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8.4

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 8.1
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2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Review

Test drivers liked the 2012 Chevrolet Silverado's balanced ride and strong V8 engine choices, but were let down by its bland interior design.

Pros & Cons

  • Composed ride and handling
  • Strong V8 engine choices
  • Bland interior design
  • Sluggish V6 performance

2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Overview

With its standard V6 engine, some test drivers said the 2012 Silverado 1500 has adequate power for daily driving, but many recommended stepping up to one of the three available V8 engines for more power. Of the V8s, test drivers preferred the 5.3-liter most for its ample power and torque, as some said the larger 6.2-liter only feels a bit stronger. A four-speed automatic transmission comes standard on the base Silverado 1500, while models with the 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V8s have a six-speed automatic. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 15/20 mpg city/highway for a V6-powered, rear-wheel drive 2012 Silverado 1500. Models with the 5.3-liter V8 get up to 15/21 mpg, which is in line with most competitors’ estimates. When it was new, reviewers agreed that the Silverado 1500 has a comfortable ride and controlled handling, though some noted that it has a large turning circle.

Test drivers said that lower trims of the 2012 Silverado 1500 have an uninspiring interior design, though most agreed that the overall quality of the materials is good for the class. Reviewers found the front seats to be comfortable, and most found the crew cab's rear accommodations to be more inviting. A four-speaker stereo with an auxiliary input is standard on the 2012 Silverado 1500. Available features include upgraded cloth or leather upholstery, power door locks and windows, dual-zone automatic climate control, a Bose stereo system, navigation, Bluetooth and a USB port. The Silverado 1500 can tow up to 10,700 pounds when properly configured.

Other Trucks to Consider

The 2012 GMC Sierra 1500 shares its platform with the Silverado, and test drivers were pleased with the Sierra's power when equipped with its available 5.3- or 6.2-liter V8 engines. Reviewers also liked the Sierra 1500's comfortable ride.

The base 2012 Ford F-150 gets good fuel economy for the class, and test drivers were impressed with the ample power and torque from its available turbocharged V6 engine. Reviewers also liked the F-150's flat rear floor in SuperCrew cab models, which they said makes it easy to transport large, bulkier items in the cab.

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