The Chevrolet Colorado is rolling out smoothly across Canada, and its mid-size footprint is drawing some attention. It’s aimed directly at the aging Toyota Tacoma, with available four-cylinder and V6 engines, although in the Chevy’s case, its optional 3.6L pushes out 305 hp and its automatic transmission has one extra speed for six total. Inside, the Colorado stands out with its up-to-date materials and design, and the rear seats in the crew cab versions aren’t torturous. Only not being able to order a basic two-up cab with an eight-foot bed takes some of the joy away.

However, where the Colorado really wins is in the wallet. MSRP on the mid-level LT is $34,000 or $35,151 after freight and fees. On a 36-month lease at 0.9 percent with 20,000 km/year, the monthly payment is only $508 with a $19,687 residual at the end. A similarly specced Tacoma nets out nearly $60 a month more.

While Ford has made big news out of its latest aluminum-bodied F-150, the good news is that on paper at least, the weight-saving benefits are numerous. Even though the base 3.5L V6 produces less power than before – 285 – it has a few-hundred kilograms less mass to push, so acceleration and towing haven’t suffered. And should you need more juice to haul tools or equipment, three other powerplants with various levels of power are available.

The exterior design is familiar enough, and the improvements made inside are too numerous to list. A base XL trim regular-cab with the optional eight-foot box and four-wheel drive, comes to $33,299 before $2,100 worth of basic options like power windows, SYNC and more. There’s also a $3,500 delivery credit that more than cancels out the $1,800 worth of fees, bringing the total price to $33,699. A 36-month deal at 2.29 percent, with 25,000 km/year allowance rings in at $677 a month.

And finally filling the Flippin’ Large category is the GMC Sierra HD in 2500 form, which offers a stout 6.0L V8 with 360 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque, along with a six-speed automatic and optional four-wheel drive. Specced in basic Work Truck form, this regular-cab long-box is happy to take years of job-site abuse with a built-like-a-tank chassis and the only independent front suspension in its class.

Unfortunately, even with a $4,900 credit, the optional 6.6L Duramax turbo-diesel V8 is unattainable, mainly due to the less-than-ideal 7.99 percent rates GM is offering on these beasts. With an MSRP of $42,200, a 60 month lease with a 20K/year limit comes to $715 a month, leaving an $11,439 residual after the five-year term.

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