2018 Toyota Tacoma Pulls Ahead of the Nissan and Chevrolet Competition in Bel Air, MD

We took the latest Toyota Tacoma at its ruggedest most muscular, the V6-equipped Tacoma TRD Off-Road trim, featuring a double cab and 4x2 drivetrain. We pitted it against two of its stockiest rivals: the six-cylinder 2018 Nissan Frontier 4x2 crew cab and the inline-six, two-wheel-drive 2018 Chevy Colorado crew cab. The result was a battle royale. But in the winner's circle, 2018 Tacoma stood on its laurels. How did our compact pickup best the rest? Get a load of the matchup with a play-by-play, right here at Jones Toyota.

  • Just off the starting line, Tacoma showed off higher horsepower than its 2018 Frontier counterpart, 278 to 261, just a stride behind 2018 Colorado.
  • However, better city fuel economy than its challengers enabled Tacoma to take the lead. It offers 19 mpg among Baltimore city lights to a respective 16 and 18.
  • Tacoma stayed ahead, too, offering a longer cruising range of a whopping 441 miles on a full tank, great for that trip out of Cockeysville. Colorado came in second at 420 miles, followed by Frontier's 378.
  • Might Tacoma be overtaken? No, its superior standard towing and payload support keeps it the frontrunner. The former is 6,700 pounds, breezing past Frontier at 6300 and Colorado at 3500, while the latter is 1420 pounds, surpassing both Nissan's 1370 and Colorado at 1366.
  • Tacoma even rounded the curve and headed toward victory lane as the more maneuverable option, offering a turning circle of 40.6 feet from curb to curb, as Frontier and Colorado tried to catch up with but 43.58 feet and 41.3 feet respectively.
  • At race's end, the new Toyota Tacoma crossed the finish line the more reasonably priced choice when comparably equipped, breaking the tape at around $34,395. Colorado, the close second, weighed in at about $34,940, while Frontier required the highest investment, approximately $35,115.

However, there were two metrics that weren't gauged at the qualifier, and that was how well Tacoma excels at keeping you safe for the long haul, whether you're pleasure-cruising Lutherville-Timonium or headed off-grid from Parkville, MD. That owes, on the one hand, to a Star Safety System, building in vehicle stability and traction controls, anti-lock brakes, an electronic brake-force distribution feature with brake assist, and efficient Smart Stop tech. On the other, it's due to Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P), which loads Tacoma up with pre-collision brakes, a pedestrian detector, alerts for lane departure, auto high beams, and a dynamic radar cruise control. The best part? They're advancements neither opponent can match, and they're all standard

Looking to see more of 2018 Toyota Tacoma and how it fares in action? You'll find a trucker's selection of other trims to test out here at Jones Toyota. Come by 1508 Belair Road or call us at (443) 686-7130 to schedule some time behind the wheel, and we'll talk shop on all you can look forward to!

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