||privacy glass creates additional style, while heated exterior mirrors keep visibility at a maximum during poor weather. Fog lamps are standard on the 2LT and LTZ trims, and the LTZ also comes with automatic headlights and a power liftgate.
The 2012 Equinox has a standard six-speed, automatic transmission and a 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder engine. This engine offers 182 horsepower and 172 lbs/ft of torque for good acceleration. An optional 3.0-liter, V6 engine is available for the LT and LTZ models, providing 264 horsepower and 222 lbs/ft of torque for greater passing power and acceleration. Above the LS model, optional all-wheel drive can replace the standard front-wheel drive for better control in slick conditions. EPA mileage estimates rate the standard Equinox at 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. The more powerful V6 engine delivers an estimated 17 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway. Using all-wheel drive results in slightly lower mileage for both engines.
Safety features are abundant on all Equinox models. Antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front and side-curtain airbags, tire-pressure monitors, an antitheft system and remote, keyless entry are all included. OnStar assistance is also standard, providing a variety of safety monitoring and contact systems. A rearview camera is standard except on the LS. The comfort benefits of remote ignition are standard in the 2LT and LTZ and optional on the 1LT. The top-level LTZ alone features rear parking assistance and a new, optional, front-collision, lane-departure warning system to help prevent driver error.
The interior of the Equinox includes MyLink, a partially hands-free interface that accesses entertainment features. Play music with voice commands or