Motor Trend first took delivery of its 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 4×4 Duramax long-term test vehicle back in August of 2016, and lived with it for 12 months. During that time, the Colorado racked up 28,155 adventurous miles, and a cumulative maintenance bill of $838.30. It also averaged 23.2 mpg – a significant improvement over the 19.5 mpg achieved by the publication’s 2015 Colorado Z71 4×4 long-termer the year before. In fact, the Colorado Duramax was favored over the gas model in just about every category.
I’ve enjoyed driving the Colorado so much that despite being given the opportunity to drive some of the hotter cars floating around our fleet, I’d almost always stick with the trusty Chevy. The why is pretty simple: There’s nothing in our fleet as flexible as the Colorado Duramax. It’s a rolling Swiss army knife—whether my weekend plans were running local errands, filling the bed with building supplies, road tripping, or off-roading, the Colorado was always ready for anything.
We found this to be rather significant as the author, Christian Seabaugh, has access to some mighty impressive vehicles. So if he finds the usability of the Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Duramax to be more impressive than, say, the performance of a BMW M2 or the luxurious muster of a Jaguar F-Pace, that’s high praise.