With large tires and semi-knobby tread design, grip was excellent on loose dirt and rocky washouts. Steering was positive giving good control and feedback from what was underfoot. The normal kidney-jarring road obstacles were buffered nicely by the heavy-duty suspension. Descending steep grades was merely a matter of keeping the trans in low gear and allowing the natural gearing to control the vehicles downward momentum. A five-speed manual may be better for this due to its lower gearing capability, but the auto performed just fine.
A lot of the jolts and bumps were absorbed by form-fitting bucket seats. The rear seat may not be as accommodating but it does fold for a spacious cargo capacity of 66.9 cubic feet.
It would be nice if Chevy engineers could find a better place to stow the spare tire. As four-door Blazers are longer in length, the spare fits nicely under the vehicle. But on shorter two-door models, it can only go on the rear hatch where it prevents adequate rearward visibility. Ditto for wide sloping C-pillars which intrude upon side vision as well.
Although it's designed for off-road conditions, the ZR2 can still be tolerated on-road since it rides similar to sport utes of earlier years. The extra heavy-duty underpinnings (GVW rating of 4,950 pounds) merely allow this sporty vehicle to go beyond the call of duty.