INTRO: With a multitude of cab, bed and powertrain configurations available for the 2012 Chevrolet Colorado, this versatile and capable mid-size pickup is a worthy alternative to its full-size counterparts. Available trims include the base Work Truck and LT with LT1, LT2 and LT3 levels.
FEATURES: Passenger capacity depends on cab design. While Extended and Crew cab models can be had with front bucket seats, models with the 60/40 split front bench have a center armrest that folds up to create seating for three. For more capacity the shorter Extended Cab seats up to five and the Crew Cab as many as six.
PERFORMANCE: The base engine for the Colorado is a 2.9-liter inline-4, sending 185 horsepower to the rear wheels or available 4-wheel drive through either a 5-speed manual transmission or available 4-speed automatic. Also available are a 242 horsepower 3.7-liter inline-5 and a 300 horsepower 5.3-liter V8 mated to a 4-speed automatic.
FUEL ECONOMY: Here are the highest and lowest EPA estimates for fuel economy:
PRICING/WARRANTY: Base MSRP for the 2012 Chevrolet Colorado is $17,395. A 3LT Crew Cab model equipped with the 5.3 liter V8 starts at $28,260. The Colorado is backed by a 5-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
CLOSING: A solid performer with endless options and configurations, the versatile 2012 Chevrolet Colorado gets the job done with plenty of room for work or play.