$27,965 - $36,380
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SLE Key Features & Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value®
$27,965 - $36,380
New Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
12-15 City / 18-21 HWY
Horsepower
302-403
Seats
3-6

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Mechanical Features

  • Engine, Vortec 4.8L Variable Valve Timing V8 SFI FlexFuel capable of running on unleaded or up to 85% ethanol (302 hp [225.2 kW] @ 5600 rpm, 305 lb-ft torque [411.8 N-m] @ 4600 rpm), iron block (Not available on T*10953 models.)
  • Engine, Vortec 5.3L Variable Valve Timing V8 SFI FlexFuel with Active Fuel Management capable of running on unleaded or up to 85% ethanol (with gas - 315 hp [234.8 kW] @ 5200 rpm, 335 lb-ft of torque [452.2 N-m] @ 4000 rpm), iron block (Not available with TK10543 or TK10753 models. On TC10543 or TC10753 retail orders require (PDU) Power Tech Package, (PDA) Texas Edition, (PEB) Regional Value Package or (PEB) Extended Cab SLE Value Package.)
  • Transmission, 4-speed automatic, electronically controlled with overdrive and tow/haul mode (On Crew Cab models, requires (L20) Vortec 4.8L V8 SFI Flex-Fuel engine. Not available on T*10953 models.)
  • Transmission, 6-speed automatic (Included and only available with (LMG) or (LC9) Vortec 5.3L engines or (L9H) Vortec 6.2L V8 SFI engine.)
  • Rear axle, 3.23 ratio (Refer to Engine/Axle chart for availability.)
  • Rear axle, 3.08 ratio (Refer to Engine/Axle chart for availability.)
  • Rear axle, 3.42 ratio (Refer to Engine/Axle chart for availability.)
  • Suspension Package, Handling/Trailering, heavy-duty includes 46 mm piston monotube shocks and 36mm front stabilizer bar (Includes 36mm front stabilizer bar when (NHT) Max Trailering Pack is ordered.)
  • GVWR, 6400 lbs. (2903 kg) (Standard on T*10703, T*10903 and TC10753 models.)
  • GVWR, 6800 lbs. (3084 kg) (Requires TC10753, TC10543 or TK10903 models. Standard on TC10543 models.)
  • GVWR, 7000 lbs. (3175 kg) (Requires TC10753 models and (NHT) Max Trailering Pack or TK10753, TK10953 or TK10543 models.)
  • GVWR, 6900 lbs. (3130 kg) (Requires TC10953 models.)
  • Transfer case, electronic Autotrac with rotary dial controls (Requires 4WD models.)
  • Rear wheel drive
  • Four wheel drive
  • Battery, heavy-duty 600 cold-cranking amps maintenance-free with rundown protection and retained accessory power
  • Alternator, 145 amps
  • Frame, fully-boxed, hydroformed front section
  • Pickup box, Wideside
  • Suspension, front independent, coil over shock
  • Suspension, rear 2-stage multi-leaf springs, semi-elliptic
  • Steering, power, rack-and-pinion
  • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, front disc/rear drum
  • Exhaust, aluminized stainless-steel muffler and tailpipe
  • Tools, mechanical jack and wheel wrench located in back of cab

