2018 Chevrolet ColoradoZR2 4x4 Extended Cab 6 ft. box 128.3 in. WB

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The Chevrolet Colorado is the best of the midsize pickups, with virtues that surpass most of what is offered by the Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier, and even the individualistic Honda Ridgeline.

We've found the Colorado beats the top-selling Tacoma in ride, handling, packaging, fit and finish, interior space and materials, connectivity, driving position, and bed features.

And now we think the Tacoma TRD Off-Road, perennial ruler of rugged terrain among midsize pickups, may have finally met its challenge in the form of the new Colorado ZR2, introduced late in the 2017 model year.

Colorado ZR2 is a hard-core off-road truck with its own bodywork designed to improve approach and departure angles.It rides on a big wide track, lifted suspension, and hefty 31-inch Goodyear all-terrain tires.It has a mean and adventuresome look, ready for the Baja, with locking differentials, front and rear.There's a choice between a superb diesel or a wonderful V6.The Colorado ZR2 feels highly capable to us, and it's way more comfortable than the Tacoma TRD.It's just the thing for traversing a boulder field.

For most, the Colorado Z71 delivers more than enough four-wheel-drive capability, plenty for primitive roads and two-tracks.

The current, second-generation Colorado was introduced in the U.S.as a 2015 model, notable for its comfort.For 2017, Colorado got a new 3.6-liter V6 with direct fuel injection, making a strong 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, with a new 8-speed automatic transmission.

The standard Colorado engine is an eminently usable 2.5-liter four cylinder making 200 horsepower with a sharp 6-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission.It's winning powertrain either way.

Also available is a 2.8-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder that makes 369 pound-feet of torque, with 181 horsepower at the top end.It's the best choice for towing, rated to pull up to 7700 pounds, though we'd opt for a Silverado long before approaching that kind of weight.The diesel also works well for rugged terrain.The diesel is rated by the EPA at 30 miles per gallon Highway with two-wheel drive.We found it smooth, very refined, and powerful, emitting a wonderful sound.

A 100th Anniversary Edition package is available for the 2018 Colorado, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first Chevrolet truck.

The Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon are mostly identical mechanically.

Colorado rides on a boxed frame with coil spring suspension in front, leaf springs at the rear.The electric power steering is weighted well.Its ride and handling is far better than the Nissan Frontier, as well as the Tacoma.Four-wheel disc brakes with long-life rotors are standard.

Buyers can choose among cab and bed configurations, including the standard extended cab with two small rear doors, a very small bench seat, and six-foot bed; or the four-door crew cab with either a five- or six-foot bed (or no bed at all, for commercial sales).There's no regular cab any more.

A crew cab Colorado works well as a second family car.

Four-wheel drive is available.On Colorado LT and Z71 models four-wheel drive can be activated manually.Autotrac activates the front wheels electronically, like all-wheel drive, for better grip and control on the road.Four-wheel-drive drops fuel economy by about two miles per gallon compared with rear-wheel drive.On the base model, the part-time four-wheel-drive system is simpler, intended more for mud, sand or snow.

The Z71 should suit most off-road needs, with a slightly raised suspension, unique dampers, and limited-slip rear differential.The ZR2 should be able to manage most any navigable situation encountered.

Fuel economy for the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and automatic transmission is an EPA-rated 20/26 mpg City/Highway, or 22 mpg Combined.The turbodiesel is rated 22/30 mpg City/Highway, or 25 mpg Combined.Colorado 4WD 3.6-liter V6 is rated 17/24 mpg City/Highway, 19 mpg Combined on Regular gasoline.It runs on four cylinders when six aren't needed to maintain the speed.

Colorado gets four stars overall from the NHTSA in crash testing, with five stars for side impact.Colorado earned the top Good rating for the demanding small overlap front test from the IIHS, a score that few vehicles achieve, let alone pickup trucks.

The Colorado doesn't go in for luxury features.That's covered by the GMC Canyon Denali.


The 2018 Chevrolet Colorado comes in base, WT, LT, Z71 and ZR2 models in many configurations.We counted 23, spanning a wide price range.

Standard equipment on all models except the base includes six airbags, stability control, trailer sway control, hill start assist, rearview camera, easy-lowering tailgate, touchscreen audio, and USB port.The Z71 gets hill descent control.Options include forward-collision alert, lane-departure warning, Bluetooth, navigation, OnStar, 4G LTE data connectivity, and a larger touchscreen with Apple CarPlay.


The Chevy Colorado doesn't have the relentlessly rectilinear lines of the full-size Chevy Silverado, nor the fat grille of the GMC Canyon, overkilled by chrome.The Colorado's rising shoulder line softens the pickup silhouette with boxy fenders.The grille is slim and relatively small.The Colorado looks like a truck, a good-looking truck.It does not look like a Honda Ridgeline.

