2012 Chevrolet Equinox

MSRP $23,530 - $30,970

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7.8

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2012 Chevrolet Equinox Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 10, 2021

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The Equinox is back in the game with a few more thrills in the compact crossover market. Since the launch, it has evolved and has been very consistent both as a daily driver or as a tourer. With enhanced practicality and driveability, it is a very capable option in the segment. The SUV is affordable, reliable, and comfortable and starts at just $23,530.

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Pros

Impressive mileage with the base engine

Spacious cabin

Refined ride quality

Lots of additional storage spaces

Cons

The steering feels numb

Premium audio setup is not the best

What's New?

Forward collision and lane departure warning systems with the V6 LTZ trim

Blind-spot monitoring is now found as standard with the LT and LTZ trims


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$23530

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

123 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

145 cu.in.

horsepower

182 hp @ 6700 rpm

torque

172 lb.-ft. @ 4900 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

MacPherson strut front suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

112.5 in.

length

187.8 in.

width

72.5 in.

height

66.3 in.

curb weight

3777 lbs.

ground clearance

6.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

99.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

63.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

payload capacity

1190 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.7 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/27/32 mpg

highway range

601.6 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 100000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

LS$23,530 onwards

LT$25,050 onwards

LTZ$29,220 onwards

Colors and Styles

2012 Chevrolet Equinox in Anthracite Gray color
Anthracite Gray

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

8.0

Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

7.0

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.8

Overall Rating


The Equinox comes with a 2.4-liter inline 4 engine as standard but also has an optional 3.0-liter V6 engine for added power. The upscale cabin with a lot of features and spaciousness makes the Equinox a very comfortable compact SUV, where it competes against the likes of Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, and Hyundai Tucson.


8.5/10
Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety


2012 Chevrolet Equinox Features

8.5/10

With a starting price of $23,530, the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox has 4 trims on offer- LS, 1LT, 2LT, and LTZ. As standard, all the trims are powered by the same 2.4-liter engine and a front-wheel-drive system. Although, there is another powerful engine as an option, which is a V6. The price range goes up to $30,970 for the top LTZ trim with an all-wheel-drive system. The base LS trim packs decent features for the price like the added safety features, cruise control, and power-adjustable driver seat.

Trim

LS

LT w/1LT

LT w/2LT

LTZ

MSRP (FWD)

$23,530

$25,050

$26,870

$29,220

MSRP (AWD)

$25,280

$26,800

$28,620

$30,970

Key Features

6-speaker audio system

Adds/upgrades from the LS 

Adds/upgrades from the LT w/1LT

Adds/upgrades from the LT w/2LT

 

Satellite radio

USB connection

8-speaker Pioneer premium audio 

Rear parking sensors

 

Cruise control

Leather steering wheel

Electro chromatic inside rearview mirror

SiriusXM

 

Simulated alloy trims

Premium cloth seats

Front reading lights

Leather seats

 

Single zone climate control

Heated Mirrors

8-way power-adjustable driver seat with multi-level heating

Electrochromic Rearview Mirror

 

2-way power-adjustable driver seat with power lumbar

Optional sun/moonroof

Fog Lamps

Rear Parking Aid

 

17-inch alloy wheels

Optional Luggage Rack

Climate Control

Mirror Memory

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The FWD LTZ trim seems to be the best value here as it offers some advanced features like rear parking sensors and blind-spot monitoring. Plus, it also comes with niceties like leather upholstery and a heated 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat, all while keeping the price under the 30 grand mark.

2012 Chevrolet Equinox Engine and Performance

7.0/10

Powering the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox is a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated Inline-4 engine under the hood as standard which churns out 182 horses and 172 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission with a front-wheel drivetrain as standard, and with this configuration, the crossover can accelerate to 60 mph in just 8.7 seconds and completes a standing quarter-mile in 16.8 seconds. As a base engine, it is very much refined and has enough grunt for highway rides.

However, Chevrolet has extended the optional package with a bigger and more powerful 3.0-liter naturally aspirated V6 engine, which is capable of pumping out a healthy 264 horsepower and 222 pound-feet of torque. Like the base engine, it is mated to a 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission coupled with a front-wheel drivetrain as standard. This engine is quite rev-happy, however, it has all the power in the top end which makes it a bit sluggish in city conditions.