Exterior Features

  • Wheels, 4 - 17" x 7.5" (43.2 cm x 19.1 cm) 6-lug chrome-styled steel includes chrome center caps (spare wheel will not cosmetically match the other 4 wheels) (Upgradeable to (N88) 4 - 17" x 7.5" (43.2 cm x 19.1 cm) 6-lug polished cast aluminum wheels or (S86) 4 - 20" x 8.5" (50.8 cm x 21.6 cm) chrome-clad aluminum wheels. Not available with (Z71) Off-Road Suspension Package.)
  • Tires, P245/70R17 all-season, blackwall includes a blackwall spare tire (Requires 2WD models. Not available with (Z71) Off-Road Suspension Package.)
  • Tires, P265/70R17 all-season, blackwall includes a blackwall spare tire (Requires 4WD models. Not available with (Z71) Off-Road Suspension Package.)
  • Wheel, 17" (43.2 cm) steel spare (spare wheel will not cosmetically match the other 4 wheels)
  • Tire carrier outside spare, winch-type mounted under frame at rear
  • Spare tire lock keyed cylinder lock that utilizes same key as ignition and door
  • Recovery hooks, front, Black (Standard on 4WD Models. 2WD models require (GAT) All-Terrain Package.)
  • Bumper, front chrome (Includes body-color bumper top caps.)
  • Bumper, rear chrome, step-style with pad
  • Air dam, Black
  • Moldings, bodyside, body-colored (Moldings are deleted if any SEO paint is ordered.)
  • Grille, chrome with chrome surround (Not included when (VAT) Chrome grille, LPO is ordered.)
  • Headlamps, dual halogen composite with automatic exterior lamp control and flash-to-pass feature
  • Lamps, dual cargo area lamps
  • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, Black, manual-folding (Upgradeable to (DPN) outside vertical camper mirrors. Upgradeable to (DL3) outside heated, power adjustable, power folding mirrors if (GAT) All-Terrain Package or (X31) Body Color All-Terrain Package is ordered.)
  • Glass, Solar-Ray deep-tinted (all windows except light-tinted glass on windshield and driver- and front passenger-side glass) (With Regular Cab models, includes rear window. With Extended Cab models, includes rear and rear quarter windows. With Crew Cab models or (C49) rear-window defogger, includes light-tinted rear window. Included with (PCM) Work Truck Preferred Package.)
  • Wipers, front intermittent wet-arm with pulse washers
  • Tailgate protection, top of tailgate protection cap
  • Door handles, black

Entertainment Features

  • Audio system, AM/FM stereo with MP3 compatible CD player seek-and-scan, digital clock, auto-tone control, Radio Data System (RDS), speed-compensated volume and TheftLock
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio is standard on nearly all 2012 GM models. Enjoy a 3-month trial to the 'XM Select' package, with over 170 channels including commercial-free music, all your favorite sports, exclusive talk and entertainment. And now add premium channels to your trial at no-cost. Welcome to the world of satellite radio. (Not available with (UE0) OnStar, delete. Requires a subscription sold separately by SiriusXM after the trial period. If you decide to continue your service at the end of your subscription, service will automatically renew and bill, at the rates in effect at the time of renewal, until you call SiriusXM at 1-866-635-2349 to cancel. See our Customer Agreement for complete terms at www.siriusxm.com. Available only to those at least 18 and older in the 48 contiguous USA and D.C.)
  • Audio system feature, speaker system (Includes 4 speakers on Regular Cab and 6 speakers on Extended and Crew Cab Models.)

