2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab

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2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Price, Review and Buying Guide

Updated on: September 8, 2020

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The Chevy Colorado is a mid-size performance-oriented and highly capable pickup truck from the American marquee automakers. The vehicle is highly practical with considerable towing and payload ratings. 

The compact pickup is also easy to handle and drive when compared to its full-size sibling and other rivals which when combined with its rugged muscular exterior and imposing style makes an undeniable impression on onlookers. The new Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab is expected to come with subtle refinements but not stretching too far away from its iconic roots. The ZR2 is the highest trim level of the Crew Cab and offers both the utility of a car and a truck with astonishing dynamics, versatility, and capabilities.

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Pros

The diesel engine tows more than rivals

Great handling and steering response

Cumbersome free cabin

Cons

Seating space may seem inadequate to some, especially the front seats

Low hanging front airdam limits off-road capabilities

What's New?

New Front end

Trim structure changed

Changes to standard and optional equipment


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Colors and Styles

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab in Absolute Black color 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab in Kinetic Blue Metallic color 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab in Satin Steel Metallic color
Absolute Black

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Ratings

Pricing And Features

9.0

Engine And Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

7.5

Final Verdict

8.5

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Base

Base

power
181 hp @ 3400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
22 combined

$47,895


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Crew Cab 5.1 ft. SB 4WD (2.8L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6A) Starting at $47,895 MSRP (18/22/26) 181 hp @ 3400 rpm, 2.8 L, Inline 4, Regular unleaded
6-speed Automatic four wheel drive 5

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.0

Overall Rating


The price range of the 2021 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab will range from the base of $41,600 to around $42,200. The Crew Cab faces stiff competition in the segment from the likes of Toyota Tacoma, Ford-150, and GMC Canyon.


9.0/10
Pricing and Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety

7.5/10
Competition

8.5/10
Final Verdict


2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Pricing and Features

9.0/10

The ZR2 trim level is the top-notch trim of the crew cab and is unique from other trim levels with its jacked-up wide-body. The Colorado Crew Cab comes in four trim levels namely, Work Truck, LT, Z71, and ZR2.

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Diesel Crew Cab

The ZR2 trim level is the most expensive of the lot with a plethora of exclusive features like exotic spool-valve shocks, electronic locking diffs on both axles, and an exotic front end. 

Trim

ZR2

MSRP

$47,895

Key Features

Add ons to Z71

 

Bigger all-terrain wheels

 

Special dampers

 

Special front and rear bumpers

 

Spray-in bed liners 

  17" spare wheel
  Black Bowtie
  2-way manual front passenger seat
  3.5" diagonal monochromatic Driver Information Center
  6-speaker audio system
  Automatic climate control

The ZR2 is the ultimate off-roader of the lot with special dampers and all-terrain wheels and a solidly built exterior. The ZR2 comes standard with a V6 engine but is available in the diesel option too. 

Various new features for the 2021 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab are:-

  • New Badging 
  • Three new color tones 
  • Bed-mounted spare tire carrier
  • Power Package

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

Chevrolet is known for its lineup of American muscle cars that have a special place in the heart of the American workforce. The compact pickups of the manufacturers have had an average reliability score by customers for years and the 2021 Chevy Colorado is set to build on its reliable and satisfactory legacy and hopefully do even better. 

The vehicle has not been rated by J.D. Power, but Chevrolet has been rated 3.5 out of 5 by RepairPal and ranked 20th out of 32 car manufacturers on the list. The rating of 3.5 is very good for a pickup truck and with its demanding life of towing and carrying loads, it can be said to be quite dependable.

The cost of owning a Colorado ZR2 for 5 years amounts close to $48K. Seeing the sticker price and nature of the vehicle, this cost can be considered reasonable.

Year

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Total

Tax Credit

$0

$0

$0

$0

$0

$0

Insurance

$858

$888

$919

$951

$985

$4,601

Maintenance

$373

$618

$648

$1,752

$1,673

$5,064

Repairs

$0

$0

$120

$284

$414

$818

Taxes & Fees

$2,283

$111

$111

$111

$111

$2,727

Financing

$2,292

$1,844

$1,364

$854

$308

$6,662

Depreciation

$8,247

$2,134

$2,019

$2,369

$2,245

$17,014

Fuel

$2,020

$2,080

$2,143

$2,207

$2,273

$10,723

Total cost of ownership

$16,073

$7,675

$7,324

$8,528

$8,009

$47,609

It is also good news for future customers and a testament of Chevy pickup’s reliability that none of Colorado’s previous models were issued a safety recall by the NHTSA. 

Warranty

The Colorado Crew Cab Diesel comes with basic warranty coverage of three years/36000 miles. It also provides powertrain warranty coverage of five years/60000 miles and a drivetrain coverage of five years/60000 miles. Chevrolet also provides roadside assistance all over the US for five years/60,000 miles. 

