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Pros & Cons

  • Good fuel economy for the class
  • Sluggish acceleration with five-cylinder engine
  • Cheap interior materials
  • Uncomfortable front bench seat
  • Cramped rear seats




Critics' Rating: 6.3
Performance: 6.8
Interior: 6.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
This rating isn’t available yet for the current model year. In the meantime, last year’s rating of 5.7 for safety is being used to calculate this vehicle’s overall score.
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2012 Chevrolet Colorado Overview

The 2012 Colorado comes standard with a four-cylinder engine that some reviewers said has enough power for everyday driving, but not enough for heavy hauling or fast acceleration. They wrote that the available five-cylinder engine feels weak compared with rivals' V6 engines. Unlike most compact pickup trucks, the Colorado is also available with a V8 engine, and test drivers said that this engine delivers more lively acceleration. The four-cylinder Colorado comes with either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission, while other models only come with the automatic. According to the EPA, a four-cylinder 2012 Chevy Colorado with an automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive gets 18/25 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class. The five-cylinder model gets 17/23, which is a bit better than what most V6 competitors get. Reviewers wrote that the Colorado has a comfortable ride on even roads, but added that the ride becomes a bit unsettled on rough roads. Some critics mentioned that models equipped with the available Z71 off-road suspension have a harsh ride. A V8-equipped Colorado can tow up to 6,000 pounds.

Reviewers said the 2012 Chevrolet Colorado's interior stands out because of its cheap-looking plastic trim and poor assembly quality. Regular cab models seat up to three people, extended cabs up to five and crew cabs up to six. Test drivers wrote that the Colorado’s base front seats have a seat back that is uncomfortable, though front bucket seats are available. They added the Colorado’s rear seats are cramped in both the extended and crew cabs, but especially so in the extended cab, which has two small jump seats. Reviewers appreciated that the 2012 Colorado has easy-to-read gauges and simple audio and climate controls. Bluetooth and a basic audio system are standard. Available features include keyless entry, a CD/MP3 stereo system, satellite radio, leather upholstery, heated front seats and a sliding rear window.

Other Trucks to Consider

According to test drivers, the 2012 Toyota Tacoma's back seats offer ample space and reviewers were impressed with the fit and finish of the Tacoma's cabin. They said its available V6 engine makes the Tacoma feel peppy and added that it has a smooth ride on the highway.

Reviewers liked the 2012 Suzuki Equator’s powerful available V6 engine and agile handling for a compact pickup truck. Test drivers added that it has comfortable front seats, and a V6-powered Equator can tow 300 pounds more than a V8-powered Colorado.

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