Interior Features

  • Seats, front 40/20/40 split-bench 3-passenger, driver and front passenger manual reclining, center fold-down armrest with storage, lockable storage compartment in seat cushion (includes auxiliary power outlet), adjustable outboard head restraints and storage pockets on Extended and Crew Cab models
  • Seat trim, Premium Cloth
  • Seat adjuster, manual lumbar control on the driver-side
  • Seat, rear 60/40 folding bench (folds up), 3-passenger, folding (includes child seat top tether anchor) (Requires Extended or Crew Cab Models.)
  • Floor covering, color-keyed carpeting with rubberized vinyl floor mats (Extended and Crew Cab models also include rear floor mats) (May be substituted with (BG9) Graphite-colored rubberized vinyl floor covering.)
  • Steering wheel, leather-wrapped with theft-deterrent locking feature
  • Steering column Tilt-Wheel, adjustable with brake/transmission shift interlock
  • Driver Information Center with odometer, trip odometer and message center (monitors numerous systems depending on vehicle equipment level including low fuel, turn signal "on", transmission temperature and oil change notification) (Driver Information Center controls are operated through the trip button unless (UK3) steering wheel mounted audio controls is ordered. On 3SA, 3SF and 4SA, includes 8-point compass and outside temperature.)
  • Instrumentation, analog with speedometer, fuel level, engine temperature, and tachometer (Includes voltmeter and oil pressure indicators.)
  • Warning tones headlamp on, key-in-ignition, driver and passenger buckle up reminder and turn signal on
  • Windows, power with driver Express-Down
  • Windows, power, rear access door (Requires Extended Cab Models.)
  • Door locks, power includes Remote Keyless Entry
  • Remote vehicle starter prep package includes Remote Keyless Entry with 2 transmitters, panic button and content theft alarm (To enable remote start capability, new key fobs and vehicle reprogramming are required. Please see dealer for details. Remote Keyless Entry does not lock/unlock tailgate.)
  • Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed, located on steering wheel
  • Air conditioning, single-zone manual front climate control (Upgradeable to (CJ2) dual-zone automatic air conditioning on Extended and Crew Cab models.)
  • Cup holders, front (Also includes rear cupholders on Extended and Crew Cab models.)
  • Power outlets 2 auxiliary instrument panel-mounted with covers, 12-volt
  • Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
  • Headliner, Opal Gray-colored cloth with matching retainer moldings
  • Visors, driver and front passenger sliding with clip and illuminated vanity mirror on driver and passenger-side, Opal Gray-colored
  • Assist handle, front passenger (Also includes rear assist handles in the headliner on Extended and Crew Cab models.)
  • Lighting, interior with dome and reading lights, illuminated entry feature and backlit instrument panel switches
  • Coat hooks, rear driver and passenger side

Safety Features

  • StabiliTrak, stability control system with Proactive Roll Avoidance and traction control, includes electronic trailer sway control and hill start assist
  • Daytime Running Lamps with automatic exterior lamp control
  • Air bags, frontal, driver and right-front passenger with Passenger Sensing System (Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your child's age and size. Even in vehicles equipped with air bags and the Passenger Sensing System, children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate infant, child or booster seat. Never place a rear-facing infant restraint in the front seat of any vehicle equipped with an active frontal air bag. See the Owner's Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
  • Air bags, head curtain side-impact, front and rear outboard seating positions with rollover sensor (Head curtain side air bags are designed to help reduce the risk of head and neck injuries to front and rear seat outboard occupants on the near side of certain side-impact collisions. Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your child's age and size, even in vehicles equipped with air bags. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate infant, child or booster seat. See the Owner's Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
  • Air bags, seat-mounted side-impact, driver and right-front passenger for thorax and pelvic protection (Head curtain side air bags are designed to help reduce the risk of head and neck injuries to front and rear seat outboard occupants on the near side of certain side-impact collisions. Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your child's age and size, even in vehicles equipped with air bags. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate infant, child or booster seat. See the Owner's Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
  • OnStar, 6 months of Directions and Connections plan includes Automatic Crash Response, Emergency Services, Crisis Assist, Stolen Vehicle Assistance including Stolen Vehicle Slowdown and Remote Ignition Block, Remote Door Unlock (requires power locks), Turn-by-Turn Navigation with Destination Download (requires navigation radio) and OnStar eNav (where available), OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, Roadside Assistance, Remote Horn and Lights, and Hands Free Calling. (Visit onstar.com for details and system limitations.)
  • Automatic Crash Response (Deleted when (UE0) OnStar delete is ordered.)
  • Stolen Vehicle Assistance (Deleted when (UE0) OnStar delete is ordered.)
  • OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation (Deleted when (UE0) OnStar delete is ordered.)
  • Door locks, rear child security. (Crew Cab models only.)
  • Tire Pressure Monitor System (does not apply to spare tire)

Options & Packages

Suspension Pkg

Suspension package, off-road ($345)

  • Includes 1.81" (46 mm) shocks
  • Off-road jounce bumpers
  • 36mm front stabilizer bar
  • (NZZ) Skid Plate Package
  • (K47) air cleaner and Z71 decals on rear quarters

