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2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab

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2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.5

In the world of half-ton pickups, the 2012 Chevrolet Silverado rules supreme. Granted, the Ford F-150 pickup can lay claim to being the best-selling pickup in America but, if you combine the sales of the Silverado with its identical cousin, the GMC Sierra, GM walks away with the best-selling title, no questions asked. Today's Chevrolet must contend with more than just Ford and Ram, however, because Toyota and Nissan are now selling half-ton pickups as well. To keep its big rig competitive and its customers happy, Chevrolet constantly improves the 2012 Silverado pickup line, giving it one of the most fuel-efficient V8s in the segment, not to mention the only hybrid pickup truck available. But, truck buyers care less about a 1- or 2-mpg increase in fuel economy than they do power, hauling ability and comfort. Here, too, the 2012 Silverado half-ton pickup delivers, with a max tow rating of 10,700 pounds when equipped with the 6.2-liter V8 and the Max Tow Package.

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With its numerous possible configurations, the 2012 Chevy Silverado half-ton pickup will please all but the chronically indecisive. From cab configurations to bed lengths to trim and option packages, the Silverado is the half-ton jack of all trades, including models that can run on E85.

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Short of its conservative styling, there isn't much to quibble with when looking at the 2012 Chevy Silverado pickup. Those who need the towing power of a diesel engine will have to look to the Silverado HD 2500 or 3500 pickup trucks.

What's New for 2012

For 2012, Chevrolet gives the Silverado full-size pickup a refreshed front end, available heated/cooling seats for the LTZ, and a new White Diamond Edition. Also new is an available navigation radio with built-in hard drive that eliminates the need for map data stored on DVDs.

Driving the Silverado 1500 Regular Cab

Driving Impressions Thanks to its rigid frame, coil-over-shock front suspension and rack-and-pinion steering, and advanced construction techniques, the full-size 2012 Chevrolet Silverado pickup offers decidedly better ride and handling characteristics than Silverados...

past. A stiff chassis means a stronger platform for towing and the Silverado's fully boxed frame delivers strength in spades. As for power, the Silverado pickup offers a few options. The 4.3-liter V6 is a good choice for those hauling only light loads in the bed and not towing. For bigger jobs, the 5.3-liter V8 is an excellent choice combining power and fuel economy in an affordable package. The big dog in the Silverado's kennel is a 403-horsepower 6.2-liter aluminum block V8. Power delivery with each V8 engine is more than ample, and the electronically controlled 6-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission delivers it smoothly and without hesitation.

Big Knobs
In a welcome bow to those who work hard to earn their keep – and who live in frigid climes – the 2012 Silverado pickup has knobs, switches and door handles that can be easily operated while wearing gloves.

Active Fuel Management
The Active Fuel Management system available in four different V8s cuts the operation of four cylinders when they are unneeded and enhances fuel economy.

2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab Details
Interior

Like everything about the 2012 Silverado half-ton pickup, the interior choices are multifaceted. If you go with the WT (Work Truck), LS or LT trim, you get an interior and instrument panel that is pure Chevrolet truck: Simple and straightforward. Opt for the top-of-the-line LTZ trim, however, and your Silverado 1500 pickup becomes a bit more plush, with a highly refined instrument panel complete with wood inlays, soft-touch surfaces and additional ambient lighting. To make the cab feel more spacious, Chevy engineers mount the instrument panel low and far forward and, on Silverado Crew Cab pickups, the rear-seat area is made almost as welcoming as on some full-size SUVs. Up front, the big 40/20/40 split-bench seat features a lockable storage bin with a built-in 12-volt outlet. The bin is large enough to accommodate a laptop computer. Incorporating stadium-style seats allows the rear-seat passengers a better view forward, and when only partially occupied, the seats feature a 60/40-split design allowing them to be laid flat.

