2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Buyer's Guide

NEW FOR 2012:

- TBA

The Chevrolet Silverado is also sold as the GMC Sierra. The 1500 is available as the WT (Work Truck), LT, LTZ and as a Hybrid model, and is offered in Regular, Extended and Crew Cab models, with short box (5-foot-8), standard box (6-foot-6) and long box (8-foot), and in two- or four-wheel drive.

The Silverado HD (heavy-duty) 2500 and 3500 models are covered in a separate section.

Engine choices in the 1500 are a 4.3-litre V6 or 4.8-litre V8 with four-speed automatic, and 5.3-litre V8 and 6.2-litre V8, both with six-speed automatic. The Hybrid uses a 6.0-litre V8 with Active Fuel Management and Auto Stop mode, regenerative braking, and a two-mode continuous electric ratio hybrid transmission, for a fuel economy improvement of up to 32 per cent when compared to a conventional Silverado. The system can launch the truck on battery power and run solely on electricity at speeds of up to 48 km/h, and keeps the engine in its fuel-saving Active Fuel Management mode for longer periods of time.

Features on the WT (Work Truck) include 17-inch steel wheels, air conditioning, manual black mirrors, variable intermittent wipers, overhead console, rubberized vinyl floor covering, standard instrument panel with upper and lower glove boxes, tire pressure monitoring system, driver information centre, tilt steering wheel, 40/20/40 front bench seat with cloth or vinyl trim, centre fold-down armrest, AM/FM stereo, automatic headlamps, and OnStar.

The LT adds 17-inch chrome-style wheels, chrome grille surround, front chrome bumper with body-colour top cap, privacy glass, compass, exterior temperature display, heated power mirrors, keyless entry, cloth 40/20/40 split-bench seat with fold-down centre armrest, power windows, cruise control, carpet floor with vinyl mats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary input.

The LTZ adds 18-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, heavy-duty trailering equipment, fog lights, locking differential, remote starter, premium instrument panel, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, upgraded driver information centre, power-folding mirrors with integrated turn signals, auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth connectivity, electric rear window defogger, XM satellite radio, USB port, Bose premium sound system, and heated leather seats with driver’s side memory.

The Hybrid comes as a Crew Cab only. It is equipped similarly to the LT but adds 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, locking rear differential, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, XM satellite radio and Bluetooth connectivity.

