Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Chevrolet Colorado

Chevrolet Colorado 2012

The 2012 Chevrolet Colorado is the perfect size pickup for running errands on the weekend and doing light duty chores around the yard. For those who don’t need a full size pickup, the Colorado offers almost everything a full size has, but without the price tag.

Key Features

The Chevrolet Colorado has a 2.9 liter four cylinder engine with a five speed manual transmission. It offers 185 hp at 5,600 rpm with a fuel economy of 18 mpg while city driving and 25 mpg while driving on the highway. The Colorado can tow between 1,900 and 5,500 pounds.

Changes for 2012

The 1LT trims gets a Power Convenience Package where the 2LT trims receive front bucket seats. A manual transmission is no longer offered in the LT models, and the 5.3 liter V8 engine is not offered on the 1LT model anymore. A locking rear differential is standard on the 2LT, 3LT, and 1LT 4x4 models now.

What We Like

The 2012 Chevrolet Colorado has solid chassis while still getting good fuel economy. The side curtain airbags are a nice safety feature to have on the vehicle. In addition, the truck rides smoothly around town and even has a package option to go off-road.

What Concerns Us

The Colorado is not was wide as its competition, such as the Dakota or Tacoma, and it also doesn’t provide much legroom for the back passengers either. For those looking to tow heavy loads, the Colorado may not be the best option.

Available Models

The 1LT offers a 2.9 liter four cylinder engine with a four speed automatic transmission. It has 185 hp with a fuel economy of 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg in the highway. The 2LT has a 3.7 liter five cylinder engine with a four speed automatic transmission. It offers 242 hp with a fuel economy of 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. The 3LT offers a 5.3 liter V8 with a four speed automatic transmission. It has 300 hp with a fuel economy of 14 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway.

Major Recalls

In 2012, the Colorado was recalled due to the hood may be missing a secondary latch. This could cause the hood to open while the vehicle is going down the road. The Colorado was also recalled because of loose electrical connections on the driver seatbelt buckle, which can cause the warning not to sound.

Common Info

Common consumer complaints include the door ajar warning going off, the interior lights coming on, the brake pedal being soft, catalytic converter cracked and doors leaking.

Chevrolet Colorado 2012 Interior

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.


Post a question and get free advice from our certified mechanics.


More related articles

P0121 OBD-II Trouble Code: TPS "A" Circuit Range Performance Problem
P0121 code definition Throttle Pedal Position Sensor/Switch (TPS) A Circuit Range Performance Problem What the P0121 code means P0121 is a generic OBD-II code which indicates that the Engine Control...
How to Buy Fuel Treatments
Adding a fuel additive to your gas tank when you fill up is one way to clean vital engine parts of deposits, improve the performance of your engine,...
Insurance Requirements for Car Registration in Kentucky
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet requires that all drivers in Kentucky carry liability automotive insurance, or “financial responsibility” in order to operate a vehicle legally and maintain vehicle...

Related questions

Q: Previous owner of Scion buying a new car

Sure, she had luck with her first one. Why not buy another one? Toyotas make great cars, let her get another one. Go to Craigslist, they got lots of cars for sale. I bought cars for my kids on Craigslist....

Q: After fuel pump & filter replacements, car won't start

Hello there, I'll be happy to assist you! The problem is likely within the VATS (Vehicle Anti-Theft System) of the vehicle. More specifically the issue you are having is generally caused by broken sensor inside of the ignition lock cylinder....

Q: Truck overheating

Check to see if the cooling fan clutch is fully engaging when the engine is heating up. You can test this by putting a tissue in front of the radiator or condenser to see if the fan flow is strong...