Wheels

Wheels, 4 - 20" x 8.5" (50.8 cm x 21.6 cm) chrome clad aluminum ($1,295)

  • Includes (QSS) P275/55R20 touring blackwall tires

Additional Equipment

Max trailering pack ($3,630)

  • Includes (L9H) Vortec 6.2L V8 SFI engine
  • (G80) heavy-duty automatic locking rear differential
  • (Z85) Handling/Trailering Suspension Package
  • (AXN) 9.5" (24.1 cm) hybrid rear axle
  • (GT4) 3.73 rear axle ratio
  • (JD9) front and rear disc brakes
  • (Z82) Trailering package
  • (T96) fog lamps
  • (N88) 17" x 7.5" (43.2 cm x 19.1 cm) 6-lug polished cast aluminum wheels and (QJP) P265/70R17 on-/off-road
  • Blackwall tires

Texas edition ($4,160)

  • Includes Vortec 5.3L V8 SFI Flex-Fuel engine
  • (S86) 4 - 20" x 8.5" (50.8 cm x 21.6 cm) chrome-clad aluminum wheels
  • (DL8) outside heated power-adjustable
  • Chrome-capped
  • Manual-folding mirrors
  • (Z82) trailering package
  • (CJ2) dual-zone automatic air conditioning
  • (UPF) Bluetooth for phone
  • (UK3) steering wheel-mounted audio controls
  • (UUI) AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback
  • (AG1) driver 6-way power seat adjuster
  • (T96) front fog lamps
  • (A60) locking tailgate
  • (PPA) EZ-lift tailgate
  • Bodyside moldings with chrome accents
  • Chrome door handles and Texas emblem badging.

Value package ($4,160)

  • Includes Vortec 5.3L V8 SFI Flex-Fuel engine
  • (S86) 4 - 20" x 8.5" (50.8 cm x 21.6 cm) chrome-clad aluminum wheels
  • (DL8) outside heated power-adjustable
  • Chrome-capped
  • Manual-folding mirrors
  • (Z82) trailering package
  • (CJ2) dual-zone automatic air conditioning
  • (UPF) Bluetooth for phone
  • (UK3) steering wheel-mounted audio controls
  • (UUI) AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback
  • (AG1) driver 6-way power seat adjuster
  • (T96) front fog lamps
  • (A60) locking tailgate
  • (PPA) EZ-lift tailgate
  • Bodyside moldings with chrome accents and chrome door handles.

Power tech package ($3,960)

  • Includes Vortec 5.3L V8 SFI FlexFuel engine
  • (G80) heavy-duty automatic locking rear differential
  • (Z82) Trailering Package
  • (CJ2) dual-zone automatic air conditioning
  • (UPF) Bluetooth for phone
  • (UK3) steering wheel-mounted audio controls
  • (UUI) AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback
  • (AG1) driver 6-way power seat adjuster
  • (T96) front fog lamps
  • (A60) locking tailgate
  • (PPA) EZ-lift tailgate and (N88) 4 - 17" x 7.5" (43.2 cm x 19.1 cm) 6-lug aluminum wheels

Sle preferred package ($2,040)

    All-terrain package ($3,005)

    • Includes (Z71) Off-Road Suspension Package
    • (Z82) Trailering Package
    • (B58) front and rear carpeted floor mats
    • (DD8) inside rearview auto-dimming mirror
    • (RZF) 18" x 8" (45.7 cm x 20.3 cm) chrome-cladded aluminum wheels
    • (QXN) P265/65R18 on-/off-road blackwall tires
    • (DL3) outside heated power-adjustable
    • Power-folding body-colored mirrors
    • (T96) fog lamps
    • Rancho brand shocks that are White with Red letters
    • Body-colored side moldings with chrome accent
    • Unique four bar horizontal grille insert with chrome surround
    • "ALL TERRAIN" badging on the front fenders
    • Carpeted floor mats with embroidered "All Terrain" logo
    • Unique sill plates
    • Unique instrument cluster with Z71 logo and "mechanical brushed aluminum" accents for instrument panel
    • Center console and switch trim plates.

