For years the mid-size truck game has been knowingly ruled by the Toyota Tacoma. Their TRD Pro proved to be the best mid-size off-roading option around. Ford then produced the much larger full-sized F-150 Raptor in an attempt to deliver some competition at the expensive of a lot of unnecessary size and actual added expense. Fast forward to present day, and Chevrolet releases the Colorado ZR2 that brings a worthy competitor to the mid-size off-roading game.
Upon first look at the Colorado ZR2 you can already see beyond the decals how this truck differs from the other models. Besides the aggressive tires and lifted stance, the front has been modified to allow access to the tires for a better crawl experience. The real magic, however, is inside. The truck comes with two different options under the hood. The first, is a 3.5L V6 that delivers 308hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. The second, nicknamed the “baby duramax”, is a 2.8L Duramax turbo diesel engine that brings 181hp and a whopping 369 lb-ft of torque. If you’re into off-roading, you already know the significance of that second number. Finishing off the truck are a few more key features, arguably one of the most important being the Multimatic Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve (DSSV) shocks which were designed just for this truck. To give a very brief summary of what these do, they essentially provide different profiles based on wheel travel for the truck, and know when and which to use. This prevents the truck from bottoming out during jumps yet allow flex during slow travel. This enables it to not only serve as a great crawler, but also a desert runner and a smooth drive on the road. If you want to read more about these awesome advanced shocks, check out an article here. And finally to finish off the the awesomeness that makes up this truck, it also has a unique rear and front locking diff that can be locked by the flip of a switch as well as a plethora of underbody skid plates that serve as an under armor for the truck as well as rock sliders. So save your money, and don’t put a lift kit on your truck.
Although all of this sounds great, it really is hard to grasp how well something is going to do just by the pieces that it’s built with. But fear not, the Colorado ZR2 has been tested with what most would agree is great success. Check out this article of a stock Colorado ZR2 conquering the notorious Rubicon trail in northern California without the use of a single tow strap. If you know what a Rubicon is, you’ll know that any trail named after it must serve some technical challenge. If you don’t know what a Rubicon is, just know that it’s not an easy drive through the hills.
There is often a lot of hype around a new vehicle or any product of that matter which eventually leads to disappointment. Based off of everything seen so far, there is reason to believe that that is not the case when talking about the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2. It has all of the tools to take the crown as the mid-size off-roading king and is showing no signs of failing to do so.
Want to see an in-depth review of this truck in action? Watch this video provided by the guys at The Fast Lane Truck.
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