2012 Chevrolet Colorado

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Key Specs

of the 2012 Chevrolet Colorado. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of 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

2012 Chevrolet Colorado Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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

 


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(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

(5.0)

smooth. Clean. POWERFUL

by EAI RESOURCES from TAFT, CALIFORNIA on May 29, 2018

I THOUGHT IT WAS A TREMENDOUS VEHICLE TO OPERATE, VERY SMOOTH ENJOYABLE AND POWERFUL. You can really learn to appreciate the American Auto manufacturers for quality products such as this vehicle and ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Chevrolet Colorado currently has 2 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 Chevrolet Colorado has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Chevrolet

Program Benefits

Two Factory-Backed Warranties, CPO Scheduled Maintenance Program, Vehicle Inspection & Reconditioning, 3-Day/150-Mile Vehicle Exchange Program, 24/7 Roadside Assistance and Courtesy Transportation, OnStar & SiriusXM Satellite Radio Trial Offers, and a Carfax Vehicle History Report

  • Limited Warranty

    Two Factory-Backed Warranties

    6-Year/100,000-Mile, Powertrain Limited Warranty and a 12- Month/12,000-Miles, Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty, both with $0 deductible
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 172-Point Inspection & Reconditioning.

    See inspection 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.

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