Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2012 Chevrolet EQUINOX VS 2012 Dodge Journey Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2012 Chevrolet EQUINOX

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2012 Dodge Journey

Safety Comparison

Both the Equinox and Journey have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Equinox has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Journey’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The Equinox LTZ V6 offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The Journey doesn't offer a collision warning system.

The Equinox LTZ V6’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Journey doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Equinox’s blind spot mirrors use wide-angle convex mirrors mounted in the corner of each side view mirror to reveal objects that may be in the driver's blind spots. The Journey doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver's blind spots.

The Equinox has standard OnStar ®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Journey doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Equinox and the Journey have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all-wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

The Equinox comes with free roadside assistance for 5 years 100,000 miles. Chevrolet will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Dodge doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Journey.

The Equinox’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Journey’s (6/100,000 vs. 5/100,000).

There are over 43 percent more Chevrolet dealers than there are Dodge dealers, which makes it easier to get service under the Equinox’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Chevrolet Equinox V6’s reliability will be 92% better than the Journey and the Chevrolet Equinox 4-cyl. will be 93% better than the Journey.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2011 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 13th in initial quality. With 28 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 32nd.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2011 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 16th in reliability. With 50 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 31st.

Engine Comparison

The Equinox’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 9 more horsepower (182 vs. 173) and 6 lbs.-ft. more torque (172 vs. 166) than the Journey AVP/SE’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Equinox FWD 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the Journey AVP/SE FWD (22 city/32 hwy vs. 19 city/26 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Equinox’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Journey:



Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.9 inches

The Equinox’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Journey are solid, not vented.

The Equinox stops shorter than the Journey:



60 to 0 MPH

134 feet

139 feet

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Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Equinox’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Journey (235/55R18 vs. 225/70R16).

The Equinox’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 65 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Journey AVP/SE’s standard 70 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Equinox has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Journey AVP/SE.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Equinox has vehicle speed-sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Journey doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Equinox is 1.1 inches wider in the front than on the Journey.

Chassis Comparison

The Equinox is 4.6 inches shorter than the Journey, making the Equinox easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Equinox 4 cyl. uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Journey doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Equinox has .1 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front legroom, .8 inches more front hip room and 6.3 inches more rear legroom than the Journey.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Equinox has a much larger cargo area than the Journey with its rear seat up (31.5 vs. 10.7 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Equinox easier. The Equinox’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 28.8 inches, while the Journey’s liftover is 30.8 inches.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the Equinox (except LS) offers an optional power rear liftgate, which opens and closes completely automatically by pressing a button on the key fob. The Journey doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Ergonomics Comparison

When two different drivers share the Equinox LTZ, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Journey doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Equinox LTZ’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Journey doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Equinox’s front and rear power windows all lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Journey’s power windows’ passenger windows don’t open automatically. The Journey SXT/Crew/R/T’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to lower them fully.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Equinox has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Journey only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

The Equinox has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Journey has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the Crew/R/T.

When the Equinox LTZ is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Journey’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The Equinox will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the Equinox will retain 46.23% to 48.27% of its original price after five years, while the Journey only retains 39.4% to 43.67%.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Equinox will be $3099 to $7321 less than for the Dodge Journey.

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