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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 Ruf on Wednesday, February 25, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great handling, good value, very comfortable."
Cons: "In-city gas mileage."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I bought this Equinox new with the V-6 engine so that I could tow my motorcycle trike whenever I wanted. I have not been sorry! I drove to the east coast and back pulling the trike and I didn't even know it was behind me. The Euqinox has all the power I need and it is is very comfortable and a real pleasure to drive. My wife loves it too. On a daily basis she drives it more than I do cause I ride my trike and she has never had a complaint about the vehicle. The gas milage for a V-6 is well within expected levels. In short, I'd recommend an Equinox to anyone."
6 people out of 6 found this review helpful
By Nellie on Sunday, February 08, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,500overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Good MPG, good passenger room, nice options/ride."
Cons: "Backup camera, visibility, heater & A/C controls"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"Was driving a Silverado, so kind of miss the power, but wanted an AWD vehicle with good interior room, better gas mileage and good for winter driving and I think I found it. Almost bought a KIA Sorento, which has more cargo room but not as good gas mileage or driver/passenger room and comfort. Got the 2LT loaded with sunroof, heated cloth seats (unusual but great) and MyLink (which I absolutely love). Also got the remote start that automatically turns on heat and heated seats if cold outside, which is absolutely wonderful, would highly recommend getting these features. Only complaints so far is the visibility and the fact that you can only see the heater and A/C stats when you are adjusting them, as they come on at the bottom of the nice, large touch screen monitor. Oh yeah, and they should (not could, should) have put the guide lines on the back up camera that show how close you are to the bumper of the car you are backing at, cause it looks like you are still far away, but almost hit someone the first few times I used it. It is very misleading."
4 people out of 4 found this review helpful
By Loyal Chevy owner on Monday, March 23, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Easy to get into and a pleasure to drive."
Cons: "Backup camera needs better distance markers"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Have been very satisfied with the vehicle its the 1st new car I have bought in 30 yrs. I plan on buying another."
3 people out of 3 found this review helpful