2012 Chevrolet Equinox vs. Its Competition

2012 Chevrolet Equinox FWD 4-door LT w/1LT Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

It's hard to imagine that GM simply didn't take this segment, which has been one of the fastest-growing in the industry, very seriously until about two years ago, when it last redesigned the almost-mid-size Equinox.

Now, the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox competes against some of the strongest-selling crossover vehicles on the market.

In size and mission, it’s a lot like the Ford Escape, which also offers four- and six-cylinder engines, as well as a Hybrid version.

The Escape (non-hybrid versions of it, at least) gets worse gas mileage and feels less substantial in some ways, but it’s a safe bargain.

Another best-selling rival is the Honda CR-V; while an all-new CR-V is on the way, the current one has one of the roomiest interiors, and great handling, although its engine is somewhat coarse and strained.

The latest Subaru Forester feels more nimble than other vehicles in this class, and while its interior isn't quite as finely detailed, it's a strong value with standard all-wheel drive.

The Hyundai Tucson is also now a formidable rival, also with great fuel economy; but ride quality is choppy in comparison, and the Tucson's steering leaves much to be desired.

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Quick Specs
8.0
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.
7.2
The 2012 Ford Escape still antes up solid crossover bona fides, but its sluggish handling and plasticky interior are ready for retirement
7.8
The 2012 Honda CR-V is a great family vehicle, with a thoughtfully designed and comfortable interior, and improved refinement, but it lacks the confident, sprightly feel present in past CR-Vs.
8.0
One of the most improved crossovers, the 2012 Hyundai Tucson has size and value in its corner.
7.4
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.
MSRP From    
$23,530$21,440$22,495$19,145$20,595
Gas Mileage    
20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas/Ethanol I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas Flat 4
EPA Class    
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle - AWD
Style Name    
FWD 4-Door LSFWD 4-Door XLS2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door Manual GL4-Door Manual 2.5X
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4 Door4 DoorSport Utility Vehicle4 Door Sport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle
Transmission    
AutomaticManualAutomaticManualManual