2012 Chevrolet Colorado – Overview – CarGurus

19 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 2012 Chevrolet Colorado – Overview – CarGurus

At a Glance

Yeah, it’s a bit but the 2012 Chevrolet Colorado looks like it means And yeah, it’s a compact truck, but unless you’re 10,000 pounds of trailer, up and down mountain roads, and toting a bed-load of stuff all the place, it’ll do the casual jobs just fine.

For the this mighty-mite isn’t luxury-oriented, but if a truck that truck-like things is in your fancy doodads and a plush are the last things on your All in all, despite its faults, a distinct lack of refinement, rear seats and a faint-hearted 4-cylinder engine, this hauler gets stuff for cheap money and remains its Canyon cousin) the last small pickup standing.

Again, the 2012 Colorado consists of the base Work the lower midlevel 1LT, the midlevel 2LT and the top-shelf 3LT. Trucks are available in the 3-passenger cab and 5-passenger Extended cab (small, back doors) versions. The 1LT in Regular cab, Extended cab and cab versions, with the Crew sporting 4 independently opening

Additionally, the Colorado is once available in 2 bed lengths, with and Extended cab trims sporting a bed and Crew cab versions featuring a bed. Finally, all trims standard rear-wheel drive though all except the 3LT are available GM’s InstaTrac on-demand drive (4WD) system.

A few to standard features and options as as a standard auto-locking rear in the higher trims are the only additions for this year. insists that the 2013 will sport a new look, features and a bit more refinement, there are those in the media who if maybe GM should follow the (Dodge/Ram and Ford) and get out of the U.S. market altogether.

Toyota’s Tacoma and Nissan’s latest each beat the Colorado in comfort, features and, performance, with the V6 engines to both Japanese trucks far the inline 5-cylinder powerplant represents the Colorado’s mid-level Neither Asian compact however, offers the muscle of the Chevy’s available V8.


The engine for the Work Truck, the 1LT and the 2LT levels is a variable-valve-timed (VVT) inline 4-cylinder (I4) that puts out 185 hp at 5,600 When combined with the Work Truck’s standard manual transmission, or the 4-speed that comes in the 1LT and 2LT (it’s for the Work Truck), the four-banger out 190 lb-ft of torque at 2,800 Towing is maxed out at 2,400 with optional towing installed, while mileage in the RWD variations is estimated at 18 mpg city/25 and available 4WD editions are estimated at

Standard aboard the 2LT as well as the 1LT 4WD cab variants, and optional for all trims the 3LT, is a 3.7-liter inline (I5) powerplant that out 242 hp at 5,600 rpm and 242 lb-ft of torque at rpm. The 4-speed automatic is standard with the I5, while capacity is bumped to 4,000 with the proper equipment, in case a tow package that standard on all I5-equipped 4WD Colorado Mileage in the VVT five-banger, meanwhile, is at 17/23 in both RWD and 4WD editions.

a peppy VVT 5.3-liter V8 powerplant is in the 3LT trim level and available to the 2LT along with the standard automatic. Look for 300 hp at 5,200 rpm and 320 of torque at 3,600 rpm from potent V8, with mileage dropping to 14/20. Towing, is jacked up to 6,000 pounds, V8-equipped trims toting a towing package.

Reviewers the I4 and I5 engines to be perfectly adequate town, but neither can compete, with the V6 powerplants flaunted by the compact pickups. The Chevy’s automatic transmission shifts enough, but according to most can’t give the required for worry-free passing and towing in the I4 or I5 engines.

Additionally, reviewers note neither of the smaller engines particularly refined on hard though most concede both quiet down at highway speeds. Of course, are quick to note that highway angst is eliminated the V8 powerplant, but be advised that, its standard sport-tuned suspension, the Colorado can’t tow as much as the Tacoma’s 4.0-liter V6.