The ZR2's front bumper is trimmed for clearance over rocks, and its wheels are pushed out.It looks planted, despite the lifted suspension.The hood bulges.The ZR2 is clean, avoiding the aftermarket look.It classes up any off-road gathering.


In the cabin, the Colorado is like the Silverado, rugged and upscale, with a fit and finish that's better than that of the Toyota Tacoma or Nissan Frontier.

It feels plenty truck-like inside, but there's an element of sedan in the well-finished dashboard, the seat bolstering, and aluminum-look door and dash trim.The beefy steering wheel has lots of controls.The shift lever is mounted on a wide and tall console that can store an iPad, while holding two big cupholders and up to four USB ports, along with many small storage slots, bins, and trays.

There's excellent headroom and legroom and a big view out the windshield.The front seats are relatively skinny, and have a more natural driving position than other trucks in the class, with a higher hip point and a more ergonomic relationship to the steering wheel, unlike the splayed-legs stance you have to take in the Tacoma.The Colorado is far more relaxing to drive for trips longer than an hour.

The rear of the extended cab is a pair of jump seats best suited for packages or child seats, or maybe kids.The crew cab offers cramped accommodations for two adults in the back seats, with bolt-upright seatbacks and a marked lack of knee room.Keep that in mind when you're thinking of making it a second family car.

The bed is a big selling point.The payload is 1410 to 1590 pounds, while there's an available bed extender that stretches the six-foot bed to eight feet, as big as a full-size truck, by using the tailgate.The step on the bumper makes it easy to climb into, and the slow-dropping tailgate will be appreciated every day.There are some 17 points for tie-downs, either a spray-in bedliner or a drop-in one, and available cargo dividers, a system of racks and carriers, cargo nets and tonneau covers, and a drop-in toolbox.

Driving Impression

For a pickup truck, the Colorado offers a smooth ride that handles bumps well, making it a compelling alternative to a car.Some motions make it into the cabin, but wide sidewalls on the tires absorb a lot.We would be fine with a commute over rough roads in a Colorado, which we can't say about the Tacoma or Frontier.

The Honda Ridgeline is also a rival, but it's different.The Ridgeline has unitbody construction (like a car or a crossover), while the Colorado is body-on-frame, better for trucks because that design is superior for towing, hauling and durability.

The 3.6-liter V6 makes 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

The 2.8-liter turbodiesel was new for 2016.It makes 181 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque at just 2000 rpm, so it pulls like a V8 across the rev range, even at high elevations and up steep grades, with few downshifts.The optional exhaust brake helps control downhill speeds with a full load.We find it smooth, solid and confident, a delightful diesel.

If you don't carry or tow big loads, the base 2.5-liter engine, with its 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque, will probably work for you.It's acceptable for medium-speed urban duty.You can get it with a manual transmission, however the 6-speed automatic works well with the four-cylinder engine.Now you have a car that can haul stuff.

The Toyota and Nissan four-cylinder trucks get better fuel mileage and Tacoma dominates in durability and rugged-terrain capability, but the Colorado is a far better choice for the kind of driving and infrequent hauling that a lot of truck buyers do.The Colorado is a much more comfortable truck and it's nicer to drive than the Tacoma or Frontier.

The new ZR2 uses active dampers, developed with the experience from decades of offroad endurance racing, and even Formula 1.They are named Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve dampers supplied by Mulitmatic.The technology is also used on the Chevy Camaro ZL1.The reaction time of these dampers to deal with wheel movement is astonishingly quick.

We found the ZR2 drives very nicely around town, ours equipped with the diesel.We haven't driven one off pavement yet, but the suspension feels extremely capable and we have no doubt it will deliver.The Goodyears have aggressive tread on the edges of the sidewalls for traction in muddy ruts.


The Chevy Colorado offers a strong powertrain, good looks, convenient cabin, smooth ride, and decent handling.We think it's best in class, the best truck among midsize pickups.We like all of its characters: from simple four-cylinder stick-shift Work Truck, to second family car, to high-tech offroad monster.

Sam Moses contributed to this review, with NCTD editor Mitch McCullough reporting from New Jersey and staff reports.

