Most significant changes: More powerful V-6
Price change: TBA
On sale: August
Which should you buy, 2012 or 2013? If you're a V-6 shopper, you should wait for a 2013; otherwise, a 2012 shouldn't bring buyer's remorse.
For the 2013 model year the Chevrolet Equinox gets a more powerful V-6 option, new suspension tuning and greater availability of convenience and safety features. It will continue to be available in LS, LT (1LT and 2LT) and LTZ trims.
The new V-6 engine — first unveiled on the 2013 GMC Terrain Denali — produces 301 horsepower and 272 pounds-feet of torque, which is 14% more horsepower and 22% more torque than the previous 3.0-liter V-6. Fuel-economy figures for the 3.6-liter are the same as the 3.0-liter: 17/24 mpg city/highway for front-wheel drive (subtract 1 mpg from both figures for all-wheel drive).
Like the 3.0-liter V-6, the new V-6 is only available on midrange LT and top-of-the-line LTZ trims. The LTZ trim gets a new FE2 Suspension Package that includes dual-flow dampers to make the ride more refined. It also features either 18- or 19-inch alloy wheels.
For the first time, the Equinox has an available eight-way power passenger seat and a universal garage door opener. Both features are a part of the Power Convenience Package that's available on the 2LT and LTZ trims.
The 2012 Equinox's optional Safety Package, which included a forward collision alert, lane departure warning and rear park assist systems, is now available on the 2013 Equinox 2LT and standard on LTZ with either the four-cylinder or V-6.
There's also an available rear entertainment system that has a dual-player DVD system with dual screens and two sets of wireless headphones on the 2LT and LTZ trims.
MyLink, which debuted late in the 2012 model year, is available with the optional navigation system on either the 2LT or the LTZ trims.
We expect pricing to be announced closer to when the 2013s hit dealerships in August.