I spent a week test driving the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, which is a mid-sized off road truck. As I normally drive a sedan, this was a fun upgrade driving around Downtown Vancouver and escaping for the weekend in Whistler. The truck is a great size for city driving and then ripping up the roads if you dare.
This isn’t a vehicle for everyone, but great for those who is looking for a ride in all types of environments.
The short and narrow dimensions make it very manageable getting around tight corners especially for off-roading compared to a full-sized truck.
There is quite a bit of ground clearance at about 9 inches, so getting around obstacles shouldn’t be an issue especially with rockers that help protect the vehicle. But, if you are short, it takes a bit of effort to hoist yourself inside. From first glance at the vehicle, the front and rear bumpers have been modified to give better off-road clearance, plus it’s shield protects the underbody.
The additional sport bar and lights is additional, but gives it an awesome sporty and aggressive look.
The interior is roomy and has plenty of head clearance for those who are tall. The seats are comfy and come in either leather or cloth seats. Our vehicle had leather seats.
There are cupholders and USB ports for the passengers, so they can keep their phones charged if you’re going on a trip.
There is Wi-Fi, On-Star, navigation, Apple Carplay, Android Auto, wireless charging, lots of USB ports, and many other features that you can customize for your vehicle. Heated seats and remote start are great for those days when it’s freezing outside.
They do have safety technologies like a standard rear vision camera and available Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning to help prevent collisions before they happen. It would be good if they had push button start or a blind-spot detection.
As this particular model has the Duramax 2.8L Turbo-Diesel engine, it has quite a pronounced sound, but then again it is a truck and some people love to hear the sound. The ride is pretty smooth and there are different engine options too.
It starts at around $46,000 CDN, but can go up based on customizations you add to the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2. Give it a test drive and see how you like it.