Following the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, the 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro now has a new rival; the latest Chevrolet Colorado ZR2.

Chevrolet has equipped the latest ZR2 with the Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve (DSSV) dampers, just like the one in the Camaro Z/28, making it all that more impressive while the Tacoma TRD Pro incorporates coil springs from the TRD components catalog and Fox shocks for the front and back as well as leaf springs.

Under the hood, the Tacoma comes with a 3.5-liter six-cylinder with less than 278 horsepower while the ZR2 has the same 208 horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine as other Colorado models. However, the Tacoma had managed to do a 0-60 mph in 7.1 seconds whereas the Chevy recorded a 7.4 seconds.

Both the Toyota and the Chevy are fitted with an electronically controlled locking rear differential yet the latter seems to have an edge as it comes with a locking diff up front, too.

Besides that, both of these vehicles are offered in crew cab configuration which would allow a lot of room for passengers. The Tacoma TRD Pro is, however, only offered with a short bed while the ZR2 provides more leverage from its available extended cab model.

The Toyota Tacoma TRD and the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 looks to be almost on par with each other in many aspects but it will need to be taken to the trail to see which truck is the better off-roader.

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RODNEY MOORE · November 21, 2016 at 4:11 pm

I really wish Toyota would make the Tacoma with a small v-8 or at least beef up the v-6 it offers. I think if they made it an option that many people would buy it and at a premium price.
I currently have a 2013 Tacoma and would buy a new one if they made one with more horse power. I suppose Toyota has no incentive to improve as people buy them the way they are. That could change though because all of the reviews usually regard the Toyota as weak compared to other trucks. By the way, the article has a big error. The Colorado has a bigger engine – 308 hp and not 208. On purpose??

Kevin C · November 21, 2016 at 6:59 pm

The ZR2 has a 308 HP engine- NOT a 208.

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