2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2: Monthly Update for Feb 2018
by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor
Where Did We Drive It?
For such an extravagantly able off-road rig, we suffer pushing a long-term 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 on a highway utterly a bit. Feb wasn’t a many mileage-heavy month, yet a ZR2 did time some-more than 1,000 miles, essentially on a open road. We’re lustful of how it smooths out highway imperfections and stays comparatively wordless over many surfaces notwithstanding a knobby tires. The high tire sidewalls seem to assistance in a city, too, with no pothole or speed strike too vast to go crashing over during speed.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
We’re settling into a good settlement with a diesel-powered ZR2, doing unequivocally good on fuel economy about mid by a yearlong test. The glorious float peculiarity means that we take it on turnpike trips utterly a bit, and we haven’t towed most with a Colorado yet, that is assisting keep a numbers high. We’re violence a EPA guess for a diesel-ZR2 combo and operation is excellent, too, with a poignant series of fill-ups saying a other side of a 400-mile outing odometer reading.
Average lifetime mpg: 21.1
EPA mpg rating: 20 total (19 city/22 highway)
Best fill mpg: 25.7
Best range: 453.1 miles
Current odometer: 10,313 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
“I determine with co-worker Will Kaufman’s criticism from final month: Getting a discretionary diesel engine in a Colorado creates small sense. It’s slow, costs a lot of income and earnings usually somewhat improved fuel economy. According to a EPA’s fueleconomy.gov site, a diesel’s annual fuel costs are a bit some-more than a V6’s.
“I was meditative that a diesel would be higher in off-road situations, with larger low rpm grunt that would be profitable for crawling over rocks. But afterwards we reread a First Drive and beheld that a diesel’s six-speed delivery reduces a altogether yield ratio compared to a V6 and eight-speed auto. So, that’s a wash. But we puncture this engine anyway. The rattly engine sound and low-revving inlet explain a Colorado with a big-rig vibe. There’s some additional celebrity to it, and we like that.” — Brent Romans, comparison editor
“I’m unequivocally tender with a Colorado’s front chair heaters, of all things. They gentle adult fast and are reasonably prohibited on their top setting. we also conclude a ability to mention either we wish a whole chair exhilarated or usually a seatback. I’ve driven a few newer Buicks and Chevrolets that usually have a ubiquitous chair heater setting, so don’t be astounded if a seatback-only duty disappears in a nearby future.” — Cameron Rogers, staff writer
“I’m utterly gratified with a altogether comfort of a Colorado for long-distance drives. You competence consider those knobby off-road tires would make a racket, yet they don’t. Louder? Yes, yet distant from annoying. The ZR2’s special cessation rides flattering smoothly, too, all things considered. I’ve also found a driver’s chair is gentle for hours during a time. No problems doing prolonged drives.” — Brent Romans
“None of us have created anything about a Colorado’s touchscreen infotainment complement yet. In a way, that’s a good thing. When Chevy’s MyLink complement initial came out, it was mostly panned for being delayed and irritating to use. The latest complement is solid, though. The graphics still demeanour a small dated, yet it’s easy to find what we wish by a menus. Response times are amply quick. Having Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is nice, too.” — Brent Romans
“I’ll second my co-workers’ comments about removing in and out of a Colorado ZR2 — it’s not a easiest. Granted, this isn’t going to be a primary regard if you’re shopping a ZR2. But it would assistance if Chevy combined an beyond squeeze hoop so we can lift yourself up. There’s not one on a driver’s side. There’s a hoop on a front newcomer side, yet it’s on a front roof post instead of being overhead. It’s some-more to hang onto when a lorry is bouncing around.” — Brent Romans
“Our Colorado ZR2 would be usually excellent for somebody placed in a Witness Protection Program. People go nuts over Ford Raptors, yet so distant my sense is that a ZR2 is invisible to a ubiquitous motoring populace. It’s got bucket loads of off-road capability, yet we wouldn’t know it from a amiable styling enhancements. we occur to like a sleeper aspect to this truck, yet we could also see this as a turnoff for a lot of other lorry and Jeep buyers.” — Brent Romans