Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison moves comfortably off the road

A locking differential is a game-changer for this truck, and the hill-descent feature is a nice touch you might not need often, but you’ll definitely be glad to have it when you need it.

Inside, the special Bison touches are noticeable and appreciated. The ZR2 skid plate greets you at the entrance. The Bison logo can be found on the head restraints of the front seats as well as on the special floor mat. There’s a well-designed wireless charging station for a smartphone near the center console that shows the engineers and designers put a lot of thought into the interior. The infotainment system isn’t the most advanced, but it’s intuitive and serves its purpose and seamlessly integrates with smart phones. What more could you want?

The rear seat of this Crew Cab is cramped, as is the case with most trucks in this segment. If you want knee and shoulder room, you’ll have to upgrade to a Silverado or just accept that the back seat is fine, but not the most comfortable.

Getting in and out of the Colorado, with the ZR2 riser on it, as well as the protective side tube, was a little awkward. The running boards would have helped, instead the side tubes interfered with your footing or were something to scratch your shin.

The standard vehicle price of my tester was $44,200. The ZR2 Bison package added $5,750 to the bottom line and the embroidered headrests and Duramax diesel engine added another $3,720. In total, the final MSRP jumped to $54,490.

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The Colorado ZR2 Bison has an EPA rating of 18 mpg/city and 22 mpg/highway. In a week of riding, where unfortunately I stayed on the road and didn’t venture off the beaten path, I averaged just over 20 mpg.

One day I will take a trip to Yellowstone and the American West and see the incredible bison roaming the plains. As an animal lover this would be a great experience for me. I think naming a powerful, rugged truck like this Colorado after such a formidable animal as the bison is a great tribute to both the machine and the beast.

Jimmy Dinsmore is a freelance automotive journalist. Email him at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @driversside

2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison

  • Price/Price as tested………………………………………….. …… … $44,200/$54,940
  • Mileage………………………………………… 18 mpg/city; 22 mpg/highway
  • Motor…………………………………………. 2.8 liter Duramax diesel
  • Power ………………………….. 181 hp / 369 lb/ft.
  • Transmission………………………….. Six-speed automatic
  • Drive wheels …………….Four wheel drive
  • Final Assembly Point……………. Wentzville, Missouri

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