That's a fully loaded question we get a lot around these parts. The best answer's no less than a no-holds-barred comparison for central Maryland. So, we've taken the new Toyota Tacoma nearly at its ruggedest and hardest-wearing, pitting the V6-equipped Tacoma TRD Off-Road, sporting a 4x2 drivetrain and a double cab configuration, against a couple of its fiercest rivals. The challengers are the 2018 Nissan Frontier 4x2 crew cab with its own six-cylinder, and an inline-six-equipped, two-wheel-drive 2018 Chevrolet Colorado in a crew cab build. When the dust clears, we think you'll see why 2018 Tacoma is in the winner's circle. Start your engines!

  • Right out the gate, Tacoma shows off more horsepower than Frontier, 278 to 261, just behind Colorado.
  • But it's our Toyota mid-size truck that pulls ahead, with better city fuel economy than any of its competitors, 19 mpg to 16 and 18 respectively.
  • Tacoma remains ahead, too, with a longer cruising range of 441 miles. Colorado stays in second at 420, followed by Frontier at 378.
  • Just when you thought Tacoma might be overtaken, its better standard towing and payload capacities keep it ahead of the pack. The former's 6,700 pounds, well ahead of Frontier's 6300 and Colorado's 3500, while the latter's 1420 pounds, lapping the Nissan opponent's 1370 and Colorado's 1366.
  • Rounding the curve and headed toward victory lane, Tacoma remains the more maneuverable option, with a turning circle of 40.6 feet -between curbs. Frontier and Colorado lag behind with 43.58 and 41.3 feet respectively.
  • Crossing the finish line, a new Toyota Tacoma is even the more affordable choice when comparably equipped, weighing in around $34,395 or so. Colorado's a close second-place at about $34,940, with Frontier requiring the heftiest investment, about $35,115.

Of course, 2018 Toyota Tacoma offers two huge advancements in safety neither can match with a comparable set of features. One is a Star Safety System, incorporating vehicle stability and traction controls, anti-lock braking, electronic brake-force distribution with brake assist, and Smart Stop tech. The other is Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P), which loads up with a pre-collision brake system, pedestrian detector, lane departure alert capability, automatic high beams, and a dynamic radar cruise control. The most exciting part? They're all standard.

Want to see more of Toyota Tacoma in action? There are plenty of other trims to explore here at Koons Annapolis Toyota. Come by 1107 West Street and set up some time to take a test drive, and we'll talk shop on all you can expect!

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