The Colorado ZR2 faced the same stiff competition the Sierra 2500HD Denali did, but Chevy’s mid-size pickup still held its own. Judges found the ride nearly sublime on and off regular pavement. The DSSV dampers do wonders to keep things under control on shoddy roadways, but also flex their stuff when it’s time to forge a new path off the beaten route.
A few areas kept it from the win, though. Foremost, the judges felt the hard plastic shroud interior didn’t match the ZR2’s exterior looks or price position. Trailering was also a weak spot, though, judges also admitted the Colorado ZR2 is not meant for super aggressive payloads or towing. In fact, the truck’s payload and trailering ratings are lower than other Colorados due to the off-road suspension.
Still, it was almost enough. Close, but no cigar.