A starting MSRP under $18,000 is only the beginning of the characteristics which will draw consumers to the 2012 Chevy Colorado 4WD. 8 colors will ensure that there is a color for everyone. Power mirrors, an available running board, standard all-weather front and rear tires, Traction Control, receiver for a trailer hitch, a bed liner and Electronic Stability Control from StailiTrak help give this 4WD truck the ability to handle nearly any terrain. With 10.2” of ground clearance and at just 192.4” long, 68.6” wide, and 67.6” tall, this small-size truck can maneuver even the narrowest of roads that you’d expect to see on IRT: Deadliest Roads. Not that we’re saying you should be driving on those roads.
Inside the cabin, there are cruise control settings, radio, CD, MP3 and a 3-month free trial of Sirius XM satellite radio. Bluetooth capabilities allow the driver to talk to callers through a microphone in the truck, while listening to them through the truck’s speakers. An auto-dimming rearview mirror detects when lights behind the car become dangerously bright, subsequently dimming the mirror. The leather-wrapped steering wheel adds a bit of flare and luxury to this moderately priced truck.
Chevy is known for producing some of the safest American-made cars on the market, and the 2012 Chevy Colorado 4WD exceeds these already high standards. Front driver and passenger airbags, front and rear side curtain airbags, standard OnStar services, daytime running lights, and front and rear anti-lock disc brakes helped the Colorado 4WD achieve top marks in safety ratings.
The 2.9-liter, 4-cylinder, Sequential Fuel Injection engine with 185 horses will adequately get the job done. Just don’t plan on hauling any loads over 6,500 pounds. The 4-speed automatic transmission coupled with the engine allows the Colorado to obtain 23 MPG highway and 17 in-town. Not great, but not bad for a pickup either. This 4-wheel drive has a torsion bar front suspension and a two-stage multi-leaf rear suspension, giving it superior off-road handling compared to other small-sized pickups.
The manufacturer has included a 3-year or 36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty, a 5-year or 100,000-mile powertrain/drivetrain limited warranty, a 6-year or 100,000-mile rust warranty, and a 5-year or 100,000-mile roadside assistance coverage. With all of this in mind, potential car buyers can feel confident in at least going to check out a 2012 Chevy Colorado 4WD. This is one small-size pickup truck that is going to provide a decent fuel economy, while providing more than adequate off-road capabilities and overall quality performance. Whether your travels take you across town or on bumpy, curvy back roads, this 4WD pickup is equipped to handle the job. Let’s be honest, the 2WD just isn’t going to cut it, as the test drivers have said.