2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Specifications

There are 34 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $26,755 MSRP
11.8
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
315 hp @5200 rpm
Number of seats 3
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
Body style Truck
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
2WD Reg Cab 119.0 WT $26,755 3 Truck
2WD Reg Cab 119.0 WT 315 hp @5200 rpm 335 ft-lb @4000 rpm 6-Speed A/T Rear Wheel Drive
2WD Reg Cab 119.0 WT N/A 79.9" 73.6" 119"
2WD Reg Cab 119.0 WT
2WD Reg Cab 119.0 WT N/A
2WD Reg Cab 119.0 WT
2WD Reg Cab 119.0 WT
2WD Reg Cab 133.0 WT $27,055 3 Truck
2WD Reg Cab 133.0 WT 315 hp @5200 rpm 335 ft-lb @4000 rpm 6-Speed A/T Rear Wheel Drive
2WD Reg Cab 133.0 WT N/A 79.9" 73.5" 133"
2WD Reg Cab 133.0 WT
2WD Reg Cab 133.0 WT N/A
2WD Reg Cab 133.0 WT
2WD Reg Cab 133.0 WT
2WD Ext Cab 143.5 WT $29,980 6 Truck
2WD Ext Cab 143.5 WT 315 hp @5200 rpm 335 ft-lb @4000 rpm 6-Speed A/T Rear Wheel Drive
2WD Ext Cab 143.5 WT N/A 79.9" 73.9" 143.5"
2WD Ext Cab 143.5 WT
2WD Ext Cab 143.5 WT N/A
2WD Ext Cab 143.5 WT
2WD Ext Cab 143.5 WT
4WD Reg Cab 119.0 WT $30,355 3 Truck
4WD Reg Cab 119.0 WT 315 hp @5200 rpm 335 ft-lb @4000 rpm 6-Speed A/T Four Wheel Drive
4WD Reg Cab 119.0 WT N/A 79.9" 73.8" 119"
4WD Reg Cab 119.0 WT
4WD Reg Cab 119.0 WT N/A
4WD Reg Cab 119.0 WT
4WD Reg Cab 119.0 WT
2WD Reg Cab 119.0 LT $30,585 3 Truck
2WD Reg Cab 119.0 LT 315 hp @5200 rpm 335 ft-lb @4000 rpm 6-Speed A/T Rear Wheel Drive
2WD Reg Cab 119.0 LT N/A 79.9" 73.6" 119"
2WD Reg Cab 119.0 LT
2WD Reg Cab 119.0 LT Cloth Seats
2WD Reg Cab 119.0 LT
2WD Reg Cab 119.0 LT
4WD Reg Cab 133.0 WT $30,655 3 Truck
4WD Reg Cab 133.0 WT 315 hp @5200 rpm 335 ft-lb @4000 rpm 6-Speed A/T Four Wheel Drive
4WD Reg Cab 133.0 WT N/A 79.9" 73.8" 133"
4WD Reg Cab 133.0 WT
4WD Reg Cab 133.0 WT N/A
4WD Reg Cab 133.0 WT
4WD Reg Cab 133.0 WT
2WD Reg Cab 133.0 LT $30,885 3 Truck
2WD Reg Cab 133.0 LT 315 hp @5200 rpm 335 ft-lb @4000 rpm 6-Speed A/T Rear Wheel Drive
2WD Reg Cab 133.0 LT N/A 79.9" 73.5" 133"
2WD Reg Cab 133.0 LT
2WD Reg Cab 133.0 LT Cloth Seats
2WD Reg Cab 133.0 LT
2WD Reg Cab 133.0 LT
2WD Crew Cab 143.5 WT $32,340 6 Truck
2WD Crew Cab 143.5 WT 315 hp @5200 rpm 335 ft-lb @4000 rpm 6-Speed A/T Rear Wheel Drive
2WD Crew Cab 143.5 WT N/A 80" 73.8" 143.5"
2WD Crew Cab 143.5 WT
2WD Crew Cab 143.5 WT N/A
2WD Crew Cab 143.5 WT
2WD Crew Cab 143.5 WT
2WD Ext Cab 157.5 WT $32,655 6 Truck
2WD Ext Cab 157.5 WT 315 hp @5200 rpm 335 ft-lb @4000 rpm 6-Speed A/T Rear Wheel Drive
2WD Ext Cab 157.5 WT N/A 79.9" 73.6" 157.5"
2WD Ext Cab 157.5 WT
2WD Ext Cab 157.5 WT N/A
2WD Ext Cab 157.5 WT
2WD Ext Cab 157.5 WT
2WD Ext Cab 143.5 LS Cheyenne Edition $33,330 6 Truck
2WD Ext Cab 143.5 LS Cheyenne Edition 302 hp @5600 rpm 305 ft-lb @4600 rpm 4-Speed A/T Rear Wheel Drive
2WD Ext Cab 143.5 LS Cheyenne Edition N/A 79.9" 73.9" 143.5"
2WD Ext Cab 143.5 LS Cheyenne Edition
2WD Ext Cab 143.5 LS Cheyenne Edition N/A
2WD Ext Cab 143.5 LS Cheyenne Edition
2WD Ext Cab 143.5 LS Cheyenne Edition
2WD Ext Cab 143.5 LT $34,120 6 Truck
2WD Ext Cab 143.5 LT 403 hp @5700 rpm 417 ft-lb @4300 rpm 6-Speed A/T Rear Wheel Drive
2WD Ext Cab 143.5 LT N/A 79.9" 73.9" 143.5"
2WD Ext Cab 143.5 LT
2WD Ext Cab 143.5 LT N/A
2WD Ext Cab 143.5 LT
2WD Ext Cab 143.5 LT
4WD Ext Cab 143.5 WT $34,505 6 Truck
