The overall internet consensus of reviews from owners of the 2012 Chevy Equinox is positive. The analysis of the ranking put the Chevy SUV in 2nd place for ‘Affordability’ with compact SUVs. Reliability and safety were the common denominators in the reviews. Satisfaction with the interior’s space, fuel efficiency (for its size) and the features that come with this model also ranked high in the reviews.
Amongst 23 other SUVs, the 2012 Chevy Equinox was considered a top contender in the ‘compact SUV’ category, according to a survey taken by the automotive press. The rear entertainment system (optional) received rave reviews. With options such as OnStar navigation and BlueTooth, consumers were satisfied with the pricing of $23,000 (base price) for the Equinox. This SUV tips the scales at the higher end of size for compact SUV, which makes the price even more attractive. Competitive pricing, fuel-efficiency, interior space and extra standard equipment pushed the SUV to the forefront with consumers and the reporters for the automotive magazines alike.
The 2012 Chevy Equinox performance stems from a well-equipped 2.4 liter, 4-cylinder engine with an automatic 6-speed transmission and front-wheel drive (all-wheel is available as an option). With 182 hp and 172 lb of torque, it will not win any races, but it is sufficient power to haul a family on a long road trip. Although EPA is quoted at 22 mpg/city and 32 mpg/hwy; the mpg for city driving are slightly lower, according to reviews from owners. The 2012 Chevy Equinox performance tested at 0-60 mph in 9.3 seconds in the performance test.
The LS AWD is equipped with a 3.0 liter, V6-cylinder. It picks up some slack, with 264 hp and 222 lb per ft torque. Testing produced results of 0-60 mph in 8.3 seconds. Although some may say that the performance test is rather slow, we are talking about an SUV and not a racing car.
The 2012 Chevy Equinox interior is loaded with features, even in its standard pack. Both the driver, front seat back and the front passenger have handy map pockets. There are plenty of cup holders with 2 in the front console, 2 in the rear in armrests and one in each door. Air conditioning, manual climate control, power windows, electric front/rear defogger and keyless entry are included. Technology abounds in the Equinox with the AM/FM radio, satellite radio, a CD player that reads MP3 and an OnStar (GPS) navigation system with voice.
The 2012 Chevrolet Equinox interior features list is impressive; however, well-worth mentioning is the color scheme of the interior with its contrasting stitching and two-tone colors. It is a quality design. Soft blue lighting is sprinkled throughout the interior, including cup holders, which is ideal when doing night-driving. The dashboard is designed with a classy dual-cowl swoop, with all the controls for the vehicle being within easy access. The spacious interior was mentioned repeatedly in the reviews by consumers.
The 2012 Chevy Equinox colors are remarkable. For the exterior, the color selections are Black, Black Granite, Gold Mist, Mocha Steel, Silver Ice and Twilight Blue (all metallic). Summit white is also available. The interior color combinations are eye-catching with the contrasting colors of Brownstone and Jet Black or Light Titanium and Jet Black. A complete black interior is available.
The 2012 Chevy Equinox style offers either standard 17” aluminum wheels, 18” machined aluminum wheels, or 19” chrome-clad aluminum wheels. A ‘Chrome Appearance’ package that consists of chrome, power-folding mirrors that are heated, chrome door handles, chrome side rails and a handy chrome roof rack.