2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 diesel Crew Cab

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Key Spec of 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 diesel Crew Cab
fuel economy

18/NA/22

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horsepower

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basic warranty

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ProsConsWhat's New

Powerful V6 engine

Inferior interior quality

Changes to the front

Excellent Off-road capability

Common driver-assist features are missing

Changes to standard and optional equipment

Comfortable ride quality and driving position

Low-slung front air-dam restricts off-road capability

Easy maneuverability considering its size

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 diesel Crew Cab Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab ZR2 pick-up truck is the extreme off-road version of the standard Colorado truck which is priced at $44,200. Available as a short bed version only (5.1 feet), it gets a 308 hp 3.6L V6 engine as standard paired to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. A 181 hp turbocharged 2.8L I-4 diesel engine variant is available as well for an MSRP of $46,100. Destination fees attract an extra cost of $1,195. The Colorado ZR2 can be leased as well, for a term of 36 years with a payment of $569/month with a downpayment of $2,999.

For 2021, the ZR2 has got a few tweaks to its exterior, mainly to the front bumper. The 2021 Colorado ZR2 pickup truck is a spot-on combination of performance and utility. The interiors are practical and comfortable but feel behind the times due to the low-quality materials. Also, a towing capacity of 7,000 lbs makes it a competent hauler as well as a powerful daily driver. The 2021 Colorado ZR2 competes against the GMC Canyon, the Ford Ranger, and the Toyota Tacoma.


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8.2

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  • Climate control
  • Heated Front Seat
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Remote engine start
  • Steering Wheel Audio controls

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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is the most rugged car in the 2021 Colorado models. The 2021 Colorado ZR2 is powered by a 3.6L V6 engine with an output of 308 hp. This 3.6L V6 engine is 2.8 seconds quicker than the standard 2.5L I-4 engine. The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison edition is a special package that improves the off-road mechanical functionality of the car and costs around $48,950. Priced at $44,200, the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is a Jack of all trades in terms of interior and performance.

The 2021 Chevy Colorado ZR2 offers something to everyone with its roomy interior, 8-inch touchscreen infotainment, and a decent array of interior features. There are a few downsides, but the Colorado ZR2 is an excellent choice as an all-rounder pickup truck. It is very reliable as well, with an overall score of 80/100 from J.D. Power. Keep in mind that this pick-up truck has slightly higher ownership costs at $46,332 over a period of 5 years against an MSRP of $44,200.

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab front view
2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab rear view

Buying Advice

Priced at $44,200, the 2021 Colorado ZR2 comes in only one trim. There are two engine options to choose from, the 3.6L V6 gasoline and the turbocharged 2.8L I-4 diesel engine. For more towing needs and better highway efficiency, the diesel variant is the right engine option. Otherwise, the gasoline version will be sufficient. The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 comes loaded with powerful offroad tech such as off-road suspension, all-terrain tires, and an electronically locking front and rear differential. On the inside, it gets heated power-adjustable seats, a heated steering wheel, and an 8-inch touchscreen display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Features
7.0/10

"The 2021 Chevy Colorado offers more choices than a down ballot vote." - The Car Connection

The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is the top trim in the Colorado lineup and comes with subtle design changes over its standard trims. This truck is offered in a single configuration and is priced at $44,200. The Chevy ZR2 builds on the one-trim lower Z71's equipment with a standard V6 engine, unique exterior styling, and a few features to help it conquer the off-road terrain that it rolls on. On the inside as well, this pick-up receives significant upgrades making it a practical car on the inside.

The ZR2 has all the features that the Colorado Crew Cab offers as standard. It adds on to that with an off-road suspension with Multi-matic DSSV Damping system and an electronically locking front and rear differential. For enthusiasts, however, there is also the Bison package shown above for a price of $5,750 that adds AEV badged wheels, skid plates, and AEV badging on the interior. 