4WD Ext Cab 143.5 WT 315 hp @5200 rpm 335 ft-lb @4000 rpm 6-Speed A/T Four Wheel Drive
4WD Ext Cab 143.5 WT N/A 79.9" 73.7" 143.5"
4WD Ext Cab 143.5 WT
4WD Ext Cab 143.5 WT N/A
4WD Ext Cab 143.5 WT
4WD Ext Cab 143.5 WT
4WD Reg Cab 119.0 LT $34,735 3 Truck
4WD Reg Cab 119.0 LT 315 hp @5200 rpm 335 ft-lb @4000 rpm 6-Speed A/T Four Wheel Drive
4WD Reg Cab 119.0 LT N/A 79.9" 73.8" 119"
4WD Reg Cab 119.0 LT
4WD Reg Cab 119.0 LT Cloth Seats
4WD Reg Cab 119.0 LT
4WD Reg Cab 119.0 LT
2WD Crew Cab 143.5 LS Cheyenne Edition $34,945 6 Truck
2WD Crew Cab 143.5 LS Cheyenne Edition 302 hp @5600 rpm 305 ft-lb @4600 rpm 4-Speed A/T Rear Wheel Drive
2WD Crew Cab 143.5 LS Cheyenne Edition N/A 80" 73.8" 143.5"
2WD Crew Cab 143.5 LS Cheyenne Edition
2WD Crew Cab 143.5 LS Cheyenne Edition N/A
2WD Crew Cab 143.5 LS Cheyenne Edition
2WD Crew Cab 143.5 LS Cheyenne Edition
4WD Reg Cab 133.0 LT $35,035 3 Truck
4WD Reg Cab 133.0 LT 315 hp @5200 rpm 335 ft-lb @4000 rpm 6-Speed A/T Four Wheel Drive
4WD Reg Cab 133.0 LT N/A 79.9" 73.8" 133"
4WD Reg Cab 133.0 LT
4WD Reg Cab 133.0 LT Cloth Seats
4WD Reg Cab 133.0 LT
4WD Reg Cab 133.0 LT
2WD Crew Cab 143.5 LT $35,785 6 Truck
2WD Crew Cab 143.5 LT 403 hp @5700 rpm 417 ft-lb @4300 rpm 6-Speed A/T Rear Wheel Drive
2WD Crew Cab 143.5 LT N/A 80" 73.8" 143.5"
2WD Crew Cab 143.5 LT
2WD Crew Cab 143.5 LT N/A
2WD Crew Cab 143.5 LT
2WD Crew Cab 143.5 LT
2WD Ext Cab 157.5 LT $35,805 6 Truck
2WD Ext Cab 157.5 LT 315 hp @5200 rpm 335 ft-lb @4000 rpm 6-Speed A/T Rear Wheel Drive
2WD Ext Cab 157.5 LT N/A 79.9" 73.6" 157.5"
2WD Ext Cab 157.5 LT
2WD Ext Cab 157.5 LT N/A
2WD Ext Cab 157.5 LT
2WD Ext Cab 157.5 LT
4WD Crew Cab 143.5 WT $36,100 6 Truck
4WD Crew Cab 143.5 WT 315 hp @5200 rpm 335 ft-lb @4000 rpm 6-Speed A/T Four Wheel Drive
4WD Crew Cab 143.5 WT N/A 80" 73.7" 143.5"
4WD Crew Cab 143.5 WT
4WD Crew Cab 143.5 WT N/A
4WD Crew Cab 143.5 WT
4WD Crew Cab 143.5 WT
4WD Ext Cab 157.5 WT $36,190 6 Truck
4WD Ext Cab 157.5 WT 315 hp @5200 rpm 335 ft-lb @4000 rpm 6-Speed A/T Four Wheel Drive
4WD Ext Cab 157.5 WT N/A 79.9" 73.6" 157.5"
4WD Ext Cab 157.5 WT
4WD Ext Cab 157.5 WT N/A
4WD Ext Cab 157.5 WT
4WD Ext Cab 157.5 WT
4WD Ext Cab 143.5 LS Cheyenne Edition $36,930 6 Truck
4WD Ext Cab 143.5 LS Cheyenne Edition 302 hp @5600 rpm 305 ft-lb @4600 rpm 4-Speed A/T Four Wheel Drive
4WD Ext Cab 143.5 LS Cheyenne Edition N/A 79.9" 73.7" 143.5"
4WD Ext Cab 143.5 LS Cheyenne Edition
4WD Ext Cab 143.5 LS Cheyenne Edition N/A
4WD Ext Cab 143.5 LS Cheyenne Edition
4WD Ext Cab 143.5 LS Cheyenne Edition
4WD Ext Cab 143.5 LT $38,270 6 Truck
4WD Ext Cab 143.5 LT 403 hp @5700 rpm 417 ft-lb @4300 rpm 6-Speed A/T Four Wheel Drive
4WD Ext Cab 143.5 LT N/A 79.9" 73.7" 143.5"
4WD Ext Cab 143.5 LT
4WD Ext Cab 143.5 LT N/A
4WD Ext Cab 143.5 LT
4WD Ext Cab 143.5 LT
4WD Crew Cab 143.5 LS Cheyenne Edition $38,545 6 Truck
4WD Crew Cab 143.5 LS Cheyenne Edition 302 hp @5600 rpm 305 ft-lb @4600 rpm 4-Speed A/T Four Wheel Drive
4WD Crew Cab 143.5 LS Cheyenne Edition N/A 80" 73.7" 143.5"
4WD Crew Cab 143.5 LS Cheyenne Edition
4WD Crew Cab 143.5 LS Cheyenne Edition N/A
4WD Crew Cab 143.5 LS Cheyenne Edition
4WD Crew Cab 143.5 LS Cheyenne Edition
4WD Crew Cab 143.5 LT $39,935 6 Truck
4WD Crew Cab 143.5 LT 403 hp @5700 rpm 417 ft-lb @4300 rpm 6-Speed A/T Four Wheel Drive
4WD Crew Cab 143.5 LT N/A 80" 73.7" 143.5"
