by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing
Where Did We Drive It?
We added another 1,951 miles to our 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 this month, and a good chunk of it came from a road trip I took to drive a Jeep. The all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler was introduced just outside of Tucson, Arizona, and I decided to drive instead of fly. I'll always make that call if the destination is within 500 miles or so. I'd rather deal with mpg than TSA. To get in the spirit of the whole off-road thing, I selected the ZR2.
I took the long way, so the trip represented about 1,100 miles of this month's total accumulation. The remainder came from errand-running and local driving during the holidays. The end result is a decent mix of driving, skewing a bit toward highway.
by Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor
What Did We Buy?
It wasn't that long ago that the midsize pickup segment barely had a pulse. In the past few years, however, it has gone from dormant to downright hot. And with so much interest in the newly invigorated segment, there's room for experimentation.
That willingness to try new things led to the development of the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2. It's a dedicated off-road version of the standard Colorado that takes its capabilities to a whole new level.
Chevrolet actually had a ZR2 version of the S10 truck back in the 1990s, but even that wasn't as extreme as this new pickup. The Colorado ZR2 has a raised suspension with special dampers, bigger all-terrain tires, fender flares, special bodywork for improved approach and departure angles, and an electronically locking rear differential.
The new ZR2 isn't without competition, however. Toyota upped its game with the TRD Pro version of its Tacoma. And then there's the upcoming Ford Ranger, which will likely come in a similar "Raptor-lite" version. With that in mind, we figured it was worth seeing what the ZR2 brings to the segment by adding one to our long-term test fleet.