Where Did We Drive It?
June was a month of variety for our 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2. We drove to Disneyland, one hour in each direction on the freeway. The truck spent an afternoon as a sawhorse. On one particular night, though, it wasn't even good enough for the dog to ride in. It sat parked for four days in a dealership service center.
Thankfully, it spent the end of the month in its element as a support vehicle for an off-road comparison test in the Inyo National Forest. It was an eventful month.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
With more than 16,000 miles on the odometer, our Colorado ZR2 might have found its fuel-economy happy place. We drove 1,377 miles in June and added 3.9 gallons of diesel exhaust fluid, but the truck didn't seem to notice. Despite the mileage accumulation, none of the following mpg markers budged from the previous month.
Average lifetime mpg: 21.4
EPA mpg rating: 20 combined (19 city/22 highway)
Best fill mpg: 25.7
Best range: 513.3 miles
Current odometer: 16,604 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
We dropped off our Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 for maintenance at Martin Cadillac on a Thursday. It wasn't ready for pick up until Monday. What took so long? It was due for its 15,000-mile service, which included an oil and oil filter change, tire rotation and safety inspections. There were also three open recalls:
17466 — Reprogram the instrument cluster to remedy a timing-belt warning message
17337 — Reprogram the engine control module to fix a diesel particulate matter sensor error
17345 — Inspect the shock absorbers for fractures (ours were OK)
Chevy Complete Care is good for two years or 24,000 miles of free maintenance, so the only cost this time was four days out of service.
"My wife, daughter and I decided to go to Lazy Dog cafe for dinner, and they welcome pets on their patio with water and a separate menu. I went to load our black Lab, Rosella, into the ZR2, but I'd forgotten how badly its rear-seat folding scheme works. The 60/40-split seat bottoms do flip up, but the floor beneath is taken up by a fixed seat foundation that's nowhere near flat enough for a dog to lie down upon. Rosella gave it two paws down. We took another vehicle instead." — Dan Edmunds, director of vehicle testing
"I forget how convenient a tailgate can be. I used the Colorado's as an impromptu work bench for a half-hour yesterday and it did everything I needed. The strategic cutouts were probably enough to keep my tools and fasteners from rolling away by themselves. But add the grippy surface of the spray-in bedliner and my things weren't going anywhere." — Mike Schmidt, senior manager, vehicle testing operations
"Although the ZR2 may be fun for adults to ride in, that may not be the case for wee ones. I drove my 4-year-old niece and her mom to Disneyland for the day in the Colorado. And neither appreciated the truck's height and busy-ness on the road. (Note: Both usually ride around in an X5.) Every lane change and turn during the 50-minute drive from L.A. to Anaheim was met with a whine of complaint from the tiny backseat driver. When we finally arrived at the parking lot, Astrid loudly voiced how happy she was that the ride was over. This from a girl who loves Big Thunder Mountain Railroad." — Caroline Pardilla, senior copy editor
"For $46,000-plus, I really expected better headlights." — Kurt Niebuhr, road test editor