2012 Chevrolet Colorado Reviews, Ratings, Prices - Consumer Reports
The Colorado seemed promising when it replaced the S-10 in 2003. However, its unrefined five-cylinder engine, which it shares with its GMC Canyon twin, is anemic and doesn't offer a fuel-economy advantage over a V6. Notable shudder plagues the ride, the seats are uncomfortable and interior quality is lacking. However, handling is sound. Starting in 2009, the Colorado offered standard stability control.
Alerts
There are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. ESC standard from 2009. Head protection air bags standard from 2010.
Road Test

The Colorado seemed promising when it replaced the S-10 in 2003. However, its unrefined five-cylinder engine, which it shares with its GMC Canyon twin, is anemic and doesn't offer a fuel-economy advantage over a V6. Notable shudder plagues the ride, the seats are uncomfortable and interior quality is lacking. However, handling is sound. Starting in 2009, the Colorado offered standard stability control. Test results for the Colorado also apply to the virtually identical GMC Canyon.

Seating
3 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD, Rear
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
extended cab
regular cab
crew cab
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.9-liter 4 (185 hp)
  • 3.7-liter 5 (242 hp)
  • 5.3-liter V8 (300 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2012 Chevrolet Colorado owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Electronic or air suspension

"Same as brake system"

Anonymous, MD (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 3.7-L 5 Cyl)
Power steering leaks

"Power steering rack had to be replaced on two different times"

Robert K., IN (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 5.3-L V8)

"Repair shop want to replace whole steering assemble to fix issue."

Anonymous, IL (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 3.7-L 5 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Car repair center says it needs to be replaced we are getting a second opinion from the Chevrolet Drealer"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 3.7-L 5 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"water under passenger side mat after heavy rain-believe it to be a leak in taillight area"

Woody T., NC (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 3.7-L 5 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Front windshield leaked on the passenger side along the bottom of the seal"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 2.9-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"The 1/2 back doors are chronic rattlers and am unable to cushion or tighten"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 2.9-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"Seems like it is just part of such a vehicle"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 2.9-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Computer chip needed replacing with new one - refurbished did not work - had it in for repairs 3 times before new part was authorized by GM"

Anonymous, MD (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 3.7-L 5 Cyl)
Master cylinder

"cylinder released liquid"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 5.3-L V8)
Parking brake

"Parking brake failed to engage"

Rodney L., ME (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 2.9-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"Replaced front pads and rotors at 24k miles. Calipers were hanging up. I always get over 40k on front brakes."

Mary C., MA (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 3.7-L 5 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Exhaust manifold

"The Manifold was cracked. I have no idea how it happen"

Joe C., CA (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 2.9-L 4 Cyl)

"Exhaust manifold cracked - currently in the shop getting repaired."

Dale B., NE (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 2.9-L 4 Cyl)
Other/unsure

"The wiring for the air bags run through the rear doors. Opening and closing the doors caused the wiring to break. Because the wires broke, the computer illuminated a warning light on the dash. This also disabled the air bag system. CHEVROLET told me it wasn't covered my warranty and wanted to sell me another vehicle wiring harness at prohibited costs. I repaired the problem myself."

Paul H., PA (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 3.7-L 5 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"long story short, poor wiring causing many systems to malfunction such as abs, trac control and stabitrac"

Robert K., MI (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 3.7-L 5 Cyl)
Engine knock or ping

"A lot of valve rattle on start up sometimes. I assume the oil pump was slow pumping up the oil pressure"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 2.9-L 4 Cyl)

"engine will rattle frequently on start up until oil pressure builds up"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 2.9-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Stability control (ESC)

"Light comes on"

Warren H., CA (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 2.9-L 4 Cyl)
Transfer case

"Loud noise when speed reached 45 MPH. Took truck to dealer and they found the whole rear end had broken inside the transfer case. They replaced the whole inside of the rear end"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 2.9-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"Blowing hot air in the summer time and failure of power windows"

William B., OH (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 2.9-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"Fan doesn’t work for heating or cooling, replace fuses, controls module but still not working. Haven’t yet gotten repaired"

C T., NC (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 3.7-L 5 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Software update fixes

"Coolant leaks; service dealer stated it was seal. Seal was replaced. Now, every time I stop, turn the car or move I get warning signals that don't relate. I'm sure there is a problem with the computer now. Car dings whenever I turn, stop or start."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 2.9-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Gauges

"Heat gauge wouldn't come up to normal operating temp."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 3.7-L 5 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Thermostat

"still a problem technician may be temp sensor ai 100 an hor i am at 500"

Anonymous, ME (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 3.7-L 5 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Plugged oil solenoid due to sludge in the oil when I bought the vehicle."

Michael P., WI (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 2.9-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Rust

"Hood rusting underneath, not from stone chips"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 5.3-L V8)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

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