Miles per Dollar

The average miles per dollar spent rounds about 2.5 dollars for the first five years which is just average when compared to its competitors. 

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Buying Advice

We would recommend one to buy the 2021 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel as its the pickup with the most features and offers versatile dynamics and practicality. The modern ZR2 calls for adventure and an off-road driving experience that is sure to charm everyone. The trim also comes with a plethora of unique features. The ZR2 is the costliest trim but looking at all its pros and features its good value for money. 

Is buying a used Chevy Colorado Crew Cab a good idea? 

The Chevy Colorado has a reputation of being a dependable truck and is mostly brought to used car dealerships once it crosses the mark of 200,000 miles. The vehicle comes with its own set of issues ranging from air conditioning problems to transmission problems but these can’t take away the fact that some pickups like Colorado can drive forever.

A used Chevy Colorado Crew Cab is a great investment as with proper care and maintenance it can easily last for about 10 years, and with GM promising its trucks only lose about 40% of their original value on the used market one can count on a used Chevy. 

This said, with so few changes going on with this mid-size compact pickup one is better off buying a used Colorado as one can end up saving thousands of dollars. 

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Engine and Performance

8.0/10

Colorado offers a powertrain for anyone adventurous enough to do the American dirty work with a powerful and responsive 2.8L I-4 turbo diesel engine. The turbo engine is paired with an eight-speed transmission that delivers power to the rear wheels and propels the vehicle forward. The diesel engine is not as fast or powerful when compared to the gasoline V6 option but is of great help while towing, off-roading, and backcountry trekking. 

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab 2.8L I-4 Engine

The pickup drives smoothly and a well-balanced steering wheel makes it easy to handle the compact truck as it maneuvers along city or dirt roads. Overall, the ride and handling are very refined and poised.

Models

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel 

2020 Toyota Tacoma CrewMax Diesel 

2020 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab Diesel

2020 GMC Canyon AT4 Crew Cab Diesel

MSRP

$41,000

$34,520

$34,100

$35,800

Engine

2.8L I-4 turbo-diesel 

3.5L V6

4.0L V6 

3.6L V6

Drivetrain

Four-wheel drive

Four-wheel drive

RWD

RWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic 

6-speed manual 

5-speed Manual 

8-speed automatic

Power 

308 hp @ 6,800 rpm

276 hp @ 6,000 rpm

261 hp @ 5,600 rpm

308 hp @ 6,800 rpm

Torque 

275 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

265 lb-ft @ 4,600 rpm

281 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

275 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

Overall the ZR2 Crew cab performs well with impressive figures that are closely followed by the GMC and the Nissan. The best torque figures in the charts are offered by the Nissan Frontier, followed by the Chevy and the GMC. The similar powertrain figures of the two companies are not a surprise as they are owned by the same parent company. 

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel Acceleration and Braking Performance

The powerful engine of the 2021 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab is highly potent and capable when it comes to its towing capabilities. The pickup races across from 0 to 60 miles in a decent 9.1 seconds which is highly competitive in the segment. It records a quarter-mile in about 16.2 seconds which is a pretty decent number for a pickup. 

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Diesel Crew Cab

Colorado is very firm on the ground and is equipped with a very functional strong suspension that keeps the body roll in check as it goes around corners. The braking controls are stiff but stable and perform really well in normal driving conditions. 

Models

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel 

2020 Toyota Tacoma CrewMax Diesel 

2020 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab Diesel

2020 GMC Canyon AT4 Crew Cab Diesel

0-60 (seconds) 

9.1 seconds

9.8 seconds

7.5 seconds

9.0 seconds

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

16.2 seconds

14.7 seconds

16.5 seconds

17.1 seconds

Top Speed (MPH)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

60-0 (feet)

124 feet

119 feet

125 feet

121 feet

The fastest and thrilling acceleration is provided by the Nissan Frontier, while the Chevy comes second behind the first by a considerable margin. The best braking capabilities are shown by 

the Toyota with the Chevy giving a decent braking performance too. 

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel Towing Capacity

The Chevy Colorado is all about towing capacity and muscle prowess. It comes with a best in class towing capacity of 7700lbs which is monstrously higher than its competition. The compact pickup pulls like a hardline train and is safe enough to hold and tow any cargo aptly. 

