...The rear seats recline and slide forward about 8 inches, with a trailing panel to ensure a gap-free cargo floor no matter the seat position. Interior features include: Standard cloth seats; leather optional Optional heated front seats Optional automatic climate control Optional navigation system Optional power driver's seat with memory settings Under the Hood A 182-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder and a six-speed automatic transmission are standard. The optional 3.0-liter V-6 makes 264 hp; it also uses a six-speed automatic. Mechanical features include: Four-cylinder or V-6 engines with...
...or a factory-installed trailering package either. Two exterior colors have been dropped, Cyber Gray Metallic and Cardinal Red Metallic, several cosmetic option packs and cargo management options bit the dust along with the auto-dimming rear-view mirror, but the wheel materials have been upgraded somewhat. Instead of chrome-clad aluminum for the 19" wheels, now the biggies come in straight chrome aluminum, and the next size down is chrome-clad aluminum instead of machined aluminum. The base 17-inch wheels have a new aluminum material, also intended to smooth out the ride with better shock...
...The sliding backseat moves forward to provide the most cargo room, mitigating the problem but sacrificing backseat legroom. Doing so was the only way I was able to fit a weekend's worth of cargo for four people: four duffle bags, two slow cookers, two folding chairs, a golf bag, a large cooler, and groceries. Only with some clever packing were we able to maintain visibility through the rear window. Under the Hood The Equinox's wheezy 182- horsepower , 2.4-liter four-cylinder is an under-performer considering the LTZ's high asking price. The engine struggles to pull its freight when fully...
...The navigation system and forward collision and lane departure warning systems that my test car was equipped with are available as options on all trims. IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT COUNT Storage Compartments (Puny, Fair, Ample, Galore): Fair Cargo/Trunk Space (Puny, Fair, Ample, Galore): Ample SAFETY The 2012 Chevy Equinox has been named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. To earn this safety nod, a car must receive the top score of Good in front, side, rear and roof-strength crash tests. It also received four out of five stars overall in National Highway Traffic...
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