Boasting a standard front short and long arm suspension, a live axle rear end and bars fore and aft, the Colorado is decently sprung for comfort, according to most The beefier off-road suspension in 2LT trims, as well as the tricked-out suspension system in the 3LT, note virtually all reviewers, noticeably from the ride, the usual jittering over pavement that’s common to type of vehicle is present, no the suspension. A couple of reviewers that the off-road suspension can become wearisome on long

In any case, lower trims 16-inch wheels and all-season while the 2LT boasts 17-inch and all-terrain tires, and the 3LT rolls on 18-inch wheels and tires. As is the larger the tire, the choppier the in Chevy’s compact pickup, with an empty bed.

meantime, seems a matter of opinion. Many are pleased this mini-pickup’s reasonable abilities and straight-line cruising while others claim a reaction to steering inputs. all reviewers are quick to note the 4WD Colorado will be less in tight spaces than the RWD due to its inherently larger turning

Braking in the 2012 Colorado is found by all reviews to be powerful and with no pedal glitches

Cabin Comfort

Though Spartan by most reviewers, the Colorado sports a number of features that appeal to the small-pickup enthusiast and a couple won’t be found standard on rivals.

The base Work for instance, boasts premium upholstery, steel wheels, front seats, tilt-wheel and cruise control. Additional include air conditioning, a leather-wrapped wheel, simulated alloy accents and floor mats. Directions and Connections service comes standard, while is confined to an AM/FM stereo 2 speakers in Regular cab configurations and cab Work Trucks sporting 4

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The 1LT adds alloy wheels and power accessories, including windows, remote power locks and power-adjustable outside as well as the brand-new auto-dimming mirror. An MP3-capable single-CD with an additional 2 speakers in and Crew cabs also standard, as does satellite with three months of service.

In addition to the I5 engine and suspension, the 2LT tosses in front seats, a sliding rear and, in 4WD versions, standard equipment. Finally, the 3LT comes similarly to the 2LT, distinguished notably by its 18-inch alloy standard V8 powerplant and the sport-tuned

Optional equipment in lower levels include a number of found standard in the higher while all trims offer added amenities as upgraded splash guards, molded or side assist steps and protection packages. The 1LT can be delivered a Street Pack II Appearance that boasts added chrome and a mesh grille, all Crew cab trims are eligible for leather upholstery.

Reviewers find, once that the 2012 Colorado too much hard plastic the cabin, while interior quality is no match for those Japanese rivals. Road and noise can be problematic, according to a of reviewers, while rear-seat is all but nonexistent in Extended cab trims in Crew cab variants, barely for young children. At least one notes a disturbing number of and rattles from the Spartan

On a more upbeat note, all are pleased with the large and marked gauges, also that instruments are well-located and manipulated, even while work gloves. Generally, reviewers are quick to point out Chevy’s affordable compact is designed with practicality and in mind, thereby excusing of its less-than-luxurious appointments.


standard safety equipment in the Colorado lineup consists of antilock brakes (ABS) electronic brakeforce distribution, as as traction and stability control. of course, there are standard in Extended and Crew cabs, airbags, front fog/driving daytime running lights, a safety system and OnStar services and alerts. The 2LT and 3LT, additionally sport GM’s theft-deterrent system, with the 3LT boasting standard dusk-sensing

Be advised that the ABS system is a disc/rear drum arrangement, some experts claim to be adequate. Others scoff, that this setup is and less effective than disc brakes.

In any case, carrying most of the traditional equipment found in 2012 trims, the Colorado lineup to suffer poor safety perhaps due, in part, to its of side-mounted airbags.

The National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTS) tested the Colorado only for rollover and awarded its second-best 4 stars. the Insurance Institute for Highway (IIHS) gives Chevy’s hauler its second-best rating of in front impact tests, side-impact tests resulted in the worst score of Poor. strength testing resulted in the giving the Colorado a next-to-worst rating, with overall results gaining only the Marginal score.

What Think

The overwhelming reason for dissatisfaction with Chevrolet’s Colorado is its low-rent cabin. Too hard plastics are the major though the lack of rear-seat also deserves a share of the according to more than a few Some mechanical issues in for a small share of owner as does the less-than-symphonic quality of the stereo system.

Finally, a of owners find mileage the V8 less than economical, virtually all understand that power indisputably requires gas.

On the positive side, a of owners differ with reviewers in that they the Colorado lineup to be a value-laden pickup, eminently suited to chores. Many owners are fine with the performance and the they get from the I5 powerplant, virtually all owners find and handling far superior to what generally claim. Additionally, owners remain impressed this little Chevy’s truck-like appearance, though than a few are waiting to see what the 2013 facelift will

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