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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

Detroit Region SCCA Member and founder of MC&T. Automotive Media Jedi Knight. Not yet the rank of Master.

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