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2012 Chevrolet Equinox
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FWD 4-Door LS
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
AWD 4-Door LS 20 29 $24,016 $25,280
AWD 4-Door LT w/1LT 20 29 $25,460 $26,800
FWD 4-Door LT w/2LT 22 32 $25,526 $26,870
AWD 4-Door LT w/2LT 20 29 $27,189 $28,620
FWD 4-Door LTZ 22 32 $27,759 $29,220
AWD 4-Door LTZ 20 29 $29,421 $30,970
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4-Door Manual 2.5X
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 2.5XT Premium 19 24 $25,407 $27,095
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 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
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
7.4
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
City
22 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
32 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility Vehicle - AWD
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.3 55.6
Front Leg Room (in)
41.2 43.1
Front Hip Room (in)
54.6 52.9
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
Exterior Dimensions
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
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - 37.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
31.5 68.3
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
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.8 16.9
Steering
Steering Type
Variable pwr assist Pwr Rack & Pinion
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
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
QMU NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/60R17 P215/65HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
QMU NA
Front Tire Size
P235/60R17 P215/65HR16
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 2400
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 2400
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 240
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
225 360
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3777 3250
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
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
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.9 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 90
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
525 - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas/Ethanol I4 Gas Flat 4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
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
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
32 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 21
Transmission
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 -
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
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Equinox Subaru Forester
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson strut MacPherson Strut
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
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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