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Difference Between the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado and Toyota Tundra

2018 Chevrolet Colorado vs. 2018 Toyota Tundra
3.6-liter V6 Engine 4.6-liter V8
17 city / 24 hwy Fuel Economy 15 city / 19 hwy
45 in. / 35 in. Legroom (Front/Back) 42.5 in. / 34.7 in.

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The Chevrolet Colorado and the Toyota Tundra have had no problem being popular among critics and consumers alike since they debuted in the early 2000s. Both pickup trucks have powerful engine choices, remarkable towing capability, and various trim combination possibilities. For the 2018 model year, even as they are deep into their second production cycles, they still have a few updates. The Colorado now has a standard Active Tow system, and the Tundra welcomes the Toyota Safety Sense™ package as standard. Ultimately, though, if you have to make a choice between the two trucks, you should go with the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado. Here’s why:

Fuel Economy

Some vehicles offer the option of being powered by a diesel engine instead of a gasoline one. Diesel provides more usable energy than gasoline. As a result, diesel engines are more fuel-efficient than gasoline ones. On the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado, you can opt for the 2.8-liter Duramax® turbodiesel inline 4-cylinder (I4) engine to maximize fuel efficiency. Coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive, this I4 helps the Colorado achieve a peak fuel economy of 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Credit is also due to the rear-wheel drivetrain, which helps achieve those awesome numbers by driving power to the rear wheels while the engine is placed in the front. As a result, there is a better balance of weight from front to back, consequently improving handling and requiring less energy for overall driving.

There is no diesel option on the 2018 Toyota Tundra. Although it offers the most fuel-efficient engine possible with the 1UR-FE—which is a 4.6-liter V8—not only is it gasoline-powered, but it is also much larger than the Duramax®. Pairing it with a rear-wheel drivetrain boosts the Tundra to 15/19 mpg. But that’s 7 less mpg in the city and 11 less mpg on the highway than the Colorado’s diesel workhorse. Even the Colorado’s higher-level gasoline engine—named the LGX, a 3.6-liter V6—provides more fuel economy with a rating of 17/24 mpg (with four-wheel drive) and 18/25 mpg (with rear-wheel drive). And that’s not even mentioning the 2.5-liter Ecotec (LCV) I4, which, at a peak rating of 20/26 mpg, is one of the most efficient engines in the pickup truck segment.

Ride Quality

The ride quality of the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado is described by automotive experts as smooth, even on rough and bumpy terrain. Also noted is the composed handling on winding roads. And thanks to its compact size, the Colorado is highly maneuverable when driving around town. The 2018 Toyota Tundra is not generally considered as smooth or composed. Instead, ride quality is described as stiff, and there is little cushioning from turbulence produced by driving on less-than-smooth surfaces.

Cabin Quietness and Size

Although trucks are not usually designed or thought of as upscale, the interior of the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado is still considered remarkable—thanks to the ability to curb highway noise. By comparison, the 2018 Toyota Tundra lets in a considerable amount of noise into the cabin, thus making it less serene than its Chevrolet counterpart. Furthermore, the Colorado – although being smaller in overall length and height relative to the Tundra – actually provides plenty of space in the interior. The front head space for Chevy sits at 41.4 in. and the front/back legroom at 45 in./35.8 in. In contrast, the Tundra comes up short with 39.7 in. of front head space and 42.5 in. / 34.7 in. of legroom.


Ready to take the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado for a spin or two? You can do so at our Mountain View Chevrolet dealership at Chattanooga, TN. We have a healthy selection of trucks that run the gamut of driver tastes and preferences. Call us today to set up an appointment with one of our sales specialists.

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MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title and registration fees. Starting at MSRP refers to the base model, optional equipment not included. Pricing and offers may change at any time without notification. To get full pricing details, see your dealer.

All figures are EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.

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