The Chevrolet Equinox is sized like a midsize and priced like a compact. Equinox offers useful interior space for people and cargo, as well as a choice between thrifty fuel economy and willing power. It looks good, has a smooth ride, and a controlled dynamic character. Small families looking to downsize from a large, inefficient SUV will find the Equinox a good value. However, new competitors like the Mazda CX-5 and Ford Escape offer greater refinement and better handling for roughly the same price.
New Car Test Drive correspondent Kirk Bell filed this report after test drives of Equinox models in Detroit and San Francisco.
Model Line Overview
Chevrolet Equinox LS 2WD ($23,755); LS AWD ($25,505); 1LT 2WD ($25,400); 1LT AWD ($27,150); 2LT FWD ($27,270); 2LT AWD ($29,020); LTZ 2WD ($30,515); LTZ AWD ($32,265)
182-hp 2.4-liter I4; 301-hp 3.6-liter V6
Safety equipment (standard):
dual front airbags, front side airbags, curtain side airbags, anti-lock brakes, tire-pressure monitor, traction control, electronic stability control
Safety equipment (optional):
rear park assist, rearview camera, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert; all-wheel drive
3 years/36,000 miles
Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Chevrolet Equinox FWD 2LT ($27,270)
automatic climate control, driver’s seat power height and lumbar adjustment, heated front seats, cruise control, tilt/telescoping steering column, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, 250-watt Pioneer AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo, MyLink infotainment system, rearview camera, auxiliary input jack, XM satellite radio, USB port, Bluetooth wireless cell-phone link, power windows, power locks, power heated mirrors, remote keyless entry, four-way power driver's seat, MultiFlex 60/40 split-folding rear seat, floor mats, driver information center, six months of the OnStar Directions and Connections plan, rear privacy glass, heated mirrors, roof rails, auto-dimming rearview mirror, remote engine starting, fog lights, automatic headlights, P225/65R17 tires on painted alloy wheels
Options as tested (MSRP):
leather upholstery ($800); power programmable rear liftgate ($495)
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
2.4-liter dohc inline-4
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
182 @ 6700
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
172 @ 4900
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
63.7 cu. ft.
independent coil-over strut with stabilizer bar
independent four-link with coil springs, trailing arms and stabilizer bar
disc/disc with ABS
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of October 09, 2012.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
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