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B. Chevrolet Silverado ZR2

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Chevrolet’s response to the Raptor’s popularity isn’t nearly as extreme as Ram’s. In fact, the Silverado ZR2 is the lightest-duty of the three off-road brutes. Its 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V-8 produces 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque, 30 horses and 50 lb-ft less than the Raptor’s twin-turbo V-6. At 232.8 inches long, 81.2 inches wide, and 78.7 inches tall, it’s longer, narrower, and lower than Ford’s offroad icon. With its smaller 33-inch tires, the ZR2 allows about an inch less ground clearance. And while the Multimatic 40-mm spool-valve dampers do

wonders for the ride and handling, suspension travel suffers as a result, with just 9.8 inches in front and 10.6 inches in the rear, well short of the competitor­s.

Chevy’s less extreme approach to beefy offroad specials has its benefits, though. With a towing capacity of 8900 pounds and a maximum payload of 1440 pounds, it can pull and carry more than the Raptor or the TRX. And while the narrow body means it won’t be your favorite influencer’s first choice, the truck is better suited for squeezing through tight tree-lined trails. The ZR2, which starts at $69,195, is also the only one of the three to get a locking front differenti­al in addition to the rear locker. The best the Raptor can muster is an optional limited-slip unit. The TRX? You’ll have to settle for an open front diff. And even with the smaller rubber, the ZR2’S approach, departure, and breakover angles are just as good as (if not better than) the Raptor’s numbers.

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