2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 and 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro: By the Numbers

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With the introduction of the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, there is now a challenger to the 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro’s off-road dominance in the mid-size pickup truck segment. While we haven’t had a chance to get this duo together yet to see how they match up on a trail or do in some rock crawling (hopefully soon), it’s still interesting to see how they match up on paper.

There are important differences to note right off the bat. The Colorado ZR2 is offered in both extended and double-cab configurations, while the Tacoma TRD Pro is only offered with the double cab. Extended-cab versions of the ZR2 only seat four passengers, while the other two cabs seat five. There are two engine options in the ZR2, while the TRD Pro only has one engine but two transmission options.

Now let’s dive into the details.

Engine and Powertrain

Colorado ZR2:

  • 308 horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6, 275 pounds-feet of torque, eight-speed automatic (gas); 186-hp, turbo-diesel 2.8-liter four-cylinder, 369 pounds-feet of torque, six-speed automatic (diesel)
  • Standard four-wheel drive; front and rear locking differentials
  • Fuel economy: 16/18/17 mpg city/highway/combined (gas); 19/22/20 mpg (diesel)
  • Axle ratio: 3.42

Tacoma TRD Pro:

  • 278 hp, 3.5-liter V-6, 265 pounds-feet of torque; six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard four-wheel drive; automatic limited-slip differential; locking rear differential
  • Fuel economy: 17/21/18 mpg (manual); 18/23/20 mpg (automatic)
  • Axle ratio: 4.30 (manual); 3.91 (automatic)

Dimensions and Clearances

  • Wheels: 17-inch wheels (ZR2); 16-inch wheels (TRD Pro)
  • Tires: 265/65R17 Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac all-terrain tires (ZR2); 265/70R16 Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain tires (TRD Pro)
  • Curb weight: 4,985 pounds with the diesel, 4,734 pounds with the gas (ZR2); 4,445 pounds with the manual, 4,425 pounds with the automatic (TRD Pro)
  • Height/width/length: 72.2/76.7/212.4 inches (ZR2); 71.6/75.2/212.3 inches (TRD Pro)
  • Ground clearance: 8.9 inches (ZR2); 9.4 inches (TRD Pro)

Towing and Hauling   

  • Maximum trailer weight: 5,000 pounds (ZR2); 6,400 pounds with Tow Package (TRD Pro)
  • Maximum payload: 1,100 pounds (ZR2); 1,155 pounds with the manual, 1,175 pounds with the automatic (TRD Pro)


Our final number is also an important one: price. These two are very evenly matched on this front — the 2017 Colorado ZR2 starts at $40,995 (including destination charges), while the 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro is slightly more expensive, starting at $41,920 for manual models and $43,920 for those with the automatic.

Cars.com photos by Matt Avery and Mark Williams

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Posted by: PATRIOT

Bye andn please take Mark gear indicator with you.

Maybe cars.com is but I haven't seen any political statements on this site so I have no idea why those comments are posted here.

I haven't seen any political statements on this site


During the last week Cars.com was included in some news reports as having dropped their ads on Sean Hannity's Fox News TV show. Cars.com owns PUTC

Could be why "Patriot" is bugged about it. Just a guess.

In a few years you'll all be arguing which one of these trucks is the 2nd best behind the Ranger Raptor.

In a few years you'll all be arguing which one of these trucks is the 2nd best behind the Ranger Raptor.

by: holycamoly | May 26, 2017 8:36:32 AM

Yes, the Ford faithful, living in the past or dreaming about the future. What they never have is something worth owning, now. Where is the Ranger?

Love the new cheating Gm with diesel emissions, whats next? First weight cheating to fudge payload and towing, then hide the ignition key issues, current engine issues with the 5.3 engine, chevy shakes and spark plug problems, now the emissions cheat, not looking good for Gm.

Cars.com tried to do harm to Hannity.

Cars.com and PUTC.com are connected to the Gannett Press, a leftwing News organ which grinds out Democrat propaganda. Stop patronizing this business. Check out the Daily Record and Asbury Park Press in New Jersey. They are controlled by the Gannett syndicate.

