CUV/SUV: 2012 Chevrolet Equinox
- Starting price: $23,530
- Gas mileage: 22 city/32 highway mpg
For those who prefer a higher ride-height than a car or some light-duty towing capability, a crossover package presents the right combination of elements.
The 2012 Chevrolet Equinox offers top-notch fuel economy in this segment, thanks to its direct-injection engine technology. Two engines are offered, with both mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
The 182-horsepower, 2.4-liter, four-cylinder Ecotec engine gets 22 city and 32 highway mpg -- the best highway mpg in the segment -- on front-wheel-drive models. It gets 20 city and 29 highway mpg on all-wheel-drive models. With a 264-horsepower, 3.0-liter V-6, it gets 17 city and 24 highway mpg on front-wheel-drive models and 16 city and 23 highway mpg on all-wheel-drive models.
The Ecotec engine features a button that allows you to switch to a fuel-saving mode to optimize fuel efficiency. Both engines can be operated on regular unleaded gasoline, E85 ethanol or a combination of the two.
Standard features include cruise control, adjustable steering wheel, six air bags, power windows and locks, audio system with satellite radio and MP3 capability, remote keyless entry as well as stability and traction control.
Options include sunroof, leather seats, seat heaters, rearview camera, parking sensors and a navigation system.