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But The Colorado ZR2 Is Seeing Favorable Discounts Right Now

2021 Ford Ranger Tremor SEMA Build
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The 2021 Ford Ranger configurator is live, and customers are free to spec out the midsize Ford pickup truck to their liking. The biggest addition is of course the 2021 Ford Ranger Tremor package, which packs tons of go-anywhere content for $4,290 USD on either the XLT or Lariat trim level. Simply selecting this package on a Ford Ranger XLT 4×4 with a 5-foot bed and nothing else lands the truck at $42,545, per the configurator. This slightly undercuts its chief rival, the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 pickup truck, which stickers at $42,795 with destination fees, per its configurator.

To recap, the 2021 Ford Ranger Tremor package adds a lift, FOX 2.0 monotube dampers uniquely tuned for the package, rear piggyback reservoirs, off-road tuned front coilovers and rear leaf springs. Ford added protection, the midsized Tremor features skid plates protecting the radiator, steering rack, transfer case, and fuel tank. The steel front bash plate and bumper on the standard Ranger stick around, but the air dam is removed. Tasked with maintaining grip and control through the trails is a set of 32-inch Continental General Grabber A/TX tires, wrapped around 17-inch Magnetic colored wheels.

2021 Ford Ranger Tremor XLT Lariat pickup truck
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In total, the Ranger Tremor package has 9.7 inches of ground clearance, which is 0.8 inches more than a standard Ranger SuperCrew 4×4. The truck has a 30.9-degree approach angle, a 25.5-degree departure angle, and a 24.2-degree breakover angle.

All that said, the 2021 Ford Ranger Tremor package has to be equipped with either the 301A or 501A Technology packages to be installed depending on the trim for an extra $1,670, adding cruise control, parking sensors and navigation. One cannot simply have a brand new, bare-bones off-road truck.

Fully loaded, a 2021 Ford Ranger Tremor Lariat can exceed $50,500 including destination fees. That’s 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison levels of money.

The 2021 Ford Ranger is otherwise available in three trims, as seen with the 2020 model year. They are: XL ($24,820), XLT ($28,870), and Lariat ($32,910), excluding the $1,195 destination fee. All three trims can be configured with either a SuperCab 6-foot Box or a SuperCrew 5-foot Box and rear-wheel or four-wheel drive. But the 2021 Ranger Tremor is exclusively offered in SuperCrew configuration with a 5-foot bed.

Lastly, four new colors have been added to the 2021 Ford Ranger: Cactus Gray, Carbonized Gray, and Velocity Blue. Cyber Orange is also now available for a $595 premium.

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Sand Dune Metallic
2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

Comparing 2021 Ford Ranger Tremor Price To Colorado ZR2

The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 price may be slightly more than the 2021 Ford Ranger Tremor, but a $2,750 cash allowance happening at the time of this writing actually has the Chevy undercutting the Ford by a full $2,500. The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, which is its own trim level, can also be had in two configurations; an extended cab with a 6-foot bed, and a crew cab with a 5-foot bed; and two different engine options: a 3.6L V6 (which the aftermarket loves to supercharge) and 2.8L Duramax diesel. The Ford offers just one configuration, and one engine: a 2.3L EcoBoost four-cylinder shared with the S550 Ford Mustang EcoBoost.

The more entry-level body style is the primary reason for the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 price to undercut the 2021 Ford Ranger Tremor price, because upgrading to the ZR2 Crew Cab has the Tremor coming in cheaper by $655.

As for off-road hardware, the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 and 2021 Ford Ranger Tremor are closely matched. Both come with upgraded underbody protection, offer better approach, breakover, and departure angles from standard, and offer proper sets of off-road tires and suspension systems. But what may separate the ZR2 from the Tremor are the Multimatic DSSV dampers exclusive to the Chevrolet truck. Without testing the Ranger Tremor, we can say that the ride quality of the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is unmatched. But we’ll have to revisit this argument when the 2021 Ford Ranger Tremor hits dealerships this quarter.

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 midsize off road pickup truck
2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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