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2017 Chevy Colorado Z/28: Good Luck, Tacoma TRD!

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The 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show revealed the 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro’s brand new rival. It looks like the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 will be putting on quite a fight against the Toyota.

There’s nothing modest about the latest ZR2, especially since it is equipped with the Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve (DSSV) dampers. This is the same one that the Camaro Z/28 utilizes which is truly impressive.

The Tacoma TRD Pro, on the other hand, has coil springs from the TRD parts catalog as well as Fox shocks for its front and rear. There is also an addition of leaf springs.

Engine wise, the ZR2 maintains the same 308hp 3.6-liter V6 engine as all other Colorado models while the Tacoma is fitted with a 3.5-liter six-cylinder with less than 278 horsepower. In spite of that, the Tacoma recorded 7.1 seconds to achieve 0-60 mph whereas the ZR2 took 7.4 seconds.

The Toyota and Chevy both have an electronically controlled locking rear differential but the Chevy stands out with its locking differential up front as well.

Both these vehicles also come in crew cab configuration, allowing plenty of room for passengers. However, the Tacoma TRD Pro only has a short bed while the ZR2 has the edge with its extended cab model.

These vehicles seem to match up pretty closely across various aspects but only by taking it to the trail can we be sure which of these truck would emerge as the better off-roader.