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Colorado Z71 vs. Frontier Pro-4X vs. Tacoma TRD Pro.
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By: Benson Kong
December 1, 2014


Why does anyone drive midsize pickup trucks? Per a recent Maritz market research study polling new vehicle customers, it's certainly not to go bombing down rutted trails (7 percent of respondents off-road once a month or more frequently) or for the towing ability (67 percent don't tow anything). Of those who do tow, 8 percent knowingly hook up more than 3,500 lbs (and furthering a troubling and all-too-common trend, 35 percent fess they have no clue what the weight of the objects behind them are). So we casually asked friends and acquaintances with midsize pickups: Why?

The answers condense to "I like sitting up high," "I like the size," "I grew up driving a truck," "I want to carry something big once a year," or most simply, "I like it." Basically, trucks are day-to-day transportation that just so happen to have a bed astern. With the responses filed into the back of our minds, we were ready for a three-way between 2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71, 2015 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X, and 2015 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro. It may look like we deliberately gathered the off-pavement oriented trims for each model, but the selection was more circumstantial than anything else.

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I want one so bad! I still hav 32 months left on my finance deal on my Cruze exactly 8g's. I guess by the time i am ready for one of the mid-size twins there will be a denali, ZR2 & perhaps a syclone/extreme waiting for me (I hope) GM is going to sell a decent amount of these and if they are cheeky enough with marketing can possibly say they are the Largest seller of Pickups in the USA!(Chevy as brand at least)
 

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Nice to see GM not just make a showing but to actually win. They really did hit it out of the ball park this time. Too bad I cant have a regular cab long bed combo though.
Ditto on the regular cab long bed , no regular cab no long bed no sale .
 

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It is an excuse for people to claim they want a truck but no one makes it so boo hoo. Stop lying you never would buy a regular cab long bed for the money it is cheaper to produce the sizes we currently see. Until there is a sport model for actual street performance this excuse can eat a can of doo doooooo!
 

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Here's hoping it does well in the marketplace.
Year 1 it will be fine. Year 2 and 3 will be interesting though, with the other two releasing their new models. GM will have all the momentum, but will it last...
 

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My next truck. Crewcab, 3.6L, Z-71, LTZ. Time to trade my too-big F-150 2011 Lariat next June. I only wish the Ford Ranger were available in N.A. I'm sure it would be very competitive.
 

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Seems like a nice truck. 7.4 secs is disappointing. My Srx weighs 4300 lbs and has fwd and will do it 6.8 secs. Drop the 4wd from the twins and that might get them down below 7 secs and the weight into the 4300s
 

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Year 1 it will be fine. Year 2 and 3 will be interesting though, with the other two releasing their new models. GM will have all the momentum, but will it last...
I think the new GM twins caught them off guard. Even with a total redesign of the other two, the GM trucks will still hold their own if the market accepts them right away IMHO.
 

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It is an excuse for people to claim they want a truck but no one makes it so boo hoo. Stop lying you never would buy a regular cab long bed for the money it is cheaper to produce the sizes we currently see. Until there is a sport model for actual street performance this excuse can eat a can of doo doooooo!
How about the way Ford does it, with a bit more space between the seat and cab wall? That way it isn't so "useless".
 

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Year 1 it will be fine. Year 2 and 3 will be interesting though, with the other two releasing their new models. GM will have all the momentum, but will it last...
I doubt it will. Frontier drivers may defect and former owners of out-of-production compacts/mid-sizers might jump back in but I don't see the Taco drivers being willing to consider the GM twins as equivalents worthy of consideration.
 

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It is an excuse for people to claim they want a truck but no one makes it so boo hoo. Stop lying you never would buy a regular cab long bed for the money it is cheaper to produce the sizes we currently see. Until there is a sport model for actual street performance this excuse can eat a can of doo doooooo!
Hilluxx and myself are both driving RCs.

They had the single cab already for Thailand - and a flatbed version in AUS. I think it's not about cost so much as the feeling that the RC 8ft Silvy is the LD workhorse and the Colo is lifestyle-y.
 
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