2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Trims

LS

In the 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS, owners will find a few more of the amenities expected of an everyday family vehicle. This full-size pickup is available only in 6-passenger Extended and Crew cab variations, with the Extended cabs featuring rear-opening back doors and the Crew cabs boasting 4 independently opening doors. With the Extended cab, the LS sports a 6.6-foot bed, while the Crew cab versions carry only the 5.8-foot short bed. Of course, this upgraded trim level is offered in standard rear-wheel drive (RWD) or with available part-time 4-wheel drive (4WD).

Standard amenities in the lower mid-level LS include cloth upholstery, remote power door locks, power windows and heated power adjustable outside mirrors, though it still rolls on 17-inch steel wheels. OnStar Directions and Connections, cruise control, air conditioning and tilt-wheel steering are all additionally standard aboard this capable truck, while entertainment consists of an MP3-capable single-CD player with 6 speakers, as well as satellite radio.

Option packages include a Bluetooth hands-free communications package and a trailer-towing package with integrated trailer brake controller (also offered as a standalone option), trailer hitch and wiring, heavy-duty locking rear differential and auxiliary transmission cooling. Further options include skid plates, all-terrain tires, upgraded cloth upholstery, tinted glass and a rear-window defogger.

The sole drivetrain offered in the 2012 Silverado 1500 LS is a capable 4.8-liter FlexFuel (FFV) V8 and 4-speed automatic transmission. Expect 302 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque from this perky V8, to the tune of 14 mpg city/19 highway in RWD versions and 13/18 in 4WD trims. With proper equipment, towing is maxed out at 9,100 pounds, while those trims equipped with 4WD boast a mechanical center differential, manual hi-lo gear selection and auto-locking hubs.

For safety, the 2012 Silverado 1500 LS depends more than a little on its hefty size. Nonetheless, 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front and rear head airbags and front side-mounted airbags all come standard, as do a post-collision safety system that complements OnStar emergency service notification and a remote antitheft alarm.

Trims available:
Crew Cab
Avg. Price: $25,286
Crew Cab 4WD
Avg. Price: $28,132
Ext Cab 4WD
Avg. Price: $25,333
Ext. Cab
Avg. Price: $22,701
LT

Approaching luxury status, the 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT full-size pickup offers enough configurations and features to satisfy just about everyone. This practical workhorse comes with either the 3-passenger Regular cab, the 6-passenger Extended cab with rear-opening back doors, or the Crew cab, also seating 6 and boasting 4 independently opening doors. A veritable cornucopia of bed lengths, including the standard 6.6-foot, the lengthy 8-foot and the 5.8-foot short bed, is also offered with this midlevel trim. Rear-wheel drive (RWD) is, of course, standard, but the LT, in any configuration, can be equipped with on-demand 4-wheel drive (4WD) featuring Autotrac, whereby 4WD is automatically engaged when wheel slippage is detected. The 4WD is managed by a mechanical center differential and an auto-locking rear differential, and boasts auto-locking hubs and electronic hi-lo gear selection.

Standard appearance and cabin features for the 2012 Silverado 1500 LT include 17-inch chrome steel wheels, premium cloth upholstery, simulated alloy dash and door trim, and a leather and simulated alloy steering wheel. All power accessories, including heated power adjustable outside mirrors, are also standard, as are cruise control, tilt-wheel steering, air conditioning and a trip computer. Entertainment consists of a single-CD player with either 4 or 6 speakers, depending on the cab, as well as satellite radio. Standard OnStar technology, allowing directions and communications selections, completes the list of noteworthy amenities aboard.

Options for this spiffy pickup include leather upholstery, upgraded 20-inch wheels, front bucket seats (5-passenger seating) and Bose premium audio components. The Z71 Appearance Package is also available for the 2012 LT trim, along with a Max Trailering Package or Z71 Off-Road Suspension Package. The former boasts heavy-duty cooling and an auto-locking heavy-duty rear differential, while the latter adds joust bars, skid plates and a set of bulked-up shock absorbers. Finally, added exterior chrome, a power adjustable driver’s seat and a rear-window defogger can be tacked on to this midlevel truck as well.

A 4.8-liter variable valve timed (VVT) FlexFuel (FFV) V8 with its accompanying 4-speed automatic transmission is standard aboard the 2012 Silverado 1500 LT. Look for 302 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque, 14 mpg city/19 highway with RWD or 13/18 with 4WD, and towing capacity that maxes out at 9,100 pounds.

Need more oomph? A variable-valve-timed 5.3-liter FFV V8 powerplant is also available in the LT, along with a snappy 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission. This combination puts out 315 hp and 335 lb-ft of torque, which is enough to tow 9,600 pounds of trailer with proper equipment. Look for mileage in the area of 15/22 in RWD configurations, 15/21 with 4WD trims.

