General Motors has a slew of off-road model variants for its various pickup trucks, including midsizers like the 2021 Chevy Colorado and 2021 GMC Canyon. Now, we’re taking a closer look at what these two models have to offer enthusiasts ready to hit the trail in the following GM Authority comparison.
In this comparison, we’re taking a look at five individual off-roader models, including the Chevy Colorado Z71 4WD, the Chevy Colorado ZR2, the Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison, the GMC Canyon AT4, and the GMC Canyon AT4 with the Off-Road Performance Edition package. Each model offers its own array of equipment and upgrades, as well as its own level of off-road-worthiness.
While each vehicle offers its own unique equipment specifications, there’s a good deal of overlap with regard to specific features, as well. For example, front red recovery hooks can be found across the lineup in this comparison, offered as standard on all models with the exception of the Colorado Z71 4WD, which offers red recovery hooks as an available option. Hill Descent Control is also standard across the line, while All-Terrain Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires are standard on all models with the exception of the Colorado Z71 4WD, which offers Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires as an available option with the Z71 Midnight Edition package.
The naturally aspirated 3.6L V6 LGZ gasoline engine is also standard across the lineup in this comparison, rated at 308 horsepower at 6,800 rpm, and 275 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. Alternatively, customers looking to outfit their off-roader with oil-burner power can opt into the 2.8L I4 LWN turbodiesel Duramax as an available option on all models, with the exception of the GMC Canyon AT4 Off-Road Performance Edition.
There are plenty more details to analyze when comparing these five off-road pickup variants, so check out the complete table below:
|Colorado Z71 4WD||Colorado ZR2||Colorado ZR2 Bison||Canyon AT4||Canyon AT4 ORPEP|
|ULV||AEV Embroidered Seat Headrests||-||-||S||-||-|
|VJQ||Front Recovery Hooks||S||-||-||-||-|
|UGA||Front Red Recovery Hooks||A||S||S||S||S|
|SCU||Off-Road Sport Bar||-||A8,9||-||-||-|
|NY7||Transfer Case Shield||S||S||S||S||S|
|PCV||Performance Skid Plate Package||A1||-||-||A1||S|
|PZ9||Fuel Tank Skid Plate||-||-||S||-||-|
|PZG||Front Skid Plate||-||-||S||-||-|
|PZL||Rear Differential Skid Plate||-||-||S||-||-|
|PZN||Transfer Case Skid Plate||-||-||S||-||-|
|S6L||Off-Road Rocker Protection||-||S||S||-||S|
|Removed Front Air Dam||-2||S||S||-2||S|
|BPH||2-Inch Taller And 3.5-Inch Wider Stance||-||S||S||-||-|
|BPH||Off-Road Front Fascia and Black Rear Bumper||-||S||S||-||-|
|ULV||AEV Front And Rear Bumpers||-||-||S||-||-|
|BPH||"CHEVROLET" Lettered Grille With Flowtie||-||S||S||-||-|
|SB9||Black "CHEVROLET" Tailgate Decal Lettering||A1||A1||A1||-||-|
|SMG||Black Colorado Emblems||A1||-||-||-||-|
|RIK||Black AT4 Badges||-||-||-||-||S|
|VTA||Black GMC Chrome Exhaust Tip||-||-||-||-||S|
|JHD||Hill Descent Control||S||S||S||S||S|
|R1U||17-Inch Dark Argent Metallic Cast Aluminum Wheels||-||-||-||S||-|
|RIM||17-Inch Bright Machined Aluminum Wheels||S||-||-||-||-|
|RIF||17-Inch Gloss-Black Aluminum Wheels||A3||A8,9||-||-||S|
|R34||17-Inch Graphite And Oxide Gold Aluminum Wheels||-||S||-||-||-|
|RIG||17-Inch AEV Dark Graphite Aluminum Wheels||-||-||S||-||-|
|RM7||17-Inch Steel Spare Wheel||S||-||-||S||S|
|S4P||17-Inch Aluminum Spare Wheel||-||S||S||-||-|
|S4M||17-Inch AEV Spare Wheel||-||-||S||-||-|
|S4S||17-Inch Gloss-Black Aluminum Spare Wheel||-||A8,9||-||-||-|
|QHE||255/65R17 All-Terrain Tires||S||-||-||A||A|
|QJ2||265/65R17 All-Terrain Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac Tires||A3||S||S||S||S|
|ZAO||255/65R17 All-Season Spare Tire||S||-||-||S||S|
|ZJP||265/65R17 All-Season Spare Tire||-||S||S||-||-|
|LGZ||3.6L V6 LGZ Engine / Eight-Speed Automatic||S||S||S||S||S|
|LWN||2.8L I4 LWN Turbo-Diesel Engine / Six-Speed Automatic||A4,5||A||A||A||-|
|G80||Automatic Locking Rear Differential||S||-||-||S||S|
|G93||Driver-Selectable Full-Locking Front Differential||-||S||S||-||-|
|G94||Driver-Selectable Full-Locking Rear Differential||-||S||S||-||-|
|NQ6||Electric Two-Speed AutoTrac Transfer Case||S||-||-||S||S|
|JL1||Integrated Trailer Brake Controller||A7||S||S||A7||A7|
|Z71||Off-Road Suspension Package||S||-||-||S||S|
|SQS||Front 1-Inch Leveling Kit (LPO)||A||-||-||-||S|
|BPH||DSSV Multimatic Suspension Dampers||-||S||S||-||-|
- Dealer installed.
- Front air dam can be removed by owner.
- Included and only available with Z71 Midnight Edition.
- Requires Crew Cab configuration.
- Requires Safety Package and Trailering Package.
- Included with Crew Cab Long Box.
- Requires Trailering Package. Included with 2.8L I4 LWN diesel engine.
- Included and only available with ZR2 Dusk Special Edition.
- Included and only available with ZR2 Midnight Special Edition.