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2012 Chevrolet Colorado Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2012 Chevrolet Colorado was new.


Interior: 6.5

While some competitors offer more car-like cabins, the 2012 Chevrolet Colorado keeps its interior pure truck. That leads some reviewers to complain about materials quality and sparse standard features, though others say the Colorado's interior is adequate for those who truly need a basic, utilitarian pickup.

  • "Interior materials and fit-and-finish are average for the class. Still, some test models had a few squeaks and rattles from the dashboard area.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "Perhaps the cheapest interior around.” -- Car and Driver
  • "Although the Colorado looks handsome from the outside, sharing chiseled cues with the full-size Silverado, the cabin appears stuck in time. While rivals have become more refined, the Colorado continues with mediocre cabin furnishings, plenty of hard plastic trim and seats that are barely comfortable, much less supportive.” -- Edmunds


Depending on body style, the Colorado can seat between two and six people. Reviewers say that the back seat in the extended cab model isn’t very comfortable, and is difficult to access through a pair of suicide doors. The crew cab has a pair of regular seats accessible through two regular doors. When it comes to overall seat comfort, most reviewers say the front seats are more supportive than the back ones, although that doesn’t mean the front seat occupants will be comfortable enough on long trips.

  • "The (front) seats are adequately comfortable for long drives, though some testers complain of hard, flat seat backs in entry-level versions. The middle position on the bench seat is for occasional use only.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "Passengers in non-crew cab models, however, will have to shuffle and twist to reach the rear seats through the small door openings. Once back there, they'll likely find small quarters and tight legroom.” -- Edmunds

Interior Features

Reviewers like the layout of the 2012 Colorado’s dash and say its controls are particularly easy to use, but they dislike the materials Chevrolet used to build it. Base Colorado trucks are sparsely equipped, with standard features including manual windows and an AM/FM radio, though they do come with Bluetooth. Optional features like heated front seats and leather-trimmed upholstery are available on pricier trim levels.

Overall, reviewers describe the interior as very truck-like, which some buyers may appreciate. However, if you're looking for a more car-like interior with more technology, check out the Toyota Tacoma. 

  • "Controls and instruments are arranged in a simple and straightforward fashion, and there's plenty of room up front.” -- Edmunds
  • "The … Chevrolet Colorado's interior layout is highly functional, with all the gauges and controls in clear sight and easy reach of the driver.” -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Though drenched in plastic, the Colorado's interior features an effective gauge layout and easy-to-reach audio and climate controls. There are some nice chrome accents to spice up the atmosphere, but this is mostly a utility-friendly cab with adequate storage and reasonably spacious surroundings for a compact pickup.” -- Cars.com
  • "The audio and climate controls are simple to use and are clearly marked. Gauges are easy to read, but some digital readouts wash out in direct sunlight.” -- Consumer Guide


Reviewers say interior storage is limited in the base 2012 Chevrolet Colorado. Extended cab and crew cab models have foldable back seats that increase second-row cargo room.

  • "Interior storage is limited on regular cabs, but is good on extended and Crew Cabs with the rear seats folded. A unique dual-position support cable allows the tailgate to be secured partially open, permitting 4x8 sheets to be carried atop the wheel wells with support from the tailgate.” -- Consumer Guide

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