Models

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel 

2020 Toyota Tacoma CrewMax Diesel 

2020 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab Diesel

2020 GMC Canyon AT4 Crew Cab Diesel

Towing Capacity 

7,700 lbs

6,800 lbs

6,710 lbs

7,600 lbs

Payload Capacity

1,548 lbs

1,175 lbs

1,496 lbs

1,316 lbs

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Fuel Economy

9.0/10

The diesel engine of the 2021 Chevy Colorado Crew Cab gives one of the best mileage in the segment with EPA ratings of 20 and 26 mpg in city and highway respectively. These numbers are pretty impressive for a compact pickup and the stats just get better as the Chevy comes up with a fuel tank capacity of 21 gallons. 

Models

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel 

2020 Toyota Tacoma CrewMax Diesel 

2020 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab Diesel

2020 GMC Canyon AT4 Crew Cab Diesel

MPG (City)

22

18

17

17

MPG (Highway)

26

22

25

24 

MPG (Combined)

22

21

21

19 

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)

21

21.1

23.0

28.0

Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles)

357/504/399

380/464/422

437/575/506 

448/588/476

The largest fuel tank is offered by the GMC Canyon which directly leads to its explosive range, while the Chevy provides the most frugal figures albeit very slightly.

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Interior

8.0/10

The Chevy Colorado is a compact pickup with a number of standard comforts that makes it worth the money. There are no premium luxuries in the cabin, as should be expected from an off-roading rough pickup truck. This said the cabin is high on utilities and comfort with a feel of a full-size truck. 

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Diesel Crew Cab

The jet black leather upholstery seats come as standard. The seats are comfortable with ample space for the front row passengers but the rear seats can feel cramped for many. The seating capacity of the Chevy is four people which makes this old fashioned, no-nonsense cabin just big enough for a comfortable experience. A deep center console bin and a large compartment under the rear seat makes for extra storage space apart from the cargo area. 

Models

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel 

2020 Toyota Tacoma CrewMax Diesel 

2020 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab Diesel

2020 GMC Canyon AT4 Crew Cab Diesel

Seating Capacity

4

4

4

4

Front (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

41.4/57.5/45

39.7/58.3/42.9/

39.7/58.3/42.4

41.4/57.5/45.0

Rear (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

36.7/57.3/28.6 

34.9/56.5/24.6 

38.3/54.9/25.4

38/56.2/35.8 

Bed Space( cu.ft.)

50

47

N/A

N/A

The Chevy Colorado offers one of the most spacious cabins in the segment along with the most cargo capacity. 

How’s the infotainment system on the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2?

The Chevy Colorado ZR2 is a pickup truck that makes you feel connected and keeps you entertained even though it does not come with a plethora of advanced tech features, nor it should be expected to as its a pickup truck. 

Some of the highlights of the infotainment system are as follows:

  • Bluetooth Streaming 
  •  Two USB ports 
  • Auxiliary cable input 
  • AM/FM/HD Radio 
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio 
  • Voice Recognition System 
  • Apple CarPlay and AndroidAuto 
  • Wi-Fi hotspot 
  • Two intuitive touchscreen 
  • Chevy Infotainment 3 Premium System 

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Exterior

8.0/10

The 2021 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab has an overall a very sporty and muscular look, which makes it one of the most good looking compact pickups in the market. There are a number of new subtle changes that are set to adorn the new model of Colorado. A bold kidney grille and a tailgate are set to be part of the redesign with prominent new badging and three new colors. The overall design of Colorado is highly practical and one of Chevy's biggest appeal is its impressive styling. 

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Diesel Crew Cab

The sides have muscular lines, which makes the vehicle look meaner and rather handsome. The rear tailgates have the Chevrolet lettering embossed and contains step boards for easy access to the rear footbed.

The vehicle sure looks like a giant on the road and gives the feeling of being a ‘king’ of the road while driving. The styling of the Chevy Colorado ZR2 is very modern, iconic, and fresh. 

Models

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel 

2020 Toyota Tacoma CrewMax Diesel 

2020 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab Diesel

2020 GMC Canyon AT4 Crew Cab Diesel

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,986 lbs

4,425 lbs

3,785 lbs

3,943 lbs

Length (inches)

212.4

212.3

205.5

212.4

Width (inches)

76.7

74.4

72.8 

74.3

Height (inches)

72.4

70.6 

68.7

70.4

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.4

9.1

8.7

8.4

Wheelbase (inches)

128.3

127.4

125.9

128.3

The Tacome proves to be the heaviest in the bunch. That could be one of the reasons why it is one of the slowest in the class. However, it does have the most ground clearance.

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Diesel Crew Cab
2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Diesel Crew Cab
2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Diesel Crew Cab
2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Diesel Crew Cab
2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Diesel Crew Cab

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Safety

8.0/10

The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab offers a number of safety features and has scored a five-star rating in side crash test results. It can be a worrying sign for the company that the 2020 model of Colorado did not perform really well in its safety tests issued by the NHTSA and the IIHS but Chevy has definitely worked on the drawback in the new model. 

