On The Cover Review: 2012 Chevrolet Equinox
The Automobile Red BookTM recently had the opportunity to spend an extended length of time with a fresh, new Chevrolet Equinox, and the experience explained why you see so many of these popular small crossovers on the road. The interior is particularly sumptuous, with optional leather seating surfaces that include two-tone accents and contrasting stitching. There are two engine choices with the 2012 Equinox, including a 2.4-liter EcoTech four-cylinder, and a 3.0-liter V6 like our test vehicle. The V6 is good for an estimated 17-mpg/city, 24-mpg/highway. Ours turned in 18-mpg during a week of mixed driving, according to the on-board computer. Competition in this segment is tough. The Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV-4 both have loyal followings, and Ford is in the process of introducing an all-new, European-based Escape to America. The Equinox is two years old now, and this segment really seems to demand state-of-the-art technology. Still, the Equinox exudes sufficient levels of quality and technology, even with a couple of years under its high beltline.