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2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid Review

While it delivers slightly better fuel economy than most trucks in the class, the 2012 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid lacks the towing capability of competing full-size trucks.

Pros & Cons

  • Good fuel economy for the class
  • Comfortable, composed ride
  • Sometimes rough transition between gas and electric power
  • Lackluster acceleration




Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
Safety: 8.4
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2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid Overview

The 2012 Silverado Hybrid has a V8 engine paired with an electrically variable transmission that contains two electric motors. When it was new, test drivers said there is sufficient power for acceleration, but others noted that the Silverado Hybrid doesn’t feel as powerful as its horsepower rating would suggest. In addition, some critics found that transitions between gas and electric power aren't always smooth. The 2012 Silverado Hybrid earns an EPA fuel economy rating of 20/23 mpg city/highway, which is slightly better than what most full-size trucks get. Some test drivers noted that the brake pedal feels a bit mushy, but most liked the Silverado Hybrid's comfortable ride and composed handling. The Silverado Hybrid can tow up to 6,100 pounds, which is somewhat low for a full-size truck.

When it was new, test drivers said the 2012 Silverado Hybrid's interior is built with a combination of hard plastics and premium materials, and features an attractive, straightforward cabin design. The Silverado Hybrid is crew cab-only, and reviewers wrote that the front seats offer plenty of comfort and space, though they could be a bit more supportive. Some also added that the rear seats are spacious. Standard features on the 2012 Silverado Hybrid include dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, an auxiliary input, a six-speaker stereo system and Bluetooth. Available features include touch-screen navigation, a rearview camera, a USB port, leather seats and a Bose stereo system.

Other Trucks to Consider

With its available 5.3-liter V8, the gas-only 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 gets decent fuel economy among 2012 full-size pickup trucks. Additionally, the Silverado 1500 is available in multiple bed and cab configurations, and critics reported that it has a comfortable ride.

The 2012 Ford F-150 has a standard V6 that test drivers said produces plenty of power for light tasks, and the base F-150 gets good fuel economy for the class. Test drivers were also impressed with the F-150's comfortable front seats and vast rear-seat space in SuperCrew models.

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