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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.
Technically, the 2015 Chevrolet Equinox competes against compact SUVs like the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, and Ford Escape. Like those, it seats five, and thanks to its considerably bigger dimensions, it offers up a roomy back seat. The compromise is with cargo space, where the Equinox falls short of even its smaller compact competitors. Behind the wheel, the Equinox isn't particularly exciting, but it does offer up a comfortable and quiet ride. It's also one of the only compact crossover SUVs to offer a V6 engine, a 301-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 that lets the Equinox tow up to 3,500 pounds. Fuel-conscious buyers will be more interested in the 4-cylinder version, which claims a competitive 32 mpg.
By Carolyn on Monday, November 03, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,270overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "I like the feeling of sitting higher."
Cons: "Too much black interior."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3
"It is a great car for convenience and comfort but it has too many blind spots. That is the major complaint. Outside of that I love this car."
11 people out of 11 found this review helpful
By Carebear1985 on Wednesday, January 07, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 37,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Overall, I'm very happy with the vehicle. I bought it because of the adjustable rear seat, which allows me to add leg room for passengers or cargo space if I need to move anything. I splurged a bit on some upgrades and have not been disappointed! I love the backup camera and the remote start/heated seats rock in the winter.. I purchased an AWD because of unpredictable weather and my frequent trips into the mountains. It's come in useful on many occasions, but eats into the fuel economy. It would be nice to be able to switch to 2WD for my daily commute and improve the MPG. I purchased some WeatherTech floor liners, so my family car is super easy to clean up. I was a bit disappointed at the amount of cheap plastic accessories in the vehicle, especially at that price point. Also, Chevy seems to be a bit behind the power curve when it comes to their computerized systems and pairing of devices/features. I can make calls with the Bluetooth, but had to purchase a cable to project any other sound/navigation from my phone (since I didn't spring for On-Star's Navigation package). I definitely recommend this vehicle.. even talked my best friend into getting one of her own (now we match!!)"
8 people out of 8 found this review helpful
By Cheer Mom on Sunday, February 23, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,100overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Roomy, Great Dash Computer, Great Look"
Cons: "Bad Blind Spots, Manuel Cargo Door Opening"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"This little SUV is good looking, to say the least. It is roomy and comfortable for all five passengers. It has great range of motion when turning. It delivers a smooth ride on the highway and in the city. There is a major problem with blind spots! The columns and side view mirror bases are so wide that it is extremely hard to see/judge what may be in those areas while driving. This is a true safety problem. Opening the cargo door manually is also an inconvenience. I think I should have shopped around a little more. When the car is first started, it vibrates strongly until the engine gets warm. There is also minor vibration when idle. The My Links system is awesome! Everything you need to know about your car can be brought up on the screen. Sooo many options. I'm not mad I purchased it. But I should have shopped more."
3 people out of 3 found this review helpful