2012 Chevrolet Colorado

MSRP $24,285 - $28,340

Ranked #4 in Pickup-truck

7.7

Overall Rating

2012 Chevrolet Colorado Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 11, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Chevrolet Colorado is a well-known entity in the pickup truck market. It's known for its affordable price and more than adequate performance. For the year 2012, Chevrolet has gone with the same design with next to no changes. The 2012 Colorado is available in Regular Cab, Extended Cab, and Crew Cab, but here we will be reviewing the Crew Cab variant of Colorado.

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Pros

Affordable price tag

Multiple configurations available

Option for a V8 engine

Cons

Below average safety performance

Questionable design

Mediocre interior

What's New?

Chevrolet Colorado is a carry-forward design

Gets an automatic locking rear differential


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$24285

bodystyle

4dr Crew Cab

passenger capacity

6

top speed

120 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

178 cu.in.

horsepower

185 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

190 lb.-ft. @ 2800 rpm

transmission

4 speed automatic w/OD

chassis

suspension front

short and long arm front suspension

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear leaf suspensin

dimensions

wheelbase

126 in.

length

207.1 in.

width

67.6 in.

height

65.2 in.

curb weight

3728 lbs.

ground clearance

7.7 in.

capacity

cargo volume

37 cu ft.

towing capacity

3000 lbs.

payload capacity

1228 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.5 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/21/25 mpg

highway range

490 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 100000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

1LT$24,285 onwards

3LT$28,340 onwards

Colors and Styles

2012 Chevrolet Colorado in Aqua Blue color
Aqua Blue

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

6.0

Features

9.0

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

8.0

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.7

Overall Rating


The Colorado is spread across two major trims, which are Work Truck and LT. The Crew Cab Configuration is only available in the LT trim, which is further classified as 1LT, 2LT, and 3LT. It carries a base price of $24,285 and is available in three different engines and two drivetrain configurations. The pickup goes on to compete against rivals like the Nissan Frontier, Ford Ranger, and GMC Canyon.


9.0/10
Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety


2012 Chevrolet Colorado Features

9.0/10

The 2012 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab is available only in one major trim, which is the LT. The LT trim is further classified into three sub-trims, which are 1LT, 2LT, and 3LT. The 1LT is the base model, which is priced at $24,285. This trim will fetch you 16-inch alloy wheels, a front split-bench seat, a tilt steering column, air conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, OnStar Navigation, AM/FM Stereo, privacy glass, deluxe cloth upholstery, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, 6-speaker audio system, CD/MP3 player, satellite radio, etc.

Trim

LT w/1LT

LT w/2LT

LT w/3LT

MSRP (RWD)

$24,285

$27,490

$28,340

MSRP (AWD)

$28,460

$30,320

N/A

Key Features

16-inch alloy wheels

In addition to the features standard on the 1LT;

In addition to the features standard on 2LT;

 

Manual air conditioning

Off-road suspension

A more powerful V8 engine

 

Cruise control

Sliding rear window

Sport suspension

 

On star Navigation

Chrome exterior trim

18-inch wheels

 

Deluxe cloth upholstery

Front bucket seats

 

 

Satellite radio

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

 

The next in line is the 2LT, which is for $27,490. It comes with all the features standard on 1LT and adds a few more. The 2LT gets an off-road suspension, a sliding rear window, leather-wrapped steering wheel, chrome exterior trim, and front bucket seats. The 3LT is priced at $28,340 and is the only trim that is available only in the RWD drivetrain. It is pretty much the same as the 2LT, but it gets a more powerful V8 engine and 18-inch wheels as standard. It also gains a sports suspension. Leather upholstery is optional on all trims.

We Recommend

The 3LT is pretty much the same truck as the 2LT. The only difference is that the 3LT is equipped with a more powerful V8 engine and is only available in RWD. The 2.9L Inline-4 engine standard in the 2LT and the AWD configuration is a better choice for those who seek a more refined ride quality. But if you want all-out power from your pickup, go with the top-end 3LT trim in the lineup.

2012 Chevrolet Colorado Engine and Performance

8.0/10

A whole lot is going on for the engine in the 2012 Chevy Colorado. The base engine is a 2.9L Inline-4, which produces 185 hp @ 5600 RPM and has a max torque of 190 lb-ft @ 2800 RPM. The second engine, which is an option for other Colorado’s but is standard for all AWD Colorado Crew Cab configurations, is a 3.7L Inline-5 engine that manages to generate 242 hp @ 5600 RPM and has a peak torque of 242 lb-ft @ 4600 RPM. Finally, the third engine option is a 5.3L V8, which is standard on the 3LT and is optional on the 2LT. This engine is capable enough to produce 300 hp @ 5200 RPM and is rated 320 lb-ft @ 4000 for maximum torque output.

