The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2: What the critics say
The Detroit News
Pickup drivers have been waiting for a compact off-road hellion bearing an American badge, and finally they have one. A “bad-tothe- bone” answer to Toyota’s Tacoma TRD Pro, the Colorado ZR2 is fully up to “fulfilling your off-road mechanical-bull fantasies.” And playing in dirt isn’t the only talent of this hopped-up edition of the small truck buyers have been snapping up since its 2015 release. Thanks to its Formula 1–tested suspension, the ZR2 is also “much more drivable on the way home.”
Basically, it’s “a factory-spec desert toy that’s nice enough to drive to work in.” But it does have fiaws. Though the exterior “looks killer,” the interior is “disappointingly bland,” and the power generated by the standard 3.6-liter, V-6 engine simply is not enough to propel 5,000 pounds of truck “with any sense of urgency.” An optional turbo-diesel engine has “quite a bit more low-end grunt,” but not enough to justify the presence of a nonfunctional hood scoop.
But the ZR2 “has a number of roles to fill, performance being just one of them.” How many other pickups can scale rock walls, provide 4G Wi-Fi, and make everyday commuting comfortable? At a $40,995 starting price, “it’s a good deal for someone who wants a truck that does everything.”