2012 Chevrolet Equinox Review and Price
General Motors is one of the most well known auto manufacturers worldwide with Chevrolet as one of the best selling series in the industry. Much of that is due to the reputation built by the brand as a notable option despite of its relatively higher price tag in comparison to other vehicles in its class. Read more below to learn about what’s new for the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox. Feel free to post your experience with the previous year models of this car in the comment box. Use this review to get a feeling of what this vehicle has in it and a general idea of it.
Competitors of the 2012 Chevy Equinox
The Ford Edge, Nissan Murano are two of the closest competitors of the Chevy Equinox in terms of the pricing and performance. If you wish to read the details of previous year models of these cars, you may like to check
http://starredreviews.com/2011-ford-edge-review-and-prices/1454/ – For Ford Edge
http://starredreviews.com/2011-nissan-murano-review-and-prices/1196/ – For Nissan Murano
Changes to 2012 Chevrolet Equinox
The 2012 Chevrolet Equinox is considered as one of the most valuable crossover SUVs in the market today. It has distinctive attributes such as spacious interiors that offer a lot of comfort and great value for the money.
There are only minor changes done on the exterior features and styling of the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox but it will retain the same distinctive Chevrolet style. Meanwhile, there are four choices of trim levels to choose from: base LS, 1LT, 2LT, and LTZ.
In terms of the powertrain changes, the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox will once again two choices in terms of the engine and wheel drive system. The 2.4-liter four cylinder engine will bring in 182 horsepower and 172 lb-ft torque. Meanwhile, the 3.0-liter V6 engine boosts the powertrain performance of this vehicle with up to 265 horsepower and 222 lb-ft torque. You can choose between front-wheel or all-wheel drive system to pair with your choice of engine; however, there is only the six-speed automatic transmission available here.
Now that you are aware what’s in store for the exterior, interior, and powertrain features of the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox, the next logical step is to determine the prices. Chevy isn’t expected to make significant increase in its price tag, especially with GM’s commitment to reach the top of the sales charts with this model.
The base price for the Equinox will range somewhere between $24,000 to $30,000. All of the models in the range, except for the LS model, will come equipped with the V6 engine. If you wanted to upgrade to a more powerful engine, then expect to add $1,500 to the price tag. You will also have to incur additional costs for some other upgrades such as an all-wheel drive ($800), navigation system ($3,500), and DVD entertainment system ($1,300).
Fuel Economy Rating
The fuel economy rating for the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox won’t differ much from the current Equinox model. Hence, the four-cylinder engine with front-wheel drive is expected to be one of the most fuel-efficient crossover vehicles in the market at around 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. Meanwhile, the same engine paired up with an all-wheel drive is expected to dip slightly in EPA rating at 20 mpg on the city and 29 mpg on the highway.
If you want to get your own 2012 Chevrolet Equinox, then you’d have to wait until autumn of 2011, which is the estimated launching of this vehicle model in local showrooms.