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Just signed up on the forum to get some opinions and feedback. Due to the crazy used car market, I recently sold my 2012 Ram 2500 Cummins. Don't tow a 5th wheel any longer, and only tow my car to the race track 3-4 times per year. The truck was definetely over kill for what I need, such is the fact for most diesel 3/4 ton owners I presume.

Smaller is usually more fun to drive and I have seen great reviews about how well the ZR2 rides and how the multimatic suspension soaks up everything so well. I haven't sat in one or driven one yet, and worry about it feeling so small compared to the big crew cab ram.

I am also a little concerned with the interior of the Colorado. Pics make it looks like lots and lots of plastic

I figured I'd get the diesel for the mileage and it could tow my car when needed, maybe not as proficiently as my ram, but like I said, only 3-4 times per year.

What are your thoughts on this transition? Thoughts on the quality of the interior, the engine and the cab size for a 6'3" guy?

Thanks!!
 

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Hey Guys
Just signed up on the forum to get some opinions and feedback. Due to the crazy used car market, I recently sold my 2012 Ram 2500 Cummins. Don't tow a 5th wheel any longer, and only tow my car to the race track 3-4 times per year. The truck was definetely over kill for what I need, such is the fact for most diesel 3/4 ton owners I presume.

Smaller is usually more fun to drive and I have seen great reviews about how well the ZR2 rides and how the multimatic suspension soaks up everything so well. I haven't sat in one or driven one yet, and worry about it feeling so small compared to the big crew cab ram.

I am also a little concerned with the interior of the Colorado. Pics make it looks like lots and lots of plastic

I figured I'd get the diesel for the mileage and it could tow my car when needed, maybe not as proficiently as my ram, but like I said, only 3-4 times per year.

What are your thoughts on this transition? Thoughts on the quality of the interior, the engine and the cab size for a 6'3" guy?

Thanks!!
Welcome, I would say to each their own.
Go test drive one and see if it's comfortable for you. Your going to feel the width change in a big way. In my book Dodge always was and still is a step ahead on interiors. My buddy has a 3500 that's about 2 years old now and he also uses it to tow a 5th but sitting in that thing is like sitting in your living room. It just has the nicest interior trim.

I'm comfortable in my Colorado but GM could do much better on the interiors. Yup too much plastic but then again that's the direction all of the manufactures are going. Just take a look at the tow ratings of the ZR2 compared to your car, trailer and gear you take for race day. The ZR2 has the lowest tow rating of the GEN2 model line.

Lets us know what direction you decide to go in.

Take care.....
 

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I'm 6'2" and drive a Z71 and was actually very surprised how comfortable the Colorado was to drive. I travel a lot for work and have driven many Tacoma's. The thing I have noticed is the Tacoma you sit very close to the floor much like a Sedan. The Colorado you sit up a little higher and it makes it much more comfortable. The position I keep my seat in, there is still plenty of room to move back if I need to.

As for the interior, I do not disagree. Though having driven a lot of cheap cars with plastic interiors, the Colorado feels like a higher quality plastic interior (if that is possible). Though I shared the same concern it has not bothered me in the slightest.
 

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Ive logged in 145k mi of seat time in my z71, i personally love the interior, seats are comfy. 6’, lanky. Can still reach the passenger door handle with a stretch. Baby duramax are getting harder and harder to find and there are markups to the moon. Be patient and scour for a low mile private party truck. I found one of the last cclb z71 duramax for an $8000 markup in that terrible beige color. Stickered at $52xxx.
loving the engine, no troubles, just some computer malarchy about nothing for a bit. I haul a pop up camper with mine most all the time. Lots of long roadtrips in this thing, its been great. Maintenance is piss easy and minimal.
 

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I tow an 18' enclosed car hauler/workshop at 6,100#. I consistently get mileage in the 15-16 range (30-32 otherwise) and with a WD hitch it is an easy tow.

A previous in post suggested checking your tow weight because the ZR2 ratings are much lower than the ZR1 CCLB.

