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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 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 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 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 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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