Models

2012 Chevrolet Equinox

2012 Ford Escape

2012 Honda CR-V

2012 Hyundai Tucson

MSRP

$23,530

$23,190

$22,495

$22,295

Engine

2.4-liter Naturally Aspirated inline 4

2.5-liter Naturally Aspirated inline 4

2.4-liter Naturally Aspirated inline 4

2.4-liter Naturally Aspirated inline 4

Drivetrain

FWD

AWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed shift able automatic

6-speed automatic

5-speed automatic

6-speed shift able automatic

Power (hp @ RPM)

182 @ 6,700

171 @ 6,000

185 @ 7,000

176 @ 6,000

Torque (lb-ft @ RPM)

172 @ 4,900

171 @ 4,500

163 @ 4,400

168 @ 4,000

0-60 MPH (seconds)

8.7

9.3

8.5

9.2

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

16.8

16.5

16.6

17.1

Top-Speed (MPH)

130

120

111

119

Both the Honda and Chevy have a bit higher raw engine power and also perform slightly better in terms of overall accelerations. The Ford and Hyundai, despite producing lower engine power, stack up pretty well in the competition. When comparing the top speed of the compact SUVs in the competition, the Chevrolet Equinox offers the most at 130 mph.

2012 Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The fuel economy has always been in the good books of the Equinox. With the base engine and a front-wheel-drive setup, it delivers 22 MPG in the city, a staggering 32 MPG on the highways, and a combined fuel economy of 26 MPG. Coupled with a big 18.8-gallon fuel tank, the range is even more impressive with 488.8 miles combined. With the AWD setup, the fuel economy is down to 23 MPG combined, and that lowers further with the optional V6 engine at 20 MPG, and that too with the FWD system.

Models

2012 Chevrolet Equinox

2012 Ford Escape

2012 Honda CR-V

2012 Hyundai Tucson

MPG (City)

22

20

23

21

MPG (Highway)

32

27

31

30

MPG (Combined)

26

23

26

25

Tank Capacity (Gallons)

18.8

17.5

15.3

15.3

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

413.6/601.6/488.8

350.0/472.5/ 402.5

351.9/474.3/ 397.8

321.3/459.0/ 382.5

Chevy and Honda lead the segment with outstanding mileage figures, followed by the Hyundai. The Ford Escape offers decent fuel economy but is slightly lower compared to what the competition has to offer. But in terms of overall range, the Chevy tops out again, but the difference between Honda and Ford is very little because the former packs a smaller gas tank. The Hyundai offers the least range in the segment.

2012 Chevrolet Equinox Interior

8.0/10

The 2012 Chevrolet Equinox falls under the affordable subcompact crossover but has an upscale cabin. The cabin design is highly influenced by Cadillacs with its dual-tone dashboard design with soft-touch materials. There's a chunky steering wheel with silver rails and multi-function buttons laid out on the sides. The driver’s instrument console is an analog-digital combo and matches the dashboard design. The middle holds the infotainment screen along with the control buttons and knobs. The overall cabin design is quite distinctive for the segment. The seats are all cloth-covered and get upgraded to leather only on the top trim. Apart from that, there’s power adjustability and heating functions for the front seats.

With a seating capacity of up to 5 people, the cabin is comfortable, and overall spaciousness is also adequate. Both seating rows have enough head, shoulder, and legroom, this ensures comfort for long highway rides for a longer duration. With all the seats up, the cargo volume sits at a decent 31.5 cubic feet of capacity. It can surely pack a lot more than you think and is one of the most practical compact SUVs in the market.

