2012 Chevrolet Equinox FWD 2LT road test: A roomy, comfortable, compact cruiser

2012 Chevrolet Equinox FWD 2LT, price and key specifications, as tested

Body style/layout: Four-door crossover utility vehicle

Base price: $27,680 (including $810 delivery charge)

As tested: $30,980

Standard comfort/convenience features include air conditioning, trip computer, 7-inch color touch screen for radio and other functions, premium audio system with USB port and auxiliary input, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, power windows, cruise control, rear-vision camera, remote vehicle start, OnStar emergency communication system, satellite radio and rear 60/40 split fold-down rear seat which can be moved fore and aft up to 8 inches.

Options: V-6 engine, $1,500, 18-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels, $1,000; perforated leather seating, $800

Engine

Type: 3-liter, 124-valve, V-6
Displacement, cc: 2997
Block/head material: cast aluminum
Compression ratio: 11.7:1
Horsepower: 264 @ 6950 rpm
Torque (lb-ft): 222@ 5100 rpm
Recommended fuel: regular unleaded or F85 ethanol
Fuel economy, EPA est.: 17/24 mpg city/highway
Fuel economy, observed: 17/23 mpg

Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Chassis/Suspension

Suspension, front/rear: Independent strut type/independent four-link
Wheels: 18-inch chrome clad aluminum
Tires: P235/55R18 all-season
Brakes: four-wheel ventilated disc; 12.6-inch dia. front/11.9-inch dia. rear
Steering: Power rack-and-pinion
Turning circle:  40 feet

Dimensions

Wheelbase: 112.5 in.
Length: 187.8 in.
Height: 66.3 in.
Width: 72.5 in.
Curb weight: 3777 pounds
Cargo volume: 31.4 to 63.7 cu. ft.
Fuel Tank: 10.5 gal.

Safety

•    Airbags: Front, front side, head/torso
•    Anti-lock brakes: Yes; Traction control: Yes; Stability control: Yes; Electronic brake-force distribution: No; Brake assist: No
•    Other: OnStar emergency communication system, rear-vision camera, blind-spot mirrors, child-seat anchors, anti-sway trailering control

Warranty: 3-Year/36,000-mile bumper to bumper; 4-year/50,000-mile powertrain