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2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2: Monthly Update for September 2018

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

Where Did We Drive It?
That sound you hear is the Edmunds staff applauding because our long-term 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 hit its 20,000-mile target last month. Not only that, but the end of September also marked a full year of ownership. Usually these milestones would mean it's time to say goodbye, but we own this one outright. We're free to keep it as long as we want.

Our ZR2 is not going anywhere just yet because it's still a popular choice. And it's not as if everyone is off-roading all the time either. It's certainly being used for that, but it's also comfortable enough to get picked for road trips that any car, truck or SUV could handle. September's tally of 2,110 miles is a prime example of that.

The Colorado spent more than a week in the hands of our remote operative in California's Central Valley, which means he drove it more than 400 miles on a there-and-back road trip, plus a like number of miles of local commuting and errand-running. Another staffer took it to a remote undisclosed location in Kern County to maintain a duck blind, while a third drove it north to Monterey, California, to attend the Porsche Rennsport Reunion at Laguna Seca Raceway. Others may have even driven it to work and back in between.

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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 April 2018

by Calvin Kim, Road Test Engineer

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

Where Did We Drive It?
Our long-term 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is a good multipurpose vehicle: It's been used for off-roading, city commuting and, in April, long-distance touring. Diesel engines like this sort of thing, so it was a good chance to hunker into the driver's seat and really stretch the ZR2's legs as editor Dan Frio drove up to Reno, Nevada, and back. How are the trick shocks on long highway stints? Any issues with the infotainment system? How is the road noise with those knobby tires?

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2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2: Monthly Update for February 2018

by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

Where Did We Drive It?
For such an abundantly capable off-road rig, we enjoy driving our long-term 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 on the highway quite a bit. February wasn't its most mileage-heavy month, but the ZR2 did clock more than 1,000 miles, primarily on the open road. We're fond of how it smooths out road imperfections and remains relatively silent over most surfaces despite its knobby tires. The tall tire sidewalls seem to help in the city, too, with no pothole or speed bump too large to go crashing over at speed.

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2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2: Monthly Update for January 2018

by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

Where Did We Drive It?
The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 has only been in our fleet a few months, but it's seen off-road action in nearly every month that's passed. It begs to be driven where the pavement ends, and when you get it there, it takes on a much more entertaining character. This month, our ZR2 did all the regular commuting duties along with a few freeway journeys. I took it upon myself to cover the truck in mud and climb up a few questionable hillsides.

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2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2: Monthly Update for November 2017

by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

Where Did We Drive It?
Our first full month with the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 was busy. We bought the ZR2 in October (so technically we've had it in the fleet for about seven weeks), and since then it's seen a lot of action both on- and off-road. That included a trip to Death Valley alongside our long-term Tacoma (more on that soon) plus all the regular commuting miles and a few freeway jaunts.

It's seen so much action, in fact, that the odometer has already clocked nearly 6,000 miles. We've been getting very familiar with the beefed-up ZR2's dimensions and learning firsthand what it's like driving such a dirt-friendly rig on a daily basis.

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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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