Compare 2012 Chevrolet Equinox vs 2012 Subaru Forester

2012 Chevrolet Equinox
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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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
$20,580
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$25,280
$21,795
Monthly Payment Estimate
$421 / month
$363 / 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
20 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
29 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility Vehicle - AWD
Interior Dimensions
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
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.3 55.6
Front Leg Room (in)
41.2 43.1
Front Hip Room (in)
54.6 52.9
Exterior Dimensions
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
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 -
Cargo Area Dimensions
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
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 -
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.8 16.9
Steering
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
Steering Type
Variable pwr assist Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.46 3.2
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P225/65R17 P215/65HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
QYZ NA
Front Tire Size
P225/65R17 P215/65HR16
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
QYZ NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 240
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
225 360
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 2400
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 2400
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3926 3300
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Compact
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.9 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
525 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 90
Engine
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
Engine Type
Gas/Ethanol I4 Gas Flat 4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
29 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 23
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 1.00
Trans Type
6 4
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.00 -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88 2.27
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.87 1.55
Trans Order Code
MX0 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.53 4.44
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 0.69
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/Manual Shift
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48 2.79
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Equinox Subaru Forester
Body Style
4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle
Suspension
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
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson strut MacPherson Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.1 8.1
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 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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