It’s time to get the new Chevy Colorado ZR2 on a proper Colorado Rocky Mountain trail. Huge thanks to Chris Laney for bringing his ZR2 all the way from Phoenix, Arizona to test it on the Cliffhanger 2.0 trail.
The ZR2 is purpose-built off-road pickup truck. It’s got the hardware to backup its tougher looks. This particular truck is powered by the 3.6L V6 with 308 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque, although a 2.8L turbo-diesel I4 is also available for an additional $3,500. The power is to a proper 4×4 system with low range transfer case and front/rear lockers via an 8-speed automatic transmission. The ZR2 has more ground clearance and a much better approach angle than any other Chevy Colorado currently available. It is the only midsize pickup truck with front and rear locking differentials. The 31-inch Goodyear Duratrac tires put the power down.
The Cliffhanger 2.0 is a very steep and rocky trails that goes up to nearly 10,000 feet of elevation. There are some section that are 20 degrees steep or more. The two main challenges of this trail are large and loose rocks, and a ledge we call the “Razor Bend”. Loose dirt and rocks require as much traction as possible. Thankfully, the ZR2 has front and rear lockers and low-range to help all tires grip at a slow and steady pace. The Duratrac tires provide the needed bite, and they are also tough enough to handle the Razor Bend (as you can see in the video).
We have taken all other off-road pickup trucks on this trail, including the 2017 Ram Power Wagon and the 2017 Ford Raptor. Also, it’s worth checking out how 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro handled the same trail about a year prior.