Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain Crossovers Are A Hot Item – But Only In 4-Cylinder Trim

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
chevrolet equinox gmc terrain crossovers are a hot item but only in 4 cylinder trim

Even though GMC made a fuss over their Terrain Denali, with its new 3.6L V6, this past week, the hot ticket seems to be the 4-cylinder Terrain, along with its Chevrolet stablemate, the Chevrolet Equinox.

GM confirmed that they have placed “temporary order limits” on the 2.4L 4-cylinder models. Supplies have been low, and while they typically account for most of the crossover model’s sales, higher gas prices have only increased demand for them. In 2011, the 4-cylinder models made up 87 percent of sales. That number has fallen to 79 percent last month.

A rebate of $1,000 on V6 models is being offered, but one dealer told Automotive News that he was required to take three V6 models on his last Equinox allocations. GM said that the 4-cylinder supply is affected by a supplier issue that does not affect the engine itself. The 2.4L Ecotec engine makes 182 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque while returning 32 mpg on the highway.

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  • Carbiz Carbiz on Mar 16, 2012

    Haters gonna hate. Armchair critics of the self-appointed expert kind are going to expound upon the one recall or the one GM they bought 20 years ago, or the one neighbor who had a craptastic Cavalier. Whatever. GM just needs to keep on keeping on and the Terrain/Equinox twins are a great example of what it can do when the bean counters take the back seat.

    • Star_gazer Star_gazer on Mar 17, 2012

      @carbiz: My expertise is not self-appointed, it was imposed by GM. When two of my GM vehicles need intake manifold gaskets at $1000 a pop, plus a third vehicle with a head gasket problem, you betcha I'll take notice. I do agree with you; GM needs to stay on track with what they are doing.

  • Obbop Obbop on Mar 17, 2012

    "Chevrolet Equinox" I really should be in GMC's marketing department. I would have used the name 'Axial Tilt." So much niftier than the lame "Equinox" name. Sounds like somebody excited about Christmas getting closer.

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    • Doctor olds Doctor olds on Mar 19, 2012

      @Bryce The Captiva looks quite similar to the Saturn Vue, but with a Chevy face, and has been offered for fleets because Equinox/Terrain production is maxed out.

  • Patrickj Patrickj on Mar 17, 2012

    If it weren't for long-haul commuting, a 4-cylinder Equinox would be very high on my list of what car to buy.

  • Damikco Damikco on Mar 19, 2012

    Just test drove one yesterday, awesome vehicle, I probably will purchase one because im positive it will last as long as as the last Chevy a bought 214k miles.