"Where the ZR2's versatility really came to the fore on my test run was in high-speed off-roading -- courtesy of Gateway Canyons Baja test track in Colorado. Like a super sports car, Ford's Raptor needs big, epic venues to show off its superpowers. The compact ZR2, like my beloved GTI hot hatch, is a blast anyplace.
"Over jumps it settles quickly without pogo-sticking. Slew it into a corner and its four-wheel drive bites, rotating the power of either the available V-6 or turbo diesel. It's a hoot. A fun day in a hot hatch is just a parking lot autocross away. Ditto the ZR2 which can turn any small off-road course -- think Michigan's Silver Lake or Rocks and Valleys off-road parks -- into a memorable adventure. And if you're a pickup dude, the ZR2 can do the tight, rock-crawling, Jeepy stuff better than the ginormous Raptor."
-- Henry Payne, The Detroit News