Intro: Offering impressive versatility in a nimble mid-size crossover vehicle, the 2012 Equinox fills the entry level spot in Chevrolet's sport utility lineup. A choice of engines gives this stylish 5-passenger crossover a personality that can be assertive as well as economical. Trims for the Equinox are LS, 1LT, 2LT, and LTZ.
While 17-inch aluminum wheels and a 4-wheel independent suspension are standard equipment, upgrades as seen in our LTZ test model include 18-inch aluminum wheels1, halogen fog lights, and a power-closing tailgate.
Performance: Power for the Equinox comes from a 182 horsepower 2.4-liter inline-4 cylinder engine. An optional 3-liter V6 generates 264 horsepower. Both engines send power to the front wheels or available all-wheel drive through a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Fuel Economy: Here are the highest and lowest EPA estimates for fuel economy:
Features: The interior of the Equinox has a flowing appearance that follows current GM cabin design trends. Standard features include a tilt telescoping multifunction steering wheel and a tap-shift function on the side of the shifter.
Our Equinox also came with the available 250-watt Pioneer sound system2. A 7-inch color touch-screen display is now standard on the 1LT and higher trims and can be upgraded to include a GPS navigation system3.
Safety Features: Standard safety equipment includes 4-wheel antilock disc brakes, StabiliTrak electronic stability control system, traction control system and a full array of front and side impact air bags. A new forward collision and lane departure warning system is optional on the LTZ.
Pricing: Base MSRP for the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox is $23,450. A range-topping LTZ trim with all-wheel drive starts at $30,890
Warranty: The Equinox is backed by a transferable 3-year, 36,000-mile basic warranty, and a transferable 5-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Summary: Its stylish design, options for economy and power and an impressive range of convenience and safety features give the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox everything it needs to compete in the crowded crossover marketplace.