Chevy Colorado ZR2 vs Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Towing Comparison: How Do They Tow?

2018 chevy colorado zr2 toyota tacoma trd pro
Chevy Colorado ZR2 vs Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

We know that the Colorado ZR2 and the Tacoma TRD Pro are very good in tough off-road situations, but how do they perform at towing a 5,000 lbs trailer on the Ike Gauntlet? The Ike Gauntlet is the world’s toughest towing test because it covers eight miles up and down a 7% grade with the top elevation of 11,158 feet above sea level.

How does the ZR2 compare to the TRD Pro? Check out this Cliffhanger 2.0 off-road test to see how they stack up on a difficult mountain trail.

Chevy Colorado ZR2 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro
Engine 3.6L V6 3.5L V6
Power 308 hp / 308 lb-ft 278 hp / 265 lb-ft
Transmission 8-speed auto 6-speed auto
Rear Axle Ratio 3.42 3.91
Max Payload 1,220 lbs 1,000 lbs
Max Towing 5,000 lbs 6,400 lbs
GVWR 6,000 lbs 5,600 lbs
GCWR 10,300 lbs 11,360 lbs
MPG (EPA rating) 16/18/17 18/23/20
Price (as tested) $43,560 $45,087

Can you have an excellent midsize pickup truck that can also be a competent towing machine? There is definitely some compromise. The ZR2 has a much lower towing capacity when you compare it to a regular Chevy Colorado (7,000 lbs for a gas-powered Colorado).  The TRD Pro has a lower payload rating that other Tacomas.

EPA fuel economy ratings

Check out the Ike Gauntlet video for all of the details and trailering fun!

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