The standard transmission for most of the Colorados is a 5-speed manual, but all the Crew Cab configurations have a 4-speed automatic gearbox regardless of the engine under the hood. The standard drivetrain is an RWD with an option to go for the AWD. However, the 3LT is available only in RWD which is unfortunate. The smaller engines, which are the 2.9L and the 3.7L engines, are smooth and amount to considerable performance, but the V8 outperforms them with ease. The transmission which is a 4-speed automatic is prompt in its shifting regardless of the engine choice. We prefer the 3.7L with the AWD drivetrain as this combination may have a slight advantage off-road.

Model

2012 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab

2012 GMC Canyon Crew Cab

2012 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab

2012 Ford Ranger Crew Cab

MSRP

$24,285

$24,685

$23,300

$18,160

Engine

2.9L Inline-4

2.9L Inline-4

4.0L V6

2.3L I4

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

4-speed automatic

4-speed automatic

6-speed manual

6-speed automatic

Power

185 hp @ 5600 RPM

185 hp @ 6700 RPM

261 hp @ 5600 RPM

153 hp @ 5250 RPM

Torque

190 lb-ft @ 2800 RPM

190 lb-ft @ 2800 RPM

281 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM

154 lb.-ft @ 3,750 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

N/A

N/A

N/A

8.5

Quarter mile (Seconds)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Top speed (mph)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Towing Capacity (lbs)

6,000

5,500

6,100

5200

The Nissan Frontier is the cheapest among the three trucks mentioned above. At the price of just over $23,000, it offers a 4.0L V6 engine. which automatically becomes the more desirable option. The Frontier also has the best towing capacity in the segment which is 6,100 pounds. The GM trims come with the same powertrain setup and offer the same power and torque output, although the Chevrolet gets an upper hand in towing capacity by offering 500 lbs more than GMC's 5,500 lbs.

2012 Chevrolet Colorado Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The 2012 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab’s three engines and two drivetrain options result in a variety of fuel economies. Out of the lot, the best fuel economy is offered by the 2.9L Inline-4 engine with the 4-speed automatic transmission and the RWD drivetrain. The figures for this combination are mentioned below in the table. The 3.7L engine manages to offer 16/21/18 MPG (city/highway/combined), while the V8 has the worst mileage out of the three engines, producing 14/20/16 MPG.

Model

2012 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab

2012 GMC Canyon Crew Cab

2012 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab

2012 Ford Ranger Crew Cab

MPG (City)

18

18

16

22

MPG (Highway)

25

25

20

27

MPG (Combined)

21

21

17

25

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

19.0

19.0

21.1

17

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

342/475/399

342/475/399

337.6/422.0/358.7

354/459/425

The figures for the Canyon and the Colorado are completely identical. They both lead in terms of fuel economy, but the Frontier has a much bigger fuel tank capacity. This, however, does not help the Frontier achieve a better range than the other two pick-ups because of its low fuel economy. The GM twins offer better overall range in the competition at 399 miles.

2012 Chevrolet Colorado Interior

8.0/10

The interior of the 2012 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab is uninspiring. It is filled with mediocrity and bland design, and it simply lacks the freshness and modernity which other pickup trucks in this segment have successfully delivered. The upright design of the dashboard provides more space for the front passengers, but the design, however, looks dated.

The seats are relaxing and comfortable regardless of the trim. All the trims are fitted with a deluxe cloth upholstery as standard. An option for leather upholstery is available on all the trims as well. There’s ample space for the front and rear passengers. The Colorado Crew Cab can seat up to 6 passengers, which is also a considerable plus point.

