The Silverado is an easy truck to live with, thanks to its comfortable ride and reasonable floor height. Access is fairly easy, as is cargo loading. The truck also offers generous towing and payload capacity. A six-speed automatic transmission aids acceleration and fuel economy, while selectable full-time four-wheel drive adds safety in slippery conditions.
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.
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.
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.

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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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.
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 and head protection air bags available from 2007; standard from 2010. Side air bags standard from 2010.
Road Test

The Silverado is an easy truck to live with, thanks to its comfortable ride and reasonable floor height. Access is fairly easy, as is cargo loading. The truck also offers generous towing and payload capacity. A six-speed automatic transmission aids acceleration and fuel economy, while selectable full-time four-wheel drive adds safety in slippery conditions. While side- and curtain-airbags are standard, IIHS side-crash test results are disappointing. A hybrid Silverado was offered as well. Test results also apply to the GMC Sierra.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty

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.

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Body Styles
extended cab
regular cab
crew cab
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • CVT
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 4.3-liter V6 (195 hp)
  • 4.8-liter V8 (302 hp)
  • 5.3-liter V8 (315 hp)
  • 6-liter V8 hybrid (332 hp)
  • 6.2-liter V8 (403 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

“Sensor went out in steering column. It disabled the ABS”

Anonymous, MD (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Master cylinder

“LEAK; FAILURE”

Anonymous, MD (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.8-L V8)
Parking brake

“Ends of rear brake cables rusted off where they attach to front cable at adjuster”

J K., NY (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

“Worn to the point that it was making noise”

Louis C., FL (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.8-L V8)
Rotors

“Poor quality rotors-vibration on hills from heating to fast”

Paul H., PA (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

“need replacing”

Chuck B., ON (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“The Chevy emblems are fading and cracking”

Sharon S., MB (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Unsure 4.3-L V6)

“The tire rim clear coat paint is peeling off all 4 wheels”

Michael L., MN (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)

“Seems like the paint chips very easily from stones, etc more than I've seen with other Chevrolets I've owned”

Paul H., PA (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

“Chalking, large chips are missing”

Jeff H., AR (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 6.0-L V8)
Rust

“The full roof of the truck had to be replaced and the bottom of the door on the passenger side had to be fixed and repainted due to rust”

Sharon S., MB (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Unsure 4.3-L V6)

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.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

“Had to replace a driver side door hinge because it sized up”

Michael L., MN (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Locks and latches

“I have had to replace both door handles on the front doors. Small plastic part broke making door handle inoperative”

Randall R., GA (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

“Door handle broke on front passenger door. Was able to wedge it out and JB weld it rather than spend $250.00 for a new one installed”

Richard N., MN (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

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

Shocks or struts

“replaced right strut in 2014 under warranty. Left strut failed in 2017 not under warranty. Both should probably have been replaced at the same time in 2014 as the svc rep suggested replacing both this most recent time until I pointed out one was already done in 2014.. silence was golden”

Vaughn N., NE (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“Steering linkage needed replacement. Covered under warranty”

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

“It seems that the 5.3 has problems with oiling. Taken in for my first oil change it was found to be a quart low and no indication at all on computer system! Internet claims to have many more cases than just mine. So, not a good deal and no response from chevrolet?”

Anonymous, WA (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

“BURNS OIL, AND MINOR OIL LEAKS, ALSO FLUID LEAKS NEAR RADIATOR”

Anonymous, MD (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.8-L V8)

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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“Mass air flow sensor went bad. Dealer was able to replace for about $520”

Brian K., WA (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Fuel injection system

“Fuel intake sensor”

Joyce C., AZ (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Unsure 5.3-L V8)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

“road noise turn up radio”

Anonymous, MB (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

“Plastic along side the windshield rattles, Chevrolet knows it is a problem but want $300 to repair/stop it”

Louis C., FL (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.8-L V8)

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

4WD/AWD components

“When in 4wd mode there was a noise upon acceleration, this also happened when in auto-4 wheel drive mode. Had it repaired at the dealer..it was in the front differential and axle and covered under warranty. Probably because I ran it in the auto 4wd mode too much. Was told to only use 4wd when necessary which I do now”

Anonymous, VT (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 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

What Owners Say

Starter

“One bolt missing, one bolt broken off. Starter would not engage”

Anonymous, FL (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

“required new pistons and rings due to a design flaw”

Richard N., MN (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

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

Warning lights

“Engine warning light comes on.. although when checked out, all is fine. They believe it is caused by having to drive on gravel roads. We have the same problem with our 2006 Chevrolet Silverado”

Anonymous, ND (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 6.2-L V8)

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.

Engine Cooling

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

Climate System

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

Exhaust

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

Transmission Minor

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

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