Most consumers of the automotive market have a thirst to invest in a vehicle that can be functional and practically inexpensive. With the current surge in gasoline prices and economic downturns, it is best to allocate budget for a low cost vehicle without necessarily compromising the performance of the car.
The 2012 Chevrolet equinox can sell for $23,530 – $30,970 – not exactly cheap, but relatively more inexpensive that its counterparts in the market. The newer model is a tad pricier than the 2011 units, but the added features and modifications can definitely go a long way.
Amidst the hype of producing compact SUVs, GM decided to compete with other brands and launched this second-generation of Chevrolet Equinox crossover that is closer to a mid-size rather than being compact. And when the vehicle is bigger, it follows that the ride performs best in transporting more passengers with its spacious interior and cargo space at 31.4 cubic feet behind the rear sets and 63.7 cubic feet with the rear seats fold.
Suffice to say, this crossover resembles a Malibu sedan and the larger models of Traverse.
Impressively, the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox runs on a 22 mpg rating in the city and 32 mpg on the highway – reflecting the efforts of GM to be at par with Asian competitors. The base model of the car comes with 2.4 liter direct-injection four cylinder “ecotech” that can lessen air pollution while producing 182 horsepower at 6,700 rpm. The 172 lb-ft torque on the other hand is at 4,900 rpm. Buyers who would want a little more power can go for the optional 3.0 liter V6 upgrade. This motor produces 264 horsepower and 214 lb-ft torque.
Both options come with a six-speed automatic transmission, but the upgraded model can bring in more driving enhancements with the 17/24 mpg FWD and 16/23 mpg AWD returns.
Some buyers may also find it more convenient to install an all-wheel-drive system to enhance the traction of the car amidst inclement weather. But this upgrade should be taken with careful consideration, especially since it lowers the mileage to 20/29 mpg.
Speaking of options, buyers may also enjoy taking their pick from the different trims of the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox. The entry-level LS trim is equipped with the standard air conditioning system, superb interior upholsteries, cruise control, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth and six-speaker sound system.
On the other hand, the LT trim has two sub-models: 1LT and 2LT. The first features a rear view camera, premium quality cloth for upholstery, roof rack and an upgraded sound system. The 2LT adds up heated front seats, eight-speaker Pioneer sound system, remote starts, automatic climate control and auto-dimming mirror.
While these features can be noteworthy, experts who have done reviews on the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox point to its lack in providing child-safety features. The safety equipment may be at par with typical low-cost SUVs in the market. Then again, practicality-wise, the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox has definitely been guaranteed to be efficient in fuel consumption expenses.