Finally, the LT can be delivered with the available 403-hp 6.2-liter FFV V8 and 6-speed shiftable automatic that helps pound down 417 lb-ft of torque. Towing capacity is an awesome 10,700 pounds with the proper equipment, while mileage is estimated at 13/18 for RWD trims and 12/19 for 4WD editions.

Standard safety features, besides the Silverado 1500 LT’s size, include 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags and front and, in Extended or Crew cab versions, rear head airbags. Daytime running lights also come standard, as do dusk-sensing headlights, a remote antitheft alarm and a post-collision safety system that’s complemented by OnStar emergency services.

Trims available:
Base
Avg. Price: $22,418
4WD
Avg. Price: $25,895
Crew Cab
Avg. Price: $28,054
Crew Cab 4WD
Avg. Price: $31,336
Ext. Cab
Avg. Price: $25,291
Ext. Cab 4WD
Avg. Price: $28,528
Ext. Cab LB
Avg. Price: $26,106
Ext. Cab LB 4WD
Avg. Price: $27,013
LB
1 national listing
Avg. Price: $22,338
LB 4WD
2 national listings
Avg. Price: $23,251
LTZ

With leather upholstery, heated power adjustable front bucket seats and dual-zone climate control all standard, the 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ trim level remains the flagship of the 1500 fleet. This half-ton almost-luxury pickup can be purchased in either the Extended cab version with rear-opening back doors or in the Crew cab trim with 4 independently opening doors. Extended cab trims offer seating for 5 and either a 6.6- or 8.2-foot bed, while the 5-passenger Crew cab variants carry only the 5.8-foot short bed. On-demand 4-wheel drive (4WD) is available to the LTZ, but rear-wheel drive (RWD) is standard.

Look for such standard appearance and performance goodies as heated, power adjustable, reverse-tilt outside mirrors, 18-inch alloy wheels, an auxiliary transmission fluid cooler and a trailer hitch and wiring. Inside, expect remote power door locks, power windows, cruise control, tilt-wheel steering, driver memory settings, simulated alloy and leather cabin accents and Bluetooth hands-free communications to add to the posh ambiance, with a 6-speaker, single-CD player helping immensely. Finally, standard Bluetooth/OnStar hands-free communications and driving directions, as well as a USB port are tossed in for good measure.

A hard-drive-based navigation system is optional in the 2012 Silverado 1500 LTZ, as are a 6-CD changer, cooled front seats, a power sunroof, rear-view camera and a power-sliding rear window. The Z71 Appearance Package and the Z71 Off-Road Package are also optional, with both packages featuring skid plates, joust bumpers, upgraded shock absorbers and wheels, as well as some added exterior chrome. The Chrome Essentials Package, meantime, tacks on even more chrome exterior accents, including chrome step bars, while the Max Trailering Package tosses in heavy-duty cooling systems and an auto-locking heavy-duty rear differential.

The high-end 2012 Silverado 1500 LTZ comes standard with a 5.3-liter Flex Fuel (FFV) V8 powerplant that combines with the standard 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission for 315 hp and 335 lb-ft of torque. All this power translates into 9,600 pounds of towing capacity, with the proper equipment, while mileage, with variable valve timing (VVT), is estimated at some 15 mpg city/22 highway in RWD configurations, 15/21 in 4WD trims.

The trailer-toting 6.2-liter FFV V8, also with VVT, is additionally available to the top-shelf LTZ. This big V8 comes with the standard 6-speed shiftable automatic and puts out 403 hp and 417 lb-ft of torque. When properly equipped, this monster can tow up to 10,700 pounds of trailer without breaking a sweat, but mileage drops to 13/18 in RWD versions and 12/19 in 4WD editions.

Finally, the on-demand 4WD system features electronic hi-lo gear selection, auto-locking hubs and Autotrac, a driver-selectable setting that automatically shifts into 4WD when wheel slippage is noted. An auto-locking rear differential and mechanical center differential combine to manage all this added traction.

Safety-wise, besides its sheer size, the 2012 Silverado 1500 LTZ offers 4-wheel antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front and rear head airbags and front side-mounted airbags. Further standard safety equipment includes daytime running lights, a remote antitheft alarm, turn-signal-integrated mirrors, OnStar emergency services, a post-collision safety system and front fog/driving lights.

Trims available:
Crew Cab
Avg. Price: $31,264
Crew Cab 4WD
Avg. Price: $35,004
Ext. Cab
Avg. Price: $29,200
Ext. Cab 4WD
Avg. Price: $33,557
Ext. Cab LB
1 national listing
Avg. Price: $29,142
Ext. Cab LB 4WD
Avg. Price: $31,253
Work Truck

For the workaholics among us, the self-described 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Work Truck trim level offers a no-frills full-size pickup alternative. Though Spartan in amenities, this dedicated workhorse offers three cab configurations, a 3-passenger regular cab, 6-passenger Extended cab with rear-opening back doors, and the 6-passenger Crew cab with four independently opening doors. There are also three bed sizes, the standard 6.5-foot, oversized 8-foot and the Crew-cab-only 5.8-foot short bed. Outside, the Work Truck sports 17-inch steel wheels, while inside, vinyl upholstery, cruise control, air conditioning, tilt-wheel steering and an AM/FM stereo with 4 (regular cab) or 6 (Extended and Crew cab) speakers. Finally, all versions of the Work Truck are delivered in standard rear-wheel-drive (RWD) configuration, but all can be had with part-time 4-wheel drive (4WD) as well.

