2018 Ford F-150 vs Chevrolet Colorado

May 30th, 2018 by

2018 Ford F-150 vs Chevrolet Colorado

The market is starting to fall in love with midsize pickup trucks, again, which is good news for a segment that used to be the Cinderella story of the American pickup world.How does one of best midsize trucks fares against the undisputed king of the full-size light-duty segment, the 2018 Ford F-150? Let’s put the F-150 up against the Chevrolet Colorado and see how they compare.

What About The Way They Look?

If there’s one area where trucks of different sizes should be able to compete on an even keel, it’s how they look. The F-150 is an undeniably attractive pickup with much of the stance and swagger it needs, but it’s pretty basic. The F-150 could probably offer a little more style without buyers having to spring for a Raptor.

2018 Chevrolet Colorado Exterior

The Chevrolet Colorado is one of the best-looking trucks out there of this or any other size. Surprisingly, you’ll get a hint of Camaro in the front fascia and the muscular, curvy looks you’d expect in a truck. Other than it being smaller, the Chevrolet Colorado beats the F-150 in style points for sure.

How Do They Perform?

This category is a tough one, because the Chevy Colorado is a midsize while the F-150 is a full-size truck. The Chevy Colorado does pretty well for its class, with a maximum payload of 1,574 pounds and maximum towing capacity of 7,700 pounds. Those numbers get dominated by the best-in-class F-150, which offers drivers a 3,270-pound payload and 13,200-pound tow capacity of the F-150. It may not be a fair fight, but capability is one fight that the 2018 Ford F-150 wins handily.

Can I Customize My Truck?

The truck world is one area where buyers have options–and some may argue too many options. That’s especially the case with the Ford F-150. Buyers have to choose not only from seven different trim levels, but also three cabs, three bed lengths, and no less than five different engines. Tack on to those choices more than a dozen exterior colors and nearly 20 interior options and you can customize your way to truck heaven if that’s your desire.

2018 Ford F-150 Options

The Chevy Colorado can’t quite compete with those options, but it’s not forcing buyers into cookie-cutter Colorados either. Two cabs, three engines, and five trims offer midsize truck buyers plenty of options, but it’s not quite as customizable as the F-150 is.

Will I Win at the Gas Pump?

This one seems like a no-brainer–a midsize truck with a turbodiesel engine has to be better on gas than a full-size truck right? Well, not necessarily. Until recently, the 2.8-liter Duramax diesel in the Colorado would have taken the honors here with its EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 22 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg combined.

However, now that the F-150 has its new turbodiesel available, the F-150 can actually deliver exactly the same ratings as the best the Chevy Colorado has to offer. Depending on your point of view, that’s either a dead heat or a win for the Ford.

The Verdict Is In

With some very stylish versions available and a considerably lower starting price than the 2018 Ford F-150, the Chevrolet Colorado is a great option for those wanting to bridge the sizable gap between a sedan and the capability of a pickup truck. But in a head to head with the all-conquering Ford F-150, you’ll only have one winner–and that’s the F-150.

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