ABS Brakes
Air Conditioning
Front air conditioningAutomatic
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st and 2nd row
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeIntegrated roof
Digital Audio InputYes
Digital Audio InputYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Premium BrandChevrolet MyLink
Premium BrandChevrolet MyLink
Premium Brand SpeakersBose
RadioSiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite
RadioSiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite
Radio Data SystemYes
Radio Data SystemYes
Total Number of Speakers6
Total Number of Speakers7
Front brakesVentilated disc
Fabric TypeLeather
Fabric Type 2Leatherette
Fabric Type 3Leather
Fabric Type 4Carpet
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Center console trimMetal-look
Dash trimMetal-look
Door trimMetal-look
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Floor matsVinyl/rubber front and rear
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Reading lightsFront
Reading lightsFront
Shift knob trimUrethane
Steering wheel trimLeather/metal-look
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet2
12V DC power outlet2
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Center ConsoleFull with covered storage
Cruise controlCruise control
Cruise controls on steering wheelCruise controls
CupholdersFront and rear
Door pocketsDriver, passenger and rear
Multi-function remoteRemote engine start
Overhead consoleMini with storage
Power steeringSpeed-proportional electric power steering
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Seatback storage1
Steering wheelTilt and telescopic
Under Seat StorageUnder seat storage
Bed Length Measurement1,880 mm
Front Head Room1,052 mm
Front Hip Room1,397 mm
Front Leg Room1,143 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,461 mm
Front track1,674 mm
Overall height1,834 mm
Overall Length5,395 mm
Overall Width1,948 mm
Rear Head Room932 mm
Rear Hip Room1,326 mm
Rear Leg Room726 mm
Rear Shoulder Room1,455 mm
Rear track1,674 mm
Wheelbase3,264 mm
left rear passenger door typeReverse opening
Rear door typeTailgate
right rear passenger door typeReverse opening
Driver Seat
Adjustable lumbar supportPower 2-way
HeatedMulti-level heating
Height AdjustablePower
Manual Adjustments6
Power Adjustments4
4WD TypePart and full-time
Axle ratio3.42
Descent ControlHill descent control
Driven WheelsFour-wheel
Front locking differentialDriver selectable
Locking HubsAuto
Rear locking differentialDriver selectable
Transfer CaseElectronic
Block HeaterRegular duty
Compression Ratio16.50 : 1
Compression Ratio11.50 : 1
Compressor TypeIntercooled turbo
Cylinder DeactivationYes
Displacement217 cm^3
Displacement169 cm^3
Engine ConfigurationInline
Engine ConfigurationV
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Fuel TypeDiesel
Horse Power308 hp
Horse Power181 hp
Max RPM6,800 RPM
Max RPM3,400 RPM
Max Torque RPM2,000 RPM
Max Torque RPM4,000 RPM
Remote engine startRemote engine start
Size2.8 L
Size3.6 L
Torque373 Nm
Torque501 Nm
Total Valves16
Total Valves24
TypeRegular unleaded
Valve GearDOHC
Valve GearDOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsLEV3-ULEV70
Vehicle EmissionsLEV3-ULEV125
Exterior Features
Skid plates4
Skid plates4
Tailpipe finisherPolished
Tailpipe finisherChrome
Fuel Consumption
City15.0 L/100 km
Combined14.1L/100 km
Highway13.0 L/100 km
Bed Length1,880 mm
CompressorIntercooled turbo
Compressor Type - VAIntercooled turbo
Driven WheelsFour-wheel
Engine Size3.6 L
Engine Size2.8 L
Fuel TypeDiesel
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Mfr Bed TypeRegular
Mfr Bed TypeRegular
Number of CylindersV-6
Number of CylindersI-4
Trans Speeds - VA6
Trans Speeds - VA8
Trans Type - VAAutomatic
Trans Type - VAAutomatic
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual adjustable
Adjustable rear headrestsManual adjustable
Number of rear headrests2
ClockIn-radio display
External tempExternal temperature display
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
Rear View CameraYes
Transmission Temperature GuageTransmission temperature
Trip computerTrip computer
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
Exterior entry lightsRemote activated
Exterior entry lightsRemote activated
Front Fog lightsFront fog/driving lights
Front Fog lightsFront fog/driving lights
Headlights auto delayAuto delay off
Headlights dusk sensorDusk sensing
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Power door locksRemote, digital keypad power door locks
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote
Heated driver mirrorHeated
Heated driver mirrorHeated
Heated passenger mirrorHeated
Heated passenger mirrorHeated
Inside rearview mirrorElectrochromatic
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote
Vanity mirrorsDual illuminated vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
HeatedMulti-level heating
Height adjustablePower
Lumbar supportPower 2-way
Manual Adjustments6
Power adjustments4
Rear Seats
FoldingFold-up cushion
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Climate controlledDriver and passenger heated-cushion, driver and passenger heated-seatback
Front seat typeBucket
seating capacity4
Total Seating Capacity4
Anti-theft alarm systemYes
Anti-theft alarm systemYes
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Spare Tire
Mount LocationBox
Mount LocationOutside rear
Spare Wheel
Rim typeAluminum
Rim typeAluminum
Stability and Traction
Stability controlWith Anti-Roll
Traction controlABS and driveline
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeShort and long arm
Rear Spring TypeLeaf
Rear Suspension ClassificationRigid axle
Rear Suspension TypeLeaf
stabilizer barFront
internet accessMobile hotspot
internet accessMobile hotspot
Navigation systemWith voice activation
Satellite communicationsOnStar Guidance
Satellite communicationsOnStar Guidance
smart device integrationApple CarPlay
smart device integrationApple CarPlay
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth
Speed RatingS
Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemTire specific
Width265 mm
Towing and Hauling
Trailer hitchTrailer hitch
Trailer Sway ControlTrailer sway control
Automatic typeAutomatic
Automatic typeAutomatic
Manual / automaticAutomatic
Manual / automaticAutomatic
Number of speeds8
Number of speeds6
Transmission Hill HolderTransmission hill holder
Truck Features
Bed linerBed liner
Bed linerBed liner
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Light barLight bar
Pickup Bed TypeRegular
Pickup Bed TypeRegular
Tonneau coverSoft
Vinyl floor coveringVinyl floor covering
Video System
Primary Video Monitor Size8.0"
Primary Video Monitor Size8.0"
Video Monitor LocationFront
Video Monitor LocationFront
basic distance60,000 km
basic months36 months
drivetrain distance160,000 km
drivetrain months60 months
roadside distance160,000 km
roadside months60 months
rust distance160,000 km
rust months72 months
Weights and Capacities
Curb weight2,119 kg
Curb weight2,234 kg
Curb weight2,119 kg
Fuel Capacity80 L
Gross vehicle weight2,722 kg
Gross vehicle weight2,722 kg
Gross vehicle weight2,767 kg
Ground clearance226 mm
Payload601 kg
Payload601 kg
Payload528 kg
Towing Capacity2,268 kg
Towing Capacity2,268 kg
Turning radius6 m
Rim TypeMachined w/painted accents aluminum
Rim TypeMachined w/painted accents aluminum
Wheel LocksYes
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
One-touch windows1
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassDeep
Rear defoggerRear defogger
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Heated door mirrors
Pin stripe
Power door mirrors
Rear step bumper
Skid plates
Tonneau cover
Trailer hitch receiver
Trailer sway control
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
1-touch up
Air conditioning
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Automatic temperature control
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Front beverage holders
Illuminated entry
Navigation system
Overhead console
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power windows
Rear beverage holders
Rear door bins
Remote keyless entry
Speed control
Telescoping steering wheel
Tilt steering wheel
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
Radio data system
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Delay-off headlights
Exterior parking camera rear
Front fog lights
Front reading lights
Fully automatic headlights
Low tire pressure warning
Outside temperature display
Rear window defroster
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
Block heater
Cylinder deactivation
Front locking differential
Manual-shift auto
Mode select transmission
Rear locking differential
Variable intake manifold
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
4 wheel disc brakes
ABS brakes
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Panic alarm
Perimeter/approach lights
Security system
Tracker system
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Front centre armrest
Heated front seats
Leather upholstery
Power 2-way driver lumbar support
Power 2-way passenger lumbar support
Power driver seat
Power passenger seat
Split folding rear seat
Alloy wheels
Front anti-roll bar
Front wheel independent suspension
Power steering
Speed-sensing steering

