" truck with just enough modern creature comforts to keep me happy, and room to mod to my heart's content, so with that criteria, I think the Tacoma is hard to beat. Especially since I live in the city and park underground. With that said, there are definitely days that I wish I had gone for a Tundra. I can see the extra cab room (and definitely the V8) being nice. And with all the modifications (read: weight) I've added, fuel economy should be fairly similar.
That's is what I am battling with, loaded down Tacoma doesn't get all that great of gas mileage, about the same as a fullsize if not worse, and a bit underpowered when loaded, think shell FWC, 5X8 enclosed trailer.

Model I am looking at is $35K before tax and title. A lot of 1/2-3/4 ton trucks out there for $35K and below.

Main reason I am looking at a Tacoma is it is one of the few with available manual transmission. Spec wise it is a bit lack-luster compared for the same [or less] money spend on a fullsize.
 
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If I was going to drive a stock truck I would look at others, but I think the Tacoma wins by a landslide if you consider aftermarket support.
I WISH I could get the fuel range/efficiency of a diesel ZR2 but the lack of aftermarket keeps me with my current truck.
The ZR2 is basically done.

How much aftermarket do you need? With a quicky google search, I can find winch bumpers, sliders, toppers, bed racks, suspension, etc for it. Are you guys just not looking?