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2012 Chevrolet Equinox Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox was new.


Interior: 8.7

The 2012 Chevrolet Equinox earns great feedback because of its useful organizational and cargo features and spacious second row. But some reviewers dislike that the Equinox lacks an optional third row and think that its interior quality trails its competitors'.

  • "A vast improvement over the previous generation; it rivals class leaders. Like other Chevrolet models we've tested, Equinox's cabin presents well at first glance, though some materials may disappoint on closer inspection." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Chevy Equinox boasts a stylish cabin filled with premium touches. The available two-tone color schemes are eye-catching, and perfectly complement the dashboard's elegant, swooping dual-cowl design. All in all, the Equinox's interior looks more deluxe than that of most others in this segment. The plethora of difficult-to-distinguish buttons on the center console is a weak point, however." -- Edmunds


The seats of the 2012 Equinox are regarded as long-haul comfortable, and the driver’s seat offers good overall outward visibility, though the head rests can block the driver’s view. The Chevrolet Equinox seats a maximum of five, which may give some shoppers pause if they need room for more. The Toyota RAV4 is the only SUV in the class with an optional third row. Though it may not have enough seats for some families, reviewers say the Equinox’s rear row that slides forward and back allows for plenty of leg space.

  • "Headroom and legroom are ample. The seats are long-haul supportive. Visibility is good for the most part, though tall rear headrests partially obscure the view aft." -- Consumer Guide
  • "With a rear seat that slides back to create an expanse worthy of a prom-night limousine, the 2012 Equinox easily counts rear legroom among its strengths. … The Equinox boasts a nice expanse of passenger room, with 60/40-split rear seats that slide back to provide substantial rear legroom. The fact that the seatbacks also recline means second-row occupants may have the best seat in the house." -- Edmunds
  • "If you need the capability afforded by a third-row seat, the … Chevrolet Equinox will take a back seat to competitors such as the Toyota RAV4, Mitsubishi Outlander and Hyundai Santa Fe." -- Kelley Blue Book

Interior Features

While the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox has some cheap interior materials, most reviewers find that its interior is very well executed. Some test drivers even say that the Equinox’s interior easily outshines most of its competitors', though the controls are difficult to use because the buttons look alike.

The Equinox is well-equipped for the class. The base model comes standard with three months of satellite radio, cruise control, Bluetooth and an auxiliary audio input jack. A rearview camera is standard on all but the base model. Last year, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system was available, but this year, it isn’t offered at all. If you like the Equinox, but want the entertainment system, consider the very similar GMC Terrain.

  • "While we can find fault with some of the plastics and trim pieces, the overall execution is first rate, especially when equipped with the two-tone Jet Black/Brownstone leather seating option." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Primary gauges are large and clear. Standard audio and climate controls are mounted high on the dashboard and are generally simple to operate. Some testers complain that this layout suffers from an overabundance of look-alike buttons that require more familiarization than should be necessary. The optional navigation system incorporates some audio functions. Its seemingly random combination of dashboard buttons and touchscreen controls complicates audio functions and will require acclimation." -- Consumer Guide
  • "In terms of equipment, the Chevy is fully competitive, with plenty of standard features and some nice upgrades like a hard-drive-based navigation system." -- Edmunds


The Equinox’s cargo space is good, but it is not the best in the class. It provides a total of 63.7 cubic feet of cargo space. The total figure is about 10 cubic feet less than what the Toyota RAV4 offers, but the Equinox is still roomy enough to handle most families' gear. With the rear seats up, there is 31.4 cubic feet available. Some reviewers are disappointed that under-floor storage is limited, but like that there are plenty of interior cubbies. Another added bonus is the optional programmable liftgate.

  • "If you have low garage clearance or limited vertical reach, you can program the tailgate to open to only a safe or reachable height." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The MultiFlex rear seat can slide to benefit already generous cargo space. A lack of under-floor storage is disappointing, but Chevy makes up for it with plenty of in-cabin cubbies and bins. All door pockets have bottle holders, and the center console is large." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The 31.4 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 63.7 cubic feet with the rear seatbacks folded down should still be sufficient for most buyers, but it is something to keep in mind if maximum cargo capacity is important to you." -- Edmunds

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