2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2: Mid-Size Truck is a Jack of All trades!


By Autoreviewman

At the time of writing Chevrolet Canada offered a choice of no less than eight different models of its award winning mid-size Colorado pickup, equipped with various appearance packages. The Colorado is also available in either rear- or four-wheel drive, depending on model, with a choice of engines.

Our test ZR2 is the special Off Road model. Powered by the 3.6 liter V6,   offering best in class horsepower 308 hp with best in class and Torque 275 lb.-ft. The ZR2 has some serious off-road credentials in the form of:  Multimatic’s Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve (DSSV) dampers, with a 2-inch suspension lift and 3.5-inch-wider track, for both off-road rock crawling, and improved ride quality and performance on road. There is also a locking rear differential, a segment-exclusive locking front differential, more robustly engineered rear axle and front control arms, rock sliders, aluminum skid plates on the radiator, engine oil pan, and transfer case, and new aggressive looking front and rear bumpers designed for better approach and departure angles off road. Finally the 17-inch wheels are fitted with high performance 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tires. You also gain a cool, black contrasting power bulge and exterior graphics

The ZR2’s interior featured a large, neat, well apportioned cabin with big, comfortable seats. Everything seems well-built and of good quality. On the road performance is good, The V6-powered ZR2 delivers decent enough grunt, with plenty of acceleration and torque. The ZR2’ suspension is superb in my opinion the DSSV dampers have magical ability to offer good, steady ride on paved streets without the jumpiness and body roll you would associate with lift kit and long travel shocks. They provide a largely comfortable, forgiving ride. The steering is good, light, and dead on center steering.  We took the ZR2 to the wilds of Abbotsford, to a rough trail area where Colorado ZR2 performed very well, if not exceptionally thanks to its professional grade off- road hardware and suspension. With its controllable low end low-end torque, responsive four-wheel drive and the hyper aggressive tread on the Goodyear Duratrac tires, it made light work of the trails with ease. Nothing much to complain about. Overall, the Colorado is a very capable work, play and family vehicle, and the ZR2 is cream of the crop in this lineup. Highly recommended

2019 Chevrolet Colorado: Base priced from $23,000 – $38,000,

Colorado ZR2 model priced from: $47,000

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