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2012 Chevrolet Captiva Review

The 2012 Chevrolet Captiva sport is smaller sibling Chevrolet Equinox. The Captiva sport is based on the latter’s shortened platform. It is a seven seat compact crossover SUV, thanks to the third row seating. The cargo space in the rear, however, gets cramped because of the third row seating; this can be improved by folding the seats. The cargo space for five passengers with third row seats folded down is 465 liters. Instead of lifting the tailgate one can open the rear glass to access the boot area. It will replace the Saturn VUE for the North American market.

Engine and Performance:
The 2012 Chevrolet Captiva Sport comes with a choice of either inline 4 cylinder 2.4 Liter engine that generates around 182 horsepower and delivers 161 pound-feet of torque at wheels. The second is a 3.0 liter V6 that is only available in LT or the LTZ trim levels. This 6 pumps out whopping 264 horsepower and  delivers 222 pound-feet of toque at wheels. It is offered both in Front wheel driven FWD and all wheel drive AWD layouts. Both engines are mated to a six speed automatic transmission.

Roof rails and plastic molding on the exterior gives a rugged outlook to the Captiva sport. The all wheel drive is electronically controlled that delivers 50 percent of the power to the rear axle. The Captiva offers a relaxed driving on highways; it is more of an MPV than a crossover SUV. The EPA fuel estimates for the Captiva FWD models stands at 20 mpg in the city driving mode and 28mpg on the highway. The 3.0 Liter V6 fwd does 17mpg in the city driving mode and 24 mpg on the highway; while the all wheel drive version achieves 16mpg city/22mpg highway.

The standard safety equipment includes the antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control,  front side airbags and side curtain airbags. The National Highway for Transport Safety Administration has awarded the 2012 Chevrolet Captiva sport a favorable 4 star rating in event of rollover.

Trim Level and Optional Packages:
For 2012, the Chevrolet Captiva is offered on three trim levels:  The base line LS, mid-level LT and the top of the line LTZ.
LS Trim: The LS trim is the most base line of the complete line-up. It can be further subdivided in to two trims: LS1 and LS2. Both are offered in front wheel drive layouts only. The LS1 is the most basic among the two and features 17inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning unit, powered windows, powered locks, power mirrors and remote keyless entry. The sound system consist of a CD player and six speakers, auxiliary audio jack and USB/iPod interface.  The LS2 adds remote engine start and heated front seats.

LT Trim: The LT trim is a mid-level trim and features all of the above standard equipment. It  adds automatic headlights,universal garage door opener and leather upholstery, rear window defogger, heated mirrors, cruise control and rain sensing wipers. Sunroof is optional on LT trim.
LTZ Trim: This is the top of the line trim level and features audio controls on steering wheel, rearview camera, sunroof, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter and auto dimming rear-view camera. LTZ is the only trim level that is offered in the All wheel drive AWD layout.

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