4WD Crew Cab 143.5 LT
4WD Crew Cab 143.5 LT N/A
4WD Crew Cab 143.5 LT
4WD Crew Cab 143.5 LT
4WD Ext Cab 157.5 LT $39,955 6 Truck
4WD Ext Cab 157.5 LT 315 hp @5200 rpm 335 ft-lb @4000 rpm 6-Speed A/T Four Wheel Drive
4WD Ext Cab 157.5 LT N/A 79.9" 73.6" 157.5"
4WD Ext Cab 157.5 LT
4WD Ext Cab 157.5 LT N/A
4WD Ext Cab 157.5 LT
4WD Ext Cab 157.5 LT
2WD Ext Cab 143.5 LTZ $42,870 5 Truck
2WD Ext Cab 143.5 LTZ 403 hp @5700 rpm 417 ft-lb @4300 rpm 6-Speed A/T Rear Wheel Drive
2WD Ext Cab 143.5 LTZ N/A 79.9" 73.9" 143.5"
2WD Ext Cab 143.5 LTZ
2WD Ext Cab 143.5 LTZ Leather Seats
2WD Ext Cab 143.5 LTZ
2WD Ext Cab 143.5 LTZ
2WD Ext Cab 157.5 LTZ $43,010 5 Truck
2WD Ext Cab 157.5 LTZ 315 hp @5200 rpm 335 ft-lb @4000 rpm 6-Speed A/T Rear Wheel Drive
2WD Ext Cab 157.5 LTZ N/A 79.9" 73.6" 157.5"
2WD Ext Cab 157.5 LTZ
2WD Ext Cab 157.5 LTZ Leather Seats
2WD Ext Cab 157.5 LTZ
2WD Ext Cab 157.5 LTZ
2WD Crew Cab 143.5 LTZ $44,025 5 Truck
2WD Crew Cab 143.5 LTZ 403 hp @5700 rpm 417 ft-lb @4300 rpm 6-Speed A/T Rear Wheel Drive
2WD Crew Cab 143.5 LTZ N/A 80" 73.8" 143.5"
2WD Crew Cab 143.5 LTZ
2WD Crew Cab 143.5 LTZ Leather Seats
2WD Crew Cab 143.5 LTZ
2WD Crew Cab 143.5 LTZ
4WD Ext Cab 143.5 LTZ $47,070 5 Truck
4WD Ext Cab 143.5 LTZ 403 hp @5700 rpm 417 ft-lb @4300 rpm 6-Speed A/T Four Wheel Drive
4WD Ext Cab 143.5 LTZ N/A 79.9" 73.7" 143.5"
4WD Ext Cab 143.5 LTZ
4WD Ext Cab 143.5 LTZ Leather Seats
4WD Ext Cab 143.5 LTZ
4WD Ext Cab 143.5 LTZ
4WD Ext Cab 157.5 LTZ $47,160 5 Truck
4WD Ext Cab 157.5 LTZ 315 hp @5200 rpm 335 ft-lb @4000 rpm 6-Speed A/T Four Wheel Drive
4WD Ext Cab 157.5 LTZ N/A 79.9" 73.6" 157.5"
4WD Ext Cab 157.5 LTZ
4WD Ext Cab 157.5 LTZ Leather Seats
4WD Ext Cab 157.5 LTZ
4WD Ext Cab 157.5 LTZ
2WD Crew Cab 143.5 Hybrid w/1SJ $47,865 5 Truck
2WD Crew Cab 143.5 Hybrid w/1SJ 332 hp @5100 rpm 367 ft-lb @4100 rpm 4-Speed A/T Rear Wheel Drive
2WD Crew Cab 143.5 Hybrid w/1SJ N/A 80" 73.8" 143.5"
2WD Crew Cab 143.5 Hybrid w/1SJ
2WD Crew Cab 143.5 Hybrid w/1SJ N/A
2WD Crew Cab 143.5 Hybrid w/1SJ
2WD Crew Cab 143.5 Hybrid w/1SJ
2WD Crew Cab 143.5 Hybrid w/1SH $47,865 6 Truck
2WD Crew Cab 143.5 Hybrid w/1SH 332 hp @5100 rpm 367 ft-lb @4100 rpm 4-Speed A/T Rear Wheel Drive
2WD Crew Cab 143.5 Hybrid w/1SH N/A 80" 73.8" 143.5"
2WD Crew Cab 143.5 Hybrid w/1SH
2WD Crew Cab 143.5 Hybrid w/1SH Cloth Seats
2WD Crew Cab 143.5 Hybrid w/1SH
2WD Crew Cab 143.5 Hybrid w/1SH
4WD Crew Cab 143.5 LTZ $48,385 5 Truck
4WD Crew Cab 143.5 LTZ 403 hp @5700 rpm 417 ft-lb @4300 rpm 6-Speed A/T Four Wheel Drive
4WD Crew Cab 143.5 LTZ N/A 80" 73.7" 143.5"
4WD Crew Cab 143.5 LTZ
4WD Crew Cab 143.5 LTZ Leather Seats
4WD Crew Cab 143.5 LTZ
4WD Crew Cab 143.5 LTZ
4WD Crew Cab 143.5 Hybrid w/1SJ $52,015 5 Truck
4WD Crew Cab 143.5 Hybrid w/1SJ 332 hp @5100 rpm 367 ft-lb @4100 rpm 4-Speed A/T Four Wheel Drive
4WD Crew Cab 143.5 Hybrid w/1SJ N/A 80" 73.7" 143.5"
4WD Crew Cab 143.5 Hybrid w/1SJ
4WD Crew Cab 143.5 Hybrid w/1SJ N/A
4WD Crew Cab 143.5 Hybrid w/1SJ
4WD Crew Cab 143.5 Hybrid w/1SJ
4WD Crew Cab 143.5 Hybrid w/1SH $52,015 6 Truck
4WD Crew Cab 143.5 Hybrid w/1SH 332 hp @5100 rpm 367 ft-lb @4100 rpm 4-Speed A/T Four Wheel Drive
4WD Crew Cab 143.5 Hybrid w/1SH N/A 80" 73.7" 143.5"
4WD Crew Cab 143.5 Hybrid w/1SH
4WD Crew Cab 143.5 Hybrid w/1SH Cloth Seats
4WD Crew Cab 143.5 Hybrid w/1SH
4WD Crew Cab 143.5 Hybrid w/1SH

