Note: This review also applies to the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox as no major changes were made since the Chevrolet Equinox.
This 2012 Chevrolet Equinox video review talks about fuel economy, safety, price, interior space and tech features like Bluetooth and MyLink. We compare it to other compact crossover SUVs and tell you what it's like to drive.
When you're running errands around town, there's nothing like the practical utility of a small SUV. That's why the Chevy Equinox is just one of a ton of crossovers that have come onto the market in the last few years. But how does it stack up against the competition?
In terms of price, it's near the top of the scale for this segment. The Equinox ranges from about $24,000 for a four-cylinder LS model up to $36,000 for a loaded all-wheel-drive LTZ with a V6. This front-wheel-drive V6 LTZ costs around $33,000.
We like the Chevrolet Equinox for its premium styling. In the spacious, quiet cabin, you'll find deluxe touches like the eye-catching two-tone interior and elegant dashboard, not to mention plenty of practical storage cubbies.
Unlike some competitors, even the base LS model has sophisticated electronics like steering wheel audio controls, satellite radio and Bluetooth. And for safety, some models offer a rearview camera, forward collision alert and lane-departure warning, plus Chevy's MyLink voice command system, which works pretty well.
Ride quality is a strong point for the Chevy Equinox. It feels stable on the road, and the seats are quite comfortable. The spacious, sliding rear seat also provides tons of legroom, which unfortunately translates into reduced cargo space. With a maximum cargo capacity of 63.7 cubic feet, the Chevy trails top competitors. And it's less fun to drive than other small SUVs; it lacks that connected-to-the-road feeling. But, light steering does make it easy to park.
Fuel economy is average for this segment. The base four-cylinder model is rated at 22 mpg city, 32 highway, 26 combined. The V6 is estimated at 17 city, 24 highway, 20 combined. The government gave Chevy's crossover a crash test rating of 4 out of 5 stars, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick.