I purchased this SUV as a replacement for a rapidly declining/dead Olds. It has really surprised me how much I like it. It is great on the road, I see 22 mpg hwy and 16-18 city. The interior space is ample and very usable. I find it more usefull than my GMC long bed for many applications. This is the first car I have ever purchased that did not have any entries in the option side of the sticker. I have since added a trailer hitch and have been pleased with the towing performance with my sailboat. So far not one problem. Knock on wood!
I like the thoughtful interior design versitility with split fold down/sliding rear seat, fold flat passenger front seat, good sound system, strong standard features, and low wind noise at speed. Plenty of plugs and space for portable gadgets.
My GMC Sierra 1500 long bed turns tighter than this thing. It's embarassing to take two shots at the parking space in something this small. I'm also still trying to get used to the placement of the window controls on the center console.
Gave my 2003 Impala to the kids with 76,000 miles and picked up this Equinox. I work as a Mfg Rep, on the road a lot. Love the passenger fold down seat - I place my laptop on it when I'm on the road. I use Velcro on the seat and laptop to hold in place. Everybody laughs and then looks at it and agrees with the idea. Great visibility. Excellent ride. Quiet. Mileage not as good as Impala which was excellent for big car but mileage is decent. Nice compliments from friends. Car is very roomy with decent storage. Sliding rear seat is as good as advertised. This car was for sale - Red Tag - for just $18,075. Used my GM Card earnings to knock off another $1,800. Great value.
Fold down passenger seat. Allows me to place computer laptop and note pad on back. Provides outstanding work space. Sliding rear seat
Would love the higher mileage of my old Impala. Equinox doesn't seem to glide, and coast quite as nicely but I knew that the aerodynamics would not be the same.
I have had this car for 11 months, and have put 20K miles on it. I absolutely love it. It handles well on the highway and on the congested city streets. It has good pick up and handling. I have had no problems at all. With as much as I drive, it is nice that the gas milage is good. My family and friends like that the back seat has plenty of room and moving seats.
I like the front console. There are plenty of pockets, and places to store things. I love the back seats and how roomy the entire car feels. The handling is also a big plus.
Chevy should have considered putting a fabric guard on the interior. If you have kids, you should get seat covers. The seat fabric stains very easily.
2006 Chevrolet Equinox LT 4dr SUV AWD (3.4L 6cyl 5A)
A very decent midsized SUV for the price. How can they sell a a safe, roomy, well-equipped AWD vehicle with decent power for around $20K? Simple: Get the engine from China and assemble the vehicle in Canada with 50% foreign parts. Would feel better if GM included the 5-yr/100K powertrain warranty like the 2007 model.
Decent power and handling. Outstanding sound system. Great front and rear headroom and legroom. 5-star crash rating.
Transmission slow to upshift at low speeds, even when rolling downhill. Entry chime is too loud, even at the lowest volume setting. Could use a touch more elbow room.