Cash Incentives

GM CA Cruze Limited Returning Lease Bonus
Colorado excl.2SA
$1,750 May 31, 2018
GM CA Toronto Auto Show Bonus
Colorado excl.2SA
$500 Apr 30, 2018
GM CA Military Appreciation
Colorado excl.2SA
$500 Apr 2, 2018
GM CA - Stackable Cash Delivery Allowance
Colorado excl.2SA
$500 Apr 2, 2018
GM CA Lease Cash (GFC)
Colorado excl.2SA
$500 Apr 2, 2018
GM CA Student Bonus Program
Colorado Ext Cab excl. 2SA
$750 Apr 2, 2018
GM CA Quebec City Auto Show Bonus
Colorado excl.2SA
$500 May 31, 2018
GM CA Montreal Auto Show Bonus
Colorado excl.2SA
$500 Apr 2, 2018

Finance Incentives

Incentive 24 mths 36 mths 48 mths 60 mths 72 mths 84 mths Expires
GM CA GMF Near Prime Financing
Colorado excl.2SA
4.99% 4.99% 4.99% 4.99% 4.99% 4.99% Apr 2, 2018

Lease Incentives

Incentive 24 mths 36 mths 48 mths 60 mths 72 mths 84 mths Expires
GM CA Financial Lease Rates
Colorado Ext Cab excl. 2SA
1.5% 1.5% 1.9% 1.9% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
GM CA GM Financial Residuals
Colorado 4WD EXT Cab ZR2
57% 51% 44% 37% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018

2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 4x4 Extended Cab 6 ft. box 128.3 in. WB, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta

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