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    • Comparing the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro, Jeep Gladiator Rubicon, and 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 BISON

      You may recall a mid-size truck comparison a couple months back by Car and Driver that had the Chevy Colorado come out on top. Now, that comparison did not have the Toyota Tacoma TRD in it as MotorTrend includes but MotorTrend also omits the Ford Ranger.


      So, we can not all have all the trucks in this class we want to see but these three trucks are obviously geared up for off-road duty. All three having locking differentials but the Toyota Tacoma can only lock the rear.

      The main feature of the ZR2 Bison Colorado is the dynamic suspension which is designed to be comfortable on road but allow for rock climbing should the need arise. Want to do some desert running? No problem, it can handle that too.

      Jeep designed the Gladiator to handle rock climbing with the standard Fox shocks but it is not designed for high speed desert running. If you want to slowly go over harsh terrain, the Rubicon has your back.

      So which of these three trucks fared best? The Gladiator is easily the most expensive as tested and its suspension said to be the least comfortable. MotorTrend felt it needed to be raised to handle the harsher stuff.

      The Colorado wins again. It is said to offer the best value and best suspension out of the box. It is the fastest and most powerful but also offers the lowest towing capacity at 5000 pounds. The suspension on it just sets it apart and is really the reason it wins. That and the value for the money.



      2019 Chevrolet Colorado V6 ZR2 AEV Bison 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon 2019 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 TRD Pro
      DRIVETRAIN LAYOUT Front-engine, 4WD Front-engine, 4WD Front-engine, 4WD
      ENGINE TYPE 60-deg V-6, alum block/heads 60-deg V-6, alum block/heads Atkinson cycle 60-deg V-6, alum block/heads
      VALVETRAIN DOHC, 4 valves/cyl DOHC, 4 valves/cyl DOHC, 4 valves/cyl
      DISPLACEMENT 217.5 cu in/3,564cc 219.9 cu in/3,604cc 210.9 cu in/3,456cc
      COMPRESSION RATIO 11.5:1 11.3:1 11.8:1
      POWER (SAE NET) 308 hp @ 6,800 rpm 285 hp @ 6,400 rpm 278 hp @ 6,000 rpm
      TORQUE (SAE NET) 275 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm 260 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm 265 lb-ft @ 4,600 rpm
      REDLINE Not indicated 6,500 rpm 6,100 rpm
      WEIGHT TO POWER 15.9 lb/hp 18.2 lb/hp 16.9 lb/hp
      TRANSMISSION 8-speed automatic 8-speed automatic 6-speed automatic
      AXLE/FINAL-DRIVE RATIO 3.42:1/2.26:1/2.62:1 4.10:1/2.73:1/4.00:1 3.91:1/2.27:1/2.57:1
      SUSPENSION, FRONT; REAR Control arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar; live axle, leaf springs Live axle, coil springs, adj anti-roll bar; live axle, coil springs, anti-roll bar Control arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar; live axle, leaf springs
      STEERING RATIO 16.8:1 13.3:1 17.3:1
      TURNS LOCK TO LOCK 2.7 3.0 3.3
      BRAKES, F; R 12.2-in vented disc; 12.8-in vented disc, ABS 12.9-in vented disc; 13.6-in vented disc, ABS 10.8-in vented disc; 10.0-in drum, ABS
      WHEELS 8.0 x 17-in cast aluminum 7.5 x 17-in, cast aluminum 7.0 x 16-in cast aluminum
      TIRES 265/65R17 112S (M+S) Goodyear Wrangler Duratec 285/70R17 116/113Q (M+S) Falken Wildpeak A/T 265/70R16 112T (M+S) Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure
      DIMENSIONS
      WHEELBASE 128.5 in 137.3 in 127.4 in
      TRACK, F/R 65.9/65.9 in 64.4/64.4 in 63.0/63.2 in
      LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 212.4 x 76.7 x 72.2 in 218.0 x 73.8 x 74.1 (hard top)/76.1 (soft top) in 212.3 x 75.2 x 70.6 in
      GROUND CLEARANCE 8.9 in 11.1 in 9.4 in
      APPRCH/DEPART ANGLE 25.3/23.5 deg 43.4/20.3 deg 32.0/35.0 deg
      TURNING CIRCLE 44.0 ft 44.8 ft 40.8 ft
      CURB WEIGHT 4,904 lb 5,196 lb 4,694 lb
      WEIGHT DIST, F/R 58/42% 53/47% 55/45%
      SEATING CAPACITY 5 5 5
      HEADROOM, F/R 41.4/38.3 in 40.8/40.80 in 39.7/38.3 in
      LEGROOM, F/R 45.0/38.5 in 41.2/38.3 in 42.9/32.6 in
      SHOULDER ROOM, F/R 57.5/56.2 in 55.7/55.7 in 58.3/56.3 in
      PICKUP BOX L x W x H 61.7 x 57.8 x 20.9 in 60.3 x 56.8 x 18.0 in 60.5 x 56.7 x 19.1 in
      BED VOLUME 41.3 cu ft 35.5 cu ft 38.2 cu ft
      WIDTH BET WHEELHOUSES 44.0 in 44.8 in 41.5 in
      CARGO LIFT-OVER HEIGHT 38.8 in 29.7 in 29.0 in
      PAYLOAD CAPACITY 1,100 lb 1,160 lb 1,175 lb
      TOWING CAPACITY 5,000 lb 7,650 lb 6,400 lb
      TEST DATA
      ACCELERATION TO MPH
      0-30 2.5 sec 2.7 sec 2.6 sec
      0-40 3.8 4.3 3.9
      0-50 5.3 6.2 5.8
      0-60 7.2 8.7 7.7
      0-70 9.6 11.5 10.2
      0-80 12.5 15.1 13.4
      0-90 16.4 20.3 17 ft
      0-100
      PASSING, 45-65 MPH 3.8 4.9 3.8
      QUARTER MILE 15.6 sec @ 87.9 mph 16.5 sec @ 83.4 mph 16.0 sec @ 86.9 mph
      BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 133 ft 133 ft 133 ft
      LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.72 g (avg) 0.73 g (avg) 0.70 g (avg)
      MT FIGURE EIGHT 28.2 sec @ 0.59 g (avg) 29.1 sec @ 0.55 g (avg) 29.3 sec @ 0.56 g (avg)
      TOP-GEAR REVS @ 60 MPH 1,500 rpm 1,750 rpm 1,800 rpm
      CONSUMER INFO
      BASE PRICE $49,745 $45,040 $44,055
      PRICE AS TESTED $49,745 $60,675 $51,150
      STABILITY/TRACTION CONTROL Yes/Yes Yes/Yes Yes/Yes
      AIRBAGS 6: Dual front, front side, f/r curtain 4: Dual front, front side 6: Dual front, front side, f/r curtain
      BASIC WARRANTY 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
      POWERTRAIN WARRANTY 5 years/60,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
      ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE 5 years/60,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles 2 years/25,000 miles
      FUEL CAPACITY 21.0 gal 22.0 gal 21.1 gal
      EPA CITY/HWY/COMB ECON 16/18/17 mpg 17/22/19 mpg 17/20/18 mpg
      ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 211/187 kW-hr/100 miles 198/153 kW-hr/100 miles 198/169 kW-hr/100 miles
      CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 1.15 lb/mile 1.02 lb/mile 1.06 lb/mile
      RECOMMENDED FUEL Unleaded regular Unleaded regular Unleaded regular

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