Chevrolet continues to offer two completely different interiors for its Silverado 1500 family of pickups: Work Truck, LS and LT trims get a so-called "pure pickup interior" that includes larger door handles and controls that are designed to be used with gloves on, while the LTZ trim gets a luxurious, softer and car-like interior. The LTZ instrument panel is a bit lower to afford a better outward view, and several special color and trim themes are offered with the LTZ exclusively.
LTZ models boast many more exclusive features in addition to the instrument panel; different door panels, a divided center console, heated power leather front seats and an upgraded Bose sound system are included, while the top crew cab LTZ models get a rear-seat audio system, larger glovebox and rain-sensing wipers.
In most Silverado 1500 models, a stadium-style back seat is split 60/40, including a folding center armrest and can be folded forward easily. The extended-cab versions have enough legroom for occasional use and access is aided by 170-degree back doors.
Regular cab, crew cab and extended cab versions of the Silverado are available, while cargo bed lengths are 5' 8" for the short bed, 6' 6" for the standard bed, or 8 feet for the long bed. The maximum payload rating runs as high as 1,909 pounds.
Across most of the model line, the Silverado has a very good ride and handles well compared to the full-size trucks of the past, with a well-tuned coil-over-shock front suspension, Hotchkiss-type rear suspension and rack-and-pinion steering. Actually, five different suspension packages are offered, each tuned for particular types of use: Z83 is for a smooth ride; Z85 is oriented for better handling and trailer towing; Z71 yields better off-road capability; Z60 is for top street performance; and NHT is for top towing capacity. Towing numbers range up to 10,700 pounds when configured with the extended cab, 6.0L engine and Enhanced Trailering Package.
The 2012 Silverado offers four different engines--a 195-horsepower, 4.3L V6, a 302-hp, 4.8L V8, a 315-hp, 5.3L V8 and a 403-hp, 6.2L V8. The V6 comes with a 4-speed automatic, while all others get a 6-speed automatic. Fuel economy ratings are as high was 22 mpg on the highway.
The Silverado Hybrid is a good option for green shoppers who still need pickup capability. The 2-mode hybrid system incorporates a 6.0L gasoline V8, electric motor system, variable automatic transmission and nickel-metal hydride battery pack, all of which enable a 6,100-pound tow rating while allowing especially good fuel economy in city driving, with EPA ratings of 21 mpg city, 22 highway.
Top options on the Silverado include Bluetooth phone connectivity, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system and a navigation system with XM Nav Traffic, plus a rearview camera system that aids visibility while parking this tall vehicle.
A new Custom Sport Truck package features the 5.3L engine, heavy-duty trailering, 20-inch wheels, special body moldings with chrome accents, and more. The White Diamond Edition, available on LT and LTZ models, features White Diamond Tricoat paint, chrome mirrors and door handles, and the Z60 suspension system when combined with the LTZ trim.
Top-notch Interiors To Suit Work Or Luxury Use
Extensive Features And Options
Strong Tow Ratings
The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 full-size pickup receives few notable changes for 2012. Several small styling tweaks have been made, including a new split grille and a new aerodynamic front bumper for LS and LT models without tow hooks. Two new trim packages are available: White Diamonds and Custom Sport Truck. New 20-inch chrome wheels are also available.
Full-size trucks are used in such a wide range of situations--from construction fleets to long-distance driving--and the two different interiors offered in the Silverado and the nearly identical GMC Sierra help satisfy shoppers better than most other competing models. LS and LT models are probably the best fit for buyers who need the sturdy, get-messy capability of a pickup at least some of the time, but the LTZ is the choice for those who need a pickup that doesn't compromise luxury. And for those who need a pickup but want to make a greener choice, with even lower operating costs, the Silverado Hybrid has 25% better fuel economy without sacrificing much towing or hauling ability.
Engine, Vortec 4.3L V6 MFI (195 hp [145.4 kW] @ 4600 rpm, 260 lb-ft of torque [351.0 N-m] @ 2800 rpm) (Requires C*10*03 or CC10753 models. Standard with C*10*03 or CC10753 models. Not available with (VYU) Snow Plow Prep Package or (Z82) heavy-duty trailering equipment.)
Transmission, 4-speed automatic, electronically controlled with overdrive and tow/haul mode (On Crew Cab models, requires (L20) Vortec 4.8L V8 SFI Flex-Fuel engine. Not available on C*10953 models.)
Rear axle, 3.23 ratio (Refer to Engine/Axle chart for availability.)
