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2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Overview (See Available Styles)

For those who demand more from their trucks, the 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 fits the bill.

The Silverado 1500 is closely related to the GMC Sierra 1500 (the two trucks share a platform), and for the new model year got a few cosmetic and trim updates. Starting up front, the Silverado 1500 now features an updated chrome mesh grille which squares off the Silverado’s nose and gives it a look similar to the Tahoe and Suburban SUVs. Other changes for 2012 include a pair of special trim levels, the White Diamond Edition and a Custom Sport Truck Package. The off-road catered Z71 trim is also back.

There are three available cab sizes (regular, extended, and crew-cab) depending on what you’re looking to get out of your Silverado 1500. The regular and extended cabs come with your option of a standard (6-foot, 6-inch) or long (8-foot) cargo bed, while the crew-cab only offers a shorter cargo bed (5-foot, 9-inch) but more interior room for passengers.

The Silverado 1500 is similarly flexible when it comes to engine options, of which there are four. A 195-horsepower, 4.3-liter V-6 with 260 pounds-feet of torque starts things off. Next is a 302-hp, 4.8-liter V-8 that produces 305 pounds-feet of torque. Two flex-fuel engines are also available: a 315-horsepower (with gas), 5.3-liter V-8 with 335 pounds-feet of torque (gas) and a 403-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 with 417 pounds-feet of torque. Transmission options include a four- or six-speed automatic, and four-wheel drive is available. Towing capacity maxes out at 10,500 pounds with the enhanced trailering package.

Fuel economy numbers range from 12-15 mpg in the city to 18-22 mpg on the highway depending on your drivetrain selection. A hybrid version of the Silverado 1500 which improves fuel economy is also available and is covered separately on this site.

Inside, the 2012 Silverado 1500 offers you a workman-like or a more luxurious interior depending on your preferences. The WT, LS, and LT trims offer handy work features like dual-glove boxes and vinyl seating. Standard features include air conditioning, AM/FM stereo, and automatic headlights. Options include power windows (including a sliding rear window), remote keyless entry, auto dimming rearview mirror, and integrated trailer brake controls. The LTZ trim turns the interior into something that resembles an SUV with luxurious options like heated and cooled front seats, an upgraded Bose stereo, and automatic climate control.

Safety features on the Silverado 1500 electronic stability system with rollover mitigation technology, a full suite of airbags, and antilock brakes. A backup camera and rear parking sensors are available for help in guiding the Silverado 1500 in tight spaces.

So whether you need a truck more for work or play, the 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 sparkles.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 13 - 15 MPG
  • Highway: 18 - 22 MPG

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Vehicle safety data is provided by IIHS, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an independent, nonprofit, scientific, and educational organization dedicated to reducing deaths and injuries on the nation's highways.

Safety Rating

  • Front Safety: Good
  • Side Safety: Acceptable
  • Rear Safety: Acceptable

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

43 of 49 (87%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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