2012 Chevrolet Equinox

Rating8.3

Ranked #1 in Compact Suv

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Starting MSRP 

$25,050 - $30,970

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Key Spec of 2012 Chevrolet Equinox
fuel economy

22/27/32

fuel type

Regular Unleaded

horsepower

182 hp @ 6700 rpm

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

Impressive mileage with the base engine

The steering feels numb

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

Spacious cabin

Premium audio setup is not the best

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

Refined ride quality

Lots of additional storage spaces

2012 Chevrolet Equinox Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: June 9, 2022

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The 2012 Chevy Equinox MSRP of $23,530 features to retain the thrust of the 182 horsepower 2.4L I-4 and 264 hp 3.0L V-6 engines just like its predecessor. That being said, its duo of the mileage of up to 32 MPG along with both FWD and AWD configuration on offer is another add-on in its overall multitude purpose similar to its grit of 1,500-3,500 lbs towing capacity. Also, a maximum cargo capacity of 63.7 cu-ft is going to be as it this season across its LS, 1LT, 2LT, and LTZ trims, however, these configurations have now a blind spot monitor as standard to them besides that optional Chevrolet MyLink Infotainment. 

2012 Chevrolet Equinox For Sale

The used 2012 Chevy Equinox is up for sale with a price variation of $8,700-$15,600. Along with that, we can even avail of this 5-seater SUV's 1LT trim through a lease deal of $129/month for 60 months besides a signing due of $2,000. 

2012 Chevrolet Equinox Buying Advice

The 2012 Chevy Equinox and 2010 Equinox have got similar build quality and performance dynamics. Their comfort and convenience are also at par throughout the trim levels. Therefore, it is advisable to invest in the 2010 MY and save some extra bucks. 

2012 Chevrolet Equinox Latest Updates

  • Jan' 6, 2022 : Chevrolet Teased The Upcoming 2024 Equinox EV At CES, Will Cost Around $30,000 Read More »
  • Dec' 10, 2021 : 2022 Chevrolet Equinox Released Starting At $25,800, Adds More Features And RS Trim Read More »

The 2012 Equinox has got the jolt to get the rivalry heated against the likes of the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, and Ford Escape, where each of them has parallel towing capacity. However, CR-V and RAV4 are a little more generous in their cargo management and volume which can challenge the charm of Equinox's plentiful interior for sure. 


Over All Rating

8.3

Out of 10

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8.50
7.30
7.00
9.30
9.00
9.10
9.00
Notable Rankings

#1 in Compact Suv

#2 in Suv


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Trims

LT$25,050 onwards

  • Color touchscreen
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel
  • Rearview camera

LS$25,280 onwards

  • 17-inch silver aluminum Wheels
  • ABS and driveline Traction control
  • Cloth Seat trim
  • Driver Lumbar support
  • Front manual air conditioning
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Seek-Scan Radio
  • Siriusxm AM/FM/Satellite

LTZ$29,220 onwards

  • Leather Seat trim

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2011 Chevrolet Equinox
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2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT1

1LT 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

$4,995
Est. $67/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,686 Below market
RMV: $7,681
Thorntown, IN
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2013 Chevrolet Equinox
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2013 Chevrolet Equinox 2LT

2LT 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

$7,500
Est. $101/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,988 Below market
RMV: $11,488
Chattanooga, TN
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2011 Chevrolet Equinox
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2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT1

1LT 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

$6,990
Est. $94/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,702 Below market
RMV: $10,692
Fredericksburg, VA
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2011 Chevrolet Equinox
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2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT1

1LT 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

$4,900
Est. $66/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,546 Below market
RMV: $7,446
Chesapeake, VA
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2011 Chevrolet Equinox
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Price Rise, $1000
Previous Price: $499206 Jun 2022

2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ

LTZ 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

$5,992
Est. $81/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,959 Below market
RMV: $8,951
Irvington, NJ
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2011 Chevrolet Equinox
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Price Drop, $1180
Previous Price: $598018 Jun 2022

2011 Chevrolet Equinox 2LT

2LT 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 264 hp 6cyl FFV 6A)

$4,800
Est. $65/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,373 Below market
RMV: $7,173
Chillicothe, OH
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2011 Chevrolet Equinox
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2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT1

1LT 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

$6,900
Est. $93/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,266 Below market
RMV: $10,166
Montpelier, OH
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2011 Chevrolet Equinox
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Price Drop, $1000
Previous Price: $599504 Jun 2022

