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2012 Chevy Equinox – A Compact SUV that Leaves a Mighty Impression.

Published October 7, 2012

2012 Chevy Equinox With high fuel prices dictating the buying trend towards practical, fuel efficient cars over gas guzzling behemoths, those consumers willing to compromise may want to consider the 2012 Chevy Equinox. This small SUV is at the peak of its popularity, with sales that are steady enough for Chevy to keep it in its production line. It is a good alternative to downsizing to a car if you are used to driving a larger vehicle, since it will not force you to give up a sizable amount of your paycheck at the gas pump. However, it still offers some of the comforts we love from a full size SUV, such as more leg room and cargo space.

Beauty and Brawn On A Smaller Scale

From the time it made its debut and up until now its sporty exterior remains one of my favorite designs for this type of vehicle. As someone who spends a good deal of time observing cars and trucks all the while comparing them, this compact SUV is 1 of 3 that perfectly demonstrate what a sports utility vehicle should look like. Aside from the rounded edge aesthetic that most vehicles lean towards to these days, the 2012 model remains unchanged.

The 2012 Chevy Equinox is sturdy enough to handle the wear and tear that comes with chauffeuring the family around to their activities. While it does not come with additional third row seating, the Equinox does have sliding back seats, making longer trips more comfortable for passengers. Storage wise the vehicle offers 63.7 cubic feet which should be sufficient to fulfill your cargo needs.

As is the case with most of their vehicles, the 2012 Chevy Equinox comes with the some version of the OnStar program free for 6 months as well as an impressive list of safety features. Blind spot mirrors and a rearview camera are now standard on all models. Front and rear airbags, along with a stability control system to reduce rollover incidents make this compact SUV the safest in its class.

What will it cost me?

Price is of course dependent on the trim. The 2012 Chevy Equinox is available in the base model LS at $23,700. If you want to purchase the LS with all-wheel drive it will cost you about $2,000 more. 2012 Chevy Equinox BodyThe 1LT and 2 LT start at around $25,000 and $27,000 respectively for the front wheel drive versions. The most expensive of the bunch is of course the LTZ, coming in with an MSRP between $29,200 and $31,000. As opposed to the base model which is only available in 5 color choices, the LTZ trim gives you 10 colors to choose from. While the most luxurious trim may not get as much gas mileage as the base model (20 vs 22 in the city and 29 vs 32 in the highway) it is still a small price to pay for all the features you are getting.  Whatever trim you happen to go with, the 2012 Chevy Equinox is one of the best options available when buying a compact SUV.

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