I am at 47,000 mi and loving this ride. Good luck with your search and final decision.

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Hey Guys
Just signed up on the forum to get some opinions and feedback. Due to the crazy used car market, I recently sold my 2012 Ram 2500 Cummins. Don't tow a 5th wheel any longer, and only tow my car to the race track 3-4 times per year. The truck was definetely over kill for what I need, such is the fact for most diesel 3/4 ton owners I presume.

Smaller is usually more fun to drive and I have seen great reviews about how well the ZR2 rides and how the multimatic suspension soaks up everything so well. I haven't sat in one or driven one yet, and worry about it feeling so small compared to the big crew cab ram.

I am also a little concerned with the interior of the Colorado. Pics make it looks like lots and lots of plastic

I figured I'd get the diesel for the mileage and it could tow my car when needed, maybe not as proficiently as my ram, but like I said, only 3-4 times per year.

What are your thoughts on this transition? Thoughts on the quality of the interior, the engine and the cab size for a 6'3" guy?

Thanks!!
I agree with the others. I'm 6'2" 235 lbs. Interior is a lot of plastic, but wear surfaces such as seats are good quality, as is the rest. It will never come close to a RAM interior, they are gorgeous. As has been stated, the ZR2 is not the best choice for heavy towing. The diesel Z71 is rated at 7700 lbs. I tow my show car, 57 Studebaker Hawk, not a small car and it tows very well. I have the long bed, so the overall length exceeds most halt ton trucks, but you will notice the narrower width. At 47k miles I am very pleased and glad I bought it.
 

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2019 ZR2,
So far.. its been a good truck. Few small issues that dealer remedied without problems.

Interior has a lot of plastic, but so did my 1988 Toyota Hilux that I swapped out of.

The ZR2 does have leather however on the seats.

All I really tow is a boat.. the small bed makes it a bit more difficult to use as a work truck. You find work arounds for that.

The big deal for me was the suspension and 4wd package as I am an off road idiot that often finds myself in places I have no business being alone.

The little ZR2 diesel has not let me down yet.

IMO.. its really all the truck most will ever need.. your ego is another story.
 

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I have a 2018 ZR1 with the Dura Max. I drove a Toyota Tacoma before. My Tacoma was and is a better built and better engineered truck. It had 270,000 miles on it when I sold it. The newer ones with the 3.5 do't have as much power, and the brakes still suck. I had changed mine to a 4 wheel disk set up and it was a lot better.

I got the Colorado for the power of the drive train, and the brakes are also very good. I have a flatbed aluminum car trailer that I will use for various reasons. This said, GM's cheap-ness is clear. I've added a catch can and an oil bypass filter to it (There are articles I have posted elsewhere on this site about it.). I also added a larger rear end cover to hold more oil. When I drained the factory oil, there was some water in it!

I have 38,500+ miles on it. I live in Southern California, and have made a couple of trips up to Oregon with a couple of small block V8 racing engines in the back, it ran great, and got 29 MPG. I did a trip with the trailer from here to Dallas Texas to deliver a Ford Pinto Station Wagon, total weight of about 4,250 LB. Dropped off the Pinto, then went to Clearwater Florida empty, and picked up a 1970 Ford Torino with a 427 in it; total weight about 6,000 LB. I brought it back to here in Southern California. Again, the truck ran great, and my average was 20.7 MPG. Most of this was on Interstate 10 and Interstates 20 & 30. The comfort is fine, but on a long trip I'll be honest, it could be better. I'm 6'2" and about 260 LB.

Hope this helps...
 

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I went from a 2500HD Duramax to my 2018 ZR2 Duramax and love the truck. It gets better mileage and is surprisingly roomy for a large 6'2" 250 pounder. It doesn't have the grunt or power of my Banks engineering upgraded 6.6 but it's sufficient. As long as it will tow what you need to tow, you should enjoy it.
 

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Did you end up pulling the trigger?
 
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