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2012 Chevrolet Colorado

$6,899 — $22,431 USED
Truck
2-6 Seats
17-21 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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
2012 Chevrolet Colorado exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2012 Chevrolet Colorado
  • Choice of three cabs
  • Four-cylinder, five-cylinder or V-8 engine
  • Manual or automatic
  • RWD or 4WD
  • Standard side curtain airbags

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Find out who's the 2012 King of the Hill as PickupTrucks.com tests the entire small-truck segment to determine which little pickups fly, and which fall flat.

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 ...
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

What drivers are saying

4.9
31 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Handle Excellent

by Jerry Sharp from Lawrenceburg, In. on August 19, 2018

For a small truck, it has a lot of leg room and power going down the road. It looks and drive's like a New Truck. It handle great when driving down the road. Read full review

(5.0)

great ride

by James_F from Charlotte, North Carolina on August 1, 2018

very reliable and not expensive to maintain. This vehicle has not needed any major repairs. A.c. runs great.Chevy Colorado 2012 is a good truck. Fun to drive. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2012 Chevrolet Colorado currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 Chevrolet Colorado has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Chevrolet

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

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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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Colorado received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker