2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

MSRP $21,945 - $25,635

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7.2

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2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 10, 2021

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The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is one of the known trucks on the road due to its unmistakable presence, styling cues and practical nature since 1998. The Silverado strives to be a blend of comfortable and utilitarian driving styles. It always gets the job done no matter what the terrain or destination. It is known particularly for its torque figures and towing capabilities without breaking the bank.

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Pros

High Towing Capacity

Great Reliability

Two Sizable Bed Options

Lots of Packages and Options

Cons

Underwhelming interior

Available in two trim options only

Lacklustre infotainment system

What's New?

No new changes for the 2012 MY.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$25635

bodystyle

2dr Regular Cab

passenger capacity

3

drivetrain

four wheel drive

engine type

displacement

262 cu.in.

horsepower

195 hp @ 4600 rpm

torque

260 lb.-ft. @ 2800 rpm

transmission

4 speed automatic w/OD

chassis

suspension front

short and long arm front suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

119 in.

length

205.6 in.

width

79.9 in.

height

73.8 in.

curb weight

4686 lbs.

ground clearance

13.1 in.

capacity

cargo volume

60.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

5100 lbs.

payload capacity

1714 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.4 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

17.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

14/16/18 mpg

highway range

468 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Work Truck$21,945 onwards

Colors and Styles

2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 in Deep Ocean Blue Metallic color
Deep Ocean Blue Metallic

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

7.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

6.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

6.0

7.2

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.2

Overall Rating


The price for 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab starts at $23,190 for the ‘RWD Work Truck’ variant and goes up to $32,105 for the ‘AWD LT’ one. It competes with the likes of the Ford F-150 Regular Cab, RAM 1500 Regular Cab, and GMC Sierra 1500.


8.0/10
Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety


2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Features

8.0/10

The Regular Cab might be one of the most preferred body styles in the 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500’s lineup due to its practicality and utilitarian characteristics. It comes with two optional bed configurations as well as two trim levels. The first trim level available is known as ‘Work Truck’ and it comes with some crude features and creature comforts that are typically meant for work-related purposes.

The ‘LT’ trim on the other hand might be considered expensive compared to the former, but it comes with some necessary and practical creature comforts and interior features that just make sense. Another major difference between the trim levels is the fact that the ‘LT’ trim comes with a powerful V-8 engine as opposed to the Work Truck’s V6.

Trim

Work Truck

LT

MSRP (RWD)

$23,190

$28,545

MSRP (AWD)

$26,630

$32,105

Key Features

Dusk Sensing Headlamps

Electronic Brakeforce Distribution

 

Single Zone Front Air Conditioning

Adjustable Speed-Sensitive Volume Control

 

Cargo Area Light

Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors

 

Power Steering

Simulated Alloy Trim On Dash

 

Heated Mirrors

1 One-Touch Power Windows

 

4 -way Manual Driver Seat Adjustments

6-Way Driver Power Seat

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Although the ‘Work Truck’ seems to be cheap and gets things done, the ‘LT’ might be a good purchase if you need a Regular Cab truck that can keep you comfortable and make your driving experience better when compared to the other trim level. The LT also makes sense since it comes with a powerful V8 as compared to the Work Truck’s V6 which might struggle with heavy duty tasks. 

2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab is available with two powertrains and drivetrain options depending on the trim level. The base ‘Work Truck’ trim level comes with a 4.3L naturally aspirated V-6 that produces 195 horsepower and 260 lb-ft. of torque. The ‘LT’ trim level on the other hand comes with a 4.8L naturally aspirated V-8 engine that produces a good 302 horsepower and 305 lb-ft. of torque. Both the powertrain options come mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission unit that is built to last. 

The shifts aren’t precise and you always will feel a need for a fifth gear when cruising. Both the trim levels get an optional AWD drivetrain unit which is the most preferable one to choose as these pickup trucks will mostly be used for heavy duty tasks, where they will be spending time off the road a lot of times. The Silverado 1500 does a 0-60 mph run in 7.6 seconds and covers a quarter-mile distance in 15.3 seconds. It has a top speed of 155 mph. 

