Used 2012 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab

2012 Chevrolet Colorado
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2012 Chevrolet Colorado

Pros

  • Affordable
  • strong V8 performance
  • wide variety of configurations.

Cons

  • Mediocre interior fit and finish
  • weak power and towing capacity from base engines
  • aging design
  • disappointing crash safety scores.

Used 2012 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab for Sale

Chevrolet Colorado 2012 Work Truck 4dr Extended Cab SB (2.9L 4cyl 5M)
108,734 miles
Used 2012
Chevrolet Colorado
Work Truck
Haker Auto Sales
43.5 mi away
List$9,995
Est.Loan: $187/mo
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Chevrolet Colorado 2012 1LT 4dr Extended Cab SB (2.9L 4cyl 4A)
80,249 miles
Used 2012
Chevrolet Colorado
1LT
(2)
Thompson Toyota
67.8 mi away
List$13,624
Est.Loan: $254/mo
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Chevrolet Colorado 2012 Work Truck 4dr Extended Cab SB (2.9L 4cyl 5M)
94,279 miles
Used 2012
Chevrolet Colorado
Work Truck
Thornton Automotive
78.2 mi away
List$9,597
Est.Loan: $179/mo
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Chevrolet Colorado 2012 2LT 4dr Extended Cab SB (3.7L 5cyl 4A)
101,813 miles
Used 2012
Chevrolet Colorado
2LT
VA Cars West Broad
96.8 mi away
List$11,988
Est.Loan: $224/mo
$300 Below Market
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Chevrolet Colorado 2012 1LT 4dr Extended Cab SB (2.9L 4cyl 4A)
64,421 miles
Used 2012
Chevrolet Colorado
1LT
Opequon Motors
38.7 mi away
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Chevrolet Colorado 2012 Work Truck 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (2.9L 4cyl 5M)
52,228 miles
Used 2012
Chevrolet Colorado
Work Truck
Flow Volkswagen
86.5 mi away
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Chevrolet Colorado 2012 1LT 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (2.9L 4cyl 4A)
37,234 miles
Used 2012
Chevrolet Colorado
1LT
Whitmoyer Ford
91.8 mi away
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Edmunds' Expert Review

The 2012 Chevy Colorado still looks sharp, but inside and underneath it lags behind the competition in both passenger comfort and overall refinement.

vehicle overview

Chevy seems to be on another 10-year plan with its Colorado compact/midsize pickup. The Colorado's predecessor, the S10, lasted more than two decades. And though the 2012 Chevrolet Colorado is a competent truck, its age has resulted in it being outclassed by its primary rivals in terms of utility, design, feature content and all-around desirability.

Entering its ninth year of production without a full redesign, the Colorado is still an affordable pickup with much the same muscular look as Chevy's full-size trucks. It offers multiple configurations of body styles, trim levels and engines, including a stout 300-horsepower V8 that can pull 6,000 pounds of trailer toys.

But a look inside the cabin reveals the Colorado's shortcomings. This utilitarian space with its unimpressive materials hasn't changed much since the Colorado's debut. Chevy designed the interior with unfussy truck buyers in mind -- large knobs can be manipulated while wearing work gloves -- but the fleet managers who find themselves in compact pickups won't be impressed with this truck's noisy cabin and busy ride.

Among competing small trucks, only the Ford Ranger feels more dated, so the Colorado wins against this rival. But the Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma are two more contemporary and refined alternatives to the Colorado. Value hunters might even consider late-model used versions of these competitors before settling on the aging Colorado.

2012 Chevrolet Colorado configurations

The 2012 Chevrolet Colorado is a compact/midsize pickup offered in three body styles: regular cab, extended cab (with small rear access doors) and crew cab (with four regular doors).

Crew cabs come equipped with 5-foot cargo boxes while other models feature a 6-foot box. The Colorado is offered in either a basic Work Truck or a premium LT trim, with the latter available in LT1, LT2 and LT3 subsets tailored to specific needs. Every model of the rear-wheel-drive Colorado except for the LT3 offers four-wheel drive as an option.

Standard features for the Work Truck version of the Colorado include 16-inch steel wheels, a front split bench seat, a tilt steering column, air-conditioning, cruise control, OnStar, Bluetooth and an AM/FM stereo. The LT1 adds 16-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass, deluxe cloth upholstery, full power accessories, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and upgraded audio with a CD/MP3 player and satellite radio.

The LT2 models gain an off-road suspension, a sliding rear window, chrome exterior trim and front bucket seats. The LT3 is similar but has the V8 engine and a sport suspension. Leather seating is an option for crew-cab Colorados.

2012 Highlights

Except for an automatic locking rear differential on midlevel trim models, the Chevy Colorado offers no significant changes for 2012.

Performance & mpg

The 2012 Chevrolet Colorado offers three engines. The base engine is a 2.9-liter four-cylinder generating 185 horsepower and 190 pound-feet of torque. Optional for all trims (and standard on 4WD Crew Cabs) is a 3.7-liter five-cylinder that produces 242 hp and 242 lb-ft of torque. Finally, a 5.3-liter V8 rated at 300 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque comes standard on the LT3 and is optional on LT2 models.

