2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2: Overview Review

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Are you in the mood for a different kind of mid-size pickup truck? The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, the winner of our most recent head-to-head comparison, is unique in the segment, offering special features and technology that make it one of the top off-road players anywhere without the typical sacrifices to payload and towing capacity. If you want a good overview of where the ZR2 fits into the segment, how well it performs on- and off-road, and what kind of safety and audio technology sits inside, you'll want to read this piece. Click here for the full story.

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Comments

In some ways, it's actually a more cost-effective competitor for the Ford Raptor. Good job, Chevy!

Let's see how it stacks up against the new Jee JT truck when it arrives --- strengths and weaknesses.

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Thus will be my next truck.

Mine looks just like that one. I did not try out the Taco, as they are having issues with the new motor. Tried out the Raptor, Canyon Denali and Colorado Z71, the ZR2 seemed to ride a little firmer, like no body roll going around corners like others.

Was going to wait for the Ranger mini Raptor and Jeep JT but had 250,000 miles on my truck and I thin I made a great choice.
Still learning all the things on this truck

Everyone should drive midsize trucks. Full-size trucks are too big and heavy and all ride badly. Midsize trucks are just right.

@Dave
I'd say you made a great choice. I really like these trucks.

I will keep my two Toyota Tacoma's thank you very much!

@Dave.....Nice choice, did you get the diesel like the one pictured, or did you go with the gasser. My buddy got the diesel and he gets 8mpg better than my 2017 Colorado V6. The other thing was i noticed how his diesel is better suited for off road with the diesel torque, it just idles over obstacles. I am trading my gas in for a Diesel next month.

@papajim
You are making a great choice. I like smaller trucks. You get more for your money.

@Dave.... Great choice. My friend is on his second GM midsize diesel.(upgraded to fully loaded truck) He got excellent trade-in on his first diesel.

We are not going to build a smaller than full size for 30 or40k people, if you need a truck you should buy a Ford f-150. Where is the Ford Ranger????????

I bought my Chevy Colorado 2017 it's white on July 31 2017...I just love it...

Everyone should drive midsize trucks. Full-size trucks are too big and heavy and all ride badly. Midsize trucks are just right.
Posted by: james | Oct
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My 08 Silverado rides perfect,but then I know how to adjust tire presure ! !

Midsize are too small for my needs,,such as carying heavy long loads such as my truck camper,,also I like regular cab and 8 foot box..
Still get 26 mpg with my 4 speed auto..

I'm not buying any vehicle without a minimal blind spot detection system. Front impact detection would be nice too.

Sure I've driven 30 accident-free years without them, but for a mid40k vehicle not to have it is sad.

You can get blind spot on the LT. But I don't want an LT.

@papajim.... Great choice. You will get excellent trade-in.

@Dave.... Terrific choice.

@Dave.... Great choice.

@papajim.... Great choice.

Thanks guys. I have thought it over and decided the ZR2 will be a bad buy for me. Thanks anyway.

GM builds the best trucks.

Thanks guys. I have thought it over and decided the ZR2 will be a bad buy for me. Thanks anyway. Posted by: papajimmy | Oct 22, 2017

NOT the real Papajim

Nitro's mommy must have taken the car keys back till he learns to behave. He seems to have a lot of time on his hands for a boy that age. Or is Playstation crapped out.

papajim,
Are you getting the diesel or the V6?

Good selection of vehicle.

I do recall you stated you wanted a Suburban but couldn't afford one and now you want the ZR2.

Did you come into some cash, or did someone finally employ you?

I will need to see how this truck rides first. As I have stated before, all halfton trucks ride like crap ( source: WIKIPEDIA, as I never drove one).

Great review!! This is exactly what I was trying to tell the Tacoma fan-boys in the other article on the Midnight and Dust Editions! This is a fantastic truck!! If more Tacoma owners would cross shop and look at the ZR2 they would find it an overall much better vehicle! Glad they did the review so they can READ IT and realize it!
GREAT JOB GM on this vehicle! NOW give us a high performance SUV to match the SRT models Dodge/Jeep offers

@Oxi yes you really do need to own 2 tacomas, when one fails you need the other one while it gets repaired!

