Chevrolet has centuries worth of automotive manufacturing experience, selling mainstream cars and sports cars. It has been looking horn with the Ford Motor Company for nearly a century as well. Colorado is the mid-size pickup truck from Chevy to go up against the Ford Ranger, GMC Canyon, and Toyota Tacoma. The Colorado has been outselling the Ford ranger, it is not surprising because the Colorado is a more capable truck than the Ranger. And recently the Colorado was the named the truck of the year by the Overland Journal.
The Overland Journal started new award criteria, the Overland Truck of the year. For the inaugural competition, Overland Journal evaluated six midsize pickups, including the Colorado ZR2 Bison, Ford Ranger, Jeep Gladiator, Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier, and Honda Ridgeline. Editors drove these trucks thousands of miles on both roads and dirt trails, considering a range of criteria important for overland including payload, durability, capability, efficiency and reliability ranking. Considering Chevy has been making pickups for decades and is one of the big names in trucks, it probably isn’t surprising to learn that the Colorado ZR2 Bison was named the Overland Truck of the year.
The ZR2 Bison is the top trim of the Colorado, the only trucks that can rival the Bison are the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro and the new Jeep Gladiator Rubicon. The Toyota and the jeep fall short in performance when compared to the Bison. Nevertheless, If you want to get the Colorado Bison package you will have to pay an additional 5-grand. For reference the Colorado ZR2 will cost you $41,400, but is it worth it.
“Just a list of its features makes it the truck we always wanted, only better. It is available with a small-displacement turbo-diesel, front and rear locking differentials, a winch-ready steel front bumper, steel rear bumper with 1/4 panel protection, full-length rock sliders, and class-leading suspension. It checks all the boxes.” -Overland Journal editor Scott Brady
The Colorado ZR2 Bison comes packed with features not just the ones listed by Brady, Off-road equipment on the Colorado ZR2 Bison includes:
- Five skid plates to help protect the engine oil pan, fuel tank, transfer case and front and rear locking differentials; designed by AEV, these skid plates are constructed of hard, durable hot-stamped boron steel
- AEV-designed stamped steel front and rear bumpers; the front bumper also features provisions for an aftermarket winch
- Large fender flares and ZR2 Bison-specific 17x8-inch aluminum wheels
- Front and rear locking electronic differentials
- Revolutionary Multimatic DSSV™ dampers
- Cast-iron control arms for exceptional strength
- Factory-modified rear axle with a 3.42 ratio, front and rear tracks widened by 3.5 inches and a factory suspension lifted 2 inches over a Colorado Z71
- Available 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, capable of 186 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque
- The Bison package is exclusively available on the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 and is built at General Motors’ Wentzville Assembly Center in Missouri of globally sourced parts.
Chevy has been making trucks for a good part of the century and they put their best into the Colorado ZR2 Bison. The Bison slays any trail you go through at it and it can haul over 7000lbs. The truck is also civilized, it behaves itself of the road, providing good comfort and a spacious cabin. The Overland Truck of the year award is a well-desired for the Colorado ZR2 Bison. The bison package is an additional 5 grand, but it is justifiable because of the superior performance, which it offers.