Boycott cars.com and Mark William's PUTC.com. And no matter how much they try to spread the damage, keep the focus on this business. We are the lion and these scumbags are a hyena pack. The lion may win or lose, but he should choose one hyena and put all his retaliation on that one as an example never letting him retreat for others to take his spot.

@Walt, Cars.com is trying to get Sean Hannity fired for reporting Seth Rich's murder.

Aaron Bragman from Cars.com/PUTC, you guys made a huge mistake.

I am really disappointedin Cars.com for cancelling ads on Sean Hannity's show. It appears that Cars.com/PUTC does not support Free Speech for Republicans in America. If Republicans are no longer welcome here, then we will no longer be able to do business here which I previously held as a great, American, nonpartisan company. Sad.

👉Hannity Fans Won't forget #IStandWithHannity

Uh-oh! More twouble in paradise for GM:


in a world that seeks boring, easily produced vehicles for the masses for high profits for shareholders while we get the shaft!

Love the new cheating Gm with diesel emissions, whats next? First weight cheating to fudge payload and towing, then hide the ignition key issues, current engine issues with the 5.3 engine, chevy shakes and spark plug problems, now the emissions cheat, not looking good for Gm.
Posted by: Nitro | May 26, 2017 9:58:37 AM

"First weight cheating to fudge payload and towing"

They stole that idea from Ford.
"According to Automotive News, both Ford and General Motors advertise higher payload capacities by removing factory parts from their models—such as bumpers and spare tires—and then calculating the payload capacity from the modified truck’s curb weight. Ford has been doing it with its heavy-duty Super Duty pickups since the 2011 model year; GM started with the 2014 model year due to, it says, competitive pressures.

On the latest F-450, Ford removes not only the spare tire and vehicle jack but also tosses the entire radio and center console."



And then there was the time Ford sprinkled magic fairy dust on the 2013 F-150 and found more towing capacity despite not changing a single thing:

"Speaking of towing, in 2011 Ford initially claimed the 3.7-liter V6 SuperCab 4x2 could tow up to 5,800 pounds and assigned it a GCWR (Gross Combined Weight Rating) of 11,100 pounds. Then the 2013 Ram 1500 V6 Quad Cab 4x2 came out with a 6,100-pound maximum tow rating and 11,200-pound GCWR.

After that, something odd happened. Ford reexamined its internal test results and decided the 3.7-liter V6 SuperCab 4x2 could tow up to 6,400 pounds at a GCWR of 11,700 pounds: a 600-pound increase despite zero physical changes. According to a source, the introduction of the 2013 Ram V6 had nothing to do with this."

Which lead to this unsurprising result:

"And then we made a second run with 300 extra pounds to account for its claimed towing advantage over the Ram, landing just 85 pounds shy of its revised GCWR. This time the transmission temperature gauge nudged toward the yellow mark. At mile 9 an over-temp warning dominated the driver information screen, accompanied by an automatic power cut."

What a joke.


"then hide the ignition key issues"

Ford is the all time legend of hiding defects. The Pintos, the 80's transmissions that would run their owners over after the transmission would slip out of park, the Ford Explorer rollovers where they decided to air down the tires instead of fixing the garbage suspension design, the cruise control fires that took the last 15+ years to finally acknowledge and recall (AND THEY STILL HAVEN'T RECALLED ALL OF THEM), the exploding Ford Crown Vic patrol cars (well over 100 documented rear end collisions resulting in death of police officers, the ongoing brake failures on their F-150 ecoboost trucks, etc etc etc.


"current engine issues with the 5.3 engine"

There are no 'current issues' with the new 5.3 V8 and you know it. You've always tried to float this idea that the new 5.3 consumes oil or some other crap, yet there's zero evidence to support it.

The king junk engines continues to hold on to their crowning achievement, the 3.5 Ecobust. Another year comes and goes and Ford refuses to use a better timing chain or stop putting their water pump in the middle of the engine where it leaks into the oil. The new 2017 Ecoboost, still using those cheap inverted tooth timing chains and junk cam phasers.


Meanwhile, the 2.7 Ecoboost has junk heads that lead to ALL the engine oil disappearing.