Model

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

MSRP 

$44,200

Key Features

Off-road suspension with Multimatic DSSV Damping System

 

17-inch alloys with all-terrain tires

 

Power-adjustable front seats

 

3.5-inch monochromatic Driver Information Center

 

8-inch touchscreen with 6-speaker audio system

 

Automatic climate control

Engine and Performance
8.0/10

"Powertrain options and stout off-road capability advance the 2021 Colorado's pickup truck mission." -The Car Connection

The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab is powered by a powerful 3.6-liter V6 gasoline engine, with an output of 308 hp and a peak torque of 275 lb-ft. This engine comes mated to an 8-speed automatic and 4WD configuration. The 2021 Colorado's transmission is smooth and precise, and this delivers a linear and progressive power delivery. However, the torque feels lacking and does not have that punch. The 0-60 mph runtime comes in just 6.8 seconds with a quarter-mile time of 16.3 seconds.

The overall driving dynamics on the Chevy ZR2 give you enough confidence while pushing the truck in the corners. The electric steering wheel has a nice heft to it, and the existing body roll is controlled well by the chassis and the suspension setup. The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2's suspension is tuned on the stiffer side to make the driving dynamics more agile. The ride quality on the Colorado ZR2 is quite comfortable, with the suspension setup tackling most potholes and undulations without transmitting them to the cabin.

The 2021 Colorado ZR2 is well-equipped with a powerful braking setup of a 12.2-inch front and a 12.8-inch rear brake rotor. With this braking setup, the 4,715 lbs Colorado ZR2 stops from a speed of 60-0 mph in just 124 feet, which is very impressive. The Colorado ZR2 is the only truck that comes with a built-in trailer brake controller. When it comes to towing and payload capacity, the ZR2 has a decent towing capacity of 7,000 lbs. The payload capacity is nearly the highest at 1550 lbs.

Models

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab 

2021 GMC Canyon AT4 Crew Cab

2021 Ford Ranger Lariat Super Crew

2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Double Cab

MSRP

$44,200

$40,200

$39,035 $47,030

Engine

3.6L V6

3.6L V6

2.3L I-4

3.5L V6

Drivetrain

4WD 4WD 4WD 4WD

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

10-Speed Automatic

6-speed Automatic

Power

308 hp @ 6,800 RPM

308 hp @ 6,800 RPM

270 hp @ 5,500 RPM

278 hp @ 6,000 RPM

Torque

275 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

275 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

310 lb-ft @ 3,000 RPM

265 lb-ft @ 4,600 RPM

0-60 mph 6.8 sec 6.5 sec 6.1 sec 7.0 sec
Quarter-mile 16.3 sec 15.1 sec 14.7 sec 14.8 sec
Top Speed 135 MPH 132 MPH 109 MPH 116 MPH
Payload 1,550 lbs 1,481 lbs 1,560 lbs 1,155 lbs
Towing Capacity 7,000 lbs 7,600 lbs 7,500 lbs 6,400 lbs

The 2021 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab and the GMC Canyon Crew Cab both have the same engine numbers, and also make the most power in the comparison. The Ranger delivers the most torque. Despite having the least power output, the Ranger is the quickest to the 0-60 mph mark and also has the most payload capacity. However, the GMC Canyon has the most towing capacity. The Canyon with its lower pricing and powerful performance brings the most balanced output to the table, making it a desirable choice over the others.

Fuel Economy
9.0/10

The 2021 Chevy Colorado ZR2 delivers a fuel economy of 16 MPG in the city, 18 MPG on the highway, and 19 MPG combined. The fuel capacity stands at 21 gallons, which converts into a range of 336 city miles and 378 highway miles. The cost of ownership for the 2021 Colorado ZR2 for maintenance and fuel comes up to 0.22 dollars/mile over a period of five years with an average running of 15,000 miles per year.