2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS

LS 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

$4,995
Est. $67/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,265 Below market
RMV: $7,260
Perry, OH
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2011 Chevrolet Equinox
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2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT1

1LT 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

$5,995
Est. $81/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,657 Below market
RMV: $8,652
Circle Pines, MN
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Colors and Styles

2012 Chevrolet Equinox in Anthracite Gray color
Anthracite Gray

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The 2012 Chevrolet Equinox has seen no major change as such yet it has improved in some of its engineering reliability as its J.D power rating now hits 84 as compared to the 82 from last year. That quality index at your realm along with 182 horsepower 2.4L I-4 and 264 hp 3.0L V-6 engines further bolster its driving stance without compromising its payload practicality from 1,095 lbs(I-4) to1,199 lbs(V-6). 

Coming on the charges and finances, the Chevy Equinox price can be a cumulative of almost $24,000 which entails the payments for maintenance, repair, fuel, and insurance after a span of 5 years. Digging to more specifics highlight the annual maintenance expense is alone a balance of $563, which is $67 less than the 2011 MY maintenance investment, which changes as this 5-seater SUV ages older. 


Buying Advice

The Chevy Equinox 2012 LTZ with FWD is surely the one that has the best proposition among all owing to the superior ambiance, interior ease, and impressive practicality in both towing and fuel mileage. Therefore, it has got to be that gets the most of the attention. 

Features
8.5/10

The 2012 Chevy Equinox LS starts the lineup at an expense of $23,530. This trim is a package of 17-inch Alloy Wheels, Cruise Control, and a 6-speaker audio unit. While the Equinox 1LT 2012 further adds Bluetooth Connectivity, a Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel, and Premium Cloth Seats for a price of $25,050.

The 2012 Equinox 2LT goes on to get in the likes of the Heated Front Seats and Pioneer Premium 250-watt 8-speaker Sound System over for a cost of $26,870. And the range-topping LTZ amazes you with Perforated Leather-Appointed Seats and Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist and charges you an MSRP of $29,220. 

Trim

LS

1LT

2LT

LTZ

MSRP (FWD)

$23,530

$25,050

$26,870

$29,220

MSRP (AWD)

$25,280

$26,800

$28,620

$30,970

Key Features

17-inch Alloy Wheels

Premium Cloth Seats

Fog Lamps

Available 19-inch Chrome-clad Wheels

 

Cruise Control

Available 18" Machined-aluminum Wheels

Remote Ignition

Memory Settings For Driver And Exterior Mirrors

 

Air-conditioning

Roof Rails

Heated Front Seats

Perforated Leather-Appointed Seats 

 

6-speaker audio unit

Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel

Automatic Climate Control

Digital Music Storage

  Graphic Interface Display

Bluetooth Connectivity

An Eight-way Power Driver Seat

Chrome Appearance Package

   

Deep Tinted Glass

Pioneer Premium 250-watt 8-speaker Sound System 

Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist

Engine and Performance
7.3/10

Powering the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox is a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated Inline-4 engine under the hood as standard which churns out 182 ponies and 172 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission in an FWD configuration. However, Chevrolet has extended the optional package with a bigger and more powerful 3.0-liter naturally aspirated V6 engine that kicks in 264 horsepower and 222 pound-feet of torque when coupled with the same 6-speed automatic transmission and is capable of towing up to 3,500 lbs.

Moreover, one can even upgrade to an AWD layout from the FWD one with some extra bucks just like that V6 powerhouse which costs $1,500 more than the base one. Speaking of the dynamics of the Equinox, both powertrains are impressive in their growls. However, it is still believed the handling stability could have been more precise and responsive and so is the steering. As far as Equinox 0-60 MPH and quarter-mile timing are concerned, the clock ticks at 9.3 seconds and 16.8 seconds respectively. 

