Our test vehicle is the Z71 dual cab with six-speed auto priced at $57,190. The Z71 used to be the top-shelf model in the Colorado range, commanding a $4500 premium over the LTZ on which it’s based.
However, the Z71 has since been usurped by the Z71 Extreme which, with its even more lavish equipment list, bumps the price up to $69,990. So, the Z71 now shares sub-prime status with rivals like Toyota’s HiLux Rugged X ($63,690) and Ford’s Ranger 3.2L Wildtrak ($62,760) but at a significantly lower price.
Unique Z71 features include Arsenal Grey Metallic 18-inch alloys with 265/60R18 tyres and full-size spare, ‘sailplane’ sports bar and side rails with Z71 graphics, unique soft tonneau cover, leather-appointed seat trim with heated front seats, Z71 embroidered front seat headrests, Z71 bonnet decals, black exterior door handles, mirrors and body side mouldings, unique front fascia with integrated nudge bar and gloss black grille and roof rails.
Our test vehicle was also fitted with several items from the Genuine Holden Accessories range which would push the Z71 beyond $60K, including Safari bull bar, LED light bar and wheel arch flares.