2012 CHEVY SILVERADO 1500 overview

fuel efficiency of 2012 chevy silverado
13 MPG City
25 MPG Highway

What's new in 2012

Restyled grille and bumper for the LS and LT models are among these minor changes. Updated navigation system and trailer sway control system. The Trailer sway control system added as a part of the stability control system allowing you to access multiple turning points in tight areas. StabiliTrak electronic stability control added for trailer sway control and hill-start assist.

What's added in 2013

The 2013 Chevrolet Silverado is the last year model for the second generation, and not many changes were made. One of the few major changes made to the 2013 Silverado was the reorganizing of equipment within the interior. It also introduced two new exterior colors. Additionally, powertrain grade-braking was added, using transmission downshifting to ease stress and temperature build-up on the brake rotors.

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It's hard to go wrong with a full-sized pickup. The 2012 Silverado delivers Chevrolet power and performance that you can depend on. Thanks to its strong heritage, the Chevy Silverado remains a competitive choice in the full-size pickup segment. Even though the 2012 model has a platform that dates back to 2007, competition with newer platforms like the Ford F150 and Dodge Ram continue to bare necks with the Silverado pickup. The 2012 Chevrolet Silverado is part of the second generation of the Silverado lineup. This pickup is available in a wide range of sizes, engines, and capabilities. Choosing the model and configuration can be the toughest part for buyers, but this step vital when it comes to meeting needs and wants. Optional upgrades, configurations, utility packages and special edition models are features that all play a role in the success of the Chevy Silverado lineup.

Trim Levels, Features, Tech Specs

The 2012 Silverado model was built on the General Motors GMT900 platform. With a stiff frame they were able to improve ride and handling characteristics. Both GM Silverado and GMC Sierra were the first to offer 300 horsepower and EPA ratings of 20 miles per gallon. There are plenty of choices in light-duty and heavy-duty variations. There are a number of light-duty models including the SS, half-ton and hybrid. These trucks are generally given the name 1500. They are available in three cab sizes. As far as heavy-duty goes these models are stronger versions of the Silverado light-duty. They come in sizes 1500HD, 2500HD and 3500 models. Trim levels for regular cabs come in a limited variety of trim levels. These trim levels consist of the base Work Truck (or WT) and the midlevel LT trim package. As far as the extended cab goes, trim levels include options such as the LS, LT and the LTZ. The WT trim level, or Work Truck, comes with a trip computer, tilt steering, OnStar, vinyl seating, front bench split and a four-speaker stereo system with an auxiliary audio port. Next is the LS model which includes all the features previously mentioned plus full power accessories, satellite radio and keyless entry. The midlevel LT trim includes the addition of premium cloth seats, an auto dimming rearview mirror, leather wrapped steering wheel and a lockable center counsel with a built in power outlet. Last on the list is the top of the line LTZ package which comes standard with 20-inch alloy wheels, a wood and metallic dash design, leather upholstery, heated seats, memory settings, steering wheel audio controls, Bluetooth, automatic climate control, remote start and a Bose audio sound system with a six-disk CD changer and iPod interface. Some of the features found on the upper trim levels are offered on the lower ones.  


Chevrolet offers the Silverado in four different engine sizes, including three V8's. Standard is the 4.3-liter V6 engine which produces around 195 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The biggest engine offered on the 2012 Silverado is an impressive 6.2-liter V8, producing more than 43 horsepower and 417 pound-feet of torque. Silverado consumers have a choice of either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. Standard on the base model is a sophisticated four-speed automatic transmission while six-speed comes standard on models with engines sizes larger than the V6 option. Alone, Chevrolet Silverado 1500 can haul up to 10,700 pounds. The Chevy Silverado gives you the recognized power of the EcoTec3 engine and has better fuel economy than the Ford F-150's EcoBoost engine.


Safety equipment such as antilock brakes, OnStar, stability control and traction control are features that come standard on all 2012 Silverado models. The optional four-wheel disk brake system is available with the Max Trailering package. During government crash tests, the 2012 Chevy Silverado established an impressive four out of five star score. In safety crash tests, the 2012 Chevy Silverado received an overall score of four stars out of five and also earned four stars for overall frontal crash protection and five stars for overall side crash protection.


The 2012 Chevy Silverado delivers outstanding capability, efficiency and refinement, along with a strong suspension that allows for a full range of upfit capabilities. It is one of the longest-lasting, most dependable trucks on the road today. We hope this review helps our Grand Rapids area customers, and everyone else, while shopping for a used 2012 Silverado. Don't hesitate to contact us at Berger Chevrolet if you have any more questions!

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