2023 Chevy Colorado vs. Ford, Honda, Jeep, Nissan and Toyota: Midsize Trucks Compared

Here's how the industry's midsize pickup trucks stack up on paper.

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2023 Chevy Colorado
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2023 Chevy Colorado

The new Colorado looks pretty good.


With the debut of the 2023 Colorado lineup on Thursday, Chevrolet is reigniting the midsize pickup wars. These trucks are more popular than ever, and the Colorado brings the heat with a new engine, improved technology and an overall classier look.

That in mind, let's take a look at how the new Colorado compares to its chief rivals: the Ford Ranger, Honda Ridgeline, Jeep Gladiator, Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma. There are lots of different configurations of each truck, so we'll try to keep things as evenly matched as possible in each of the sections. But as you'll see, some trucks have clear advantages over others.

2023 Chevy Colorado Looks Better Inside and Out

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While Ford, Nissan and Toyota offer their trucks with different cab and bed lengths, Chevy only offers the Colorado in a single, Crew Cab, short-bed configuration. And since Honda and Jeep only sell their trucks in a similar style, that's what we'll use for this look at overall exterior and interior dimensions.

Also, something to note: Chevy only publishes the Colorado's width including mirrors, while the standard measurement of vehicle width excludes them. That's why Chevy's numbers are the highest.

Exterior measurements (inches)

Colorado 131.4213.084.478.8
Frontier 126.0210.273.072.0
Gladiator 137.3218.073.873.3
Ranger 126.8210.873.371.1
Ridgeline 125.2210.278.670.8
Tacoma 127.4212.374.470.6

Interior measurements (inches)

Front headroomFront legroomRear headroomRear legroom
Colorado 40.338.345.234.7
Frontier 39.742.336.626.2
Gladiator 40.841.240.838.3
Ranger 39.843.138.334.5
Ridgeline 40.138.840.936.7
Tacoma 39.738.342.932.6

2022 Nissan Frontier picks up some major changes

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This is where things get a little tricky. Chevy offers a single engine and transmission in the 2023 Colorado, with three different power levels depending on trim. Other trucks have a choice of engines and only the Gladiator and Tacoma can be bought with a manual transmission.

To make things as fair as possible, we'll line up the engines that most closely match on paper. Bonus points go to Jeep for including a diesel option, but we're going to have to exclude that engine for now.


Colorado 2.7L turbo I4310 hp390 lb-ft8-speed
Frontier 3.8L V6310 hp281 lb-ft9-speed
Gladiator 3.6L V6285 hp260 lb-ft8-speed
Ranger 2.3L turbo I4270 hp310 lb-ft10-speed
Ridgeline 3.5L V6280 hp262 lb-ft9-speed
Tacoma 3.5L V6278 hp265 lb-ft6-speed

2021 Jeep Gladiator is a burly jack of all trades

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Some trucks are more capable than others when it comes to off-roading, so this one is actually pretty tricky. We're going to let each truck put its best foot forward, listing the measurements for its most capable trim level. It's a bit of an advantage for trucks like the new Colorado ZR2, Gladiator Rubicon and Tacoma TRD Pro, which don't totally compare to the Ranger Tremor and Frontier Pro-4X. Oh, and if you're wondering why the Ridgeline isn't listed here, it's because there isn't really any kind of off-road version, so best to just have Honda sit this one out.

Off-road specs

Colorado 38.3 deg25.1 deg24.6 deg10.7 in
Frontier 32.3 deg23.0 deg19.6 deg9.5 in
Gladiator 43.4 deg26.0 deg20.3 deg11.1 in
Ranger 30.9 deg27.1 deg24.2 deg9.7 in
Tacoma 35.0 deg23.9 deg23.9 deg9.4 in

2021 Ford Ranger Tremor goes for off-road glory

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It wouldn't be a truck comparison without discussing towing and hauling. And to make it as fair as possible, we'll use the maximum specs that correspond to the aforementioned engine choices.

Payload and towing

Colorado 1,587 lbs7,700 lbs
Frontier 1,480 lbs6,570 lbs
Gladiator 1,535 lbs7,650 lbs
Ranger 1,770 lbs7,500 lbs
Ridgeline 1,583 lbs5,000 lbs
Tacoma 1,395 lbs6,700 lbs

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline is a truckier-looking pickup

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All of these trucks offer full suites of driver-assistance technologies, including things like blind-spot monitoring, forward-collision warning, rear cross-traffic alert and adaptive cruise control. Some trucks come with more standard equipment than others, and no midsize truck offers any sort of advanced Level 2 driver-assistance system like General Motors' Super Cruise.

On the multimedia front, every truck except the Ford Ranger has a full-size touchscreen infotainment system standard. (The base Ranger has a dinky 3.5-inch LCD display in the center stack.) Chevy totally wins here, however, with its standard 8-inch digital gauge cluster and 11.3-inch central touchscreen.

2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro: Green-eyed monster

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Chevrolet has yet to release Colorado pricing, so we'll leave that off for now. As for the rest, these are the base MSRPs including destination charges, as listed on the manufacturer's consumer sites. If you're wondering why the Gladiator and Ridgeline are so much more expensive than the others, it's because they come with a higher level of standard equipment.


Colorado TBD
Frontier $29,985
Gladiator $38,765
Ranger $27,475
Ridgeline $39,435
Tacoma $28,365