2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Diesel Extended Cab Performance

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2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Diesel Extended Cab Performance, 0-60, Top Speed And MPG

Updated on: November 23, 2020

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2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Extended Cab Diesel is one monster of a pick-up truck. Known for its aggressive and athletic exterior as well as performance, it ranks as the highest trim the Chevy Colorado has to offer. Although there is not much of a difference from the previous model, it still has loads to offer. As it is the highest trim, the pick-up truck has a starting price of $41,600. However, the main attraction and the game-changer lies obviously, in the performance. And, man, does it deliver a good one at that! 

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Diesel Extended Cab three quarter view

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Extended Cab has a 3.6L V-6 engine for gas while the alternative engine on offer is a 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel engine. The 2.8L Duramax Turbo 4-Cylinder engine gives Colorado an impressive towing capacity of 7700 pounds. The vehicle faces stiff competition from the GMC Canyon Diesel and the Jeep Gladiator EcoDiesel.

What is the engine under the hood of the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Extended Cab diesel?

The engine for the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Extended Cab comes in two options. One is a gas engine which it shares with the 2020 model too, a 3.6L V-6 engine which produced a good 308hp at 6,800rpm and a 275lb-ft at 4,000rpm. The other is a 2.8L Duramax Turbo-Diesel 4-cylinder engine. It produces a power of 181hp and a good 369lb-ft of torque. Both of the engines have an 8-speed automatic transmission and a Four-Wheel Drive which just makes the engine performance just seamless. 

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Diesel Extended Cab engine

This beautiful combination between the engine and the transmission provides the pick-up truck the ability to tow up to 7700 pounds. Although the diesel engine is not that powerful when compared to the likes of the 3.6L V-8 gas engine. Tt still has a superior towing capability and is extremely suitable for off-roading. To understand more at how good the vehicle is for off-roading, we need to know that the linear manner of serving power is what makes this Extended Cab a game-changer in this department. 

Models

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Extended Cab diesel

2021 GMC Canyon Extended Cab Diesel

2021 Jeep Gladiator EcoDiesel

MSRP

$46,295

$46,295

$47,890

Engine

2.8L Turbocharged Inline 4 Diesel

2.8L Turbocharged Inline 4 Diesel

3.0L Turbocharged V-6 diesel

Drivetrain

4WD

4WD

4WD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

8-speed Automatic

Power

181hp@3,400rpm

181hp@3,400rpm

260hp@3600rpm

Torque

369lb-ft@2,000rpm

369lb-ft@2,000rpm

442-lb-ft@4400rpm

Judging by the performance of its competitors, we can accept the fact that although it might not have that strong of an engine. However, pair up with the transmission and the drivetrain, it brings in a good amount of torque. It does really better than its competitors when it comes to towing and hauling. 

How fast is the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Extended Cab diesel from 0-60MPH?

It takes about 9.1 seconds for this beast to reach 60 MPH from a standstill and yes, it is not that fast compared to the V-6 engine, but hey, it is still impressive and noteworthy. It also has a quarter-mile of 16.3 seconds. The numbers are good for a pick-up.

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Diesel Extended Cab accelerate 0-60 mph just in 9.1 sec

Ultimately, it is the ride that matters and although it might not be able to give you the same thrill of acceleration as its competitors. It might as well give you a seamless and comfortable ride, thanks to its strong suspension.

Models

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Extended Cab diesel

2021 GMC Canyon Extended Cab Diesel

2021 Jeep Gladiator EcoDiesel

0-60 MPH

9.1s

9s

8s

Quarter mile

16.3s

17.1s

16.1s

When it comes to acceleration and quarter-mile timings, the 2021 Jeep Gladiator defeats all competition and takes the lead. The 2021 GMC Canyon also has great figures in acceleration taking the second position, however, we cannot say the same for its quarter-mile timings. But then again, for towing and hauling our 2021 Chevy Colorado takes the number one spot. 

How good are the brakes for the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Extended Cab Diesel?

The 12.2-inch front brake rotors and the 12.8-inch rear brake rotors form one of the solid reasons why the vehicle has such a great braking system. The brake pedals being extremely responsive help in stopping without any disturbance in case of traffic and the lower curb weight seems to amplify this advantage significantly.

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Diesel Extended Cab brake rotors

Sometimes the brakes might feel stiff, but it is optimal for driving both in normal conditions as well as in harsh terrains.

Models

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Extended Cab diesel

2021 GMC Canyon Extended Cab Diesel

2021 Jeep Gladiator EcoDiesel 

Brake front (in)

12.2 in

12.20 in

12.9 in

Brake Rear (in)

12.8 in

12.75 in

13.6 in

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3986 lbs.

3943 lbs.

4650 lbs.

60-0 MPH (ft)

123 feet

121 feet

129 feet

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 diesel and the GMC Canyon Diesel seem to have similar figures. However, this is not a coincidence since both the vehicles share the same GM platform and even the powertrain. The Jeep Gladiator EcoDiesel with its higher curb weight takes longer than both its rivals to stop from 60. 

How is the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Extended Cab Diesel around the corners?

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Extended Cab Diesel is actually almost car-like when it's driven in normal conditions. The drive feels comfortable and you might feel like you are gliding through butter. This is actually quite commendable. The ZR2 was meant for off-roading and rough terrains but the fact that it performs so well in urban areas comes as a pleasant surprise and as a strong distinguishing feature among its rivals. Smooth cornering and easy handling are some of its prominent features and tight corners do not pose any threat. 

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Diesel Extended Cab driving view

When it comes to rough terrains the automobile turns into a beast and the mechanicals form a unique harmony and synchronize properly for the best results when off-roading. The tire track is 3.5 inches wider with off-road rocker protection is best for these situations. The multiple skid plates and the cast-iron control arms serve as the cherry on top.

What MPG figures can you expect from the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Extended Cab Diesel?

2021 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Diesel has a rating of 22mpg in the city, about 26mpg on the highway and a combined mpg of 22. The vehicle also has a great fuel tank capacity, better than its competitors. The numbers are obviously great as it is just one of the many features that the vehicle has to offer. This just again amplifies the value of the truck significantly.

Models

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Extended Cab diesel

2021 GMC Canyon Extended Cab Diesel

2021 Jeep Gladiator EcoDiesel

MPG (city)

18

18

22

MPG (highway)

22

22

28

MPG (combined)

20

20

24

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

21

21

19 

Range (city/hwy/combined) (miles)

378/462/420 

378/462/420

418/532/456 

Chevy and the GMC Canyon again share similar fuel economy. However, the Jeep Gladiator is the best when it comes to gas mileage. It also manages to have higher range even though it has a smaller tank than GM rivals, thanks to its superior efficiency.

Should you buy the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Extended Cab Diesel?

This vehicle lives up to its expectations. If you want a truck that can withstand heavy-duty, off-roading, heavy handling and towing, then the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Extended Cab diesel is the one for you. If you look at the car from a performance point of view, then you will have no complaints.

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Diesel Extended Cab driving view
2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Diesel Extended Cab driving view
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