Exterior

For those who find some full-size trucks to be overstyled and almost cartoonish, the 2012 Chevrolet Silverado half-ton pickup is a welcome dose of classic American styling. With clean lines, muscular fender flares and enough chrome to be cool without going overboard, the Chevy Silverado pickup is as comfortable arriving at the work site as it is departing for a night on the town. Chevy was able to create such tight gaps between the Silverado's body panels, thanks to the big pickup's fully boxed frame that makes the Silverado extremely rigid and immune to excessive body flex. The truck team at Chevy also went to great lengths to integrate the pickup box while simultaneously increasing its height. In a nod to better passenger comfort, the Extended Cab Silverado pickup features large rear-access doors capable of opening a full 170 degrees, with windows that fully lower into the doors.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2012 Chevrolet Silverado WT pickup includes a 4-speed automatic transmission, tire-pressure-monitoring system, anti-lock brakes (ABS), air conditioning and two auxiliary power outlets. The 1LT adds cruise control, compass and temperature-display rearview mirror, power windows, door locks and mirrors, remote keyless entry and CD/MP3 player audio system. The LTZ adds 10-way power heated front bucket seats, leather seating, power-folding power-adjustable heated mirrors, Bose audio with MP3-compatible 6-disc CD changer and auxiliary input jack, and a remote-start system. The StabiliTrak electronic stability-control system is standard on all 2012 Chevy Silverado 1500 models.

Optional Equipment

Depending on trim, the Silverado can also be optioned in several ways. It offers five suspension systems, each tailored to suit specific driving requirements. They include Z83 for a solid, smooth ride, Z85 for enhanced handling and trailer towing, Z71 for enhanced off-road capability, Z60 for street performance with 20-inch wheels and NHT for maximum towing capacity. A choice of 2- and 4-wheel-drive models, various cabs and bed lengths and a variety of axle ratios are also offered.

Under the Hood

While we expect the 4.3-liter V6 and 4.8-liter V8 to be more than adequate in work-truck applications, we recommend the 5.3-liter V8 engines, some with cast-iron blocks and some with aluminum, but all with Active Fuel Management and variable valve timing. And for those who want more power (or towing capacity), the 6.2-liter V8 is tops in its class, offering significantly more power and torque (pulling force) with very little penalty in fuel economy.

4.3-liter V6
195 horsepower @ 4,600 rpm
260 lb-ft of torque @ 2,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/20 (2WD), 14/18 (4WD)

4.8-liter V8 Flex-Fuel
302 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
305 lb-ft of torque @ 4,600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/19 (2WD), 10/14 (2WD, E85), 13/18 (4WD), 10/13 (4WD, E85)

5.3-liter V8 Flex-Fuel
315 horsepower @ 5,200 rpm
326 horsepower @ 5,300 rpm (E85)
335 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
348 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm (E85)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/21 (gasoline), 11/16 (2WD, E85), 15/22 (XFE), 11/13 (XFE, E85), 15/21 (4WD), 11/16 (4WD, E85)

6.2-liter V8 Flex-Fuel
403 horsepower @ 5,700 rpm
417 lb-ft of torque @ 4,300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/18 (2WD), 9/13 (2WD, E85), 12/18 (4WD), 9/13 (4WD, E85)

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2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 1263 Ratings for the 2007 - 2013 models.

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  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    8.8/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    8.9/10

Excellent truck

By on Sunday, August 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 49,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great price, drives great, pulls great,looks great"

Cons: "front bumper rusts easily"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

My Baby

"Excellent truck throughout! Pulls, drives amazing! Looks great inside and out! The only complaint I have is the front bumper. I have had this truck for 2 years and within the first few months of owning it, the front bumper developed small rust spots all over it. Otherwise a perfect truck!"

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

My Baby

Like new, no repairs done or required very lo mile

By on Sunday, August 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,350

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This truck has been used as personal transportation only. Used for pulling trailer to move household goods. Buying this truck is like buying a heavily discounted new truck."

A lot of money for not a lot of truck.

By on Friday, August 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "Runs for now."

Cons: "Feels cheap."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"After owning a 2004HD with an 8.1 liter engine and Alison transmission, this truck just feels cheap. I miss my old truck. It felt like a jet, rode like a dream and had all of the interior comforts and exterior looks. Bose sterio, heated leather seats, Name it, it had it. I bought this for the wrong reason. I wanted the extra 3 miles per gal that I get. I use this truck for work. It has tool boxes and a ladder rack. I get about 12/gal. The HD only got 8.5. The HD was a beast though. This 2012 k1500 is a dependable farmer. My biggest grip is with the interior. Its falling apart. The AUX plug in broke in the first year, as did the consol latch and the drivers seat cheap lumbar support. The seats are uncomfortable-plain and simple. The stereo isnt Bose. It stinks. FM reception is poor. Sound quality poor. I'll be shopping around a little more carefully next time. After being a chevy man for 30 years. Maybe its time for a change. Lastly; what gets my goat. 2013, chevy finally adds a rear camera. Hurray! What took so long? They added the step in the bumper also. Heres a question: When are they going to allow me to connect to their poor quality stereo systemwith my MP3 via bluetooth. Saving that for 2017. Moving at lightning speed, as always. Wake up GM. these trucks are costly. Now give us something for the money."

