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Sunday Drive: Conquer any terrain with 2023 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 Bison Edition

By Craig and Deanne Conover - Daily Herald | Aug 5, 2023
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Angled view of the Silverado ZR2 Bison to show off the front skid plate, AEV front bumper and ZR2 signature Chevrolet "flow-tie."
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At our annual neighborhood Fourth of July fireworks display with the Bison in the background, and speakers in the bed. It proved to be the perfect companion for a great night of fireworks.
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Front view of the Silverado ZR2 Bison driving on a wooded trail.
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Rear view of the Silverado ZR2 Bison driving on a wooded trail featuring the black matte finish on the standard Multi-Flex tailgate, which is unique to the Bison Design.
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A view of the Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 Bison truck interior from the driver's perspective.
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A full interior shot featuring driver and passenger seats with accent stitching and large center console.

The 2023 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 ZR2 4WD Bison Edition roared into our driveway for the Fourth of July weekend, offering an awesome combination of power, capability and ruggedness. Built to conquer any terrain, this beastly pickup truck is ready to take on the toughest challenges the Mountain West has to offer while exuding a commanding presence on the road and offering a luxurious interior design.

“Our most recent collaboration with American Expedition Vehicles resulted in the much-acclaimed Colorado ZR2 Bison. We’re thrilled to team up again to bring customers Chevrolet’s next chapter of off-road dominance, this time on Silverado,” said Scott Bell, Chevrolet vice president. “The 2023 Silverado ZR2 Bison unlocks the pinnacle of the nameplate’s off-road capability.”

With its distinctive design, off-road prowess and a host of impressive features, the Silverado ZR2 Bison Edition aims to redefine what a pickup truck can be and where it can go! We loved the fact that it came over the holiday weekend as Craig was able to get some time behind the wheel with an 8,000-pound trailer attached.

Having to produce sound for the many bands performing at Freedom Days during the annual Freedom Festival in Provo proved to be a great opportunity to pull his large trailer filled with sound gear over to Provo to get ready for the event.

The Silverado performed exquisitely well with a large trailer behind it, and Craig loved the way it would display a video image from the front of the truck to the rear of the trailer when making a turn on the huge infotainment screen, making it easy to know if there was another vehicle on the side or any kind of obstacle that might be an issue when trailering and turning.

On top of that, when he was hooking up the trailer, there is a camera that literally looks straight down on the hitch, allowing him to get right under the trailer and land it on the hitch with just one try, saving time and the effort of getting in and out of the truck numerous times to get it positioned correctly.

Underneath the imposing exterior lies a true powerhouse. The 2023 Silverado ZR2 Bison Edition is equipped with a potent 6.2-liter V-8 engine that unleashes a huge amount of get-up-and-go featuring 420 horsepower and 460 foot-pounds of torque. Paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission, the truck effortlessly accelerates and delivers exhilarating performance on both highways and off-road trails.

With a trailer attached, it acted as if it were not even there, only letting Craig know by displaying his turns on the infotainment screen and alluding to the fact that his gas mileage had dropped to 6 mpg with it attached.

What really sets the ZR2 Bison Edition apart is its exceptional off-road capability. Featuring an upgraded suspension with Multimatic DSSV dampers, front- and rear-locking differentials, skid plates, a factory-installed lift kit and specialized off-road tires, this truck is engineered to tackle the harshest terrains with confidence and precision.

We only wished that we would have had more time to get up into the mountains and enjoy the extra four-wheel drive capabilities of the ZR2. But with the holiday, things just didn’t line up for us. We did, however, get the chance to set up a sound system in the back of the truck for our neighborhood’s annual fireworks display, and with the extra height of the truck, it made for the perfect place for speakers to sit!

The Silverado ZR2 Bison Edition showcases an aggressive and muscular stance that demands attention and had everyone asking us questions about it. Its bold front grille, unique Bison decals and prominent wheel arches give it an unmistakable presence on the road. The crew cab configuration ensures ample space for passengers and cargo, making it equally suitable for daily commutes or adventurous getaways.

Getting inside, we found a cabin designed with both comfort and functionality in mind. Premium materials and refined craftsmanship created a luxurious atmosphere, while well-thought-out features enhance convenience and connectivity. The Chevrolet Infotainment System, complete with a vibrant, large 13.4-inch touch screen display, provided seamless integration with our smartphone via wireless Apple CarPlay and offered access to a wide array of entertainment and navigation options.

Chevrolet leaves no stone unturned when it came to safety in the ZR2 Bison Edition. With an array of advanced driver-assistance features like forward collision alert, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, you can navigate with peace of mind, knowing that you and your passengers are well protected.

Additionally, the truck is equipped with cutting-edge technology to enhance the driving experience. From wireless charging and multiple USB ports to a premium sound system, including a huge heads-up display, every journey is elevated with convenience, safety and entertainment.

The 2023 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab ZR2 Bison Edition impresses on all fronts. It combines raw power, unparalleled off-road capability and a stylish design that turns heads wherever it goes.

Whether you’re conquering the toughest trails or enjoying the comforts of the highway, the ZR2 Bison Edition delivers an exhilarating and versatile driving experience. With its robust performance, rugged features and advanced technology, this pickup truck solidifies its place as a true champion in the fiercely competitive segment.

Base price: $71,500

Destination charge: $1,895

Price as driven: $84,905


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