2012 Chevrolet Equinox User Reviews
LTZ 2WD shown
- $18,144 - $23,568
- No trim specified for this review
- All around great utility
- Make sure the timing chain gets replaced under warranty
Purchased As New
We bought this new right before the bankruptcy of GM. They gave us such a great deal we couldn’t pass it up. We got the LT version with the leather seats for about $25K. Really there would have to be a lot wrong to get to us.
The care is spacious and comfortable. It has a unique feature of a movable back seat. Which allows us to choose more storage or legroom. We bought it so we could do road trips with our two adult children. It meets that requirement very well, with just enough luggage space to make traveling easy. It was also useful during the late high school years to move drama sets and sport gear. All in all very efficient mover.
I fitted it with a class 3 tow hitch and successfully towed a 9 x 12 U-Haul 7 miles through the Midwest. I wouldn’t take it in the mountains, but as a utility hauler it does quite well.
We get the mileage on the highway, about 30-33 mpg. We measured this independently of the car computer. The key is to set the cruise control and go no more than 70 mph. In the city we get 21-22 mpg with the eco switch on or off. It doesn’t seem to do much, but to shift earlier when it’s on.
Our vehicle is serviced by the local Chevy dealer. It has had several repairs when in for regular maintenance. No cost to u as they were all under warranty. The latest was the timing chain. I had made a comment earlier that the engine was much loader then when we bought it, but was assured that everything was ok. This past service at about 36K miles, they said that they changed the chain, and I found the noise had disappeared. Since the car has a 100K engine warranty, I am not worried, I am sure they got it right this time.
We have had several software upgrades over the past three years when it was in for oil changes. Again no cost to us. It seems that cars are like cell phones now, needing updates periodically as they fine tune the product. Once great feature is the car informs you when you need service, and if you have on star it sends a email. Oil changes are require about every 8-9K miles. So we have had 4 since new in 2010. Not other service has been required. Even the tires look great at 36K miles.
The rise is typically a Chevy ride, a little more rough then a Buick. If you want a smoother ride by the Buick, if you like to race around, by the Chevy. Overall a great car at a great price.
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