Model

2012 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab

2012 GMC Canyon Crew Cab

2012 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab

2012 Ford Ranger Crew Cab

Seating Capacity

6

6

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.3/57.1/42.2

39.3/57.1/42.2

40.0/58.3/42.4

33.2/56.8/42.4

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.3/57.1/34.8

38.3/57.1/34.8

38.7/58.3/33.6

39.2/56.8/39.1

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

37.0

37.0

27.1

37.4

Both the Canyon and the Colorado are yet again identical in this category. This is because both the trucks are manufactured by GM. The Frontier somewhat matches the other two pick-ups in terms of interior space, but it falls short for cargo capacity as there is a difference of about 10 cubic feet. Some of the standout features of the interior are:

  • Deluxe cloth upholstery
  • Leather upholstery (optional)
  • Manual air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • 60/40 split-bench flat-folding rear seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror with outside temperature display

How intuitive is the 2012 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab’s infotainment unit?

The infotainment system of the 2012 Chevrolet Colorado is equipped with multiple features, but it is not among the best systems in this segment. The buttons and controls are placed in the center console with a simplistic and straightforward design in mind. Plenty of hard plastic is seen around the infotainment system and on the dashboard itself making it less attractive. This infotainment system is paired to a 6-speaker audio system as standard. OnStar Navigation is also standard on all trims, but it is somewhat tricky to use. Other standout features offered are:

  • Satellite radio
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • OnStar Navigation
  • Speed sensitive volume control
  • MP3/CD player
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • 6-speaker audio system
  • 12V power outlet

2012 Chevrolet Colorado Exterior

9.0/10

The exterior design has received no changes whatsoever from the previous year. This is a bold move by Chevrolet as this is a rapidly evolving segment. The design looks dated and is somewhat unorthodox. The front fascia of the truck is characterized by the large awkwardly shaped headlights which seamlessly gel with the chrome strip running through the grille. The two-tier headlight design is continued to the grille as well. The fog light housing has no standout or attractive design to it. The hood is simple but large as it has to contain a big 5.3L V8 inside.

The side profile of the truck is bland. No body lines whatsoever, and even the fenders are given a simplistic design. It desperately needs some personality to attract some more buyers. The side profile comprises 16-inch alloy wheels, which are upgraded to 18-inch alloys in the 3LT trim with 7.7-inches of ground clearance and power-adjustable manual-folding side view mirrors. The simplistic design continues for the rear end as well. It comprises 2-position tailgate, perfectly shaped and attractive looking tail lights, a big rear bumper, and a single exhaust outlet.

Model

2012 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab

2012 GMC Canyon Crew Cab

2012 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab

2012 Ford Ranger Crew Cab

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3728

4070

4409

3606

Length (in.)

207.1

207.1

205.5

203.6

Width (in.)

67.6

67.6

72.8

71.8

Height (in.)

65.2

65.2

70.1

67.7

Ground Clearance (in.)

7.7

7.7

9.8

8.1

Wheelbase (in.)

126.0

126.0

125.9

128

The Colorado is the lightest truck among the 3 trucks mentioned above, whereas the Frontier is the heaviest in the segment. The Nissan Frontier also has a class-leading ground clearance of 9.8 inches. It excels in exterior dimensions other than its length and wheelbase, outperforming the GMC and the Chevy. Some of the standout features of the exterior are:

  • Halogen fog lamps
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Body-colored, power-adjustable, manual-folding side view mirrors
  • 2-position tailgate
  • Sliding rear window
  • Privacy glass

2012 Chevrolet Colorado Safety

9.0/10

The 2012 Chevrolet Colorado may not be the best choice if you’re looking for a safe truck. Although it is equipped with plenty of standard safety features, it didn’t perform so well in the crash test analysis held by the IIHS. It earned an overall rating of “Acceptable” for the Crew Cab configuration, which is the second-best possible rating. It was rated as “Poor” for side-impact protection. The NHTSA has only conducted the rollover test on the Colorado, where it earned a 3-star rating. The base model lacks a few safety features which are standard on the higher trims. For example, the 1LT is equipped with front and rear drum brakes, while the 2LT and 3LT get disc brakes. Some of the standard safety features are:

  • Electronic stability control
  • Traction control
  • Daytime running lights
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Child safety locks
  • OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics
  • Anti-theft alarm system

2012 Chevrolet Colorado Final Verdict

The Chevrolet Colorado is a popular truck because of its affordability and a variety of performance options. However, the downsides of the 2012 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab outweigh the positives. The interior and exterior design are dated, and it performs poorly in terms of safety. Although the Colorado may provide good fuel economy, decent ride quality, and a good amount of interior and cargo space, it is just not enough to convince us that it is a good purchase. If you're seeking a mid-size pickup truck, you can find better all-around performing pickup trucks than the Colorado.

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