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The V6 option grows from 3.0 liters to 3.6 and now makes a robust 301 horsepower. Passenger seats can be had with 8-way power adjustment. Other options include a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, universal garage door opener, and safety system with collision-warning and lane-departure alerts.
The 2012 Chevy Equinox compact SUV gains blind-spot mirrors on all trims, while Bluetooth is now standard on the LS trim. A rearview camera is added to the 1LT trim and a new 7-inch color touch-screen radio with USB port is made standard on 1LT, 2LT and LTZ. Later in the model year, Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment and safety system becomes available.
Two new trims, the Sport and LTZ, join the Equinox line. The Sport trim features a 264 horsepower V6 engine, six-speed automatic transmission and a sport-tuned suspension, while the LTZ adds a generous helping of chrome trim and interior luxury features.
The 2014 Equinox is Chevrolet's torchbearer in the compact-crossover-SUV segment, where it competes with popular rivals such as the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4. Like those others, the Equinox seats five passengers across two rows, but the Chevy is substantially larger than its competitors. Even with its size advantage, the Equinox trails in cargo space yet partly makes up for that with a spacious rear seat. The Equinox isn't very exciting to drive, but it does boast quiet, comfortable road manners. It is also one of the few remaining smaller crossover SUVs to offer a V6 engine, which allows the Equinox to tow up to 3,500 pounds. Fuel-conscious buyers will be more interested in the 4-cylinder version, which claims up to 32 mpg.
By LW on Thursday, February 07, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Pros: "ok valve for the money -"
Cons: "poor ride - poor gas milage. FWD poor on snow."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5
"Looks are good, seat comfort is fine, no blind spots - but poor ride, gas mileage not even close to sticker - advertised 31 MPG, on a good day I get 24."
21 people out of 21 found this review helpful
By Don on Monday, November 14, 2011
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,000overall rating 6 of 10rating details
Pros: "olvr the car -not milrage right size, easy to"
Cons: "no sun roof"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3
"I only get 23 miles per gal on highway. HOw do they get by advertising 32"
17 people out of 17 found this review helpful
By mickey on Sunday, December 01, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,385overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "very awesome to drive"
Cons: "doesnt retain its value ."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"very nice driving also very comfortable. i paid 25000 a year ago now its valued at 15000. imports retain more value longer"
13 people out of 13 found this review helpful