2012 Chevrolet Equinox Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$23,530-$30,970
$22,354-$29,422
19 /CITY / 27 /HWY
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What's New for 2012:

  • Lane-departure warning and collision alert system added as options
  • Rearview camera now standard on Equinox 1LT trim level
  • Rear-seat video entertainment system has been discontinued

Exterior Features
The 2012 Chevrolet Equinox is a midsize crossover, and is offered in three different trim levels. All Equinox models share the same 4-door sedan body style. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels are standard.

Interior Features
The 2012 Chevrolet Equinox offers seating for up to 5 passengers. Base Equinox models feature cloth upholstery, air conditioning, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and full power accessories. Upgraded trim levels are fitted with such features as automatic climate control, remote start, heated front seats, and a rearview camera.

Optional Features
The 2012 Chevrolet Equinox offers option packages that add such features as 19-inch chrome-clad alloy wheels, navigation system, and a new lane-departure warning and collision alert system to lower trim levels.

Under the Hood
Chevrolet Equinox models are fitted with two different engines. Base Equinox models feature a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 182 horsepower. The optional engine is a 3.0-liter V-6 rated at 264 horsepower. The standard transmission is a 6-speed automatic. Chevrolet Equinox models are offered with both front- and all-wheel-drive powertrains.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox are:
  • Chevrolet Equinox with 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine and automatic transmission: 20/29 mpg (city/highway)
  • Chevrolet Equinox with 3.0-liter V-6 engine and automatic transmission: 16/23 mpg (city/highway)

Safety
Standard safety features of note on the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox include side curtain air bags and the General Motors OnStar system. In government crash tests, the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox received an overall rating of 4 (out of 5) stars, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Chevrolet Equinox received a \"Good\" rating-the Institute's highest-for frontal-offset and side-impact crash protection. Roof strength results from the Institute were also \"Good.\"

What's New for 2012:

  • Lane-departure warning and collision alert system added as options
  • Rearview camera now standard on Equinox 1LT trim level
  • Rear-seat video entertainment system has been discontinued

Exterior Features
The 2012 Chevrolet Equinox is a midsize crossover, and is offered in three different trim levels. All Equinox models share the same 4-door sedan body style. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels are standard.

Interior Features
The 2012 Chevrolet Equinox offers seating for up to 5 passengers. Base Equinox models feature cloth upholstery, air conditioning, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and full power accessories. Upgraded trim levels are fitted with such features as automatic climate control, remote start, heated front seats, and a rearview camera.

Optional Features
The 2012 Chevrolet Equinox offers option packages that add such features as 19-inch chrome-clad alloy wheels, navigation system, and a new lane-departure warning and collision alert system to lower trim levels.

Under the Hood
Chevrolet Equinox models are fitted with two different engines. Base Equinox models feature a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 182 horsepower. The optional engine is a 3.0-liter V-6 rated at 264 horsepower. The standard transmission is a 6-speed automatic. Chevrolet Equinox models are offered with both front- and all-wheel-drive powertrains.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox are:
  • Chevrolet Equinox with 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine and automatic transmission: 20/29 mpg (city/highway)
  • Chevrolet Equinox with 3.0-liter V-6 engine and automatic transmission: 16/23 mpg (city/highway)

Safety
Standard safety features of note on the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox include side curtain air bags and the General Motors OnStar system. In government crash tests, the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox received an overall rating of 4 (out of 5) stars, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Chevrolet Equinox received a \"Good\" rating-the Institute's highest-for frontal-offset and side-impact crash protection. Roof strength results from the Institute were also \"Good.\"

