2021 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Review and Snow Run By Matt Barnes

2021 Colorado ZR2

The dated Colorado receives a few minor updates for 2021. On the exterior, the ZR2 gets a revised facia and better visibility for the driver. The tow hooks up front have been painted red to make them easier to find. For the rear the tailgate now features a stamped “CHEVROLET” instead of the bow tie emblem. Inside the Colorado remains the same as in years past.

The two Engine options remain the same for the ZR2. A diesel option with the 2.8-liter Duramax inline 4 that has 181 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque or the 3.6-liter V6 gas with 308 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. The diesel engine is paired to a 6-speed auto, while the gas is paired to an 8-speed.


With a base price of $43,200, the ZR2 is very competitive with other midsize off-roaders. Ford’s top of the line Ranger Tremor starts at $42,545, the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro starts at $44,175 and the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon starts at $44,140. The bison package adds $5,750 and a slew of protection upgrades. With the destination charge the total price of our tester was $50,145.


ZR2 Snow Run


Matthew Barnes is an experienced towing expert. He works as a mechanical engineer and his day job involves testing a variety of vehicles while towing trailers of all types and sizes. Matt shares his knowledge by writing for automotive news outlets in the evenings. When he’s not working he can be found spending time in the great outdoors with his family. He enjoys camping, hiking, canyoneering, and backpacking. Whenever possible he spends time riding in or on any power sports vehicle he can find and claims he can drive anything with a motor, which probably isn’t true.

Matt lives in the Utah mountains and often posts cool off-roading videos to his Instagram and YouTube channel.

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