Model

2012 Chevrolet Equinox

2012 Honda CR-V 

2012 Toyota RAV4

2012 Ford Escape

MSRP

$23,530

$23,100

$22,500

$22,265

Engine

2.4L Inline-4

2.4L Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

2.5 L Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6 Speed Automatic

5 Speed Automatic

4 speed automatic

5 Speed Manual

Power

182 hp @ 6,700 RPM

185 hp @ 7,000 RPM

179 hp @ 6,000 RPM

171 hp @ 6,000 RPM

Torque

172 lb-ft @ 4,900 RPM

163 lb-ft @ 4,400 RPM

172 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

171 lb-ft @ 4,500 RPM

0-60 MPH

9.3 secs N/A N/A N/A

Quarter Mile

16.8 secs N/A N/A N/A

Top Speed

117 MPH N/A N/A N/A

Going by the data, the 2011 CR-V is $430 less expensive than the Chevy Equinox 2012 yet offers the same towing capacity and payload variation. On the other hand, the 2012 RAV4 has been engineered to be deficient in its payload prowess by 100 lbs as against the 2012 Equinox LS and other siblings but it manages to be at par in the towing utility. 

Fuel Economy
7.0/10

The 2012 Chevy Equinox MPG goes up to 22/32/26 MPG of the economy in city/highway/combined driving conditions which helps in having a combined range of 468 miles in a single refuel of an 18.8-gallon fuel tank. However, the mileage struggles by some margin as the fuel efficiency do not cross the bar of 20/29/23 MPG in the AWD layout. 

That being said, the Equinox 2012 with the V6 has got the capacity to be an even more intense gas guzzler owing to its 17/25/20 MPG returns while operating in sync with the FWD. This gets worse by 1 MPG as soon as we switch to the AWD platform due to its preference for extra traction. 

Models

2012 Chevrolet Equinox

2012 Honda CR-V 

2012 Toyota RAV4

2012 Ford Escape

MPG (City)

22

23

22

23

MPG (Highway)

32

31

28

28

MPG (Combined)

26

26

24

25

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

18.8

15.3

15.9

16.5

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

413/601/468

352/474/398

349/445/397

380/462/413

The 2012 Equinox MPG remains 4 MPG better than the RAV4 and Escape on the highway, however, the CR-V improves its mileage by 3 MPG this year. That being said, the Escape gives up 55 miles earlier than the Equinox when it is a matter of combined range and the CR-V boils down to 70 miles less travel against the same Equinox in the same driving situation. 

Interior
9.3/10

The 2012 Chevrolet Equinox interior is simply as practical as it has ever been with impressive spacious all around but it tends to decline its overall stature with those cloth-finish manually adjustable seats. However, these seats are replaced by the 8-way Power Driver Seat for the Equinox 2LT and Equinox LTZ configurations along with leather upholstery for the LTZ. 

Moreover, the Chevy Equinox has been incorporated with manual climate control for maintaining the temperature for the Equinox LS and 1LT trims. But it gets generous with the automatic climate control inside the 2LT and LTZ variants. On top of that, there are heated front seats as well for the top two trims as standard. Apart from these, cargo space of 31.4-63.7 cu-ft is available in its realm. 

Models

2012 Chevrolet Equinox

2012 Honda CR-V 

2012 Toyota RAV4

2012 Ford Escape

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulders/Legs) (in)

40.9/55.8/41.2

39.9/58.6/41.3

40.8/57.1/41.8

40.4/56.6/41.6

Second Row (Head/Shoulders/Legs) (in)

39.2/55.3/39.9

38.6/56.4/38.3

39.7/55.3/38.3

39.2/55.9/35.6

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

31.4

37.2

36.4

31.4

As per data, the 2012 Equinox cargo space is 5.8 cu-ft less than that of the CR-V and 5 cu-ft smaller than the RAV4 but is comparable to the Ford Escape. Apart from that, the 2012 Equinox can outshine the Escape in its 2nd-row roominess with 3.3 inches larger legroom. Along with that cometh, the standard Graphic Interface Display(GID) as the interface unit across the lineup. 

 Adding to the features of the 2012 Equinox is the 6-speaker audio unit and the Bluetooth Connectivity but the latter gets into the function from 1LT onwards. Things do change as we climb up the hierarchy including the Pioneer Premium 250-watt 8-speaker Sound System for the musical vibes of the 2LT and LTZ trims. Some of the other noticeable interior features have been mentioned below:

  • Manual/Automatic Climate Control
  • Manual/Power Seats
  • Heated front seats
  • GID
  • Cloth/Leather upholstery
  • AM/FM stereo
  • XM Radio10 with three trial months 
  • CD/MP3 player and six-speaker system
  • 6-speaker audio unit
Exterior
9.0/10

The 2012 Chevrolet Equinox comes with no change in its design from last year as the halogen headlamps with automatic exterior lamp control still lighten up the front. The overall appeal is further achieved by a duo of the split grille and bow-tie emblem that makes that radiance stands with subtlety. 

Making the design flow slightly more streamlined are the roof rails sitting right on top for enhanced cargo loading from LT1 onwards. Not just that, those 17-inch Alloy Wheels, 18-inch Machined-aluminum Wheels, and 19-inch Chrome-clad Wheels are also there to bring out varied exterior outplay of different trims. 

Models

2012 Chevrolet Equinox

2012 Honda CR-V 

2012 Toyota RAV4

2012 Ford Escape

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,786

3,305

3,360

3,268

Length (in)

187.8

178.3

181.9

174.7

Width (in)

72.5

71.6

71.5

71.1

Height (in)

66.3

65.1

66.3

67.9

Ground Clearance (in)

7.8

6.8

7.5

8.4

Wheelbase (in)

112.5

103.1

104.7

103.1

Based on the figures, the Chevrolet Equinox 2012 has 0.6 inches lower ground clearance than the Ford Escape. Meanwhile, it sits 1 inch and 0.3 inches higher than the CR-V and RAV4 respectively, thereby, giving extra protection while riding on the gravel-laden tracks. Moreover, its 518 lbs higher curb weight than Escape is another disadvantage in its handling pursuit. 

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Projector headlights with fog lamps
  • Roof rails
  • Sunroof (Optional)
  • Heated mirrors
Safety
9.1/10

The 2012 Chevy Equinox safety rating stands at 4-star NHTSA and "Good" IIHS remark for its chassis and platform. Not just that, the "Top Safety Pick" award has been tagged along with its nameplate too this year yet again by the IIHS. In addition, there are some noticeable safety features across the lineup that are mentioned below:

  • Daytime Running Lamps with Automatic Exterior 
  • Lamp Control 
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for Children) system
  • Automatic Crash Response 
  • Power rear door child safety locks 
  • StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control System 
  • Traction Control and rollover mitigation 
  • Theft-deterrent system: content-theft alarm 

 

Competition
9.0/10

 2012 Chevrolet Equinox vs. 2012 Honda CR-V

The 2012 Chevy Equinox and the 2012 Honda CR-V are some of the most exhilarating options in the space but with better range coverage and parallel towing utility, the former seems to take a lead in the race. The cabin arrangement is also enough for all the 5 passengers with a scope of improvement in cargo capacity inside the Equinox. On the whole, it is Chevy Equinox 2012 that has the edge here. 

2012 Chevrolet Equinox vs. 2012 Toyota RAV4

The Chevy Equinox 2012 and the 2012 Toyota RAV4 are capable of towing similar cargo in a go but the latter could give up earlier due to its lower range reach. That being said, the payload and cabin spaciousness are negated for both of them as they match each other to a large extent. However, the RAV4 could get you a little more thrilled with its dynamics. So, the lever weighs both SUVs on the same level.  

2012 Chevrolet Equinox vs. 2012 Ford Escape

The 2012 Chevy Equinox is a step ahead of the 2012 Ford Escape in range stamina. The same narration stays true for the interior organization as well. However, there is hardly any variation between them in terms of their interior tech-ends and packages. All in all, the Equinox 2012 proves to be a little more enticing than the Escape. 

 

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, it comes as a good value for the price. Although rivals offer few things better than Equinox, it still manages to offer a complete package for the segment.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$25280

body style

4dr SUV

engine type
displacement

145 cu in

horse power

182 hp @ 6700 rpm

torque

172 lb.-ft. @ 4900 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

dimensions
length

187.8 in

wheelbase

112.5 in

width

72.5 in

curb weight

3926 lbs

Height

66.3 in

Ground Clearance

7 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

99.7 cu ft

cargo volume

63.7 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

20/24/29 mpg

highway range

545.20 mi

warranty
basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.


Chevrolet Equinox 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$26,240
5 Year Cost To Own
$44,609
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $44,609
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$7,608$1,490$1,369$1,627$1,554$13,648
Insurance$1,294$1,364$1,444$1,443$1,591$7,136
Fuel$1,656$1,757$1,833$1,815$1,926$8,987
Maintenance$536$777$691$2,040$2,026$6,070
Repairs$43$-47$202$364$533$1,095
Financing Interest$1,610$1,362$1,029$606$264$4,871
Taxes and Fees$2,210$214$125$110$143$2,802
Total Cost-To-Own$14,957$6,917$6,693$8,005$8,037$44,609
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