Nitro forgets who he's pretending to be now and then. Seems like it happens more often lately.

@Oxi yes you really do need to own 2 tacomas, when one fails you need the other one while it gets repaired!

Posted by: Fred | Oct 22, 2017 2:18:18 PM

If I was in the market for current mid size trucks, I would buy the ZR2 over the Toyota based on features. You on the other hand, are being a little silly with your statement. IMHO, GM should have used the 4.3L instead of the 3.6L. They will probably offer a 5.3 after/if Ford puts a 2.7 Eco in their Ranger. It will force everyone to up the ante in powertrains. That, is a good thing.

Everyone should drive midsize trucks.

Sometimes you feel the Colorado jerk a little when you are in a lower gear of it's 8 speeds.

Go check motor trend they did something whit the Ford raptor,dodge and zr2 in Canada Ford people be surprise

they will probably offer a 5.3 after/if Ford puts a 2.7 Eco in their Ranger. It will force everyone to up the ante in powertrains. Posted by: 2.7EcoBoostRoost | Oct 22, 2017

@2.7ecoboostroost

GM has had an awesome twin turbo 3.6 for several years. You should check it out.

It's the LF4; makes 464 hp (346 kW) @ 5850 RPM. 445 lb·ft (603 N·m) @ 3500 RPM. No need to stuff a V8 into the midsizer if that's what you like.

This is one of the best articles I have come across. Keep up the good work.

@ Fred,

Listen moron, my 2010 is paid for and is built as an expedition off-roader, not going t give that up while my 2016 is my daily driver!

Your blind hatred for Toyota shows you have a bias, and nobody likes a bias!

@ Fred,

By the way, I have NO unscheduled maintenance on both my Tacoma's, so come again with your liberal fabrications...

Geez, not even on here this weekend, and papa blames me for his bipolar disorder. Nice try, maybe its because you are so confused at who you are?

This truck doesn't sell hardly anything now, this will not change anything.

Nitro forgets who he's pretending to be now and then. Seems like it happens more often lately. Posted by: papajim | Oct 22, 2017

@Nitro

Were you and Frank video-taping another one of those Sonic commercials where Frank gets to sit shotgun and wear the colorful shirts?

How come you have to play the nerdy driver and Frank gets all the clever punch-lines?

I flew into the South Lake Tahoe, CA mountain resort this weekend in the 4 seat Cessna 172 (180hp) with three buddy's and 3 mountain bikes (dismantled) and we did some off roading along the lake and in the foothills of the Heavenly Valley ski resort (single track in the woods). Just quiet and beautiful and peaceful being immersed in the redwoods. We came across this cab over, and my friends (who don't have trucks) were intrigued enough to stop. I had to tell them that it is called a Cab Over. It had much bigger tires for when the snow season sets in which is probably only weeks away.
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I couldn't help but wonder, AGAIN, who will be the first to put a bed on the back of a van. But of course, the market doesn't exist as Ford claimed with the mid size. And of course I realize the cab over truck in USA was a flop some 30-40 years ago. One can't help but realize that a full size would easily be a mid size in this configuration, and that a lot has changed in 40 years. Maybe VW will bring it back with the micro bus in ~2021.
We were even skyping one guys brother in Morocco, while we were literally peddling on the trail to show him a bear off in the meadow. And I would of never guessed 25 years ago, while I was traveling in Morocco Africa, that free Skype video technology would of been possible only 25 years later. Need more open minded thoughts.

Your blind hatred for Toyota shows you have a bias, and nobody likes a bias!

Posted by: oxi | Oct 23, 2017 3:13:46 AM
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Hello pot, meet Kettle.

Your blind hatred for everything not Toyota shows your BIAS... and YES nobody likes your bias or your comments for that matter.

I realize the cab over truck in USA was a flop some 30-40 years ago.

@angelo

Have you ever been on the interstate? There are cab-over 18 wheelers in abundance. For years. Forever.

The cab over design is perfect for any application where parking and maneuvering is a bigger deal than extending the wheelbase.