Available Trims for the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name LS (FWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 23530.00 Engine 3.0/183 City/Hwy MPG 22/32
Name LT w/1LT (FWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 25050.00 Engine 3.0/183 City/Hwy MPG 17/24
Name LT w/2LT (FWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 26870.00 Engine 3.0/183 City/Hwy MPG 17/24
Name LTZ (FWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 29220.00 Engine 3.0/183 City/Hwy MPG 17/24
Name LS (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 25280.00 Engine 3.0/183 City/Hwy MPG 20/29
Name LT w/1LT (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 26800.00 Engine 3.0/183 City/Hwy MPG 16/23
Name LT w/2LT (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 28620.00 Engine 3.0/183 City/Hwy MPG 16/23
Name LTZ (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 30970.00 Engine 3.0/183 City/Hwy MPG 16/23
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INTERIOR
  • Seats, Deluxe front bucket
  • LS Interior, Base Cloth
  • Seat adjuster front driver power lumbar and power height adjuster
  • Seat, rear, 2-way fore/aft adjustment with 60/40 split seatback and 3-way recline
  • Console, center with armrest and concealed storage
  • Armrest, rear center with dual cup holders
  • Floor mats, carpeted first and second row
  • Steering wheel, comfort grip vinyl with mounted cruise and audio controls
  • Steering wheel controls, mounted audio controls
  • Steering column, tilt and telescopic
  • Instrumentation includes speedometer, single trip odometer, fuel level, engine temperature and tachometer
  • Driver Information Center monitors 26 various systems including, Vehicle Information Menu (oil life, tire pressure, standard/metric units), Trip Information Menu (trip 1, trip 2, fuel range, average fuel economy, instant fuel economy, average vehicle speed) and compass display
  • Compass display included in Driver Information Center (DIC) (Not available with (UE0) OnStar delete.)
  • Windows, power with Express-Down on all 4 doors
  • Door locks, power programmable with power lockout protection
  • Remote Keyless Entry with 2 transmitters, panic button, content theft alarm activation verification and illuminated entry
  • Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
  • Theft-deterrent system, anti-theft alarm and engine immobilizer.
  • Air conditioning, manual climate control
  • Defogger, rear-window electric
  • Cupholders, 2 front in center console and 2 rear in center armrest with 1 bottle holder in each door
  • Power outlets, 4 auxiliary with covers, 12-volt includes 1 front of console, 1 in console, 1 in back of console and 1 in cargo area.
  • Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
  • Visors, driver and front passenger illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Assist handles, front passenger and rear outboards
  • Map pocket, front seatback, driver and front passenger
  • Lighting, interior with theatre dimming, center-mounted dome, rear cargo area, dual front map lights, ambient lighting on center stack surround, and center console cupholders
  • LT Interior, Premium Cloth
  • Steering wheel, leather-wrapped with audio and cruise controls
  • Lighting, interior with theatre dimming, center-mounted dome, rear cargo area, dual front map lights, ambient lighting on center stack surround, and center console cupholders (Includes ambient lighting on instrument panel and center console.)
  • Seats, heated driver and front passenger
  • Seat adjuster front, driver 8-way power with power lumbar
  • Remote vehicle starter system
  • Air conditioning, automatic climate control
  • Mirror, inside rearview self-dimming
  • Perforated leather-appointed seating
  • Memory settings for the driver seat and exterior mirrors
  • Lighting, interior with theatre dimming, center-mounted dome, rear cargo area, dual front map lights, ambient lighting on center stack surround, and center console cupholders (Includes ambient lighting on instrument panel, center console, door handle recess, door storage and footwell.)
  • Cargo cover, rear security cover
  • Cargo net, full-across rear
EXTERIOR
  • Wheels, 17" (43.2 cm) aluminum
  • Tires, P235/60R17 all-season, blackwall Included and only available with 1LF26 FWD model for production after 1-30-2012. Includes (RSB) 4 - 17" x 7.5" (43.2 cm x 19.1 cm) painted aluminum wheels.
  • LS Exterior Appearance includes body-color bumpers with Charcoal lowers, body-color door handles, 17" aluminum wheels and Black mirrors
  • Tire, compact spare with steel wheel
  • Bumpers, front and rear body-color with Charcoal lowers
  • Moldings, Charcoal lower rocker
  • Grille, Charcoal with chrome surround
  • Headlamps, halogen composite with automatic exterior lamp control
  • Glass, tinted
  • Mirrors, outside power-adjustable, Black, manual-folding and integral spotter mirror
  • Wipers, front variable-speed, intermittent with washer.
  • Wiper, rear variable-speed, intermittent with washer
  • Liftgate, rear manual with fixed glass
  • Door handles, body-color
  • Tires, P225/65R17 all-season, blackwall (Included and only available with (RSB) 17" (43.2 cm) aluminum wheels.)
  • LT Exterior Appearance includes body-color bumpers with Charcoal lowers, Charcoal luggage rails, body-color door handles, body-color outside mirrors and 17" aluminum wheels
  • Luggage rack side rails, roof-mounted, Charcoal
  • Glass, deep-tinted (all windows except light-tinted glass on windshield and driver- and front passenger-side glass)
  • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, body-color and integral spotter mirror
  • Fog lamps, front halogen
  • LTZ Exterior Appearance includes body-color bumpers with bright lowers, Charcoal luggage rails with bright chrome insert, bright chrome door handles, chrome outside mirrors and 17" aluminum wheels
  • Luggage rack side rails, roof-mounted, Charcoal (Charcoal with bright chrome insert.)
  • Bumpers, front and rear, body-color with bright front and rear lowers
  • Headlamps, halogen, uplevel projector style with automatic exterior lamp control
  • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, chrome, manual folding and integral spotter mirror
  • Liftgate, power programmable rear with fixed glass
  • Door handles, bright chrome
  • Tires, P225/65R17 all-season, blackwall (Included and only available with 1LG26 AWD model for production after 1-30-2012. Includes (RSB) 4 - 17" x 7.5" (43.2 cm x 19.1 cm) painted aluminum wheels.)
MECHANICAL
  • Engine, 2.4L DOHC 4-cylinder SIDI (Spark Ignition Direct Injection) with VVT (Variable Valve Timing) (182 hp [135.7 kW] @ 6700 rpm, 172 lb-ft [232.2 N-m] @ 4900 rpm)
  • Transmission, 6-speed automatic with overdrive
  • E10 Fuel capability
  • Alternator, 120 amps
  • Axle, 3.23 final drive ratio (Requires front-wheel drive vehicles and (LEA) 2.4L DOHC 4-cylinder SIDI engine.)
  • Battery, maintenance free with rundown protection, 525 CCA
  • GVWR, 4960 lbs. (2250 kg) (Requires front-wheel drive vehicles and (LEA) 2.4L DOHC 4-cylinder SIDI engine.)
  • Drivetrain, front-wheel drive
  • Suspension, front independent MacPherson strut with stabilizer bar, optimally-tuned shocks and hydraulic-ride bushings in front control arms
  • Suspension, rear independent multi-link with hydraulic rear trailing arm links and stabilizer bar
  • Suspension, Refined Ride
  • Steering, power-assist, electric-variable
  • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
  • Exhaust, single
  • Axle, 3.53 final drive ratio (Requires all-wheel drive vehicles and (LEA) 2.4L DOHC 4-cylinder SIDI engine.)
  • GVWR, 5070 lbs (2300 kg) (Requires all-wheel drive vehicles and (LEA) 2.4L DOHC 4-cylinder SIDI engine.)
  • Chassis, all-wheel drive (1LG26 model only.)
  • Chassis, all-wheel drive (1LK26 model only.)
  • Chassis, all-wheel drive (1LM26 model only.)
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • Brakes, brake assist
    • Brakes, Hill Start-Assist (HAS)
    • Traction control
    • StabiliTrak, electronic stability control system
    • Daytime Running Lamps
    • Air bags, dual-stage, frontal, driver and right front passenger with passenger sensing system, Thorax side-impact, seat mounted, driver and right front passenger, head curtain, side front and rear outboard seating positions (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
    • Air bag Passenger Sensing System, sensor indicator inflatable restraint, front passenger/child presence detector (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owners Manual for more 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, 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.)
    • Safety belts 3-point, driver and right-front passenger, height-adjustable includes pretensioners
    • Safety belts, 3-point, rear, all seating positions
    • Door locks, power operated rear child security
    • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren), for child safety seats
    • Tire Pressure Monitor System (Does not monitor spare.)
    • Rear Vision Camera
    • Automatic Crash Response
    • Stolen Vehicle Assistance
    • OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation
    • Rear Park Assist
    ENTERTAINMENT
    • Audio system, AM/FM/SiriusXM stereo with CD player and MP3/WMA playback capability Graphic Interface Display (GID), Radio Data System (RDS), speed-compensated volume, auxiliary input jack and outside temperature display
    • Audio system feature, 80-watt 6-speaker system mid-range speakers in each door and tweeters in the A-pillars.
    • Audio system feature, auxiliary input jack
    • 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. (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.)
    • Antenna, roof-mounted
    • Bluetooth for phone personal cell phone connectivity to vehicle audio system and HMI (Human Machine Interface) (Deleted with (UE0) OnStar delete.)
    • Audio system, AM/FM/SiriusXM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback capability 7" color touch-screen display, Radio Data System (RDS), speed-compensated volume, auxiliary input jack and outside temperature display
    • Audio system feature, 80-watt 6-speaker system mid-range speakers in each door and tweeters in the A-pillars. (Upgradeable to (UZ8) Pioneer premium 8-speaker sound system.)
    • Audio system feature, USB port
    • Audio system, AM/FM/SiriusXM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback capability 7" color touch-screen display, Radio Data System (RDS), speed-compensated volume, auxiliary input jack and outside temperature display (May be upgraded to (UEW) audio system with navigation.)
    • Audio system feature, Pioneer premium 250-watt 8-speaker system includes mid-range speakers in each door, tweeters in A-pillars, a center channel speaker in upper IP and sub-woofer on the rear shelf.
    • Bluetooth for phone personal cell phone connectivity to vehicle audio system and HMI (Human Machine Interface)

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