Suspension Package, Solid Smooth Ride includes 35 mm piston twin tube shocks and 36mm front stabilizer bar
GVWR, 6400 lbs. (2903 kg) (Standard on C*10703, C*10903 and CC10753 models.)
Rear wheel drive
Battery, heavy-duty 600 cold-cranking amps, maintenance-free with rundown protection and retained accessory power
Alternator, 145 amps
Frame, fully-boxed, hydroformed front section
Suspension, front independent, coil over shock
Suspension, rear 2-stage multi-leaf springs, semi-elliptic
Steering, power, rack-and-pinion
Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, front disc/rear drum
Exhaust, aluminized stainless-steel muffler and tailpipe
Wheels, 4 - 17" x 7.5" (43.2 cm x 19.1 cm) steel, 6-lug painted includes painted center caps (spare wheel will not cosmetically match the other 4 wheels)
Tires, P245/70R17 all-season, blackwall includes a blackwall spare tire (Requires 2WD models.)
Wheel, 17" (43.2 cm) steel spare (spare wheel will not cosmetically match the other 4 wheels)
Spare tire lock keyed cylinder lock that utilizes same key as ignition and door
Tire carrier, outside spare, winch-type mounted under frame at rear
Bumper, front Black (Includes Black bumper end caps.)
Bumper, rear chrome, step-style with pad
Air dam, Black
Grille, Black surround
Headlamps, dual halogen composite with automatic exterior lamp control and flash-to-pass feature
Lamps, dual cargo area lamps
Mirrors, outside manual, Black, manual-folding
Glass, Solar-Ray light-tinted, all windows
Wipers, front intermittent wet-arm with pulse washers
Door handles, Black
Pickup box, Fleetside
Audio system, AM/FM stereo with seek-and-scan and digital clock (Not available with (U2K) SiriusXM Satellite Radio.)
Audio system feature, 4-speaker system (Requires Regular Cab models.)
SiriusXM Satellite Radio, delete
Seats, front 40/20/40 split-bench, 3-passenger, driver and front passenger manual reclining with outboard head restraints and center fold-down armrest with storage
Steering column, Tilt-Wheel, adjustable with brake/transmission shift interlock
Steering wheel, includes theft-deterrent locking feature
Instrumentation, analog with speedometer, odometer, fuel level, engine temperature, and tachometer
Driver Information Center with odometer, trip odometer and message center (monitors numerous systems depending on vehicle equipment level including low fuel, turn signal "on", transmission temperature and oil change notification) (Driver Information Center controls are operated through the trip odometer button unless (UK3) steering wheel mounted audio controls is ordered. On 1LT, 1SF and 1LZ, includes 8-point compass and outside temperature.)
Warning tones headlamp on, key-in-ignition, driver and passenger buckle up reminder and turn signal on
Air conditioning, single-zone manual front climate control
Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed, located on steering wheel
Cup holders, front (Also includes rear cupholders on Extended and Crew Cab models.)
Power outlets, 2 auxiliary instrument panel-mounted with covers, 12-volt
Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
Visors, driver and front passenger, sliding, with clip and passenger side vanity mirror with cover, Opal Gray-colored
Assist handle, front passenger (Also includes rear assist handles in the headliner on Extended and Crew Cab Models.)
Coat hooks, rear driver and passenger side
Lighting, interior with dome and reading lights, illuminated entry feature and backlit instrument panel switches
StabiliTrak, stability control system with Proactive Roll Avoidance and traction control includes electronic trailer sway control and hill start assist
Daytime Running Lamps, with automatic exterior lamp control
Air bags, frontal, driver and right-front passenger with Passenger Sensing System (Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your child's age and size. Even in vehicles equipped with air bags and the Passenger Sensing System, children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate infant, child or booster seat. Never place a rear-facing infant restraint in the front seat of any vehicle equipped with an active frontal air bag. See the Owner's Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
Air bags, head curtain side-impact, front outboard seating positions with rollover sensor (Head curtain side air bags are designed to help reduce the risk of head and neck injuries to front and rear seat outboard occupants on the near side of certain side-impact collisions. Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your child's age and size, even in vehicles equipped with air bags. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate infant, child or booster seat. See the Owner's Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
Air bags, seat-mounted side-impact, driver and right-front passenger for thorax and pelvic protection (Head curtain side air bags are designed to help reduce the risk of head and neck injuries to front and rear seat outboard occupants on the near side of certain side-impact collisions. Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your child's age and size, even in vehicles equipped with air bags. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate infant, child or booster seat. See the Owner's Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
Tire Pressure Monitor System (does not apply to spare tire)
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