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Chevrolet Colorado

The 2012 Chevrolet Colorado is a small pickup truck that is tough for towing, comfortable for daily driving needs, and is fuel efficient for its class. The Colorado has several trim packages, suspensions, and powertrains to choose from, ensuring that small pickup truck buyers can find what they need as far as options and technology are concerned. CARFAX provides updated information about the Chevrolet Colorado like standard automotive specifications as well as proprietary data that describes a vehicle's unique history to help with the research process.

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Used Chevrolet Colorado: In Depth


The Chevrolet Colorado entered the market in 2004 and was last produced in early 2012. Chevrolet is, however, bringing back the Colorado for the 2015 model year with several improvements to the body style, safety features, and advanced technology. The projected body style will have a beefier front end with newly designed headlight and tail light assemblies.

Two basic trim packages are available for the Chevrolet Colorado. The base model is classified as a work truck and the upgraded trim package is the LT. This also comes with a 1LT, 2LT or 3LT option. Three cab options are also available, which include regular, crew, and extended cabs. Regular cab trucks offer enough seating for three people while crew and extended cabs can seat up to five passengers. The Work Trim (WT) package is the best option for budget-savvy consumers.

Should you require more horsepower, consider the 2LT and 3LT editions. The 2LT comes with a 3.7L I-5 engine that provides 242 horsepower for additional towing strength and performance. The most horsepower comes from the 3LT that comes equipped with a 5.3L V8 engine, which can get up to 300 horsepower. With this model, trekking over rough terrain, through snowy roads, or on wet surfaces, while towing, is an easier feat.

The 2012 Chevrolet Colorado is a good fit for a young couple or small work crew. It also works well for agricultural use (a good farm truck) and for daily commutes. The 1LT and WT editions can get up to 25 mpg on the highway.

When a more complex and advanced truck is what you need, there are options to choose from including remote keyless entry and a towing package. LT models are available with an optional power convenience package that includes the remote keyless entry along with power locks, windows, mirrors, and a rearview mirror auto-dimming switch. The 2LT model has bucket seats rather than the split 60/40 bench seat option. The variety of packages and configurations for this powerful pickup truck make it practical for work, play or everyday use. If off-roading is a favorite pass time, consider a four-wheel drive option to prevent getting stuck in a little bit of mud.

In short, the 2012 Chevrolet Colorado is an optimal choice if you require a smaller pickup that is just as tough as a full-size option. The variety of trim packages available for this truck ensure that truck buyers will find what they are looking for in a quality, economical, and comfortable vehicle.


The 2012 Chevrolet Colorado offers several safety features including electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, and daytime running lamps. As far as airbags are concerned, it has front and rear passenger curtain airbags. In crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, it rated "Average" for moderate overlap front damage. In other safety crash tests, the Colorado rated "Poor" in side crash tests, "Marginal" for roof crashes, head restraints, and seat crash testing.


While consumers mistake it for a weak pickup, it is anything but weak. The 2LT edition has a towing capacity of 6,000 pounds, which is enough to tow a small boat, landscaping trailer, or another vehicle. This truck has a smooth front end design and strong suspension system. Drivers can take this truck off-road without a problem, even with a 2-wheel drive. 

Vehicle Overview

Number of Service Records Colorado

Carfax Facts

The Chevrolet Colorado has an average of 6.7 service records, such as oil changes or tire rotations. 53 percent have more than 5 service records. A high number of service records can be an indication of a well maintained vehicle. 

Average Odometer Reading

Carfax Chart

If you're looking for a used Chevy Colorado with less than 40,000 miles, start your search with the 2011 model year.

2012 Colorado Specifications

  • 2.9-liter I-4;  3.7-liter I-5; 5.3-liter V8

  • 18 city / 25 hwy mpg

  • Rear-wheel drive; four-wheel drive
  • 4-speed manual transmission; 4-speed automatic transmission; 5-speed manual transmission

  • 185 hp @ 5600 rpm; 242 hp @ 5600 hp; 300 hp @ 5200 rpm

  • 111.3 inches; 126.0 inches