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Dare to Compare: Which Mid-Size Pickup is the Strongest?

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2018 Chevrolet Colorado

2018 Chevrolet Colorado

Pickup trucks are some of the best-selling vehicles in the United States, and when you buy a pickup, one of the primary factors to consider is performance. Mid-size pickups are a perfect balance of work-ready power and street-ready maneuverability and convenience.

The 2018 Chevrolet Colorado, Honda Ridgeline, Nissan Frontier, and Toyota Tacoma compete closely in the segment, especially when it comes to performance. We put each mid-size pickup’s performance specs side-by-side for you to compare.

Mid-Size Pickup Comparison Chart

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The Chevrolet Colorado has the most engine options of the four models. The Colorado offers three engines for you to choose from. The Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma each offer two engines, and the Honda Ridgeline only has one. You can compare each engine’s output in the chart above. Overall, the Chevrolet Colorado offers the strongest engines, producing 308 horsepower with its 3.6-liter V6 and 369 lb-ft of torque with the Turbo Diesel.

The Honda Ridgeline lags behind in the towing category, with a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds. The Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma are almost evenly matched with 6,710-pound and 6,800-pound towing capacities, respectively. But once again, the Chevrolet Colorado comes out on top when it comes to towing, with a best-in-class maximum towing capacity of 7,700 pounds.

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At the end of the day, the Chevrolet Colorado crosses the finish line first. With a high-strength steel frame, three dominating engine options, and a towing capacity that outweighs some of its components by nearly than 3,000 pounds, there’s no doubting the strength behind the Colorado.