2012 Chevrolet Equinox Owners Manual – With managing and fuel economy that are about comparable to a mid-size sedan, also, a higher body that brings more room and adaptability, the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox takes on the likes of the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. And as one of the roomier compact crossover application vehicles, it remains to be a compelling option for those who require an inexpensive, cozy, and effectively-equipped vehicle that’s beneficial to family members obligation.
The Equinox acquired aa lot-required redesign just two years earlier. The previous work, below the very same model brand, ended up being one half-baked, to get kind, but the current model has high quality seems, performance and has. Its styling became crisper and sportier than its forerunner, with much better dimensions as nicely as several of the cues of the ‘new’ Chevrolet. Inside, the cabin has lots of spectacular designs and a central control panel, with air vents flanking the stereo and environment handles, that began with Cadillac and has more recently filtered as a result of Chevy models like the Cruze and Sonic.
You can get a 3.0-liter V-6 in the 2012 Equinox, but we feel you’ll be much better with the far more energy-effective (and lower-cost) four-cylinder engine. With 182 horsepower, the 2.4-liter four idles efficiently, even though with a relatively clattery direct-injection noise, and one underway it’s acceptable and unobtrusive. If you placed your feet into it and let the revs climb–which the six-speed automatic deals with nicely–it believes perky ample. And, most importantly, it gets a stellar 32-miles per gallon EPA highway score. The V-6 can be the choice if you occasionally should tow little trailers or often drive with a filled vehicle, but it’s much thirstier. About the only point, we’d like to modify about the driving expertise is the numb feel of the electricity steering, which seems to call for a lot of changes in the middle in highway cruising.
Regardless of whether you’re getting into the Equinox from a mid-size car or a more trucklike SUV, you’ll find a whole lot to like in the cabin design. The traveling position is excellent–vertical yet carlike–, actually and the seats are much better and much more helpful than others in a lot of little crossovers. The go across-stitched twin-tone perforated leather material you be in leading LTZ models b luxurious. In rear, there’s grownup-sizing room, with good headroom and realistically excellent (for the class) legroom), and seatbacks are adaptable for rake. There’s a lot of space for items, as well, with a retracting cargo protect, stretchy internet, and two deeply freight wells in back, and the center gaming system nicely is adamant.
Accident analyzes scores for the Equinox have permitted a lot to boast about; it’s been known as an IIHS Top Safety Pick, and it’s earned top 4- and several-legend is a result of the United States government. To us, the largest flaw in the Equinox is its appalling rear 3-quarter sight for some reason even worse even than numerous vehicles in this class that appears to have increased beltlines. Fortunately, a rear-see camera system is standard on the LT and LTZ models, while all models now (new for 2012) get blind-spot mirrors. Also, lane departure warning and forward accidents notify are newly designed for 2012–even though they’re only supplied with the V-6 LTZ.
The 2012 Chevrolet Equinox suits most of its competition in conditions of normal gear. Nevertheless, it is better than them in properly-optioned develop. Air-con, an AM/FM/XM/Disc/MP3 player with the auxiliary input jack, cruise management, potential Windows/hair/decorative mirrors, and a tilt/telescoping controls are all functions incorporated into the base LS. A rear-seat entertainment system, a navigation system, leather seats, warmed up chairs, Bluetooth, steering-wheel music/telephone manages, a sunroof, a rearview camera, and remote start off are choices. On some models, the cargo hatch is powered and can be just programmed to different launching altitudes (aiding prevent the hatch out from opening into a car port door or any other composition).
Most models include a contact monitor music system this year, and Chevrolet is also phasing in its voice-activated, contact-display-based MyLink Connectivity system–for much easier connectivity for hands-free phoning or press entry–as an alternative, so earlier in the model year vehicles with this can be a small tougher to locate.