Compare 2012 Chevrolet Equinox vs 2012 Ford Edge vs 2012 Mazda CX-9

2012 Chevrolet Equinox
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2012 Ford Edge
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2012 Mazda CX-9
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AWD 4-Door LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Equinox AWD 4-Door LS 20 29 $24,016 $25,280
Equinox AWD 4-Door LT w/1LT 20 29 $25,460 $26,800
Equinox AWD 4-Door LT w/2LT 20 29 $27,189 $28,620
Equinox AWD 4-Door LTZ 20 29 $29,421 $30,970
Equinox FWD 4-Door LS 22 32 $22,353 $23,530
Equinox FWD 4-Door LT w/1LT 22 32 $23,797 $25,050
Equinox FWD 4-Door LT w/2LT 22 32 $25,526 $26,870
Equinox FWD 4-Door LTZ 22 32 $27,759 $29,220
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4-Door Limited AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Edge 4-Door Limited AWD 18 25 $34,250 $36,785
Edge 4-Door Limited FWD 19 27 $32,566 $34,935
Edge 4-Door SE FWD 19 27 $26,323 $27,770
Edge 4-Door SEL AWD 18 25 $30,741 $32,930
Edge 4-Door SEL FWD 19 27 $29,057 $31,080
Edge 4-Door Sport AWD 17 23 $36,229 $38,960
Edge 4-Door Sport FWD 19 26 $34,545 $37,110
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AWD 4-Door Grand Touring
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
CX-9 AWD 4-Door Grand Touring 16 22 $33,230 $35,125
CX-9 AWD 4-Door Sport 16 22 $29,439 $31,115
CX-9 AWD 4-Door Touring 16 22 $31,254 $33,035
CX-9 FWD 4-Door Grand Touring 17 24 $31,917 $33,735
CX-9 FWD 4-Door Sport 17 24 $28,125 $29,725
CX-9 FWD 4-Door Touring 17 24 $29,941 $31,645
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,016
$34,250
$33,230
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$25,280
$36,785
$35,125
Monthly Payment Estimate
$421 / month
$613 / month
$585 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.2
8.0
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 Ford Edge rises to the top of the five-seat crossover niche with forward-thinking technology and a gas-saving EcoBoost option. The 2012 Mazda CX-9 is a little more enjoyable to drive than most crossovers its size, while it manages three rows of seating, a plush cabin, and decent comfort.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 18 mpg 16 mpg
Highway
29 mpg 25 mpg 22 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility Vehicles
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 5 7
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.3 58.7 58.7
Front Leg Room (in)
41.2 40.7 40.9
Front Hip Room (in)
54.6 54.8 56.5
Second Leg Room (in)
39.9 39.6 39.8
Front Head Room (in)
40.9 40.0 39.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
99.7 108.4 139.4
Second Hip Room (in)
51.1 56.1 56.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.8 58.9 59.4
Second Head Room (in)
39.2 39.3 39.0
Third Hip Room (in)
- - 43.7
Third Head Room (in)
- - 35.4
Third Shoulder Room (in)
- - 56.9
Third Leg Room (in)
- - 32.4
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 47.3
Height, Overall (in)
66.3 67.0 68.0
Liftover Height (in)
28.8 - TBD - 31.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.1 65.2 64.7
Wheelbase (in)
112.5 111.2 113.2
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
28.8 - TBD - 31.7
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.5 76.0 76.2
Track Width, Front (in)
62.9 65.4 65.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.9 7.9 8.0
Length, Overall (in)
187.8 184.2 200.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA 17.2
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 46.1
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 48.9
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
31.5 32.2 48.3
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 58.5
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 34.8
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
63.7 68.9 100.7
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA - TBD - 19.0
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.9 x 0.78 - TBD - 12.8 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Power Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 x 1.18 - TBD - 12.6 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.8 19.0 20.1
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.0 39.3 37.4
Steering Type
Variable pwr assist Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.46 3.1 3.1
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - N/A
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
18.1 17.7 16.3
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact T155/90R18
Front Tire Order Code
QYZ NA N/A
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA N/A
Rear Tire Size
P225/65R17 P245/60R18 P245/50R20
Rear Tire Order Code
QYZ NA N/A
Front Tire Size
P225/65R17 P245/60R18 P245/50R20
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 2000 3500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 2000 3500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 200 350
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
225 200 525
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3926 4234 4546
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 18 x - TBD - 20 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 18 x - TBD - 20 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.9 - TBD - 14.1
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
525 - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 150 110
Engine
Engine Type
Gas/Ethanol I4 Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injectino
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
172 @ 4900 253 @ 4000 270 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
LEA 99C NA
Displacement
2.4/147 3.5L/213 3.7L/227
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
182 @ 6700 285 @ 6500 273 @ 6250
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 21 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
29 25 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 18 16
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88 2.88 3.39
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.87 2.87 2.37
Trans Order Code
MX0 44J NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.53 3.39 3.46
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.41 1.15
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA - NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 0.74 0.68
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48 4.48 4.14
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 1.84 1.55
Trans Type
6 6 6
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.00 - NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00 0.85
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sport Utility 4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Equinox Ford Edge Mazda CX-9
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson strut MacPherson strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.9 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 1.3 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi link Multi-link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.1 8.9 9.6
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 4 (2011) 3
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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