2012 Chevy Colorado towing capacity

The 2012 Chevy Colorado captures attention with its bold exterior lines and robust stance. Its muscular build not only exudes confidence but also hints at the immense power that lies beneath its hood. As a compact pickup truck effortlessly tackles both urban streets and off-road adventures, making it an ideal companion for those seeking a versatile and reliable vehicle.

All Colorado models include the safety of StabiliTrak electronic stability control and head-curtain side-impact airbags. Learn more about the Chevy Colorado towing and performance specs and take a closer look at the other configurations.

The 2012 Chevy Colorado with a maximum towing capacity of 6,000 pounds when properly equipped. The pickup truck with performance and efficiency comes standard with a Trailering Package making it a great choice for drivers who need to tow heavy loads.

2012 Chevy Colorado towing capacity chart

2012 Chevy Colorado trim levels2012 Chevy Colorado towing capacity
Chevy Colorado WT1,900 – 6,000 lbs.
Chevy Colorado Z851,900 – 6,000 lbs.
Chevy Colorado Z715,500 lbs.
The above-shown numbers are subject to change and are for reference purposes only. Do not exceed the trailer weight for your vehicle configuration listed in the chart above. Maximum weights shown are for properly equipped vehicles with the required equipment and a driver.

2012 Chevy Colorado Engine Options

Colorado’s standard Vortec 2.9L four-cylinder engine, Colorado also offers a Vortec 3.7L I-5 engine with 242 horsepower. For those seeking a midsize truck with big-truck capability, an available Vortec 5.3L V-8 engine enables a towing capacity of up to 6,000 pounds and zero-to-60 performance of fewer than seven seconds. Chevrolet Colorado continues to offer proven Chevy Truck capability with EPA-estimated highway fuel economy of up to 25 mpg.

Engine Type 2.9L inline 4-cylinder3.7L inline 5-cylinder5.3L V-8
Horsepower185 hp @ 5,600rpm242 hp @ 5,600rpm300 hp @ 5,200rpm
Torque190 lb.-ft. @ 2,800rpm242 hp @ 4,600rpm320 hp @ 3,600rpm
Compression ratio10:110:19.7:1

2012 Chevy Colorado towing capacity

It is available with regular, extended, or crew cabs, in either two- or four-wheel drive. Regular and extended cab models have a 6-foot-1-inch (1.85 m) pickup bed with taller sides than many competitors, providing best-in-class volume for deeper storage and higher overall payload. Crew cab bed lengths are 5-foot 1-inch (1.55 m) and offer a 60/40-split/folding rear seat capable of accommodating three adults.

For additional versatility, extended and crew cab models are available with the Z71 off-road suspension or the sport-tuned ZQ8 suspension package. Both beds offer two-tier cargo loading and tailgates that are both lockable and easily removable. The towing capacity varies based on the engine and configuration chosen:

2012 Chevy Colorado Regular Cab towing capacity

2WD Regular Cab

Engine/TransmissionAxle RatioCurb Weight (lbs.)GCWR (lbs.)Maximum Trailer Weight (lbs.)
2.9L Automatic3.733,3997,000 3,400
2.9L Manual 3.733,3666,0002,400
3.7L Automatic 3.733,4558,5004,000

4WD Regular Cab

Engine/TransmissionAxle RatioCurb Weight (lbs.)GCWR (lbs.)Maximum Trailer Weight (lbs.)
2.9L Automatic 3.733,7187,000 3,100
2.9L Manual 3.733,6846,0002,100
3.7L Automatic 3.733,7799,0004,000

2012 Chevy Colorado Extended Cab towing capacity

2WD Extended Cab

Engine/TransmissionAxle RatioCurb Weight (lbs.)GCWR (lbs.)Maximum Trailer Weight (lbs.)
2.9L Automatic 3.733,5927,0003,200
2.9L Manual3.733,5596,0002,200
3.7L Automatic 3.733,6499,5005,500
5.3L V8 Automatic3.42/3.733,88910,4006,000
5.3L V8 Automatic
ZQ8 Sport Suspension

