2012 Chevrolet Colorado

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$17,475

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2012 Chevrolet Colorado
2012 Chevrolet Colorado

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Wide range of engine, trim choices
  • ZQ8 setup offers sports car-style handling
  • Three final-drive ratios available for V-8 engine
  • Available automatic mechanical locking rear differential

The bad:

  • Exhaust note on five-cylinder engine
  • V-8 only available with four-speed automatic
  • Low-grade interior plastics

5 trims

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Our 2012 Chevrolet Colorado trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Choice of three cabs
  • Four-cylinder, five-cylinder or V-8 engine
  • Manual or automatic
  • RWD or 4WD
  • Standard side curtain airbags

2012 Chevrolet Colorado review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

The Colorado is Chevrolet’s entrant in the compact pickup truck segment, and it’s related to the GMC Canyon. Available in a choice of three cab styles with seating for up to six people, the Colorado offers four-cylinder, five-cylinder or V-8 power. For businesses and contractors looking for a customized, small work truck, the Colorado can be ordered in a chassis cab configuration that can be upfitted with panel van-style or “midbox” storage solutions. Competitors include the Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma.

New for 2012
The Colorado receives minor changes for 2012 including revised rear head restraints. On 2LT models, front bucket seats replace a split-bench seat. An automatic locking rear differential is included on 2LT, 3LT and four-wheel-drive 1LT models.

Exterior
When the Colorado debuted for 2004, it carried over the front-end styling from that generation’s Chevy Silverado, including the familiar power bar grille and angular “bat wing” headlamps. It looked great on the Colorado then, but now the Silverado has been restyled, and the Colorado is looking a little long in the tooth. The Colorado has a little more muscle in its silhouette than some other compact trucks, which is great in four-wheel drive and/or Z71 trims. Lowered with the ZQ8 suspension, though, the Colorado may have a little more meat than some would like. Exterior features include:

  •  Bold wheel flares on Z71 models
  •  Z71 suspension offers higher stance
  •  Standard 16-inch wheels; 17- and 18-inch wheels available

Interior
Though covered in plastic, the Colorado’s interior features an effective gauge layout and easy-to-reach audio and climate controls. There are some nice chrome accents to spice up the cabin, but this is mostly a utility-friendly cab with adequate storage and reasonably spacious surroundings for a compact pickup. The seats are wide and comfortable, and the crew cab offers decent headroom and legroom for people of most heights. The extended cab’s second row is for children only. Interior features include:

  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Available leather upholstery
  • Available sliding rear window

   
Under the Hood
Mechanical features include:

  • 185-horsepower, 2.9-liter inline-four-cylinder with 190 pounds-feet of torque
  • 242-hp, 3.7-liter inline-five-cylinder with 242 pounds-feet of torque
  • 300-hp, 5.3-liter V-8 with 320 pounds-feet of torque
  • Standard five-speed manual transmission; four-speed automatic optional
  • Engines run on regular gas

Safety
Side curtain airbags, an electronic stability system and traction control are standard. Additional safety features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • Crash sensor sends GPS signal

 

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior design 4.2
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.5
  • Reliability 4.6

Most recent consumer reviews

3.3

It’s a good truck does the job happy with it.

The problem I have is when in four wheel drive hard to make a sharp turn feels like the front end is about to fall off. And the rear seal leak that I have after a hundred thousand miles and what it cost to fix!

2.0

worst vechicle I have ever owned

cost me more money for repairs than any vehicle I have ever owned I used to would only buy gm products from what I have read they are only pieces of junk shame will not help customers only are told your warranty has run out problems started at 90,000 miles

4.8

Great looking truck

Truck drove and rode great plenty of legroom in front and back in excellent shape Truck is clean inside and out Has tonneau cover and mudflaps window vents as extras

See all 42 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Chevrolet
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)
Powertrain
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
View all cpo program details

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