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2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2: Midsize Isn’t For Everyone

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Chevy officially revealed its 2017 Colorado ZR2 just ahead of the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. This model offered both gas and diesel engine choices – much to the pleasure of die-hard off-roaders.

While the 3.6-liter V6 is capable of churning out 308 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque, the Duramax 2.8-liter diesel is worth 181 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. Both these mills come standard with an eight-speed Hydra-Matic 8L45 automatic.

However, it appears that this midsize truck may not be suited for everyone. According to a Reddit thread, the Colorado’s small size may make city driving and parking much nicer but the vehicle may be too cramped for those who are used to full-sized trucks.

The Redditor added that the back seat is too small to seat large adults comfortably during long trips and the front seat must be moved up just to fit a car seat.

That’s not all – the 2017 Colorado owner said that the model does seem to lack in quality. He clarified that the Colorado has a much cheaper built with hard plastic surface with rough seams.

The model also lacks in a HD radio, AC seats, subwoofer and has very minimal storage. That said, maintenance is easier as it comes with frame mounted fuel filter, cartridge oil filter that can be accessed from up top and it comes with more working room as it is only a four-cylinder.

The Redditor said that although the Colorado isn’t entirely a bad truck, it’s just not made for someone like him and so, he will be trading it in for a better 2018MY vehicle.

Are you an owner of a 2017 diesel Colorado? What do you like and dislike about the truck?

2 Comments

  1. monte

    April 5, 2017 at 10:27 am

    I am an owner of a 16 diesel Colorado. one year old and 34000 miles on it. Been good truck and like its size for me and wife. Seats are too hard and also needs at least 6 way or really 8 way adjustable front seats. Yes I agree with quality also. It is trade off in room over full size but if you don’t need the room it is much more pleasant in the city and running around. Much more fun to drive. That said I will also be trading mine in on a 18MY truck and going back to a full size with more comfortable seats. Hate to give up the smaller truck and was looking at getting the zr2 but they didn’t change the seats and that makes no cents to me!

  2. Brandon

    April 6, 2017 at 3:50 am

    No one who purchases a mid sized pickup should expect as much room as a full size. It is just common sense. As far as having to move the seat forward just to fit a child safety seat they must be referring to the extended cab and not crew cab model. Who purchases an extended cab model and truly expects to have a family in the vehicle frequently? The Mid-size pickup category is for the SMALL family who usually has a secondary family vehicle, and if not goes with the larger cab. This same family and/or customer prefers the versatility of a smaller vehicle but wants the capability of a pick-up bed.