2012 Chevrolet Equinox
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Great car for the elderly

by from Springfield, IL on November 14, 2011

For those who have a difficult time exiting a vehicle, this is by far the easiest. My wife and I have a difficult time exiting a convential sedan. The seats in a full size SUV are too high for ease of...
For those who have a difficult time exiting a vehicle, this is by far the easiest. My wife and I have a difficult time exiting a convential sedan. The seats in a full size SUV are too high for ease of entry and exit. The Equinox is perfect for both of us. Also, the rearview camera with the large display on the dash is a tremendous improvement over the in-mirror display.
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Very Nice Vehicle. Fuel Mileage Comes Up Short.

by from Cincinnati, OH on September 11, 2012

My wife and I purchased a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ about 2 months ago. We priced and test drove a lot of vehicles before coming to a final decision. The models we considered were the Ford Escape, Fo...
My wife and I purchased a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ about 2 months ago. We priced and test drove a lot of vehicles before coming to a final decision. The models we considered were the Ford Escape, Ford Edge, Ford Explorer, GMC Terrain, GMC Acadia, Buick Enclave, Mazda CX5, Mazda CX9, Dodge Journey, and Chevrolet Traverse. The Equinox by far and away had the best value for all of the features that we wanted. We were also extremely pleased with the looks of the exterior styling and the interior design. Out of all of the vehicles we drove, the Ford Edge was the only one we enjoyed driving better; however, with the same features it would have been 8-10k more and not much bigger. My wife and I love this vehicle and are very happy with the purchase. We were also impressed with the ability to get just about every feature that you can get on a vehicle with the price that we paid. The only complaint that we have is the fact that the vehicle is not achieving the fuel mileage that is suggested. We were told that the vehicle needs time to adjust to your driving style before maximum fuel economy can be acheived; however, I don't think it is going to reach the advertised mileage. With that said I would recommend this vehicle.
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Good for the money

by from New Bloomfield PA on February 13, 2012

I had a Honda CRV and tried buying another one, but the Honda dealers in this area really are awful at return customers. The new CRV was okay some of the the design changes are wierd, however. We went...
I had a Honda CRV and tried buying another one, but the Honda dealers in this area really are awful at return customers. The new CRV was okay some of the the design changes are wierd, however. We went to the Chevy dealer next and were treated really well. Great deal and the Equinox feels much more sturday than the Honda. The MPG are about the same and the deal was SOOOOOOOOO much better. The upshot is I put almost 120K miles on a car in four years, so I need a vehicle that will keep me safe. This one seems to fit the bill. In the bad weather several times now the car hugs the road and negotiates my nightmare driveway beautifully. Something the Honda wasn't as good on, both vehicles are Inline 4s and both vehicles are AWD. I feel at this point we made the right choice. We now have two new 2012 Equinox's in the garage and are happy with them both (the other is the V-6)
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very comfortable but wish it had more power

by from Penobscot, ME on June 30, 2016

Bought my 2012 Equinox 2 1/2 yrs ago and have really enjoyed it. I have bad knees and the height of the seats makes it very easy to slide in and out. My engine light came on last week and took it bac...
Bought my 2012 Equinox 2 1/2 yrs ago and have really enjoyed it. I have bad knees and the height of the seats makes it very easy to slide in and out. My engine light came on last week and took it back to the dealership( they do all my service work). They found a crack in the cylinder wall and have to replace the engine. Thankfully I have extended warranty so it won't cost me anything. The engine only had 52K miles. I heard someone else in my area had the same problem..Without the warranty I would be stuck with a broken car and another 4 yrs of payments. Hope no one else has had this problem. Other than this problem, I really enjoy the car.
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Love my Equinox

by from Independence, MO on February 5, 2012

Equinox has a Great design,and looks. The mileage is fantastic for a crossover SUV. The Navigation feature is user friendly and great just to see where you are and get fraffic updates.The interior des...
Equinox has a Great design,and looks. The mileage is fantastic for a crossover SUV. The Navigation feature is user friendly and great just to see where you are and get fraffic updates.The interior design makes you think you're in a much more expensive vehicle and handles really good. I give the Equinox 2 thumbs up.
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10,000 miles