@Papajim
Yes, 18 wheelers clearly. But in consumer market the VW bus seems to of been the only mid size pickup that gained some traction in consumer space in us, and that didn't really take off.

I thought you told me it was a flop in consumer market about 2 years ago. But now I don't know who's the real papajim because so many people bad mouth you, even when your opinions have some credence. And so many spins of your name are coming out.

@angelo

Cab over pickups. Ok.

Until the last 35 years or so, pickups were for guys in Construction, or guys who worked on the farm. Tight parking spots aren't really a problem on the farm or the jobsite.

Tight parking is more of an urban/suburban thing and the average pickup wasn't much a part of those environs until the last few decades.

Today, many guys who use their trucks at work buy pickups that have nice interiors and lots of seating for their families. I don't think the cabover really caught on with that crowd. Plus unless you really like it, driving a cabover is like riding a pogo stick---it puts you right over the front axle.

A bit bouncy.

@ DB,

Bullshyt! I am not joining the liberal media fairytale that they have for this wanna-be small truck.

GM is a failed company, why on earth would I buy from a failed company? GM lost my respect when they got bailed out, that is not a bias, I base my opinions on FACTS!

GM is a failed company, why on earth would I buy from a failed company? GM lost my respect when they got bailed out, that is not a bias, I base my opinions on FACTS!


Posted by: oxi | Oct 24, 2017 9:19:46 AM

The Tacoma is a faiped truck. The 3rd gen just won Consumer Report's "Least Reliable Midsize Truck" for the 2nd year in a row, Toyota just lost a HUGE billion dollar lawsuit for junk frames that rot away, the 3rd gen Tacoma has already been recalled for engines that stall and rear axles with bad differentials. The 2017 TRD Pro got owned by the ZR2 in every comparison on the planet. The 3rd gen is a rusty joke.

@ Brick,

You liberals are so mis-guided.

Tacoma sales are the best in class proving your blind hatred is not working on folks that are buying them more than the GM.

CR is liberal media at its best. They recommend humans to buy Prius and small suv's, is that where you want to get your truck advice from? Really?

Your blind hatred for Toyota shows in your typical rant that only a jealous little boy would have because he did not get what Johnny did for x-mas.

I have owned Toyota trucks for 25 years, have you for 1 month? Not once have I had frame issues, engine or axle issues, not once.

I own a 2010 and 2016, and both have NO issues! So your liberal hate agenda has some major flaws to it.

So explain why Texas just voted the TRD Pro as best mid-size truck? You follow dumb liberal magazines that know little of trucks, so keep following them as scripture, while the rest of the nation continues to buy and praise Toyota trucks!

Hint: it's called the real world and not your liberal on campus bubble!

@oxi--You need to take a chill pill. You are a Toyota fan and like Tacomas, that is your choice. The Colorado is a good and competitive truck. Nothing wrong with having competition. Not everyone who wants a midsize truck is going to buy a Tacoma just as not everyone who wants to buy a full size pickup is going to buy a F-150 regardless of which is the best selling. I have very few complaints and I am overall satisfied with my 1999 S-10 and 2008 Isuzu I-370 both I have had since new--both have been very reliable and both have served me well. I am not going to push my preferences on others. Nothing wrong with the Tacoma but I like what I have. I am far from a liberal and I am also not a right wing extremist. Much better to have a civil conversation and respect each others differences than to resort to name calling which will not convince anyone it will just make them more resistant to you viewpoint.

@oxi--You need to take a chill pill. You are a Toyota fan and like Tacomas, that is your choice. The Colorado is a good and competitive truck. Nothing wrong with having competition. Not everyone who wants a midsize truck is going to buy a Tacoma just as not everyone who wants to buy a full size pickup is going to buy a F-150 regardless of which is the best selling. I have very few complaints and I am overall satisfied with my 1999 S-10 and 2008 Isuzu I-370 both I have had since new--both have been very reliable and both have served me well. I am not going to push my preferences on others. Nothing wrong with the Tacoma but I like what I have. I am far from a liberal and I am also not a right wing extremist. Much better to have a civil conversation and respect each others differences than to resort to name calling which will not convince anyone it will just make them more resistant to you viewpoint.



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