Models

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab 

2021 GMC Canyon AT4 Crew Cab

2021 Ford Ranger Lariat Crew Cab

2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Double Cab

MPG (City)

16

16

21

18

MPG (Highway)

18

22

26

22

MPG (Combined)

17

18

23

20

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

21

21

18

21.1

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

336/378/357

336/462/378

378/468/414

379.8/464.2/422

Although the Canyon shares the same engine that powers the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, it somehow manages to deliver better fuel efficiency. The Ranger has the highest fuel economy at 23 mpg combined. The Tacoma offers the second-best fuel economy, and the Colorado is the least economical among the four.

Interior
8.0/10

"Those familiar with the front seats of full-size trucks will feel right at home in the Colorado." -Car and Driver 

The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 interiors are dull, with cheaper quality materials used. A lot of hard plastics covered in a matte finish are found all-around. However, the cabin is spacious with enough space for four passengers to sit comfortably. The front seats and rear bench seat get leather upholstery. These are firm but have decent comfort. The additional upright backrest on the rear bench does not make the Colorado ZR2 a suitable car for long hours in the cabin.

Getting into the rear seats is troublesome due to the narrow opening rear doors. The driving position is high, allowing for better visibility and comfort. Adjustable seats and adjustable steering can help fit drivers of most shapes and sizes. Everything in the cabin is designed aesthetically, and the all-black treatment suits the practical interior. Single-zone climate control is offered in the ZR2, but a dual-zone would have been preferred. The steering wheel gets audio, phone, and cruise controls.

Models

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab 

2021 GMC Canyon AT4 Crew Cab

2021 Ford Ranger Lariat Crew Cab

2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Double Cab

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room) (in.)

41.4/57.5/45

41.4/57.5/45

39.8/56.7/43.1

39.7/58.3/42.9

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room) (in.)

38.3/56.2/35.8

38.3/56.2/35.8

38.3/56.3/34.5

38.3/58.9/32.6

Cabin space is good on the Ford and the Toyota, but it's excellent on the GM twins. The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 features an 8” touchscreen infotainment system that looks fresh and is easy to use. The screen is of high quality, with quick responses to touch inputs. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard. Apart from the standard USB charging, a wireless charging pad is available as well. The 2021 Chevy ZR2 also comes with Wi-Fi hotspot and a 4G LTE connection for better connectivity, and you can connect seven devices simultaneously.

For music, the Chevy features a 6-speaker system that is loud and works decently as well. There is also an optional Bose sound system, but the standard system is better. A navigation system comes as optional in the form of the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus System W/Connected navigation for a cost of $995, which includes the Bose system also. The infotainment also supports voice recognition. Some interior features on the 2021 Colorado ZR2 are:

  • Audio And Cruise Controls On Steering Wheel
  • Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror
  • Single Zone Automatic Climate Control
  • Heated steering
  • Heated front seats
  • Bluetooth
  • Vehicle diagnostics with Chevrolet Connected Access
  • Voice recognition
Exterior
8.0/10

"Updated bumpers freshen the aging 2021 Chevrolet Colorado." -The Car Connection

The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2's exterior is elegant. It looks muscular from the outside, giving it immense road presence which also suits its off-road character. For 2021, this pickup truck gets a few changes to its front. The mesh grille is now wider, and also sits lower than the 2020 model. The rectangular projector headlamps (no LEDs even in 2021!) sit well with the overall boxy profile of the ZR2. Along with black bumpers and off-road rocker protection, this Chevy also gets red recovery hooks.

Along the side, the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 features body-colored mirrors with straight and neat lines flowing all along the side. Bulging out wheel arches with thick 17-inch alloy wheels give this pick-up truck a rugged look.  At the rear, it gets new Chevrolet badging in the center and the vertical taillights. Dimensionally, the Colorado ZR2 is 212.7 inches long and weighs 4715 lbs. For a 5.1 feet long truck, this Chevy is easier to maneuver than most.

Models

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab 

2021 GMC Canyon AT4 Crew Cab

2021 Ford Ranger Lariat Crew Cab

2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Double Cab

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,715

4,456

4,145

4,445

Length (in.)

212.7

212.4

210.8

212.3

Width (in.)

76.7

74.3

73.3

75.2

Height (in.)