by from Topeka, KS on February 20, 2012

Well am at 10,000 miles and still love it. I have the AWD 4 cyl version and am averaging 25.7 overall, have gotten as high as 29 on the highway and about 23 in town. With having AWD that is great. Rid...
Well am at 10,000 miles and still love it. I have the AWD 4 cyl version and am averaging 25.7 overall, have gotten as high as 29 on the highway and about 23 in town. With having AWD that is great. Ride is fantastic and it is quiet. Overall very satisfied I will see what the next 10,000 miles bring.
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Good fit for seniors

by from Arlington Heights, Il on July 13, 2012

Purchased in March and put 2500 miles on it. Like the good gas mileage and don't mind the extra shifting of the auto trans. Happy with room and ride as replacement for Malibu.
Purchased in March and put 2500 miles on it. Like the good gas mileage and don't mind the extra shifting of the auto trans. Happy with room and ride as replacement for Malibu.
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quality ride

by from Phoenix, AZ on June 18, 2012

What can I say, I love my car. It rides really nice. I feel extremely safe and comfortable in it. The brakes got their first serious test recently and they performed quite admirably.
What can I say, I love my car. It rides really nice. I feel extremely safe and comfortable in it. The brakes got their first serious test recently and they performed quite admirably.
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Best car I've ever owned!

by from Branson mo on January 7, 2017

I 60 years old and have had numerous cars over the years. I bought the 4 cyl 2012 new and in 4.5 years have 149,800 miles on it. Freeway mpg is 29 to 32 depending on hills and if I go 65 or 70 mph. Be...
I 60 years old and have had numerous cars over the years. I bought the 4 cyl 2012 new and in 4.5 years have 149,800 miles on it. Freeway mpg is 29 to 32 depending on hills and if I go 65 or 70 mph. Besides regular main, I have spent only $15 total on it, and that was for a rear windshield wiper. I'm still using the original brake pads!! Roomy, good ride, decent mpg, nice looking, and no problems!! What more can you ask for!!!
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Love my Equinox

by from Wichita, KS on September 27, 2014

I have been doing my research for several months looking at what affordable used SUVs to consider that are big enough for my two large dogs, small enough to get good fuel economy, and have the nice fe...
I have been doing my research for several months looking at what affordable used SUVs to consider that are big enough for my two large dogs, small enough to get good fuel economy, and have the nice features I want. I was looking at the GMC Terrain very seriously but since the interior is almost identical to the Equinox, I decided that I like the more rounded exterior better on the Equinox. It is also several thousand dollar cheaper in the used market. First of all I was worried that I was really compromising by purchasing the 4 cylinder Equinox since I traded in a 3.0 liter V6 Mariner, but I have found it completely adequate. Basically if you are used to a 6 cylinder, you just have to get used to less torque and working the pedal more to rev the RPMs higher in a lower gear. I have owned my 2012 Equinox for 2 weeks now. I love the leather heated seats. The seat heaters work very quickly and feel good on a sore back. The power lumbar adjustment for the driver seat is a welcome feature. The dashboard has a nice trip computer display in the center that will digitally display your current speed if you want so you don't have to peek under the rim of the steering wheel to check speed. The 7" touchscreen radio controls are well laid out and simple to use. I am not very impressed with the sound of the XM radio reception. It doesn't sound digital and I find that plugging in my phone with the ipod port under the armrest is more enjoyable for me. The digital sound is much better, and the songs are displayed on the screen with controls to change songs or genre, artist, channel, etc. It works just as well using iRadio. The remote start is a nice feature and I really like the laser cut flip key fob. The rear backup camera really needs a grid on the screen to show you where the vehicle path is headed. Objects also look much further away than they really are. LED daytime running lights would be a nice addition to the nicer models but the projector beam fog lights look great. There is lots of bag seat space with comfortable seats that I believe will be perfect for 4 adults on a road trip. There might not be quite as much cargo space as a CRV, but the overall package of the Equinox has nicer features and better styling that doesn't look like you're moving into your first college dorm.
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