    Body color all-terrain package ($3,585)

    • Includes (Z71) Off-Road Suspension Package
    • (Z82) Trailering Package
    • (B58) front and rear carpeted floor mats
    • (DD8) inside rearview auto-dimming mirror
    • (S86) 20" x 8.5" (50.8 cm x 21.6 cm) chrome-clad aluminum wheels
    • (RHG) P255/55R20 all-terrain blackwall tires
    • (DL3) outside heated power-adjustable
    • Power-folding body-colored mirrors
    • (T96) fog lamps
    • Rancho brand shocks that are White with Red letters
    • Body-colored door handles and mirror caps
    • Color-keyed front and rear painted bumpers
    • Side moldings with chrome accent
    • Unique four bar horizontal grille insert and surround
    • "ALL TERRAIN" badging on the front fenders
    • Carpeted floor mats with embroidered "All Terrain" logo
    • Unique sill plates
    • Unique instrument cluster with Z71 logo and "mechanical brushed aluminum" accents for instrument panel
    • Center console and switch trim plates.

    Snow plow prep package ($405)

    • Includes 10-amp power for backup and roof emergency light
    • (KW1) 160-amp alternator
    • High-flow front bumper
    • Forward lamp wiring harness
    • (TRW) Provision for cab roof mounted lamp/beacon
    • Instrument panel jumper wiring harness for electric trailer brake controller
    • (K47) high-capacity air cleaner
    • (KNP) auxiliary external transmission oil cooler and (NZZ) Skid Plate Package

    Convenience package ($860)

    • Includes (JF4) adjustable power pedals
    • (UG1) Universal Home Remote
    • (AP3) remote vehicle starter system
    • (UD7) Rear Parking Assist and (C49) rear-window defogger

    Lpo, deluxe chrome package ($730)

    • Includes chrome mirror caps
    • Door handles
    • Recovery hooks and highly polished exhaust tip

    Lpo, chrome package ($280)

    • Includes chrome recovery hooks and highly polished exhaust tip

    Chrome essentials package ($1,620)

    • Includes (VQZ) Polished exhaust tip
    • LPO
    • (VLQ) chrome recovery hooks
    • (YW3) chrome door handles and mirror caps and (R08) 4 - 18" x 8" (45.7 cm x 20.3 cm) chrome-clad aluminum wheels.

    Lpo, protection package ($290)

    • Includes rear wheelhouse liner and bed rail protector

    Trailering package, heavy-duty ($825)

    • Includes trailering hitch platform and 2-inch receiver
    • 7-wire harness (harness includes wires for: park lamps
    • Backup lamps
    • Right turn
    • Left turn
    • Electric brake lead
    • Battery and ground) with independent fused trailering circuits mated to a 7-way sealed connector
    • Wiring harness for after-market trailer brake controller (located in the instrument panel harness)
    • And (KNP) external transmission oil cooler

    Skid plate package ($150)

    • Frame-mounted shields
    • Includes front underbody shield starting behind front bumper and running to first cross-member
    • Protecting front underbody
    • Oil pan
    • Differential case and transfer case

    Lpo, on the job package ($530)

    • Includes the following dealer-installed accessories: (VZX) Skid-resistant bed liner
    • LPO
    • (RW1) Bedrail protectors
    • LPO and (SC0) Bed mounted tie-down hooks
    • LPO

    Special paint, solid, one color ($300)

    • All normally body colored non-sheet metal parts will be flat Black. Bumper top cap
    • Door handles and mirrors will be flat Black. Deletes standard/packaged body-side moldings.

    2012 GMC Sierra 1500 Owner Reviews

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    The 2012 GMC sierra is a great choice for a rugged long lasting daily vehicle.