"Love the new cheating Gm with diesel emissions, whats next?"

Ford will be next. This lawsuit doesn't involve federal regulators, it was filed by a Seattle law firm by the name of Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP. They get rich by specializing in class action lawsuits against anybody that can afford to pay big money settlements. They've figured out ways to win big money settlements by going after diesel vehicles and they're going from one manufacturer to the next. They've already sued VW, Cummins, Fiat Chrysler, GM (over the Cruze), and now the GM Duramax.

They WILL be suing Ford. But go on, celebrate and cheer on those blood-sucking lawyer con-artists.

@ Grizzly aka GMSUCKS/johnny dumb dumb doeby; where u have time to put together such a long post tells me you reside in a trailer park with nothing better to do than wanking off...

It's we'll known in the industry all car makers will do necessary to make certain numbers for their advertising gimmicks...take for example;
Fiat's new Demon; impressive numbers for bragging rights but all based on an empty shell of a car with driver's seat only (u can still option in later passenger/rear seats etc for $1.00 each)

I don't care how you justify it, the bumper still looks like a bunch of tech school body tech softmores hacked off the bumper. Let's see how the approach angles compare when GM publishes them - then we'll see how it "functions" Taco has 35D. Stock the Colorado is 17D. I'll be surprised if GM matched the Taco with the bumper hack. Just for comparasion the Raptor is a 30D approach angle.

Arguing about FE of performance offroad trucks. You guys will argue about anything. Get a spark or walk if you're too cheap, broke or both to fill the tank up.

No one said the ZR2 gets the same mileage as the regular Colorado. They pointed out the fact that the EPA ratings are incorrect for the ZR2 diesel and Colorado diesel. They both get about 20 percent better mpg than the EPA says, and this is always the case for diesel vehicles the the EPA rates. All owners and independent testers will tell you they get much better mileage than the EPA rates them for.

Please learn how to read or think (whatever the case may be), because no one is an island, and you affect everyone else.

So, the Colrado is rated for 29, but gets about 32 or more. The ZR2 is rated at 22, but gets about 25.

Let's see how the approach angles compare when GM publishes them - then we'll see how it "functions" Taco has 35D. Stock the Colorado is 17D. I'll be surprised if GM matched the Taco with the bumper hack. Just for comparasion the Raptor is a 30D approach angle.
Posted by: Grnzel1 | May 30, 2017 5:59:52 AM

They've already released the approach, breakover, and departure angles.

30deg approach
23.5deg breakover
23.5deg departure
8.9" ground clearance
Rated drive in water up to 26" deep

While you're obsessing over angles, you should note that the ZR2 also has its transfer case and exhaust tucked up above the bottom of the frame. Despite the TRD Pro having a 0.5" advantage in ground clearance, Toyota couldn't be bothered to adequately protect their low hanging transfer case and exhaust yet again. It's not uncommon to bust the big plastic actuator mounted to the back of the transfer case off on a rock. The thin little sheetmetal shield Toyota bolts to the T-case is worthless and will still result in major damage.


Did anyone here goto Overland Expo West in Flagstaff? Plenty of 3rd gen Tacoma's there. Chevy Colorado's? No so much.

You guys can talk shop all you want, the off-road community says otherwise. I live in Utah and see Jeeps, Toyotas, Land Rovers on the trail all the time. It is rare that I see a Chevy doing any of the harder trails. Those brands have off-road heritage and tons of aftermarket support. Chevy's are good for mudding. If you enjoy that kind of off-roading then good for you.

I purchased a 2017 Tacoma TRD Offroad because I liked the look and some of the technology. I put a nice lift and tires and wheels and it looked spectacular. However, the motor is terrible! The Atkinson Cycle motor is super slow off the start, and the low horsepower does not work well when climbing hills on the freeway. I was so disappointed that I traded in my beautiful Taco for the 2018 Chevy ZR2. More roomy, better interior (leather), locking front/rear differential and 308 horsepower. The Multimatic Shocks ride great and the truck can take off from a standing start to enter a freeway or climb a hill. I am glad I made the switch to the Chevrolet as I feel I can tow my dirt bike to the desert and don't need a push from someone to get me going.....

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