Some of the standout safety features are as follows: 

  • Backup Camera 
  • Tire Pressure Monitor 
  • Stability Control 
  • Teen Driver
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System 
  • Daytime Running Lamps 
  • Forward Collision Warning 
  • Lane Departure Warning 
  • Rear Parking Sensor 

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Competition

7.5/10

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel vs 2020 Toyota Tacoma CrewMax Diesel

The Tacoma along with the Chevy can handle any terrain with ease and is great for off-roading. Tacoma edges past the Chevy in the safety features department. However, the Chevy Colorado is better compared to the Toyota with better interior comfort, cargo space, fuel efficiency, and exterior stylings. 

2020 Toyota Tacoma CrewMax Diesel

This said, the Chevy mostly just edges off the Toyota Tacoma. Colorado is of great value for money but one should opt for the Tacoma if one is serious about cross-country trekking and off-roading. 

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel vs 2020 GMC Canyon AT4 Crew Cab Diesel

Both the Chevy Colorado and the GMC Canyon are two cousins of the segment with various identical features like powertrain, fuel efficiency, and similar towing capacity. This said Colorado is much more refined with its interior features and exterior stylings. 

2020 GMC Canyon AT4 Crew Cab Diesel

The Chevy comes with its own persona and charisma that makes people notice it while you drive and the vehicle is an out and out off-roader. The same can't be said about the GMC Canyon as it made like a mid-size working-class truck for the day to day jobs and is for a much more diverse, less adventurous customer. There are so many identical features among the two, that a choice entirely boils down to budget and what feature one prioritizes. 

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Final Verdict

8.5/10

The Colorado ZR2 is a very popular pickup truck from the American marquee automakers and it has a highly loyal and enthusiastic fanbase. This fanbase has formed around the pickup’s astonishing exterior looks, versatile functionality, driving dynamics, powerful towing capacity, and an aesthetic interior. The compact crew cab is high on utility and practicality too and is a sure shot worth the money and the hype around it. 

One can expect the 2021 Chevy Colorado ZR2 to come with subtle refinements and the pickup is set to launch in the third quarter of 2020.

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Winford S. Tsan

2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab

4dr Crew Cab 5.1 ft. SB 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 8A)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: October 7, 2020

Outshines the competition by a mile!!

Pros - Forward collision sensor, lane departure sensor, smooth drive

Cons - Seats, gas mileage

Overall Review

9 /10 Overall Rating

When it comes to driving experience Colorado definitely outshines the competition. It is very smooth and easy to drive. I know it's surprising for a truck! But it is what it is. Also, it has driver-assist features as well which makes it much easier and safer.

8/10
Features
8/10
Interior
10/10
Design
10/10
Safety
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Deal Value
10/10
Dealer Review

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Mike M. Brooks

2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab

4dr Crew Cab 5.1 ft. SB 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 8A)

10

User Overall Rating

Posted On: August 10, 2020

Here I go

Pros - Beefed up tires, refined power band, Sports bar with offroading lights

Cons - Slick steering wheel, dash material, mpg

Overall Review

10 /10 Overall Rating

Nothing wrong with the driving. I mean it in every single way. Bought it specifically for offroading and it knows what it's doing when driving through mud or climbing steep gradients. No lack of power whatsoever and most importantly, the power/torque band is perfect for the size and purpose. And if there was any skepticism left about the performance, beefed up all terrain tires with black side wall fills that space.

10/10
Features
10/10
Interior
10/10
Design
10/10
Safety
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
10/10
Dealer Review

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Used Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab for Sale

Car Name Deals Starting Price Number of Listings
2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab 0 $37,999 11 Listings
2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab 0 $47,200 1 Listings
2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab 0 $37,590 46 Listings
2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab 0 $33,763 39 Listings
2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab 0 $44,650 1 Listings
2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab 4 $30,487 226 Listings
2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab 4 $30,588 78 Listings
2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab 3 $28,885 307 Listings
2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab 1 $30,997 25 Listings
2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab 3 $22,996 111 Listings

Top User Reviews

9

User Overall Rating

Outshines the competition by a mile!!

When it comes to driving experience Colorado definitely outshines the competition. It is very smooth and easy to drive. I know it's surprising for a truck! But it is what it is. Also, it has driver-assist features as well which makes it much easier and safer.

by Winford S. Tsan

10

User Overall Rating

Here I go

Nothing wrong with the driving. I mean it in every single way. Bought it specifically for offroading and it knows what it's doing when driving through mud or climbing steep gradients. No lack of power whatsoever and most importantly, the power/torque band is perfect for the size and purpose. And if there was any skepticism left about the performance, beefed up all terrain tires with black side wal...

by Mike M. Brooks

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