• (4.9) 24 reviews
  • Available Prices: $5,026–$22,390
  • Body Style: Truck
  • Combined MPG: 17-21
  • Engine: 185-hp, 2.9-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Towing Capacity: 3,000 lbs.
2012 Chevrolet Colorado

Our Take on the Latest Model 2012 Chevrolet Colorado

What We Don't Like

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

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 Reviews

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.


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

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

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


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by beezy from Oklahoma on September 18, 2017

This truck handled ok and seemed to be comfortable. I was pleased with the options on the model. Not a lot of frills just a great to the point truck

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16 Trims Available

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There are currently 2 recalls for this car.

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Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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