General Motors introduced the Chevy Colorado small pickup truck in 2015. They thought that they would have a great vehicle, and they were not wrong. The Chevrolet Colorado pickup has taken home many trophies since its creations, and has become a fan favorite.
Specifically, the Colorado ZR2, which is an off-road version of the Colorado, has won the 2018 Best Pickup Truck of the Year. These awards came from both Cars. Com and Fourwheeler.com. Motor Trend Magazine also has the Colorado as the Truck of the Year in both 2015 and 2016. The ZR2 was also on the list this year.
Competing with Imports
The Colorado’s history first started in the early 1980s. Detroit was looking for something to compete with the Japanese automakers. They were flooding the entire market with compact pickup trucks. In 1982, the Chevrolet S-10 and the GMC S15 were introduced. At that time, Ford came out with the 1983 Ranger. Chrysler came out with theirs in 1987 with the Dakota. The Chevy S-10 was redesigned and reintroduced in 1994. In 2004 it was completely replaced by a new version, with a new name, Colorado.
Unfortunately, gas prices continued to go up, and when gas got to over $3 a gallon, GM stopped creating the Colorado. This happened in 2012. The Louisiana assembly plant closed down, and the only way you could find a Colorado, was overseas. Fans of the Colorado were very unhappy when GM stopped construction.
Once gas prices started to go back down, and stay around the $2 range, people began to demand that the Colorado make a return. GM revived the Colorado in 2015. The plant in Wentzville, Colorado was revitalized, and the plant got to add 750 new jobs. The plant created three different shifts, and it was the first time in 30 years that it had happened. The plant has over 3,500 employees that build the Chevy Express, Colorado, GMC Canyon, and GMC Savana.
In 2015 alone, 84,430 Colorado trucks were sold. Last year, the number was almost 113,000. Once it was reentered into the market, the Colorado started to gather different awards. When the truck received the Motor Trend Truck of the Year Awards in 2015 and 2016, the plant officials were very excited that they had done this with this vehicle. The GM plant manager said that they were more than happy to win the awards, and contributed their success to all the men and women that work so hard to make the Colorado worthy of such awards.
With the Colorado’s success, Ford had to release a response, and their response was to release the Ranger compact pickup in 2019. So far, Chrysler has not answered with their Ram pickup as of today.
Building the Colorado
When the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 was named Best Pickup Truck of 2018, Cars.com said that it was one of the most distinctive vehicles to come out onto the market in years. People who love to go off road will love having the ZR2 in their garages. This vehicle performs well on the pavement, as well as doing standard pickup truck work. It can haul up to 1200 pounds or more, and can tow a 5,000-pound trailer, with no problem.
The Chevy Colorado ZR2 was a huge risk for GM, but it has been a great success. This truck not only entices those looking for a new truck, but also those that are off-road enthusiasts.
When Fourwheeler.com named the 2018 Colorado ZR2 Four Wheeler Pickup Truck of the year, they were very happy with the features of this truck. It has both front and rear electric differential lockers. It also boasts of 31-inch tires, 3.5-inch track width, skid plating, and spool valve shocks. This all helps this truck to be the best off-road truck on the market. Fourwheeler.com also like the optional 2.8L Duramax turbo diesel direct injection engine. This engine helps to provide for a great amount of fuel economy, while giving a wealth of power. The shocks, that are on this truck, have never been seen in a truck before. This helps to suspend the truck over extremely rough terrain. It also helps to improve the handling of the truck. The judges also like how the truck was very stable thanks to the 3.5 inch wider track.
If you are interested in the Chevy Colorado, you will find that it is available for between $20,000 to $41,000. If you are interested in the off-road model, you will find that it will start around the $40,000 mark. Prices will vary depending on if you get any additional features, as well as where you purchase from. If you are interested in this vehicle, be sure to shop around so that you can get the best deal for this award-winning truck.