Compare 2012 Chevrolet Colorado vs 2012 Nissan Frontier

2012 Chevrolet Colorado
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2WD Reg Cab Work Truck
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD Reg Cab Work Truck 18 25 $16,776 $17,475
2WD Reg Chassis Cab Work Truck 15 20 $18,883 $19,670
2WD Ext Cab Work Truck 18 25 $18,940 $19,730
2WD Reg Cab LT w/1LT 18 25 $19,351 $20,370
4WD Reg Cab Work Truck 18 24 $20,140 $20,980
2WD Ext Cab LT w/1LT 18 25 $21,807 $22,955
4WD Ext Cab Work Truck 18 24 $22,108 $23,030
4WD Reg Chassis Cab Work Truck 16 21 $22,200 $23,125
2WD Crew Cab LT w/1LT 18 25 $23,070 $24,285
4WD Reg Cab LT w/1LT 17 24 $23,218 $24,440
2WD Ext Cab LT w/2LT 17 23 $24,852 $26,160
4WD Ext Cab LT w/1LT 17 23 $25,289 $26,620
2WD Ext Cab LT w/3LT 14 20 $25,659 $27,010
2WD Crew Cab LT w/2LT 17 23 $26,115 $27,490
2WD Crew Cab LT w/3LT 14 20 $26,923 $28,340
4WD Crew Cab LT w/1LT 16 21 $27,037 $28,460
4WD Ext Cab LT w/2LT 17 23 $28,006 $29,480
4WD Crew Cab LT w/2LT 16 21 $28,804 $30,320
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2WD King Cab I4 Manual S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD King Cab I4 Manual S 19 23 $18,264 $19,260
2WD King Cab I4 Automatic S 17 22 $19,258 $20,310
2WD King Cab I4 Manual SV 19 23 $21,376 $22,550
2WD King Cab V6 Manual SV 16 20 $21,934 $23,140
2WD Crew Cab SWB Manual S 16 20 $22,086 $23,300
2WD King Cab I4 Automatic SV 17 22 $22,369 $23,600
2WD King Cab V6 Automatic SV 15 20 $22,927 $24,190
2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic S 15 20 $23,079 $24,350
2WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SV 16 20 $23,116 $24,390
2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SV 15 20 $24,109 $25,440
4WD King Cab Manual SV 15 20 $24,218 $25,840
2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SV 15 20 $24,506 $25,860
4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual S 15 20 $24,367 $26,000
4WD King Cab Automatic SV 14 19 $25,200 $26,890
4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic S 14 19 $25,349 $27,050
4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SV 15 20 $25,387 $27,090
4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SV 14 19 $26,369 $28,140
4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SV 14 19 $26,761 $28,560
4WD King Cab Manual PRO-4X 15 20 $26,898 $29,030
2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SL 15 20 $27,912 $29,790
4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual PRO-4X 15 20 $27,720 $29,920
4WD King Cab Automatic PRO-4X 14 19 $28,008 $30,230
2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SL 15 20 $28,380 $30,290
4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic PRO-4X 14 19 $28,691 $30,970
4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SL 14 19 $30,051 $32,440
4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SL 14 19 $30,560 $32,990
Pricing
Invoice Price
$16,776
$18,264
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$17,475
$19,260
Monthly Payment Estimate
$291 / month
$321 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.6
7.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Chevrolet Colorado soldiers on as the only truly compact truck on the market (with its Canyon twin), but are you sure you don't really want a mid-size truck instead? You may not need to go full-size--the 2012 Nissan Frontier pickup truck can cover a lot of the same ground a bigger pickup can.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
25 mpg 23 mpg
Interior Dimensions
Front Head Room (in)
39.3 39.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.1 58.3
Passenger Capacity
3 4
Front Leg Room (in)
44.0 42.4
Front Hip Room (in)
53.3 55.8
Second Leg Room (in)
- 25.4
Second Hip Room (in)
- 55.0
Second Head Room (in)
- 38.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
- 54.9
Exterior Dimensions
Frame Width, Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Bumper to Back of Cab (in)
110.9 - TBD -
Length, Overall w/o rear bumper (in)
192.4 205.5
Ground Clearance, Rear (in)
7.7 8.7
Cab to End of Frame (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
64.9 68.7
Ground to Top of Frame (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Overhang, Rear w/o bumper (in)
- TBD - 48.2
Wheelbase (in)
111.3 125.9
Ground Clearance, Front (in)
7.7 8.7
Cab to Axle (in)
34.2 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
67.6 72.8
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in)
33.0 - TBD -
Overhang, Front (in)
33.9 31.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
18.6 18.0
Cargo Volume (ft³)
44.0 33.5
Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear (in)
NA 61.4
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
42.6 44.4
Tailgate Width (in)
52.4 58.8
Cargo Box Length @ Floor (in)
72.8 73.3
Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (ft³)
NA 30.9
Cargo Box Width @ Floor (in)
57.2 61.4
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
11.6 x 2.5 NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.2 x 1.6 11.1 x 0.7
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 11.3 x 0.7
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
NA NA
Aux Fuel Tank Location
NA NA
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19 21.1
Fuel Tank Location
Inboard LH Frame Rail NA
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center
17.4 20.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.4 43.4
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr Rack & pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock
3.31 3.6
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA - TBD -
Tires
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/70R16 P235/75R15
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare
- TBD - NA
Front Tire Capacity (lbs)
1452 NA
Rear Tire Order Code
QRD NA
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs)
1452 NA
Front Tire Size
P215/70R16 P235/75R15
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear
NA NA
Spare Tire Size
Compact P235/75R15
Front Tire Order Code
QRD NA
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs)
1452 NA
Spare Tire Order Code
ZCY NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2400 3500
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
240 350
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
360 350
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2400 3500
Weight Information
Curb Weight - Front (lbs)
1888 2027
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)
6000 7936
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs)
2896 2531
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs)
1478 1658
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
4850 4690
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)
2633 2531
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 15 x 7.0
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6 15 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6 15 x 7.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 10.8
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Watts
NA - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
NA NA
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
125 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
590 550
Engine
Engine Type
Gas 4-Cyl Gas 4-cyl
Fuel System
SFI Electronic Fuel Injection
Engine Oil Cooler
NA NA
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
190 @ 2800 171 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
LLV NA
Displacement
2.9L/177 2.5L/- TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
185 @ 5600 152 @ 5200
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 23
Transmission
Transfer Case Power Take Off
NA NA
Trans Power Take Off
NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Transfer Case Model
NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.75 3.58
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.37 1.36
Trans Type
5 5
Trans PTO Access
NA NA
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 0.81
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.67 3.63
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.26 2.07
Trans Order Code
MA5 NA
Summary
Body Code
E63 125.9 WB
Body Style
Regular Cab King Cab
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Colorado Nissan Frontier
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
2-Stage Multi-Leaf Multi-Leaf
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA NA
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
NA NA
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs)
2900 - TBD -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
30 - TBD -
Axle Type - Rear
Semi-Floating C200
Suspension Type - Front
Coil Springs Double Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.10 1.34
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs)
2900 - TBD -
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs)
2633 - TBD -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
3.73 4.08
Axle Type - Front
Independent NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
30 - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs)
2633 - TBD -
Frame
Frame Type
Ladder Ladder
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 4
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.9 8.7
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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