2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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32 reviews
Available Price Range $15,876-$33,700 Trims31 Combined MPG 15-18 Seats 2-6

Our Take on the 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Our Take

The Chevrolet Silverado shares its GMT900 platform with the GMC Sierra 1500, but there are some styling and interior differences to appeal to shoppers with different tastes. Competitors include th... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • 6.2-liter V-8 fuel economy
  • Interior fit, finish and features lag behind Ram and Ford pickups
  • Diesel V-8 not offered on light-duty trucks
  • Lacking a strong entry-level, fuel-efficient V-6

Notable Features

  • Mild styling revisions
  • New White Diamond Edition, Custom Sport Truck Package
  • Available updated navigation radio
  • Available dealer-installed Wi-Fi system
  • Available heated and cooled seats
  • Available hybrid version


Our Expert Reviews

Photos by Mike MagdaConfigured as an attractive and adept personal pickup, the 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 4x4 offers an appropriate measure of luxury and convenience without gadgets and commercial themes. The downside is an understandable compromise in capability.This "image pickup" appealed to many non-traditional truck buyers in the days of reasonably priced gasoline and a steady econo... Read Full Review

Consumer Reviews

4.3 out of 5

Based on 32 reviews

LT is the best bet

by tab from Canton,OH on May 23, 2012

The LT trim is very sporty.Holds the road. Very smooth ride. Turn radius could be better. Bridgestone tires are very good. Much better than Goodyear AT or ST. 18" wheels ,Z71 shocks give this truck a ... Read Full Review

31 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 2 recalls for this car.

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Warranty Coverage





Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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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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