2011 Chevrolet
Equinox LS
vs. 2012 GMC
Acadia SLE

2012 GMC Acadia SLE

10.0

starting from

$37,890

Reasons to buy the GMC Acadia SLE

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Ample cargo space
116.9 ft3
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Average power
288 HP @ 6,300 RPM
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More passenger seats
8
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Safer for the driver in side collisions
5 stars
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS

9.6

starting from

$23,805

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Equinox LS

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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
7.8"
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Folding rear seats
Standard
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Very inexpensive
$23,805
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Power outlets
Standard
Crash Test Ratings 9.2 vs 10.0
2012 GMC Acadia SLE Winner: Acadia SLE
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  • The Acadia SLE has 1.5x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 4 stars
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both have power seats
  • Neither offers a sun roof
  • Neither offers a leather interior
Cost 10.0 vs -
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  • Shorter basic warranty
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Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • More gears
  • Both only offer an automatic transmission, unlike most in this class
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers a navigation system
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.6 vs 10.0

Crash Test Ratings

Chevrolet
Equinox LS
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS
2012 GMC Acadia SLE GMC
Acadia SLE
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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 Acadia SLE is 1.5x safer than the Equinox LS

Luxury Features

Chevrolet
Equinox LS
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS
2012 GMC Acadia SLE GMC
Acadia SLE
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Cost

Chevrolet
Equinox LS
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS
2012 GMC Acadia SLE GMC
Acadia SLE
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MSRP $23,805 vs $37,890 The Equinox LS has a great price and the Acadia SLE is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs Unknown
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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 LS
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS
2012 GMC Acadia SLE GMC
Acadia SLE
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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

Chevrolet
Equinox LS
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS
2012 GMC Acadia SLE GMC
Acadia SLE
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Horsepower 182 HP @ 6,700 RPM vs 288 HP @ 6,300 RPM The Acadia SLE is of average power, but the Equinox LS is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 More gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both only offer an automatic transmission, unlike most in this class
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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 16.9 lb/hp The Acadia SLE has OK performance while the Equinox LS gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The Acadia SLE has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor 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

Chevrolet
Equinox LS
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS
2012 GMC Acadia SLE GMC
Acadia SLE
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Passengers 5 vs 8 The Acadia SLE has lots of passenger seats, but the Equinox LS has very few
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Cargo space 63.7 ft3 vs 116.9 ft3 The Acadia SLE has lots of cargo room, but the Equinox LS has very little
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front seats 54.4 ft3 vs 59.8 ft3 The Acadia SLE has roomy front seats, but the Equinox LS is very cramped
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Base payload capacity 1190 lb vs Unknown
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The Equinox LS's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the Acadia SLE
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power outlets Standard vs Optional The Equinox LS's standard power outlet will keep your gadgets charged; requires optional upgrade on the Acadia SLE
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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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

Chevrolet
Equinox LS
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS
2012 GMC Acadia SLE GMC
Acadia SLE
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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 Optional Like your tunes? In the Acadia SLE, you can upgrade to 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 Not Available vs Optional It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Acadia SLE; but it's not available at all on the Equinox LS

Road Tests

Chevrolet
Equinox LS
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS
2012 GMC Acadia SLE GMC
Acadia SLE
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0-60 mph 10.7 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 138 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 18.0 s @ 80 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.76 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 112 mph vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Equinox LT vs Traverse LS
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2011 Ford Explorer Equinox LT vs Explorer
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2011 Ford Edge SEL Equinox LS vs Edge SEL
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
2012 GMC Acadia SLE 2011 GMC Terrain SLE Acadia SLE vs Terrain SLE
2012 GMC Acadia SLE 2011 GMC Yukon SLT Acadia SLE vs Yukon SLT
2012 GMC Acadia Denali 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LT Acadia Denali vs Tahoe LT
2012 GMC Acadia SLT 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Acadia SLT vs Grand Cherokee Limited
2012 GMC Acadia SLT 2011 Dodge Durango Citadel Acadia SLT vs Durango Citadel

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