Chevrolet Colorado vs. Nissan Frontier

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John Diether has been a professional writer, editor, and producer since 1997. His work can be found on TV, radio, web, and various publications throughout the world.  He is a graduate of Northwestern University and has a 1992 Cadillac Brougham d’Elegance in his garage. 


, Automotive Editor - March 31, 2015

After sitting out the last few models years, Chevy's midsize Colorado pickup returns with updated styling, a more sophisticated interior and improved road manners. The Nissan Frontier has long been considered a star of this class, and buyers keep coming back to it year after year. Sure, the Chevy is now a stronger competitor, but has it surpassed the stalwart Frontier?

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Colorado Highlights

The Colorado is styled along the lines of the brand's full-size Silverado. The cribbing results in a midsize pickup that looks more capable and expensive than it really is, which was obviously the goal. Ride and handling are far more civilized than you might expect in a truck of this size, and the interior sets a new standard of refinement and convenience in this class.

The standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine produces 200 horsepower, which should be enough for everyday driving and light hauling. The available 3.6-liter V6 delivers a stout 305 horsepower and allows the Canyon to tow up to 7,000 pounds.

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Frontier Highlights

No one can argue with the Frontier's proven durability over the long haul, a key reason for its success in the marketplace. The Pro-4X model is especially well-regarded among the adventure set for its outstanding off-road capability. We're especially fond of the Frontier's available bed extender, which could make you think twice about the need for a larger and more expensive vehicle.

The Frontier comes standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that puts out 152 horsepower. The optional 261-horsepower 4-liter V6 gives the Frontier the ability to tow up to 6,500 pounds.

Do We Still Like the Frontier More?

It's best to forget about the previous Colorado generation and take the new model for a spin with an open mind. You'll be impressed by how much refinement you get in what is essentially an entry-level pickup. As for the long-running Frontier, it's as capable as ever, but feels like a product of yesterday, probably because it is.

Our Verdict: Chevrolet Colorado

The newest midsize pickup on the market also happens to be the best.

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, Automotive Editor

John Diether has been a professional writer, editor, and producer since 1997. His work can be found on TV, radio, web, and various publications throughout the world.  He is a graduate of Northwestern University and has a 1992 Cadillac Brougham d’Elegance in his garage.