We know that the Colorado ZR2 and the Tacoma TRD Pro are very good in tough off-road situations, but how do they perform at towing a 5,000 lbs trailer on the Ike Gauntlet? The Ike Gauntlet is the world’s toughest towing test because it covers eight miles up and down a 7% grade with the top elevation of 11,158 feet above sea level.
How does the ZR2 compare to the TRD Pro? Check out this Cliffhanger 2.0 off-road test to see how they stack up on a difficult mountain trail.
|Chevy Colorado ZR2||Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro|
|Engine||3.6L V6||3.5L V6|
|Power||308 hp / 308 lb-ft||278 hp / 265 lb-ft|
|Transmission||8-speed auto||6-speed auto|
|Rear Axle Ratio||3.42||3.91|
|Max Payload||1,220 lbs||1,000 lbs|
|Max Towing||5,000 lbs||6,400 lbs|
|GVWR||6,000 lbs||5,600 lbs|
|GCWR||10,300 lbs||11,360 lbs|
|MPG (EPA rating)||16/18/17||18/23/20|
|Price (as tested)||$43,560||$45,087|
Can you have an excellent midsize pickup truck that can also be a competent towing machine? There is definitely some compromise. The ZR2 has a much lower towing capacity when you compare it to a regular Chevy Colorado (7,000 lbs for a gas-powered Colorado). The TRD Pro has a lower payload rating that other Tacomas.
Check out the Ike Gauntlet video for all of the details and trailering fun!
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