2012 Chevrolet Colorado Overview
Flexibility and durability is the name of the game for the multi-purpose 2012 Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickup truck.
The 2012 Colorado doesn’t boast many changes, but it is worth noting that the split-bench front seat in the 2LT trim is replaced with front bucket seats and the 2LT, 3LT and four-wheel-drive 1LT models now feature an automatic locking rear differential.
When deciding on which Colorado model is for you, know that there are three main areas of differentiation: engine type, cab configuration and trims/packages. A bare-bones 185-horsepower, 2.9-liter four-cylinder is the featured engine in the Work Truck and 1LT trims, while a 242-horsepower, 3.7-liter five-cylinder engine powers the 2LT trim and the four-wheel-drive Crew Cab 1LT. Both of those engines are mated to a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. A 300-horsepower, 5.3-liter V-8 with FlexFuel capability powers the 3LT trim, generates 320 pounds-feet of torque, and is mated to a four-speed automatic.
Related to the GMC Canyon and a direct competitor to the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier, the Colorado can haul 1,400 pounds of payload and it can tow up to 6,000 pounds with the V-8, which is competitive with some of the lower-end full-size pickups, but for significantly less money. In terms of cab configurations, the 2012 Chevy Colorado can be had as a Regular Cab (seating for three and a six-foot bed), Extended Cab (seating for five and a six-foot bed) or a Crew Cab (seating for six and a five-foot bed).
Engine type and cab configurations are just part of the game because the 2012 Chevrolet Colorado comes in four distinct trims/packages that provide something for everyone with the biggest difference being suspension setups. Choose between the Work Truck, Z85, Z71 (suspension offers higher stance) and Sport (with available ZQ8 Sport Suspension Package, which is lowered) and 16-, 17- and 18-inch wheels. Standard features include cruise control, air conditioning, leather-wrapped steering wheel and CD player, while a locking rear differential is optional. A power glass sunroof, power driver and front passenger seats with heating, OnStar satellite communications, Bluetooth® connectivity and a CD player with MP3 playback capability are available.
In terms of safety, the 2012 Chevrolet Colorado has side curtain airbags, antilock brakes, electronic stability system, traction control and a crash sensor that sends a GPS signal to notify authorities.
A budget alternative to those who don’t need the full capability of a full-size pickup, the 2012 Chevrolet Colorado is available in so many different configurations you won’t have a problem finding the right one for you.