Models

2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab

2012 Ford F-150 Regular Cab

2012 RAM 1500 Regular Cab

2012 GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab 

MSRP

$22,195

$23,500

$22,570

$22,195

Engine 

4.3L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.7L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.7L Naturally Aspirated V6

4.3L Naturally Aspirated V6

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

4-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

4-speed VLP automatic

4-speed automatic

Power 

195 hp @ 4,600 rpm

302 hp @ 6,500 rpm

235 hp @ 4,000 rpm

195 hp @ 4,600 rpm

Torque

260 lb-ft @ 2,800 rpm

278 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

210 lb-ft @ 5200 rpm

260 lb-ft @ 2,800 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

9.3

7.1

9.6

9.3

Quarter mile (sec)

16.3

15.7

17.1

16.3

Top Speed (MPH)

104

112

132

104

The Ford F-150 seems to give some serious competition to the rest of the trucks in the segment. It does a 0-60 mph sprint in about 7.1 seconds, which is good. The GMC Sierra 1500 on the other hand shares its platform and powertrain with the Silverado and hence the performance figures and a lot of other features and design cues seem identical.The RAM 1500 is the slowest in acceleration times. 

2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Fuel Economy

9.0/10

The 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 might not turn out to be the most fuel-efficient in its class as it offers a combined fuel economy of 17 miles per gallon with its base engine configuration. In the city and on highway, fuel economy figures are at 15 mpg and 20 mpg respectively and the V8 powertrain configuration probably delivers lesser miles per gallon compared to the smaller V-6 engine.

The maximum fuel capacity seems to be at 26 gallons which is the same as that of the rest of its counterparts. The 2012 Silverado offers a maximum fuel range of 520 miles on the highway and 390 miles in the city, which isn’t bad for a pickup truck and sufficient in most usage scenarios.

Models

2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab

2012 Ford F-150 Regular Cab

2012 RAM 1500 Regular Cab

2012 GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab 

MPG (City)

15

17

14

15

MPG (Highway)

20

23

20

20

MPG (Combined)

17

19

15

17

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

26.0

26.0

26.0

26.0

Range (City/ Highway) (miles)

390/520

442/598

364/520

390/520

All trucks in the lineup showcase similar fuel economy figures in its class except for the Ford F-150 which seems to have the highest fuel economy and better range figures. The RAM 1500 Regular Cab has the worst fuel economy of them all at 15 mpg combined. The GM twins fare the same in the fuel efficiency department as well. 

2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Interior

8.0/10

The 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500’s interior design is a bit crude and won’t appeal to everyone’s eyes. The interior quality and feel are moderate and definitely feels like it could have had better quality plastics especially when it comes to its buttons and knobs. The dashboard design is bland with a tall dashboard placement and certainly could have had better ergonomics. The base ‘Work Truck’ trim level comes with some crude features such as single-zone manual climate control, a center seat that doubles up as an armrest, and poor infotainment features.

As a Regular Cab, the Silverado only comes with a single 40-20-40 split-bench seat that can accommodate three occupants. The seats are not the most comfortable ones and do need improvement in design and comfort aspects. They are manually adjustable in the base ‘Work Truck’ trim level while being power-adjustable in the ‘LT’ variant. The middle seat doubles up as a massive armrest when not in use which has three cup holders in it as well. The overall interior quality just feels mediocre when compared to what its rivals like the RAM 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 have on offer. The cargo bed is decently large with a capacity of 60.7 cu-ft and can be extended to 75.5 cu-ft if you opt for the long box version 

Models

2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab

2012 Ford F-150 Regular Cab

2012 RAM 1500 Regular Cab

2012 GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab 

Seating Capacity

3

3

3

3

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

41.5/65.2/41.3

41.0/66.6/41.4

40.3/66.0/41.0

41.5/65.2/41.3

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

60.7

65.5

57.5

60.7

The Ford F-150 seems to have a slightly larger cabin and a cargo bed in its standard trim level when compared to the other trucks in the segment. The Chevy and GMC trucks seem adequately big when compared with the rest of their counterparts in terms of cabin space and cargo capacity. The RAM 1500 comes with the least cargo capacity of the lot.

