in 2012 Affordable Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $16,162 - $21,070
Original MSRP: $23,530 - $30,970
MPG: 22 City / 32 Hwy
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Used Car: 2012 Chevrolet Equinox Review

Review Last Updated: 8/29/14

The Chevrolet Equinox offers excellent fuel economy, and reviewers liked its comfortable, spacious seats and powerful V6 engine option.

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The 2012 Equinox has a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that reviewers said isn't particularly powerful, but provides adequate acceleration in normal driving conditions. Test drivers preferred the 3.0-liter V6 engine, which they said offers better acceleration for highway passing and merging. The base Chevrolet Equinox gets an EPA-estimated 22/32 mpg city/highway, which is great for the class. The V6 model with front-wheel drive gets up to 17/24 mpg city/highway. Some automotive writers said the Chevrolet Equinox's handling is composed and car-like, while others thought it isn't as agile or maneuverable as some competitors. Still, reviewers said the Equinox offers a fairly comfortable ride.

The 2012 Chevrolet Equinox seats five and reviewers thought the seats are comfortable enough for longer drives. They were also thrilled with the Equinox's rear seat, which can slide to expand legroom or cargo space. The Equinox has 63.7 cubic feet of cargo space and test drivers were pleased with its numerous small-item storage bins throughout the cabin. Reviewers said that despite some cheap interior materials, the Equinox's interior is attractive and well-designed overall. Some test drivers complained that the center stack buttons look similar and are not easily distinguishable. Some reviewers also wished the available navigation system was more straightforward. Standard features on the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox include satellite radio, Bluetooth, an auxiliary input and cruise control. Optional features when it was new include a power sunroof, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a rearview camera and navigation.

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Reviewers said the Volkswagen Tiguan has a luxurious cabin outfitted with high-quality materials. The Tiguan also earned praise for its simple audio and climate controls, as well as its user-friendly navigation system. Reviewers were also pleased with the VW Tiguan's powerful turbocharged engine and sporty handling.

The Honda CR-V offers more cargo space than the Equinox, and reviewers said the cargo area is easy to load items into and the rear seats are easy to fold down. Test drivers liked the CR-V's car-like handling and easy maneuverability. The Honda CR-V also comes standard with a rearview camera, which is rare for the class.

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