The first-ever Overland Journal Truck of the Year award went to the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. It is a package that has proven itself in rugged desert off-roading races. The design comes from a collaboration with Chevy and American Expedition Vehicles.
Overland Journal had its editors review six midsize pickups to see which truck was the best. The vehicles were the Honda Ridgeline, the Ford Ranger, Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier and Jeep Gladiator. Evaluation of the trucks included their durability, reliability, payload, capability, overlanding and efficiency. Out of all those categories the Colorado Bison came out on top.
Scott Brady, an Overland Journal editor, gave a laundry list of features that won it the accolade. The off-road package comes with front and rear locking differentials, suspension that leads its class, full-length rock sliders, and a winch-ready steel front bumper. A turbo-diesel is even available for better torque and efficiency.
Other features include five skid plates, Multimatic DSSV™ dampers, and cast-iron control arms.
Darren Bohne, Chevrolet Colorado chief engineer, said Chevy wanted, “To build a truck capable of extreme off-road use and backed by a limited factory warranty. As such, to be named the ultimate overland vehicle by the ultimate authority in overland travel is a huge honor for the entire team at Chevrolet and AEV.”
Learn more about the formidable and award-winning Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison at Graff Chevrolet.