Compare 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2012 Chevrolet Equinox

2012 Volkswagen Tiguan
2012 Chevrolet Equinox
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2WD 4-Door Manual S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 4-Door Manual S 18 26 $21,926 $22,840
2WD 4-Door Automatic S 22 27 $23,366 $24,340
2WD 4-Door Automatic LE 22 27 $24,168 $25,175
2WD 4-Door Automatic S w/Sunroof 22 27 $24,902 $25,940
4WD 4-Door Automatic S 21 27 $25,243 $26,295
4WD 4-Door Automatic S w/Sunroof 21 27 $26,779 $27,895
2WD 4-Door Automatic SE 22 27 $27,490 $28,635
2WD 4-Door Automatic SE w/Sunroof & Nav 22 27 $29,304 $30,525
4WD 4-Door Automatic SE 21 27 $29,367 $30,590
4WD 4-Door Automatic SE w/Sunroof & Nav 21 27 $31,182 $32,480
2WD 4-Door Automatic SEL 22 27 $32,617 $33,975
2WD 4-Door Automatic SEL w/Premium Nav 22 27 $33,307 $34,695
4WD 4-Door Automatic SEL 21 27 $34,492 $35,930
4WD 4-Door Automatic SEL w/Premium Nav & Dyn. 21 27 $36,269 $37,780
4WD 4-Door Automatic & Dynaudio SEL w/Premium Nav 21 27 $36,558 $38,080
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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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,926
$22,353
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$22,840
$23,530
Monthly Payment Estimate
$381 / month
$392 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
It's not particularly fun to drive, but the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan feels every bit like a premium crossover vehicle. 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.8 55.3
Front Leg Room (in)
40.1 41.2
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 54.6
Second Leg Room (in)
35.8 39.9
Front Head Room (in)
39.1 40.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
95.3 99.7
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 51.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.2 55.8
Second Head Room (in)
39.0 39.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 28.8
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.9 62.1
Wheelbase (in)
102.5 112.5
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - 28.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.2 72.5
Track Width, Front (in)
61.8 62.9
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.9 6.9
Length, Overall (in)
174.3 187.8
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
66.3 66.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
23.8 31.5
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
56.1 63.7
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.3 x 0.5 11.9 x 0.78
Brake Type
Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.3 x 1.0 12.6 x 1.18
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)
16.8 18.8
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Variable pwr assist
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 3.46
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.7 18.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.4 40.0
Tires
Front Tire Order Code
NA QMU
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/65R16 P235/60R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA QMU
Front Tire Size
P215/65R16 P235/60R17
Spare Tire Size
145/80R18 Compact
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2200 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2200 1500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
220 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
330 225
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3433 3777
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 17 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 17 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
18 x - TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
11.1 8.9
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 120
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 525
Engine
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4 Gas/Ethanol I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
207 @ 1700-5000 172 @ 4900
Engine Order Code
NA LEA
Displacement
2.0L/121 2.4/147
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
200 @ 5100-6000 182 @ 6700
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 22
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.30 3.23
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.38 1.41
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.92 0.74
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.92 4.48
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.89 1.84
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.09 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
4.95 2.88
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.16 2.87
Trans Order Code
NA MX0
Summary
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen Tiguan Chevrolet Equinox
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
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 - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Four-link Multi link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.9 7.2
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 6
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
--
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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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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