A number of options are available to spruce up this base and basic pickup, including a single-CD player and OnStar Directions and Connections technology. Satellite radio, remote power door locks, cloth upholstery and all-terrain tires can also be added. A couple of available packages, including the Bluetooth Package with hands-free communications and a Trailering Package with a hitch and wiring and heavy-duty auto-locking rear differential, as well as an integrated trailer brake controller, can also be delivered.

The base engine for the down-and-dirty 2012 Silverado 1500 Work Truck is a 4.3-liter V6 that combines with a 4-speed automatic transmission for 195 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Max towing is 5,400 pounds, with the proper equipment, and mileage is a somewhat dismal 15 mpg city/20 highway in RWD trims and 14/18 in 4WD versions.

A capable 4.8-liter Flex Fuel V8 engine is available to this base pickup and, again mated with the 4-speed automatic, puts out 302 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque. Variable valve timing (VVT) keeps mileage at a tolerable 14/19 in RWD and 14/18 in 4WD configurations, while towing capacity is bumped up to 9,100 pounds when properly equipped.

Finally, a 5.3-liter Flex Fuel V8 engine, with VVT and a 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission, can be fitted to the Work Truck and will nail 315 hp and 335 lb-ft of torque while providing a tolerable 15/22 in RWD trims and 15/21 in 4WD variants. Towing, meantime, is maxed out at 9,600 pounds when properly equipped.

The part-time 4WD system aboard the basic Work Truck stars a floor-mounted transfer-case shifter, mechanical center differential, manual hi-lo gear selection and auto-locking hubs.

Standard safety features in the 2012 Silverado 1500 Work Truck include 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags and, in the regular cab trims, head airbags, with Extended and Crew cab editions offering front and rear head airbags. Dusk-sensing headlights and daytime running lights round out the more notable safety equipment aboard this base pickup.

Trims available:
Base
Avg. Price: $18,750
4WD
Avg. Price: $22,104
Crew Cab
Avg. Price: $22,734
Crew Cab 4WD
Avg. Price: $26,248
Ext. Cab
Avg. Price: $21,175
Ext. Cab 4WD
Avg. Price: $24,397
Ext. Cab LB
Ext. Cab LB 4WD
8 national listings
Avg. Price: $24,137
LB
Avg. Price: $18,072
LB 4WD
Avg. Price: $21,898
XFE

Kind of the stepchild of the 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 family, the XFE trim is available only in 6-passenger Crew cab configuration with the usual 5.8-foot short bed. This unique full-size pickup comes only with trailer-ready rear-wheel drive (RWD) and boasts auxiliary transmission cooling, as well as a trailer hitch and wiring. This competent pickup uses its standard 5.3-liter V8 powerplant and 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission to put out the power necessary to tow some 9,600 pounds with 315 hp and 335 lb-ft of torque. And all this can be accomplished at a rating of 15 mpg city/22 highway on regular unleaded gas.

Appearance goodies aboard the 2012 Silverado 1500 XFE include 17-inch alloy wheels, a soft bed cover, power sliding rear window and heated power-adjustable outside mirrors. The cabin, meanwhile, boasts standard premium cloth upholstery, remote power door locks and power windows, tilt-wheel steering, cruise control and air conditioning. OnStar Directions and Connections service also comes standard in the XFE, as do a single-CD player, 6 speakers and satellite radio reception.

Options include the Custom Sport Truck Package with an auto-locking rear differential, dual-zone climate control, 20-inch chrome-clad wheels, Bluetooth hands-free technology, a USB port and unique exterior chrome trim. Both the Convenience Package and the Interior Plus package are available, as well, with the former offering power-adjustable pedals, remote engine start, a universal remote garage door opener and rear parking sensors, while the latter adds in a power-adjustable driver’s seat. Bose premium speakers and a rear-view camera, meanwhile, as well as leather upholstery are additional standalone options. The available Max Trailering Package, meanwhile, includes a heavy-duty auto-locking rear differential and heavy-duty engine and transmission cooling.

Standard safety equipment for the 2012 Silverado 1500 XFE includes 4-wheel antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front and rear head airbags and front side-mounted airbags. Daytime running lights, OnStar emergency services, a post-collision safety system and a remote antitheft alarm also come standard in this hefty Chevy pickup.

Trims available:
Crew Cab