2012 Chevrolet Equinox Reviews, Ratings & Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value®
$10,087 - $15,159
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
20 City / 29 HWY
Horsepower
182-264
Seats
5
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$10,087 - $15,159
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
20 City / 29 HWY
Horsepower
182-264
Seats
5

Ranks #18 By Owner Reviews

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

3.9 Overall Score
Performance 3.4 Comfort 4.0 Styling 3.9 Value 3.6

Editor's Overview

Despite being one of the largest compact SUVs in the category, the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox offers excellent fuel economy and surprisingly precise steering. The Equinox utilizes its larger dimensions to provide its occupants with generous legroom and ample cargo space for their gear.

Chevrolet Equinox Models & Trims

LS $10,087 - $11,844*
Horsepower: 182 hp
Engine Type: Gas/Ethanol I4
Standard Seating: Cloth
Standard Wheels: 17 in. - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
LT w/1LT $12,763 - $14,542*
Horsepower: 182 hp - 264 hp
Engine Type: Gas/Ethanol I4, Gas/Ethanol V6
Standard Seating: Cloth
Standard Wheels: 17, 18 in. - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
LT w/2LT $12,763 - $14,542*
Horsepower: 182 hp - 264 hp
Engine Type: Gas/Ethanol I4, Gas/Ethanol V6
Standard Seating: Cloth
Standard Wheels: 17, 18 in. - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
LTZ $13,278 - $15,159*
Horsepower: 182 hp - 264 hp
Engine Type: Gas/Ethanol I4, Gas/Ethanol V6
Standard Seating: Leather
Standard Wheels: 17, 19 in. - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning

*Prices are Kelley Blue Book® Fair Market Range

Owner Reviews

4.22

399 Reviews

45% 37% 14% 3% 1%

Owner reviews are verified by our team and cannot be altered or removed.

2012 Chevrolet equinox very spacious and an easy drive.

My car is very spacious. I can make the trunk bigger by pulling the whole back row of seats forward or if I want my passengers to have more leg room I can move the seats back. It is very reliable as I have had almost no issues with the car in the 6 years that it has been driven by me and members of my family. Occasionally I have to put more oil in the car. The only problem I have with my car is that it takes a long time to accelerate but it has a 4 horsepower engine so that is expected. Other than that I love my car and would highly recommend it anyone who likes driving larger vehicles or to new drivers.

- Ally F

When we bought the car one of the reasons why we did was because it was ranking very high for safety.

I like the way the car rides- it's very smooth and comfortable and we got some extra bells and whistles like heated seats, remote start and automatic lift gate which all come in handy. The things I don't like Is that the visibility is not the greatest especially looking out to the sides in the back. This is trivial but the air vents should have been moved because the steering wheel blocks it when you are driving so you don't get as much of cold air conditioners as you should. Also, they should have put vents in the backseat because that does get stuffy.

- Mary D

Needs back seat air vents.

Overall the vehicle has been very good. I really like the way it drives and the seats are very comfortable. However, this year model does not have air conditioning vents in the back. This makes for a very hot summer. I have little ones in car seats and they do not get any air flow. I always feel really bad because I'll go to get them out of the car and their little heads are sweaty. This seems like such a small issue, however, I would not purchase this year model again. It is funny how important air conditioning is to my overall happiness.

- Kristen A

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Compare Models & Key Features

Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
Drivers side profile with drivers side door open.
Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$10,087 - $11,844
$12,763 - $14,542

Horsepower

Horsepower
182 hp
182 - 264 hp

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Standard
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Not Available
Standard

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.4L DOHC 4
2.4L DOHC 4
3.0L DOHC V6 SIDI (SPARK IGNITION DIRECT INJECTION)
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Not Available
Optional

Alarm

Alarm
Standard
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Not Available
Standard

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Standard
Standard

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
Not Available
Standard

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
Standard
Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Standard
Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
Standard
Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
Standard
Standard

Privacy Glass

Privacy Glass
Not Available
Standard

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Not Available
Optional

Power Steering

Power Steering
Standard
Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
41.2 in.
41.2 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
39.8 - 40.9 in.
39.8 - 40.9 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
39.9 in.
39.9 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
39.2 in.
39.2 in.

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Standard
Standard

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Standard
Standard

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Standard
Standard

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration
Not Available
Optional

AUX Input

AUX Input
Standard
Standard

CD Player

CD Player
Standard
Standard

Heating & Cooling

Navigation & Communication

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Cloth

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
Not Available
Optional

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Standard
Standard

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Standard
Standard
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P225/65R17
P235/55R18

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
112.5 in.
112.5 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
40 - 42.6 ft.
40 - 42.6 ft.

Length

Length
187.8 in.
187.8 in.

Width

Width
72.5 in.
72.5 in.
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3777 - 3926 .lbs
3758 - 4083 .lbs

Horsepower

Horsepower
182 hp
264 hp

Torque

Torque
172 ft. lbs.
222 ft. lbs.

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
150 - 350 .lbs
150 - 350 .lbs

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
Standard
Standard

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Not Available
Optional

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
18.8 gal.
18.8 gal.

Combined

Combined
26 mpg
21 mpg

City

City
21 mpg
17 mpg

Highway

Highway
31 mpg
24 mpg

Suspension

Transmission

Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Standard
Standard

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
Standard
Standard

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
Standard
Standard

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
Standard
Standard

Stability Control

Stability Control
Standard
Standard

Traction Control

Traction Control
Standard
Standard

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
Standard
Standard

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
Standard
Standard

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Standard
Standard

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
Standard
Standard

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Overall

  • Front

  • Side

  • Rollover

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

  • Roof Strength

  • Driver-side Overlap Front

    N/A

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

JD Power Rating
  • ‌Overall

  • Mechanical

  • Powertrain Quality

  • Body & Interior Design

  • ‌Features

*JD Power Circle Ratings