4WD Extended Cab

Engine/TransmissionAxle RatioCurb Weight (lbs.)GCWR (lbs.)Maximum Trailer Weight (lbs.)
2.9L Automatic 3.733,9117,0002,900
2.9L Manual3.733,8786,0001,900
3.7L Automatic 3.733,9729,8005,500
5.3L V8 Automatic3.42/4.104,13610,4006,000

2012 Chevy Colorado Crew Cab towing capacity

2WD Crew Cab

Engine/TransmissionAxle RatioCurb Weight (lbs.)GCWR (lbs.)Maximum Trailer Weight (lbs.)
2.9L Automatic 3.733,7217,0003,000
2.9L Manual3.733,6886,0002,100
3.7L Automatic 3.733,7829,5005,500
5.3L V8 Automatic3.42/3.734,01310,4006,000
5.3L V8 Automatic
ZQ8 Sport Suspension

4WD Crew Cab

Engine/TransmissionAxle RatioCurb Weight (lbs.)GCWR (lbs.)Maximum Trailer Weight (lbs.)
3.7L Automatic 3.734,0709,8005,500
5.3L V8 Automatic3.42/4.104,21810,4006,000

2012 Chevy Colorado Towing Package

The 2012 Chevy Colorado optional towing package enhances the truck’s towing capabilities, and safety features ensure a seamless towing experience. By equipping with this package, you can confidently tow trailers, campers, boats, or other heavy loads efficiently and securely. Let’s explore the features included in the towing package:

  • Trailer Hitch Receiver: A heavy-duty trailer hitch receiver designed to provide a secure connection point for attaching a trailer or other towing accessories.
  • Integrated Trailer Brake Controller: This helps maintain stability and control while towing by synchronizing the braking system between the truck and the trailer, enhancing safety and reducing wear on the brake components.
  • 7-Pin Connector: The 7-pin trailer wiring connector enables seamless communication between the truck and the trailer, providing power to the trailer’s lights, brakes, and other electrical components.
The trailering capacity of your specific vehicle may vary. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can trailer. Safety or driver assistance features are no substitute for the driver’s responsibility to operate the vehicle in a safe manner. Also, read the vehicle Owner’s Manual for important feature limitations and information. 

2012 Chevy Colorado Safety features

With an array of advanced safety features and robust construction, it provides peace of mind for both daily commutes and thrilling escapades. Whether navigating busy city streets or venturing off the beaten path, you can trust Colorado to keep you and your loved ones protected. Colorado is designed to help drivers avoid crashes and protect vehicle occupants during and after a crash.

  • Standard driver and passenger frontal and head curtain side-impact airbags with a passenger on-off switch.
  • StabiliTrak’s electronic stability control system helps reduce the risk of rollover crashes by keeping the vehicle in the driver’s intended path by applying throttle, braking, or a combination of both.
  • The Four-wheel anti-lock brake system provides directional stability in the event of an emergency braking maneuver. Standard traction control helps limit wheel sleep when accelerating on slippery surfaces such as water, ice, or a gravel road.
  • Vehicle anti-theft system helps by sounding an alarm if the vehicle is tampered with by thieves.
  • Daytime Running Lamps make the vehicle more visible to other motorists and pedestrians.
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child seat attachment system is included in all second-row seating positions
  • Tire pressure monitoring system, standard on all models
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In conclusion, the 2012 Chevy Colorado stands as an impressive choice for those seeking a versatile and capable truck with a commendable towing capacity. With its design and advanced engineering, it delivers a towing capability that exceeds expectations. Its rugged exterior, engine options, comfortable interior, and advanced safety features make it a standout choice for those who crave both adventure and refinement. Whether hauling heavy loads or towing recreational equipment, Colorado’s towing capacity empowers drivers to confidently navigate diverse terrain and conquer demanding challenges.

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Aaron Bennett is an accomplished author and a true aficionado when it comes to pickup trucks. With an unwavering passion for all things automotive, Aaron has dedicated his life to exploring the world of pickups and sharing his expertise with others. As the proud owner of several powerful machines, he has spent countless hours behind the wheel, navigating rugged terrains and conquering highways with unrivaled enthusiasm.

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