2017 Colorado ZR2 Vs. 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro: Video

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We couldn't think of a better way to find out who's the King of the Dirt than by taking the all-new 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 and 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro to our favorite off-road park and desert playground, running these two 4x4 stalwarts over and through hill climbs, rock sluices, river washes, sand dunes and more. In the end, they both have some amazing strengths, but each has a few weaknesses, as well. Here's just a taste of the type of testing we conducted to find out who came out on top.

For the full story and to see where each topped the other, click here.

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Comments

TRD Pro wins more categories yet loses!

So the electoral college of categories applies here?

Everybody gets a ribbon is what the Colorado just got handed!

This world is going backwards!

Thank gosh I have two Tacoma's in my driveway and garage, this is why I never buy a GM, because they get bailed out and bailed out even in simple testing like this!

@oxi: when I read the results I saw how each truck could be improved, I didn't take it personally...

That is what I did not like about my Taco, on wash board roads it would beat you to death, plus anything in the bed or cab would not be in the same place after a mile on these roads. I did change the Bilsteins for Rancho's which did help. My Collie has no issues on wash board roads...both good trucks though.

poor Oxi..

Never mind the fact the ZR2 has 4 wheel disc brakes and a front locking dif, and more torque because it has MULTIPLE engine options to choose from.

The 4 categories the reviewers chose the Tacoma were only by the thinnest of margins.. The three the ZR2 won, Tacoma was a very distant second place.

Toyota makes an old bloated truck with crappy brakes and seats that can be found on any low dollar go cart.

It was clear that both hosts prefer the Colorado for off roading. The ride quality and severe off road capability was superior in the Colorado.

The real beating will take place on the sales lot.

Fast forward 10 years, the Taco will be turning 200k with few issues. The Chevy will have a tree growing through it.

@ DB,

Looks like we have another winner that is swayed by shiny objects, etc...

Tacoma sales show they have a loyal base, unlike shiny object Colorado, which may I add GM killed it before they introduced this latest version!

Colorado is like Cubs fans, they all jump on the bandwagon and the media calls them the darlings but in reality they are rude and obnoxious fans that have no respect for the game of baseball. Sad for the few REAL Cubs fans out there!

Colorado is an improved truck, but let's not jump to the point to call it the best that ever was in this category, because the Tacoma is the MOST awarded truck in this segment for a reason!

"TRD Pro wins more categories yet loses!

So the electoral college of categories applies here?

Everybody gets a ribbon is what the Colorado just got handed!

This world is going backwards!

Thank gosh I have two Tacoma's in my driveway and garage, this is why I never buy a GM, because they get bailed out and bailed out even in simple testing like this!


Posted by: oxi | Aug 1, 2017 8:46:12 AM"

Lol, the Tacoma got smoked in the one category you always claim is the most important over any other criteria, slow speed trails and rock crawling and only tied in high speed offroad performance, and you come in here claiming it should have won an OFFROAD shootout because it barely nosed a truck with over 100 less HP in a 0-60 drag race? nonsense, you Tacoma guys are talking in circles now. Every time your favorite loses a shootout because of acceleration or on-road criteria you cry foul and claim that slow speed crawling and offroad performance are the REASON why your truck is so great... yet here the ZR2 positively smoked the Tacoma in the one category you claim is so important for an offroad truck. You're delusional now.

It was clear that both hosts prefer the Colorado for off roading. The ride quality and severe off road capability was superior to that of the Tacoma.

@oxi, Judging by how many people hate their Tacoma's on Tacoma Word, this test is probably right.

Another thing you will notice, if you research the various years and generations of Tacoma, is that many of the glitches, flaws and design issues perpetrate throughout the years of production and in some cases are carried over from the previous generation. This is apparently Toyota's lack of willingness to evolve or make the changes necessary to resolve said issues. So your Hope (as many of us also Hope) that Toyota would fix all of these problems, does not seem encouraging based on past history.

There's more to life than just Tacomas. You should give other trucks a chance.

@oxi, Toyota gets bailed out by Japan. Do the research.

The real beating will take place on the sales lot.

Fast forward 10 years, the Taco will be turning 200k with few issues. The Chevy will have a tree growing through it.

Posted by: redbloodedxy | Aug 1, 2017 9:52:35 AM

Yes, some happy customer will have got ten good years of off roading enjoyment in their ZR2 while you spent ten years playing X-box extreme off roading while you wait for the Ranger.

Mark you forgot to put the ZR in 4 hi for the drag...

"You're delusional now."

The "now" part of your statement is giving oxi way too much credit!

"Yes, some happy customer will have got ten good years of off roading enjoyment in their ZR2 while you spent ten years playing X-box extreme off roading while you wait for the Ranger."

That is funny, way too funny!

BTW 2019 is only 2 years away.

Damn GM really knocked that little rice turd taco out! Bring on the Ford Claptor, it'll be fun to watch the ZR2 eat it for lunch next!

johnny doe - the Raptor literally is a different animal than the ZR2. The ZR2 barely beat the Tacoma.

Interestingly enough, each manufacturer has an off-road truck that does not compete directly with the best that the competition has to offer.

Raptor, Power Wagon, ZR2 Colorado.

They are best in their class.

Only a fool would say one is better than the others.

Haha another famous car review website recently tested their long-term 2016 Tacoma TRD 4x4 Offroad on a washboard desert trail. Both rear shocks blew out. Pathetic lol.

@ johnny doe,

R a c i s t...

@ Chris,

Where is your proof?

Toyota makes more profits than the big 3 combined in just 3 months sometimes, so your liberal fake news is fake news!

@ Dave,

I admit their are many new millennial Tacoma owners that never really owned a truck before, and they are complete a $ $ hats!

They seek shiny candy like some of you on here, that is why you jump to when something shiny comes out, etc...

True Tacoma owners like myself understand a good truck, it's value and durability in this segment, that is why we return to buy a new one when the time comes and build them to our desired outcomes.

You will not sway us loyal owners, nor will the other millennials on here or the liberal media.

"You will not sway us loyal owners, nor will the other millennials on here or the liberal media."

Replace "loyal owners" with "Trumpians" and that shows the folly of being blind loyal to anything!

True Tacoma owners like myself understand a good truck, it's value and durability in this segment, that is why we return to buy a new one when the time comes and build them to our desired outcomes.

Posted by: oxi | Aug 2, 2017 9:33:13 AM

LOL, Durability?
https://youtu.be/7lmqGD76pcc
https://youtu.be/L3fhlNG4uwM
https://youtu.be/N_m0HfKltzQ
https://youtu.be/7vgaQ5q1wO8

I've had my 2016 Taco TRD Off Road for 16 months and 26000. It's a nice truck but not a great truck. My wife hates it because it is ergonomically challenged. Try adjusting the seats up or down for one. The 3500 towing capacities is anemic. So I just traded for a ZR2 which is a better overall truck. Toyota needs to stop taking things for granted and become more customer oriented or they are going to lose their standing in the trucking world.

Both trucks are for chicks.



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