Some of the standout interior features are:

  • Single Zone Front Air Conditioning
  • Front Cupholders
  • Cargo Area Light
  • Tilt-Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Passenger Vanity Mirror

How intuitive is the 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab’s infotainment system?

Just like the overall cabin and interior design, the 2011 Silverado’s infotainment system is a crude and basic one, nothing much that will particularly appeal to you. The audio system is a basic one with 4 speakers in the Regular Cab while the larger cab variants come with 6 speakers. The base trim gets AM/FM as standard while as you move to the higher trim you get access to premium sound system, CD player and MP3 Player There are no traces of any connectivity features apart from the optional Bluetooth package. The infotainment system also gets SiriusXM satellite radio as standard.

Some of the standout infotainment features are: 

  • AM/FM Stereo
  • 4-Speaker Sound System
  • Optional OnStar
  • Optional SiriusXM Radio
  • Optional CD Player
  • Optional Bluetooth Package

2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Exterior

6.0/10

The exterior bodywork and design of the 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab convey that the truck is meant solely for utilitarian uses that involve all the practical stuff that a pickup truck is meant to do. The bodywork conveys that the Silverado is not meant for comfort or performance and surprisingly, the Silverado lives up to its expectations of being a ‘Work Truck’.

The front fascia is instantly recognizable with the massive horizontally split grille with the Chevrolet logo and the split headlamp setup that makes it look good. The rear fascia is reduced to a bare minimum with vertical halogen tail lamps and a massive cargo door. The side profile instantly lets you know that it is a regular cab with its two-door setup and the wheels, 17-inch in size, do their job perfectly. 

Models

2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab

2012 Ford F-150 Regular Cab

2012 RAM 1500 Regular Cab

2012 GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab 

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4,460

4,685

4,707

4,460

Length (in.)

205.6

213.2

209.0

205.6

Width (in.)

79.9

79.2

79.4

80

Height (in.)

73.6

74.6

74.6

73.6

Ground Clearance (in.)

7.7

8.8

9.7

7.7

Wheelbase (in.)

119.0

125.8

120.5

119.0

The Silverado 1500 seems to be on the lighter and smaller side when it comes to its weight and wheelbase. While these attributes do make it seem easier for it to turn and drive in general, its handling doesn’t seem to be impressive due to the sluggish suspension setup.The RAM 1500 comes with a better ground clearance and the Ford F-150 follows it closely. The Ford F-150 gets longer wheelbase and that translates to better cargo capacity as well

Some of the standout exterior features are:

  • 17 x 7.5 Inch Steel wheels
  • Optional All-Terrain Blackwall tires
  • Optional front license plate bracket
  • Optional Solar-Ray deep-tinted glass
  • Optional Camper-Style manual extending exterior mirrors
  • Optional heated rearview mirrors

2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Safety

6.0/10

The 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab does come with a good safety quotient. It gets an overall safety rating of 4 stars as per NHTSA records and similar ratings in the IIHS records as well. The Silverado’s platform seems to be one of the safest in the segment and it also comes with some basic safety features that are necessary. These standard safety features include Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Automatic Crash Response System, and Stolen Vehicle Assistance.

Some of the standout safety features are: 

  • Side impact beams 
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Automatic Crash Response System
  • Stolen vehicle assistance
  • Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)

2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Final Verdict

The 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab might not be an impressive truck when it comes to performance figures, interior quality, features, and creature comforts. But the Silverado 1500 seems to perform the way it is supposed to as a pickup truck and really manages to do a lot of work that a pickup truck is expected to do. It also has a good towing capacity as well as cargo capacity and the exterior bodywork and design help it to be a practical and utilitarian solution for your needs.

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