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in 2012 Full Size Pickup Trucks

Avg. Price Paid: $16,403 - $34,490
Original MSRP: $22,195 - $42,440
MPG: 15 City / 20 Hwy
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2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Interior

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The 2012 Chevrolet Silverado has a well-built and comfortable interior that can be configured either as a basic work truck or a nearly-luxurious place to drive for long distances. But reviewers note that though the Silverado’s cabin is solidly-built with lots of available features, it’s surpassed by its rivals in most ways.

  • “Despite its work-truck intentions, the materials on Silverados with the pure pickup interior don’t look bargain basement. The luxury interior has dressier materials. Despite ample use of hard plastics with the luxury interior, their texture lends substance not found with the pure pickup trim.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "Interior fit, finish and features lag behind Ram and Ford pickups.” -- Cars.com
  • "In the Work base model trim, the interior is aesthetically dull compared to competitors from Dodge and Toyota.” -- Edmunds

Seating

The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 can seat between three and six people, depending on the cab, configuration and trim you choose. Reviewers say the seating in the Silverado is generally comfortable, though extended cab models are short on legroom in the back seat. The full-size back seat in crew cab models receives better reviews. Silverado buyers can choose from bench or bucket front seats, but in either case, reviewers say that the front seats are comfortable.

  • "Bucket or bench, the (front) seats are comfortable if somewhat lacking in side support." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Factor in comfortable seats -- at least in the upper trim levels -- and the Silverado earns our endorsement as a long-distance road-tripper.” -- Edmunds
  • "The back-seat area in the Crew Cab models offers generous room for adult-size occupants and is nearly as comfortable as some full-size SUVs.” -- Kelley Blue Book

Interior Features

Because of the number of trim levels and option packages offered on the Silverado, it's possible to have a spartan, work-focused interior or a near-luxury level of quality and features. No matter what interior set-up or features are chosen, reviewers agree that the interior is well-laid-out and solidly built.

Standard features on the base WT (Work Truck) model include only the most basic necessities, like an AM/FM stereo, air conditioning, a tilting steering wheel and cruise control. LTZ trims are fairly upscale, with standard features including an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated front bucket seats, a premium sound system and leather-trimmed upholstery. To see a full list of standard and optional features, see the 2012 Chevrolet Silverado specifications.

Reviewers say that although the Silverado’s interior is well-laid-out, functional and easy to use, it lags behind the competition in most respects. If you have a business, you should consider the Ford F-150 instead, because it offers Ford's Work Solutions system. Work Solutions features an in-truck computer capable of email, creating invoices, tracking files and even offers a printer, a tool-tracking system and a fleet-management system. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a truly upscale truck, reviewers say it doesn’t get any better than the Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn. It’s expensive, but outfitted with rugged but opulent styling and truly luxurious features.

  •  “The Pure Pickup interior places radio and climate controls high on the dashboard, with placement that might be out of easy reach for some. The available luxury interior mimics that of the Chevrolet Tahoe and Chevrolet Suburban large SUVs, with controls mounted lower but in easy reach.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "The WT/LT version is a conventional truck with a more open floor area, space for random stuff all over, and no concerns that something might get scratched, scuffed or dirty. Modern electronics suggest hosing out a truck interior isn't a good idea anymore, but a shovel and stiff bristle brush should get it done.” -- New Car Test Drive

Cargo

Interior cargo space in the 2012 Chevrolet Silverado depends on the type of cab you get and the various interior options. While regular cab models suffer from lack of interior storage options, reviewers like the crew cab's extra storage space. The back seats flip up, giving you an almost-flat load floor for larger items that you might not want to put in the bed.

Storage space for smaller items is available, but depends on the trim and interior packages that buyers select. While some other competitors offer in-floor storage bins and larger center consoles, the Silverado does not. If you want more storage in the interior, check out the Ram 1500 or Ford F-150. Both offer interior storage that keeps your stuff organized and out of sight. 

  • "Interior storage is merely adequate, with small cupholders and haphazard center console organization.” -- Edmunds

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