2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 vs. Its Competition

2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4WD Ext Cab 157.5" LT Angular Front Exterior View
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

Even discounting its clone, the GMC Sierra, the 2012 Chevy Silverado has some tough competition in the full-size pickup arena.

The Ford F-150 has been relentlessly improved over the past few years, and now has turbo V-6 engines and voice-controlled navigation systems in the race to grab every personal-use truck buyer it can find.

Toyota' Tundra has been a half-flop in its latest form, but it's staggeringly capable as a towing and hauling machine, even if the spacey styling is a turn-off.

The Nissan Titan is the least changed truck in this group, over its lifespan, but it still has Nissan's rorty "Endurance" V-8 to recommend it, along with better handling than the usual truck.

At the top of the list, we'd put the Ram 1500--the old Dodge Ram got a remake in 2009 and has one of the best interiors in the business, some of the highest towing and hauling figures, and one of the nicest powertrains in its gas-quaffing HEMI form.

2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4WD Ext Cab 157.5" LT Angular Front Exterior View2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
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2012 Ford F-150 2WD SuperCab 163" XL Side Exterior View2012 Ford F-150
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2012 GMC Sierra 1500 2WD Crew Cab 143.5" Denali Angular Front Exterior View2012 GMC Sierra 1500
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2012 Nissan Titan 4WD Crew Cab SWB SL Side Exterior View2012 Nissan Titan
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2012 Toyota Tundra CrewMax Platinum 2012 Toyota Tundra
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2011 Ram 1500 2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Laramie Angular Front Exterior View2012 Ram 1500
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Quick Specs
7.4
It counts a savvy Hybrid model in its ranks, but mostly, the 2012 Chevy Silverado appeals to the prosaic truck buyer that doesn't need as much in the way of infotainment.
8.2
Efficient and burly, the 2012 Ford F-150 shares the lead in full-size trucks thanks to extreme capability and extreme high-tech features.
7.6
The 2012 GMC Sierra has one of the greenest pickup trucks in its lineup, but some of its early spec-sheet triumphs have been bested by the latest F-150 and Ram.
7.4
The 2012 Nissan Titan has held up well over a long lifespan, but its gas mileage, towing and hauling, and performance have fallen to the back of the full-size pickup truck pack.
8.0
Just as tough as the competition, the 2012 Toyota Tundra isn't quite as rugged-looking, as fuel-efficient, or as strong in the towing department.
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The 2012 Ram 1500 is big and burly yet very detail-oriented; and for those who want a good ride and refined interior, it's one of the best bets.
MSRP From     
$22,195$23,500$22,195$28,520$25,155$22,570
Gas Mileage     
13 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V6Gas/Ethanol V6Gas V6Gas V8Gas V6Gas V8
EPA Class     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Style Name     
2WD Reg Cab 119.0" Work Truck2WD Reg Cab 126" XL2WD Reg Cab 119.0" Work Truck2WD King Cab SWB SReg Cab 4.0L V6 5-Speed AT (Natl)2WD Reg Cab 120.5" Express
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
333633
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Reg Cab 6.5' WidesideRegular Cab PickupReg Cab 6.5' WidesideKing CabReg CabRegular Cab Pickup
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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