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Selected Style FWD 4-Door LS
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door LS 22 32 $22,353 $23,530
FWD 4-Door LT w/1LT 22 32 $23,797 $25,050
FWD 4-Door LT w/2LT 22 32 $25,526 $26,870
FWD 4-Door LTZ 22 32 $27,759 $29,220
AWD 4-Door LS 20 29 $24,016 $25,280
AWD 4-Door LT w/1LT 20 29 $25,460 $26,800
AWD 4-Door LT w/2LT 20 29 $27,189 $28,620
AWD 4-Door LTZ 20 29 $29,421 $30,970
4-Door Manual 2.5X
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Manual 2.5X 21 27 $19,489 $20,595
4-Door Manual PZEV 2.5X 21 27 $19,798 $20,895
4-Door Automatic 2.5X 21 27 $20,580 $21,795
4-Door Automatic PZEV 2.5X 21 27 $20,888 $22,095
4-Door Manual 2.5X Premium 21 27 $21,960 $23,295
4-Door Manual PZEV 2.5X Premium 21 27 $22,269 $23,595
4-Door Automatic 2.5X Premium 21 27 $22,869 $24,295
4-Door Automatic PZEV 2.5X Premium 21 27 $23,178 $24,595
4-Door Automatic 2.5X Limited 21 27 $24,905 $26,595
4-Door Automatic PZEV 2.5X Limited 21 27 $25,214 $26,895
4-Door Automatic 2.5X Touring 21 27 $26,094 $27,895
4-Door Automatic PZEV 2.5X Touring 21 27 $26,403 $28,195
4-Door Automatic 2.5XT Premium 19 24 $25,407 $27,095
4-Door Automatic 2.5XT Touring 19 24 $27,992 $29,895
Pricing
Invoice Price
$22,353
$19,489
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$23,530
$20,595
Monthly Payment Estimate
$392 / month
$343 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line A versatile layout, impressive performance, good ride comfort, and reasonable pricing all add up to make the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox a strong value—and a good pick for small families. The 2012 Subaru Forester is tough, all-weather-capable, and one of the best-handling compact crossovers--plus, a blast to drive in XT turbo form--but an old-tech automatic transmission and econo-caliber interior remain letdowns.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 22 mpg 21 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 32 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility Vehicle - AWD
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 39.9 38.0
Front Head Room (in) 40.9 41.6
Passenger Volume (ft³) 99.7 107.6
Second Hip Room (in) 51.1 52.7
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.8 56.1
Second Head Room (in) 39.2 40.4
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.3 55.6
Front Leg Room (in) 41.2 43.1
Front Hip Room (in) 54.6 52.9
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Height (in) 28.8 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.5 70.1
Track Width, Front (in) 62.9 60.2
Min Ground Clearance (in) 6.9 8.9
Length, Overall (in) 187.8 179.5
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 66.3 65.9
Liftover Height (in) 28.8 27.4
Track Width, Rear (in) 62.1 60.2
Wheelbase (in) 112.5 103.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - TBD - 33.9
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - TBD - 61.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 63.7 33.5
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - TBD - 42.2
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - TBD - 37.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 31.5 68.3
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.6 x 1.18 11.7 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.9 x 0.78 11.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type Power Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 18.8 16.9
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.46 3.2
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 18.1 16.5
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 40.0 34.4
Steering Type Variable pwr assist Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size P235/60R17 P215/65HR16
Rear Tire Order Code QMU NA
Front Tire Size P235/60R17 P215/65HR16
Spare Tire Size Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code QMU NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 150 240
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 225 360
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1500 2400
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1500 2400
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3777 3250
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel Compact
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 8.9 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 525 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 120 90
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 172 @ 4900 174 @ 4100
Engine Order Code LEA NA
Displacement 2.4/147 2.5L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 182 @ 6700 170 @ 5800
Engine Type Gas/Ethanol I4 Gas Flat 4
Fuel System Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 32 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 22 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 26 23
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.74 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.48 3.45
Clutch Size (in) NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.84 1.45
Trans Type 6 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High NA -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 0.78
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 2.88 3.33
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.87 2.06
Trans Order Code MX0 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.23 4.11
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.41 1.09
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Manual
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low NA -
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
Summary
Vehicle Name Chevrolet Equinox Subaru Forester
Body Style 4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi link Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson strut MacPherson Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 7.2 8.1
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 6 5
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating
 
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