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2012 Chevy Equinox LS SUV

2012 Chevrolet Equinox Review

(0 Stars)  Handsome, just-right-size crossover that leads the segment in fuel economy.

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Overview
Although the Equinox enters 2012 with few changes, it remains an excellent choice in the small-crossover segment. The well-wrought cabin is finished in textured plastics and soft leather and is worlds above that of the previous Equinox. In fact, the wraparound dash, upright center stack, and cool blue lighting give the cabin an attractive and contemporary ambiance that is on par with many luxury makes. As for exterior design, the Equinox is arguably the most handsome vehicle in its class. Its sweptback headlights and sharply raked windshield impart a dramatic profile that, along with several aerodynamic aids, helps the Equinox achieve a 0.36 drag coefficient. The base engine is a refined 182-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder. Although it's no powerhouse, it provides adequate power and, with ample use of the "Eco" mode -- a fuel-saving setting selected using a button on the dash that adjusts transmission shift points -- it can return a class-leading 32 mpg on the highway. The Equinox can also be had with an optional E85-capable, 264-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 that might be the better choice if you plan to tow. Both engines have direct injection and variable valve timing and are mated to a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic. Although it comes well equipped, there are many ways to upgrade the look and content of your Equinox, including eighteen- and nineteen-inch wheels, a Pioneer eight-speaker stereo, all-wheel drive, and a power liftgate. Even with a refreshed Honda CR-V debuting for 2012, the Equinox will likely continue to be at or near the top of the segment.

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2012 Equinox LS Sport Utility Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 2.4L in-line four-cylinder DOHC with variable valve timing
E85 / unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 15 MPG city, 22 MPG highway, 18 MPG combined and 339 mi. range
Gasoline direct fuel injection
18.8gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 182 hp @ 6,700 rpm; 172 ft lb of torque @ 4,900 rpm
Secondary fuel economy: 787 and 489

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'12 Chevy LS SUV Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Vehicle Information Center
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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GPS/Satellite Communication
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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