The 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Truck is advertised as the "the strongest, most dependable, and longest lasting truck on the road", and the full-size pickup has the power and reliability to maintain its reputation that it has rightfully earned. Depending on need, buyers can choose from the minimum 4.3-liter V-6 engine size, all the way up to a 6.2-liter V-8 and regular, extended and crew cab models. The smaller work truck is powered by a four-speed automatic transmission that produces a solid 195 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Exceptional brakes offer control in nearly all conditions, and some models can be upgraded to include an optional integrated brake controller. In fact, when tested, the 1500 stopped from 60 mph in only 120 feet, which is more than impressive for its size This engine returns 14 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway, which is average
those opting for a larger engine will appreciate the power that the 4.8-liter V-8 flex-fuel engine has to offer. This engine produces 302 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque and can comfortably tow nearly 10,000 pounds!
When it comes to suspension, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Truck has an option for every activity. The Z83 is the standard trim, offering a smooth ride and great handling, which is perfect for daily use. The Z85 is more geared towards handling and towing, with better shock absorbers. The Z71 suspension is ideal for off-roading, and it is typically paired with 18-inch wheels. It promises the best ride for any on or off road bumpy terrain. Those planning to use the Silverado primarily on highways should choose the Z60, which includes wheels that span a full 20 inches. Finally, for hauling the biggest loads, the NHL suspension offers greatest strength, along with high capacity rear springs, all-terrain tires, and a bigger rear axle. Note that while this suspension is perfect for hauling big loads, it may not be the nicest ride for everyday use.
Airbags come as standard features in the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Truck, both dual front and side-curtain for maximum safety. Additional safety features include a tire-pressure monitoring system, anti-lock brakes, engine immobilizer, daytime running lights, dusk sensing headlamps, post collision safety system, and the Chevy StabiliTrak electronic stability control system with rollover mitigation technology. When put to the test, the 2012 Chevrolet Silverado scored "Good" in frontal-offset test, but only ranked "Acceptable" in side-impact.