    2012 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE

    The 2012 GMC sierra is by far the best pickup truck I have ever owned. The 5.3 liter v8 engine is a powerhouse and can handle anything I can throw at it. I have used it to pull car trailers, haul wood and pull out tree stumps. It has never let me down. As far as how it handles on the road, well it is like driving a luxury sedan. The steering is very responsive, the suspension is smooth and the braking system is wonderful. One of my favorite features is the brake assist system that helps you transition from break to gas pedal on steep inclines. The interior is quite spacious, I have the extended cab which means plenty of room for extra people or extra cargo. The design is rugged and masculine but it is also got all the bells and whistles available on a 2012 model pickup truck. It has power seats, power windows, fully adjustable steering wheel, power mirrors with heat and an heating and cooling system more responsive than the one you have at home. The thermostat feature is very nice just pick a temperature you are comfortable with and the truck's computer automatically keeps it there for you. This just also features a lot of head a leg room for those taller folks like me. It seats six people comfortably and has a drop down center console for stowing all of your essential items. I have never had any major problems with this vehicle and it has been through a lot of miles, 398000 to be precise. I believe that is a testament to the quality and craftsmanship put into the design and development of this particular make and model. I couldn't ask for a better truck.

    - Stephen P

    The White Knight of pickup trucks always there to save the day

    2012 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE

    My GMC Sierra 1500 SLE is a relatively reliable, versatile, economic truck in terms of those expectations I hold for pickup trucks. It helps me accomplish many demanding tasks such as hauling heavy loads over long distances of varying grade without any detected issues. It can also stand up to the demands of being consistently driven short distances throughout the day as would be required by a typical yard maintenance crew. I have had several small scale problems with it in the past but not unusual and nothing outrageously expensive/unexpected.

    - James J

    Great all around vehicle.

    2012 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE

    Great all around vehicle. Vit gets 21 mpg on the highway. It has the power to tow a toy hauler loaded with motorcycles and all gear up and down mountains with ease. Heavy snow does not slow it down. It rides like a car. Very comfortable on long trips. Also nimble in the cities. Sits high for a good view in traffic. Accelerates well and brakes like a dream. The 6 speed automatic gives you maximum power in all ranges.

    - Jerry S

    GMC 1500 - a power packed plaything.

    2012 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE

    The only bad things are recalls. One for airbags and a computer system. Many positives are found in the truck. I like that it is a great style inside & out. The ride is smooth with the z71 package and the seats are all comfy. The stereo is great as well. I have the 5.3 v8 engine and it gets the job done. The 4 wheel drive will allow you to go almost anywhere except the ice which you shouldn't travel on anyway.

    - Ed G

    Good for towing my towing my travel trailer.

    2012 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE

    It is very comfortable for a tall person and has plenty of room for 5 or six people. Driving controls including radio are available without reaching far. It could use another lighter or USB outlet in the back seat area for kids cell phone charging. Two glove boxes and a center console provide plenty of storage.

    - Dave A

    GMC sierra pickup four wheel drive. Very nice.

    2012 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE

    I have zero problems. I love the way the truck handles. Mpg is low, but that is about it. The leg space in the back seat is not as much as the f150, the bed is longer. Handling is great. Very good looking truck. It is a z71 4x4. I would buy a new one for sure.

    - Ron A

    Fun to drive and reliable.

    2012 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE

    I have had this truck for 4 years and I have never had any major problems with it. It is been very reliable and the only things I have done to it is change the oil regularly and had to get new tires and brakes. I use it almost everyday and enjoy driving it.

    - Jim K

    What it's like to own a 2012 GMC Sierra

    2012 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE

    Reliable with not a single driving issue thus far, fun to drive with 5.3L engine provides a ton of power, nice comfy interior, surprisingly good with fuel, beautiful 20' chrome wheels, Bluetooth pairing can be annoying especially when using Siri on iPhone.

    - Jose R

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