Compare 2012 Chevrolet Equinox vs 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan

2012 Chevrolet Equinox
2012 Volkswagen Tiguan
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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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2WD 4-Door Automatic LE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Tiguan 2WD 4-Door Automatic LE 22 27 $24,168 $25,175
Tiguan 2WD 4-Door Automatic S 22 27 $23,366 $24,340
Tiguan 2WD 4-Door Automatic S w/Sunroof 22 27 $24,902 $25,940
Tiguan 2WD 4-Door Automatic SE 22 27 $27,490 $28,635
Tiguan 2WD 4-Door Automatic SE w/Sunroof & Nav 22 27 $29,304 $30,525
Tiguan 2WD 4-Door Automatic SEL 22 27 $32,617 $33,975
Tiguan 2WD 4-Door Automatic SEL w/Premium Nav 22 27 $33,307 $34,695
Tiguan 2WD 4-Door Manual S 18 26 $21,926 $22,840
Tiguan 4WD 4-Door Automatic S 21 27 $25,243 $26,295
Tiguan 4WD 4-Door Automatic S w/Sunroof 21 27 $26,779 $27,895
Tiguan 4WD 4-Door Automatic SE 21 27 $29,367 $30,590
Tiguan 4WD 4-Door Automatic SE w/Sunroof & Nav 21 27 $31,182 $32,480
Tiguan 4WD 4-Door Automatic SEL 21 27 $34,492 $35,930
Tiguan 4WD 4-Door Automatic SEL w/Premium Nav & Dyn. 21 27 $36,269 $37,780
Tiguan 4WD 4-Door Automatic SEL w/Premium Nav & Dynaudio 21 27 $36,558 $38,080
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,016
$24,168
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$25,280
$25,175
Monthly Payment Estimate
$421 / month
$420 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
7.8
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. It's not particularly fun to drive, but the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan feels every bit like a premium crossover vehicle.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
29 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD Sport Utility Vehicles
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
39.9 35.8
Front Head Room (in)
40.9 39.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
99.7 95.3
Second Hip Room (in)
51.1 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.8 56.2
Second Head Room (in)
39.2 39.0
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.3 54.8
Front Leg Room (in)
41.2 40.1
Front Hip Room (in)
54.6 - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.5 71.2
Track Width, Front (in)
62.9 61.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.9 6.9
Length, Overall (in)
187.8 174.3
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
66.3 66.4
Liftover Height (in)
28.8 - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.1 61.9
Wheelbase (in)
112.5 102.5
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
28.8 - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
63.7 56.1
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 -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
31.5 23.8
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 x 1.18 12.3 x 1.0
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 0.5
Brake Type
Power Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.8 16.8
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
18.1 14.7
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.0 39.4
Steering Type
Variable pwr assist Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.46 2.8
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P225/65R17 P215/65R16
Rear Tire Order Code
QYZ NA
Front Tire Size
P225/65R17 P215/65R16
Spare Tire Size
Compact 145/80R18
Front Tire Order Code
QYZ NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 220
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
225 330
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 2200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 2200
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3926 3433
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 18 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.9 11.1
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
525 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 140
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
172 @ 4900 207 @ 1700-5000
Engine Order Code
LEA NA
Displacement
2.4/147 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
182 @ 6700 200 @ 5100-6000
Engine Type
Gas/Ethanol I4 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
29 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 22
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 24
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 1.56
Trans Type
6 6
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.00 NA
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.86
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88 3.42
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.87 2.30
Trans Order Code
MX0 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.53 3.69
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.16
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 0.69
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48 3.95
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Equinox Volkswagen Tiguan
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door
Suspension
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
Multi link Four-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson strut MacPherson strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.1 7.8
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 5
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
--
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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