A five-speed manual transmission is standard for most four-cylinder Colorados, with a four-speed automatic optional; the five-cylinder and V8 engines are equipped only with the automatic. Four-wheel-drive models feature a dual-range InstaTrac transfer case with controls conveniently mounted on the dash.

EPA estimated fuel economy ranges from 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway and 21 combined for the regular cab model equipped with the four-cylinder to 14 mpg city/19 highway and 16 mpg combined for crew cabs equipped with the V8 and four-wheel drive. A properly equipped V8-powered Colorado can tow up to 6,000 pounds.

Safety

The 2012 Chevy Colorado comes standard with OnStar, antilock brakes, stability control, traction control and side curtain airbags.

In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing, an extended-cab Colorado received a top-ranked score of "Good" for frontal offset collisions. The crew cab model, however, fared worse and earned a second-best "Acceptable" ranking for the same test and a worst "Poor" rating for side-impact protection.

Driving

The 2012 Chevrolet Colorado's smaller four- and five cylinder engines are smooth enough, but fall short of the competition's V6s. The V8 compensates for this deficit, although at the expense of fuel economy. The Colorado's four-speed automatic transmission shifts cleanly, yet it can't deliver the acceleration or fuel economy delivered by the competition's five-speed automatics.

Around town, the Colorado is reasonably quiet, although the amount of wind and road noise is certainly trucklike. The standard suspension affords plenty of load-carrying capability, but at the price of plenty of bounce across bad pavement and dirt roads.

Interior

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.

On the other hand, controls and instruments are arranged in a simple and straightforward fashion, and there's plenty of room up front. 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.

Outside, the Colorado's tailgate can be set partially open to furnish a flat loading area for 4x8 panels or long items.


Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2012 Chevrolet Colorado.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Excellent value for the Money - A must look at Truck
simplecars,05/22/2012
I tend to buy vehicles at the end of their design life -- bugs have been worked out, etc, and deals are there. This 2WD Colorado is an exceptional value for the money. It IS comfortable, looks great, and from other owners I talked to, is RELIABLE. In 3,000 miles so far this is the case. Don't listen to professional reviews that push you towards imports...they ALL have cheap plastic interior. Chevy did a great job on this truck. Perfect? No. Affordible, reliable, a great VALUE? YES YES YES. Have pulled pop up camper, hauled dirt and rock all in first months of use. Only wish 2WD models were easier to find on the lots...why do we need 4WD when roads are cleared soon after it snows?
Great Truck
oldschool14,12/13/2012
So far this has been a great truck. It handles very well, rides decent for a 4X4 and its gas mileage is good for a 4x4. It also looks better than its competition but that is a matter of personal preference. Some of the reviews dont really reflect this is a truck for its intended purpose and not a car. Excellent 4X4 capabilities.
It's a Truck, not a car
pubob,01/14/2012
Really like it, have had Dakota's, Ranger's, full size Chevy's, this is the best yet. Better gas mileage, simple controls, very comfortable and very nicely priced. Dated? Maybe but it has all the same bells-and-whistles the others have, at least in the LT2 I purchased. Forget the reviews, if you want a truck but not full size this is the one and don't expect back seats in any extended cab to be "real" seats.
Do your homework
Goosse,03/10/2018
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Features & Specs

MPG
18 city / 25 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
Gas
185 hp @ 5600 rpm
MPG
17 city / 23 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
Gas
185 hp @ 5600 rpm
MPG
18 city / 25 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
Gas
185 hp @ 5600 rpm
MPG
17 city / 23 hwy
Seats 4
4-speed automatic
Gas
242 hp @ 5600 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover3 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover20.4%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Marginal
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

More about the 2012 Chevrolet Colorado
Used 2012 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab Overview

The Used 2012 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab is offered in the following styles: 1LT 4dr Extended Cab SB (2.9L 4cyl 4A), 1LT 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (2.9L 4cyl 4A), Work Truck 4dr Extended Cab SB (2.9L 4cyl 5M), 2LT 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (3.7L 5cyl 4A), Work Truck 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (2.9L 4cyl 5M), 3LT 4dr Extended Cab SB (5.3L 8cyl 4A), and 2LT 4dr Extended Cab SB (3.7L 5cyl 4A).

What's a good price on a Used 2012 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab?

Save up to $300 on one of 4 Used 2012 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab for sale at dealerships within 25 miles of Ashburn, VA with prices as low as $9,597 as of11/20/2018, based on data from dealers and consumer-driven dealer ratings ranging from5 to 5 out of 5 stars.

Price comparisons for Used 2012 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab trim styles:

  • The Used 2012 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab Work Truck is priced between $9,597 and$9,995 with odometer readings between 94279 and108734 miles.
  • The Used 2012 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab 1LT is priced between $13,624 and$13,624 with odometer readings between 80249 and80249 miles.
  • The Used 2012 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab 2LT is priced between $11,988 and$11,988 with odometer readings between 101813 and101813 miles.

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