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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD Reg Cab Work Truck 18 25 $16,776 $17,475
2WD Reg Cab LT w/1LT 18 25 $19,351 $20,370
2WD Ext Cab Work Truck 18 25 $18,940 $19,730
2WD Ext Cab LT w/1LT 18 25 $21,807 $22,955
2WD Ext Cab LT w/2LT 17 23 $24,852 $26,160
2WD Ext Cab LT w/3LT 14 20 $25,659 $27,010
2WD Crew Cab LT w/1LT 18 25 $23,070 $24,285
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 Reg Cab Work Truck 18 24 $20,140 $20,980
4WD Reg Cab LT w/1LT 17 24 $23,218 $24,440
4WD Ext Cab Work Truck 18 24 $22,108 $23,030
4WD Ext Cab LT w/1LT 17 23 $25,289 $26,620
4WD Ext Cab LT w/2LT 17 23 $28,006 $29,480
4WD Crew Cab LT w/1LT 16 21 $27,037 $28,460
4WD Crew Cab LT w/2LT 16 21 $28,804 $30,320
2WD Reg Chassis Cab Work Truck 15 20 $18,883 $19,670
4WD Reg Chassis Cab Work Truck 16 21 $22,200 $23,125
2WD King Cab I4 Manual S
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SL 14 19 $30,560 $32,990
4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SV 14 19 $26,761 $28,560
4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SL 14 19 $30,051 $32,440
4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic PRO-4X 14 19 $28,691 $30,970
4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual PRO-4X 15 20 $27,720 $29,920
4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SV 14 19 $26,369 $28,140
4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SV 15 20 $25,387 $27,090
4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic S 14 19 $25,349 $27,050
4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual S 15 20 $24,367 $26,000
4WD King Cab Automatic PRO-4X 14 19 $28,008 $30,230
4WD King Cab Manual PRO-4X 15 20 $26,898 $29,030
4WD King Cab Automatic SV 14 19 $25,200 $26,890
4WD King Cab Manual SV 15 20 $24,218 $25,840
2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SL 15 20 $28,380 $30,290
2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SV 15 20 $24,506 $25,860
2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SL 15 20 $27,912 $29,790
2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SV 15 20 $24,109 $25,440
2WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SV 16 20 $23,116 $24,390
2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic S 15 20 $23,079 $24,350
2WD Crew Cab SWB Manual S 16 20 $22,086 $23,300
2WD King Cab V6 Automatic SV 15 20 $22,927 $24,190
2WD King Cab V6 Manual SV 16 20 $21,934 $23,140
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 I4 Automatic SV 17 22 $22,369 $23,600
Pricing
Invoice Price
$16,776
$18,264
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$17,475
$19,260
Monthly Payment Estimate
$291 / month
$321 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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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
Fuel Economy - City 18 mpg 19 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 25 mpg 23 mpg
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in) 53.3 55.8
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
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
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in) 33.0 - TBD -
Overhang, Front (in) 33.9 31.3
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
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
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
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Location Inboard LH Frame Rail NA
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) NA NA
Aux Fuel Tank Location NA NA
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 19 21.1
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) NA - TBD -
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
Tires
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs) 1452 NA
Spare Tire Order Code ZCY NA
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
Trailering
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 2400 3500
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
Weight Information
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs) 4850 4690
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs) 2633 2531
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
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6 15 x 7.0
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
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
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 185 @ 5600 152 @ 5200
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 -
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
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
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
Summary
Vehicle Name Chevrolet Colorado Nissan Frontier
Body Code E63 125.9 WB
Body Style Regular Cab King Cab
Suspension
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 -
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 -
Frame
Frame Type Ladder Ladder
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 8.9 8.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 4 4
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating - -
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating - -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver - -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger - -
Overall Side Crash Rating - -
Side Barrier Rating - -
Side Barrier Rating Driver - -
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat - -
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat - -
Combined Side Rating Front Seat - -
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat - -
Rollover Rating
 
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