2011 Chevrolet Equinox

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Equinox MSRP: $ 22995.00
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Description:
Pros:
  • Insulated cabin protects you from road noise
  • Fit and finish of cabin
  • Lots of storage bins inside
  • Sliding rear seats
Cons:
  • The Equinox looks tame compared to the GMC Equinox
  • Missing option for third row seating
Ruling: The Chevrolet Equinox has safe, secure handling and retains its exceptionally roomy second-row seat, which slides on a track to increase passenger foot room or to boost cargo space in the rear. However, there is no option for third-row seating. Competitive vehicles such as the Toyota RAV4 and Kia Sorento offer a third-row option, while others like the Ford Escape can be bought in fuel-saving Hybrid trim.

The 2011 Chevrolet Equinox is a small crossover that isn't so small and comes in several trims: the base LS, 1LT, 2LT and near-luxury LTZ. All-wheel drive is optional, as is a V6 engine. Note that opting for all-wheel drive and/or the V6 engine decreases the Equinox’s fuel economy ratings significantly.

For 2011, the optional V6 engine can run on E85, a blended fuel that's mostly made from ethanol. Equinox LS models now come standard with a compass for 2011. Lower-end 1LT models add Bluetooth, a USB port and a leather-wrapped steering wheel complete with audio controls as standard equipment, while 2LT models now come standard with heated cloth seats.

CarReview's Opinion of the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox

Likes:
  • Bavarian-like ride and handling!
  • Comfy leather seats
  • Interior and exterior styling
  • Programmable power lift gate
Dislikes:
  • Feels underpowered even with the upgraded V6
  • Torque steer when driven hard (front wheel drive model)
  • Terrible ergonomics and User interface for electronics

Verdict: As GM begins to emerge from the most difficult financial times in their history, the newly restyled Equinox is evidence that their product managers are starting to listen more to their customers as well as paying more attention to styling trends that consumers like instead of styling trends that are different and distinctly Chevrolet.

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