The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is the General’s answer for folks who are looking for a mid-sized pickup with off-road capabilities. Its most direct competitor is the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro, and in this video published by Off-road.com, we find out which model video automotive writer Stephen Elmer thinks is better.
Equipped with the 2.8-liter Duramax, the Colorado ZR2 puts out 186 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque – 92 less ponies than the Tacoma TRD Pro, but an extra 104 lb-ft. Also counting against the ZR2 are its ride height (half-an-inch closer to the ground) and tow rating (just 5,000 lbs versus the Toyota’s 6,800 lbs). On the other hand, its $40,995 base price is $220 less than that of the TRD Pro – not a tremendous difference, but even at that price point, the ZR2 comes equipped with Multimatic’s excellent DSSV dampers.
Still, for Elmer, the Toyota sounds better on paper, and even feels more compact and direct on the road than the ZR2 does. That said, he criticizes the import for lack of comfort and poor seating position. By comparison, Elmer says the Colorado excels at comfort, but also maintains a level of stiffness that gives the driver confidence.
To hear more on their differences and find out which truck takes the win in this comparison test, click play above.