Compare 2012 Chevrolet Equinox vs 2012 Ford Escape vs 2012 Subaru Forester

2012 Chevrolet Equinox
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2012 Ford Escape
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2012 Subaru Forester
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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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4WD 4-Door Hybrid
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Escape 4WD 4-Door Hybrid 30 27 $30,002 $32,320
Escape 4WD 4-Door Hybrid Limited 30 27 $32,285 $34,830
Escape 4WD 4-Door Limited 20 27 $26,180 $28,120
Escape 4WD 4-Door XLT 20 27 $24,815 $26,620
Escape FWD 4-Door Hybrid 34 31 $28,409 $30,570
Escape FWD 4-Door Hybrid Limited 34 31 $30,692 $33,080
Escape FWD 4-Door Limited 21 28 $24,587 $26,370
Escape FWD 4-Door XLS 23 28 $20,315 $21,440
Escape FWD 4-Door XLT 21 28 $23,222 $24,870
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4-Door Automatic 2.5X
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Forester 4-Door Automatic 2.5X 21 27 $20,580 $21,795
Forester 4-Door Automatic 2.5X Limited 21 27 $24,905 $26,595
Forester 4-Door Automatic 2.5X Limited PZEV 21 27 $25,214 $26,895
Forester 4-Door Automatic 2.5X PZEV 21 27 $20,888 $22,095
Forester 4-Door Automatic 2.5X Premium 21 27 $22,869 $24,295
Forester 4-Door Automatic 2.5X Premium PZEV 21 27 $23,178 $24,595
Forester 4-Door Automatic 2.5X Touring 21 27 $26,094 $27,895
Forester 4-Door Automatic 2.5X Touring PZEV 21 27 $26,403 $28,195
Forester 4-Door Automatic 2.5XT Premium 19 24 $25,407 $27,095
Forester 4-Door Automatic 2.5XT Touring 19 24 $27,992 $29,895
Forester 4-Door Manual 2.5X 21 27 $19,489 $20,595
Forester 4-Door Manual 2.5X PZEV 21 27 $19,798 $20,895
Forester 4-Door Manual 2.5X Premium 21 27 $21,960 $23,295
Forester 4-Door Manual 2.5X Premium PZEV 21 27 $22,269 $23,595
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,016
$30,002
$20,580
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$25,280
$32,320
$21,795
Monthly Payment Estimate
$421 / month
$539 / month
$363 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
7.2
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. If you're keen on green in crossover form, the 2012 Ford Escape Hybrid earns good gas-mileage ratings, but its styling and handling are showing their age. 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
20 mpg 30 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
29 mpg 27 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility Vehicles Sport Utility Vehicle - AWD
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
39.9 35.6 38.0
Front Head Room (in)
40.9 40.4 41.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
99.7 99.5 107.6
Second Hip Room (in)
51.1 49.1 52.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.8 56.6 56.1
Second Head Room (in)
39.2 39.2 40.4
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.3 55.9 55.6
Front Leg Room (in)
41.2 41.6 43.1
Front Hip Room (in)
54.6 53.3 52.9
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
28.8 33.2 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.5 71.1 70.1
Track Width, Front (in)
62.9 60.7 60.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.9 8.3 8.9
Length, Overall (in)
187.8 174.7 179.5
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - 43.4 - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
66.3 67.7 65.9
Liftover Height (in)
28.8 29.4 27.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.1 60.2 60.2
Wheelbase (in)
112.5 103.1 103.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - 37.2 33.9
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - 66.7 61.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
63.7 66.4 33.5
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - 40.7 42.2
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - 34.7 37.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
31.5 30.9 68.3
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 x 1.18 11.9 x 0.35 11.7 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.9 x 0.78 NA 11.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Power Power Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA 10.0 x 1.65 NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.8 15.1 16.9
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.46 - TBD - 3.2
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 40.1 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
18.1 17.5 16.5
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.0 36.7 34.4
Steering Type
Variable pwr assist Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P225/65R17 P235/70R16 P215/65HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
QYZ T53 NA
Front Tire Size
P225/65R17 P235/70R16 P215/65HR16
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
QYZ T53 NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 100 240
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
225 150 360
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 1000 2400
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 1000 2400
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3926 3663 3300
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD - Compact
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x 7 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x 7 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.9 11.6 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
525 550 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 - TBD - 90
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
172 @ 4900 136 @ 5500 174 @ 4100
Engine Order Code
LEA 993 NA
Displacement
2.4/147 2.5L/152 2.5L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
182 @ 6700 177 @ 6000 170 @ 5800
Engine Type
Gas/Ethanol I4 Gas/Electric I4 Gas Flat 4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
29 27 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 30 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 29 23
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48 - TBD - 2.79
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 NA 1.00
Trans Type
6 1 4
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.00 - TBD - -
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive 4-Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88 - TBD - 2.27
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.87 NA 1.55
Trans Order Code
MX0 - TBD - NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.53 3.04 4.44
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 NA 0.69
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Continuously Variable Ratio Automatic w/Manual Shift
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA - TBD - -
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- - NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Equinox Ford Escape Subaru Forester
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi link Multi-link Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson strut MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.1 6.5 8.1
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 7 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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