2011 Chevrolet
Equinox LT
vs. 2012 Chevrolet
Traverse LS

2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT

9.8

starting from

$24,970

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Equinox LT

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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
32 mpg
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Power outlets
Standard
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Good city fuel efficiency
22 mpg
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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
7.8"
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS

8.9

starting from

$30,240

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Traverse LS

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Ample cargo space
116.4 ft3
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Average power
281 HP @ 6,300 RPM
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More passenger seats
8
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Average 0-60 time
7.9 seconds
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.2
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Winner: Equinox LT
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  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Equinox LT's power seats; not available on the Traverse LS
  • Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Equinox LT
Crash Test Ratings 9.2 vs 10.0
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Winner: Traverse LS
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  • The Traverse LS has 1.5x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 4 stars
Cost 10.0 vs 9.5
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Winner: Equinox LT
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  • Gets around 30% more miles per gallon in the city, 22 mpg vs 17 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $5,270 cheaper (around 20% less), $24,970 vs $30,240
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • More gears
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers satellite radio
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.8 vs 8.9

Luxury Features

Chevrolet
Equinox LT
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Chevrolet
Traverse LS
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Equinox LT's power seats; not available on the Traverse LS
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Optional vs Not Available Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Equinox LT

Crash Test Ratings

Chevrolet
Equinox LT
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Chevrolet
Traverse LS
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs 5 stars OK protection, 10% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
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Driver side crash test 4 stars vs 5 stars The Traverse LS is 1.5x safer than the Equinox LT

Cost

Chevrolet
Equinox LT
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Chevrolet
Traverse LS
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MSRP $24,970 vs $30,240 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 17 mpg The Equinox LT has great city mileage and the Traverse LS is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Safety Features

Chevrolet
Equinox LT
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Chevrolet
Traverse LS
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system OnStar vs OnStar

Performance

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Equinox LT
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Chevrolet
Traverse LS
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Horsepower 182 HP @ 6,700 RPM vs 281 HP @ 6,300 RPM The Traverse LS is of average power, but the Equinox LT is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 More gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission The Traverse LS's semi-automatic transmission is rare for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 20.8 lb/hp vs 16.6 lb/hp The Traverse LS has OK performance while the Equinox LT gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 40.0 ft vs 40.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

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Equinox LT
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Chevrolet
Traverse LS
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Passengers 5 vs 8 The Traverse LS has lots of passenger seats, but the Equinox LT has very few
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Cargo space 63.7 ft3 vs 116.4 ft3 The Traverse LS has lots of cargo room, but the Equinox LT has very little
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front seats 54.4 ft3 vs 59.9 ft3 The Traverse LS has roomy front seats, but the Equinox LT is very cramped
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Base payload capacity 1190 lb vs Unknown
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Not Available The Equinox LT's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the Traverse LS
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The Equinox LT offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Traverse LS
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Cupholders 8 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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Equinox LT
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2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Chevrolet
Traverse LS
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Number of speakers 6 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Equinox LT; but it's not available at all on the Traverse LS

Road Tests

Chevrolet
Equinox LT
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Chevrolet
Traverse LS
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0-60 mph 10.7 seconds vs 7.9 seconds The Traverse LS's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Equinox LT is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 138 ft vs 141 ft The Equinox LT's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Traverse LS is quite bad
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1/4 mile 18.0 s @ 80 mph vs 16.2 s @ 87 mph The Traverse LS's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Equinox LT's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.76 g vs 0.8 g The Traverse LS has good cornering abilities compared to the merely average Equinox LT
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Top speed 112 mph vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2011 Ford Explorer Equinox LT vs Explorer
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2011 Nissan Rogue S Krom Edition Equinox LT vs Rogue S Krom Edition
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium Equinox LT vs Outback 2.5i Premium
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2011 Subaru Forester 2.5XT Touring Equinox LT vs Forester 2.5XT Touring
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2012 GMC Acadia SLE Equinox LS vs Acadia SLE
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS 2011 GMC Terrain SLT Traverse LS vs Terrain SLT
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ Traverse LT vs Tahoe LTZ
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 2011 Buick Enclave CXL Traverse LTZ vs Enclave CXL
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 2011 Ford Edge SE Traverse LT vs Edge SE
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 2011 Dodge Journey Lux Traverse LT vs Journey Lux

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