Anyone recently shopping for a four-cylinder Chevrolet Equinox or GMC Terrain has probably discovered they're not easy to come across. Automotive News reports that General Motors has a shortage of the 2.4-liter powerplants and the company can't say when that might improve.

Still want an Equinox or Terrain? If you're willing to give up a few miles per gallon, Chevrolet dealers are offering $1,000 off V6 models to get them out the door. On the Equinox LT, the V6 is a $1,500 option. Not a bad discount if you were already shopping for one of the more powerful CUVs.

Just keep in mind that the EPA says that four-cylinder models get 22 miles per gallon city and 32 mpg highway while the six-cylinder musters just 17/24. The EPA further notes that translates into about a $600 increase in your estimated yearly fuel bill. And in terms of performance, in our testing, we actually preferred the four-cylinder over the V6.

If you have your heart set on a four-cylinder Equinox or Terrain, a GM spokesperson says the automaker is working with suppliers to increase production of the smaller engine and they hope to meet demand soon.


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      tritonstrategies
      • 2 Years Ago
      A four and a turbo four seem like the ideal options for this little guy.
        Juffinstuff
        • 2 Years Ago
        @tritonstrategies
        It always surprised me why GM didn't offer a turbo in the Equinox.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      guyverfanboy
      • 2 Years Ago
      GM really should just make e-assist versions of the four cyclinder and V6 only. Thoughts?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @guyverfanboy
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          QCRamAir
          • 2 Years Ago
          *shudders at the thought of a CVT* I'd take my chances on "only" 6 speeds before I ever settled for a lifeless CVT. I understand they're supposed to be superior for efficiency, but good grief, they take any and all joy out of the drivetrain.
          • 2 Years Ago
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      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hope GM will be able to increase production soon.
      nsxrules
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is this like when GM "couldn't keep up" with Volt demand?.........
        Thaddeus Reeves
        • 2 Years Ago
        @nsxrules
        Not exactly. Chevy sells more Equinox models every month than the sum total of all Volts sold to date. It's consistently in the top-12 of all vehicles sold in the US.
      Joe Carter
      • 2 Years Ago
      My mother has a 4 cyl equinox. It doesn't get 34 Highway or even 22 city. If I was in the EPA, I would say that a brand new cell phone can get you 71 city and 106 highway just to make sales numbers go up.
        Juffinstuff
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Joe Carter
        There are two ways to drive a car, hard and soft. If I drive my 2012 Focus hard, I've gotten (over the winter, haven't tried it in the summer TBH) 27MPG combined (primarily city, I'd say 80% city). If I drive my 2012 Focus with the realization that it's adequate HP and smooth 6 speed transmission can gently propel my car forward with not that much effort, staying easily below 2500 RPM (and even 2000 the majority of the time) while accelerating, I average 30-32 MPG combined (again, mostly city). This same method has yeilded me 30 MPG on a tank of JUST city, and 40-42 MPG of JUST highway. On a long road trip I averaged 37 MPG doing 450 miles, 75% highway 25% city. It's not hard to get somewhat near EPA estimates for MOST vehicles if you actually try. I say most, because Honda Fit owners will routinely tell you they get way above EPA, I've heard Prius owners that got way below EPA, and my personal experience with my 2010 Kia Forte EX in the 13 months I owned that thing was that, while it was rated 25/34, the best I EVER got was 32 MPG on mostly highway trying desperately, but I tended to average 25-26 MPG, and this was back when I commuted 50 miles highway each way to work. Part of this could have been the four speed versus six speed, or maybe the fact my car was a literal lemon was related, but that thing wouldn't go near the window sticker for gas mileage.
        Joe Carter
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Joe Carter
        whatever 32mpg 34mpg, its all the same. Just a lie.
        donnieorama
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Joe Carter
        Ham's car is special--it gets mid-twenties all over town...and it's the 4x4, no less. Amazing!
      Car Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Imagine that........people opting for less power and more economy on their own. And it didn't even take our big brothers in Washington to tell us so......
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Car Guy
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      All Rights Reserved
      • 2 Years Ago
      Funny how fanboys on blogs bitch about the CR-V not offering a V6, yet the CR-V dominates the sales charts. GM could shave a lot of weight off this porker CUV if it was designed for only the 4-cyl. Reduce production cost also needing less taxpayer money to keep the factory running.
        regionrat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @All Rights Reserved
        Who the hell complains that the CR-V doesn't have a V6? What is this, 2004? And GM better get its head in the game if it can't make enough 4-cylinder engines. That's where the market's going, after all. And the reason no one wants the 3.0L V6 is because every single review has said it basically provides the power of the 4-cylinder with the fuel economy of GM's 3.6L. On paper it sounded great, but it's a total dog on the road.
      Cruising
      • 2 Years Ago
      "can't keep up with demand" must be music to the ears of any company.
      scott3
      • 2 Years Ago
      We already got the $1,000 Discount. We just bought a new Terrain last Saturday and will pick it up today. We were getting the V6 in FWD and the tow package so it worked out well for us and we got a very good deal. The MPG is not an issue as it is a imporvment on the vehicle we are replacing. I have a 2.0 Turbo in my other vehicle and I would have loved to have it in this but I am not sure there would have been much MPG improvent over the V6. My HHR SS is only 3200 pounds and it does get 24 city and 32 highway even with the 290 HP GM Turbo upgrade. With the Nox and Terrain at 4,000 pounds I am not sure the turbo would be as efficent. I am sure it would be fun to drive.
        Thaddeus Reeves
        • 2 Years Ago
        @scott3
        I wanted to get an HHR SS, but wife didn't like the visibility, so we ended up in a Subaru.
      donnieorama
      • 2 Years Ago
      17/24 mpg--which means you'll average 17 mpg.
        guyverfanboy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @donnieorama
        More like 20.5 mpg
        carfan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @donnieorama
        and where did you take your elementary arithmetic lessons ??? at the toyota school for entry level screwdriving idiots???
          guyverfanboy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @carfan
          17+24=41 41 divided by 2 = 20.5 Very simple math. 50% in town and 50% highway = average mileage.
      Renaurd
      • 2 Years Ago
      My sister went to the dealer looking for an Equinox 4 cyl. The dealer didn't have one on the lot, so he went to the computer and could not find one he could swap. He finally told my sister he could not get one and could not tell her where to locate one. She found one at a dealer 125 miles away but it was promised. She ordered one but has no clue when it will arrive. GM needs to get on this pronto.
        NC1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Renaurd
        Well, there are other 4 cyl. fish in the sea, so to speak.
        Eric G
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Renaurd
        Isn't that more of a dealer issue? Have you called an complained about it?
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