Models

2012 Chevrolet Equinox

2012 Ford Escape

2012 Honda CR-V

2012 Hyundai Tucson

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

40.9/55.8/41.2

40.4/56.6/41.6

39.9/58.6/41.3

39.4/57.1/41.2

Second Row

(Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.2/55.3/39.9

39.2/55.9/35.6

38.6/56.7/38.3

39.1/55.1/38.7

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

31.5

29.2

37.2

25.7

All four SUVs are quite spacious and share similar front row dimensions, but the second row is where the differences turn up. The Chevy leads the competition with a lot of rear headroom and legroom and is followed by Honda and Hyundai. The Ford has the least rear legroom if compared with others. Honda packs a bigger cargo area than what the others offer and is followed by Chevy and Ford. It is disappointing to see Hyundai step off by packing the least cargo space. Major interior features include:

  • Leather steering wheel
  • Single zone climate control
  • Leather seats
  • 8-way power-adjustable driver seat with power lumbar
  • Multi-level heating for the driver and passenger seats
  • Cruise control
  • Rearview camera
  • Interior air filtration

How intuitive is the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox’s infotainment unit?

The Equinox comes greatly equipped with a full-fledged infotainment system, including a 7.0-inch display that is quite sharp and has good viewing angles. It's equipped with GMC’s OnStar system for fluid and seamless connectivity. The display is not touch-based, but there are control knobs and buttons below the screen, however, they can be confusing at times. Apart from that, Bluetooth connectivity, 6-speaker audio setup, and auxiliary audio input come as standard. Major infotainment features include:

  • 7.0-inch display
  • Speed-sensitive volume control
  • Auxiliary audio input
  • 8-speaker Pioneer premium audio system
  • CD player
  • Sirius XM
  • Bluetooth and USB connectivity
  • 12-volt rear power outlet

2012 Chevrolet Equinox Exterior

9.0/10

The 2012 Chevrolet Equinox is a straight-up good-looking SUV with a lot of muscular elements which makes it look rugged. The present model year did not get any design changes, at least on the exterior. The front has big eye-like projector headlamps and fog lights under it. The front grille is very similar to the other Chevys and wears the same bowtie.

The sides have bulges above the wheel arches to give it a more aggressive stance. The rear is complemented by two modest-looking tail lights and a pair of exhaust cut-outs. In few areas, the Equinox seems to be a much bigger SUV than what the competition is. The 187.8 inches of length and 112.5 inches of wheelbase prove that. Even the curb weight of the SUV is 3,777 pounds, which means it is considerably heavier than the competition.

Models

2012 Chevrolet Equinox

2012 Ford Escape

2012 Honda CR-V

2012 Hyundai Tucson

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,777

3,445

3,305

3,197

Length (inches)

187.8

174.7

178.3

173.2

Width (inches)

72.5

71.1

71.6

71.7

Height (inches)

66.3

67.8

64.7

66.3

Ground Clearance (inches)

6.9

8.4

6.3

6.7

Wheelbase (inches)

112.5

103.1

103.1

103.9

All three rivals are lighter and are compact with a considerably shorter wheelbase and length. However, Ford has class-leading ground clearance, ensuring a bit off-tarmac performance. The rest of the options offer almost similar ground clearance. When comparing the wheelbase, Chevrolet offers the most at 112.5 inches, which results in better legroom for the rear row adults. Major exterior highlights of the SUV include:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Projector headlights with fog lamps
  • Roof rails
  • Sunroof (Optional)
  • Heated mirrors

2012 Chevrolet Equinox Safety

6.0/10

Chevrolet has made the Equinox tough and coupled with added safety suite, the overall safety quotient is impressive. The NHTSA has rated the SUV with a 4-star rating, while the IIHS has rated the same with “Good” mostly throughout the categories and also awarded the “Top Safety Pick,” which further elevates the safety. The hosts of safety features that are worth putting forth are:

  • 4-wheel ABS with traction control
  • Tire pressure monitoring
  • Post-collision safety system
  • Emergency braking assist
  • Electronic brake force distribution
  • Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation
  • Front and rear ventilated disc brakes

2012 Chevrolet Equinox Final Verdict

With the 2012 Equinox, Chevrolet has pushed its limits and offered what it lacked against the competition in the past. And with a fairly powerful engine, impressive fuel economy, and spacious cabin with adequate safety features, the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox is a good value for the price. Although rivals offer few things better than the Equinox, the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox manages to offer a complete package for the segment.

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