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The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 drives on sandThe Colorado ZR2 2021
Photo: Chevrolet

If you are an off-road enthusiast you know the importance of having a truck that can keep up with your adventures. To help you choose your next pickup truck, Kelley Blue Book recently published a list of the 15 best off-road trucks in 2021, which includes the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 2021 as well as the GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 2021.

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2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

The Colorado 2021 on a rocky forest trailPhoto: Chevrolet

The Colorado 2021 has four trim options, and Chevrolet designed its ZR2 fairing specifically for off-road use. This model has segment-exclusive Multimatic shock absorbers, a factory-installed lift, rock slider, underrun protection and electronic locking differentials front and rear. The ZR2 Bison model goes one step further with front winch provisions, rear recovery points and five hot-stamped undercarriage plates made of boron steel.

KBB’s Matt Degen said in his review of the ZR2 Bison: “The one time we were on the verge of getting stuck, the ZR2 Bison’s lockdiff worked like off-road magic. Combined with the low-range all-wheel drive of the truck, once locked, the limited slip differentials made short work of the loose dirt to pull us out easily. “

2021 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4

The 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 Offroad in the forestThe 2021 Sierra 1500 AT4
Photo: GMC

Similar to the Colorado ZR2, the Sierra 1500 AT4 has many features that improve its handling on different terrain. These consist of a factory-installed 2 “suspension lift, Rancho shock absorbers, vertical red recovery hooks, and available 18” Blackwall Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires for muddy terrain.

The Sierra 1500 AT4 is equipped as standard with the 355 hp 5.3 liter V8 engine. However, it also offers the 277 hp 3.0-liter Duramax turbo diesel and the 420 hp 6.2-liter V8. Degen was particularly impressed with this last engine and found that it makes for a smooth ride. He also found the 10-speed automatic transmission to be responsive.

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According to KBB, if you are considering buying an SUV that is not on the list of Top 15 SUVs in 2021, choose a model with large tires, all-terrain suspension, skid plates and removable front stabilizer, limited slip differentials and an electric woman for the best experience.

Amanda Drago lives in West Chester, Ohio with her wonderful family, which includes her adorable dog Coco. Amanda recently graduated from Miami University with a degree in Marketing and Creative Writing. However, should she ever be forced to change her career, she envisions training dogs for movies. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing and watching Netflix. She also has a special place in her heart for the theater and buys tickets to as many shows as possible. See more items from Amanda.