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Mostly all I've ever owned was Chevy Silverado's

By on Tuesday, August 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,969

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Durable and reliable! Pretty good resale value."

Cons: "Recalls, defects, overall cost lil high/fuel use"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

my 5th Silverado and counting, if they ever get the gas milage up on these things or if the alt fuel is more widely sold I'll buy, til then I'm done.

"The first Silverado I ever drove was a lowered, 3 toned completely and fully loaded custom 1992 Extended/Crew black/maroon/purple Silverado. I drove it like I owned it. The selling point for me was when during the summer of 1993 myself, two of my brothers and my father piled in that puppy and we drove for 33 hours from Moreno Valley California to Savannah GA, stopping only for potty breaks, food, fuel and swapping out drivers if not at one of the previously mentioned stops; it was great, so roomy, two of us slept while two of us drove, one laid the passenger seat back and slept the fourth in the back laid out like on a airline flat lay out bed and it was a comfortable ride, some 2,489 miles later we arrived and after Savannah only one of my brothers and I continued the cross country drive, we continued to Long Island NY, passed thru Washington DC for the 30th Anniversary of the March on WA. that was amazing timing didn't plan it, but I was there; then we drove to Minnetonka MN and completed our journey making a Beeline from MN back to my home town of Riverside California. I forget the total miles, total days was 23 I believe short and sweet, the key attraction for me is that Silverado was tough and fuel efficient, but mostly I loved that first Silverado because it made that trip so fun and so worth every mile we passed; and I've been sold on the Silverado ever since! I purchased my very own and first Silverado off the Riverside CA. lot in 1997, it was a vehicle that was purchased and brought back due to the financing falling through, had less then 3000 miles and they took $4,000 off the price; now that I think about it I was kind of a novice to the purchasing game and probably should have got more then that off right? Lol, they say the second it drives off the lot the value drops like 10-25%??? Anyway I loved that and every Silverado ever since. I'm on my 5th Truck now, all Silverado's and only purchased one used, not one of them did I ever have much of any serious or minor mechanical problems with, hence my 5th one!!! If not for having my current Silverado lifted/modified at the dealer and them not telling me they would never be able to buy it back with any modifications, besides that killing the fuel efficiency, I'd be keeping #5 and not selling it. I love that truck, I love Silverado, however the milage on it just killed me and I'm currently dealing with a party who seems really interested and I hope this deal goes thru I have 5 vehicles and this one has sat in my driveway for sale now over a year and a half, has only 20,969 miles on it, only put 3,000 of those on it in the past year and a half because it just drinks the gas. When the gas went back down below $3 I actually thought of never selling it, but now with gas back up over $4 nope she's got to go the sooner the better. On a scale of 1-10 how much do I love the Silverado, it's an 11+ hopefully the Alt fuel will become more readily available and for cheaper than regular gas, that would make me purchase my 6th Silverado 100%, but for now I'm done with the V8! (8-4-15)"

my 5th Silverado and counting, if they ever get the gas milage up on these things or if the alt fuel is more widely sold I'll buy, til then I'm done.

Good vehicle will recommend to a family member.

By on Monday, August 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 98,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Paid cash for this vehicle. Great truck I am retiring and want to sell it. Most repairs were done at the dealership great vehicle, minor issues but overall 100% can recommend like selling it to my family Some superficial body dents"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Overall very pleased

By on Sunday, August 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 95,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "good acceleration, very smooth riding at first, no"

Cons: "ride is deteriorating, throttle body caused troubl"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"The limited slip differential went out at 40+k and the throttle body sensor at around 92+k. The dealer replaced both at no charge. The check engine light came on a couple of times at first but dealer fixed. I had a recall which didn't apply. Overall it has been fine. Not perfect but fine."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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