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Owner Reviews: 2012 Chevrolet / Silverado 1500

Average Rating

2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Trim: SILVERADO 1500HD
by JMHF on 01-17-2013
Excellent work truck!
My husband has one for work. He is a Mechanic that works on heavy machinery, and this truck is perfect for him. He has had no problems with it and would buy another if he needed to in a heart beat!
Overall
3.5
Comfort
4/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
3/5
Interior Design
2/5
Exterior Styling
3/5
Reliability
5/5
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2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Trim: Silverado 1500 Pickup LT
by TonyC on 11-24-2012
Love my Chevy
I bought this truck have way through camping season. 1500 4x2 5.3L Extended Cab. The first thing I noticed was the comfortable ride. Great suspension. The 6way power seats are extremely comfortable. All the power I need and then some. I pull a 7000lb camper. This truck pulls it around like a tent trailer. Lots of power for the hills. I have found that the tow/haul mode is really only needed in the city and on hilly sections of the highway. For regular roads with not many hills I turn haul mode off.
Very competitive mileage with the fuel management system. All in all the best truck I have ever had.
Overall
5.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
4/5
Interior Design
4/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

by MartinV on 10-17-2012
Good for light loads / personal use
Performance
-The gas engine is great for light loads and no load based drives (i.e. you use this truck no because you want to haul heavy loads but as a personal preference).

Interiors
-Bit above average for a pickup truck

Exteriors
-Its not excessively large making it relatively more maneuverable in traffic if you wont be using all that space.

This is not a heavy duty pickup truck, this is great for personal use or any light loads.
Overall
3.0
Comfort
3/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
2/5
Interior Design
3/5
Exterior Styling
3/5
Reliability
2/5
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