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2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2: Monthly Update for August 2018

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

Where Did We Drive It?
We drove our 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 some 1,306 miles in August, a figure that brings its odometer up to 19,091 miles overall. With just one month left of service, the Chevrolet ZR2 looks set to reach our typical 20,000-mile target in the allotted 12 months.

Those August miles were fairly evenly split between commuting, home-improvement store runs and a weekend camping trip to Sequoia National Park. August had it all, in other words: arterial city streets, urban freeways, interstates, winding mountain roads, traffic, wide-open spaces, grades and a smattering of altitude. And heat. August was sweltering around here.

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2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2: Monthly Update for July 2018

by Will Kaufman, Staff Writer

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

Where Did We Drive It?
After getting to do all sorts of stuff in June, our 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 didn't tackle anything more onerous than a speed bump in July. As a nice change of pace, this month the ZR2 also received a little love as a daily driver (hey, we can take a break from complaining about the ride quality for a few weeks). Of course, there are always some issues for us to ... reflect on.

You'll get that when you read the comments.

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2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2: Monthly Update for June 2018

by Mike Schmidt, Senior Manager, Vehicle Testing Operations

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

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.

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2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2: Monthly Update for May 2018

by Travis Langness, Staff Writer

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

Where Did We Drive It?
In one of its busiest months to date, our long-term 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 drove through four states, traveled through three national parks, visited two national monuments, and did several hundred miles of real honest-to-goodness off-roading. We also set a new range record and finally engineered a high-tech fix for the shiny chrome interior bits that flash sunlight in our eyes on a daily basis.

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2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2: Monthly Update for December 2017

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

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.

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2017 Chevrolet Colorado: Introduction

by Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor

2017 Chevrolet Colorado

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.

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