72.2

70.6

70.8

70.6

Ground Clearance (in.)

8.9

8.2

8.4

9.4

Wheelbase (in.)

128.5

128.3

126.8

127.4

The Toyota Tacoma has the best ground clearance of the lot, otherwise, it's the Chevy that is the larger truck proportionally. The 2021 Chevy ZR2 also offers the Bison Package ($5,750) which adds AEV-designed 17-inch wheels, bumpers, skid plate, oil pan, and other features with the AEV badging on them. With all this added, the Colorado ZR2 looks modern and fresh. Here are some of the exterior features of the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab:

  • Redesigned front grille
  • Power tailgate
  • Changes to badge style 
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • LED DRLs
  • All-season tires
  • Raised suspension
Safety
8.0/10

"The 2021 Chevy Colorado neither withstands nor prevents crashes very well." -TheCarConnection

The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 uses a traditional body-on-frame body structure and uses the GMT 31XX platform developed in-house by GM. This rigid steel body has given the 2021 Colorado ZR2 a safety rating of 4-stars overall from the NHTSA with 3-stars in the rollover test. The IIHS rates the Colorado ZR2 'Good' in most tests, but rates it 'Marginal' in the small overlap front passenger-side test with a 'Poor' rating for the headlamps.

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 safety test

In terms of available standard features, the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab is equipped with the basic features seen on most cars such as traction control, airbags, stability control, etc. There are no standard or optional driver assistance features; which are available on the rival trucks at least as an optional extra. Available other safety features include:

  • Post-Collision Safety System
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Teen driver
  • Airbags
  • Engine immobilizer
  • Child seat anchors
  • Lane Departure Warning 
  • Forward Collision Warning 
Competition
7.5/10

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab vs. 2021 GMC Canyon AT4 Crew Cab

Being corporate cousins, the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 and 2021 GMC Canyon AT4 share a lot of mechanical parts and interior functions. The differences lie in the way the two trucks handle. Despite both being off-road ready, the AT4 is the better choice as a road truck, whereas the ZR2 is the truck to off-road with. The AT4 is more of a Z71 than a ZR2. The Chevy's engine is more refined. However, the GMC is $4,000 cheaper. All in all, it comes down to brand preference.

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab vs. 2021 Ford Ranger Lariat Crew Cab

Both these Detriot manufactures show their take on off-road trucks with the Colorado ZR2 and the Ford Ranger Lariat. The Chevy is more of an off-road-focused truck, whereas the Ranger offers a more versatile approach. The ZR2's engine is refined, and the cabin is spacious. The Ranger has better performance and better safety tech. The optional Tremor Off-Road package ($4,290) makes it all off-road-ready like the ZR2. Either way, the Ranger offers a better value-for-money proposition and will suit most buyers.

 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab vs. 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Double Cab

American or Japanese? The Colorado ZR2 beats the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro with its appealing looks, better performance, and higher fuel efficiency. The Tacoma challenges the Colorado ZR2 at its own game with its serious off-roading arsenal in the form of electronic aids and mechanical functions. Between these two, the Tacoma is the better off-roader, whereas the Colorado ZR2 is the more practical choice. The Chevy is around $3,000 cheaper, but the Tacoma will woo most off-road enthusiasts.

Final Verdict
7.0/10

The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 delivers consistent performance with its 308 hp 3.6L engine. Excellent driving dynamics and easy maneuverability, practicality, usability, and spacious interiors work well for the Colorado ZR2. However, the quality levels and the safety tech offered still lags behind the competition. But with its unique value-for-money quotient of $44,200, the 2021 Chevy ZR2 can be the preferred choice for most buyers.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$47895

body style

3dr Crew Cab

engine type
transmission

8 speed Automatic

dimensions
length

212.7 in

wheelbase

128.5 in

width

83.9 in

curb weight

4704 lbs

Height

72.2 in

Ground Clearance

10 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

37.8 cu ft

cargo volume

44 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

18/NA/22 mpg


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