Like most people researching this car, I was shocked to see how many bad things were being said. I trusted Chevy and was happy to go with an American made vehicle. I bought my 2011 Equinox in 2010 and had no idea the torubles to come. Within two years, I had trouble with the censor, needed a new timing belt, high-tech water pump, spark plugs, engine needed to be cleaned, and trouble with traction. I could not believe the issues i encountered. It was a waist of time and money. In the end, I decided to go with a different car and lost out on $5,000.00. I wrote a letter to Chevy, hoping my voice would be heard. Lets see if Chevy is able to instill trust once more. Very disappointed.
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT2 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
Have owned 2011 LT2 Equinox for about a year and a half. Bought it new. The Good - Nice looking and drives pretty well. Comfortable for passengers. Good options like heated seats, power everything including automatic opening tailgate. AWD. Nice computer. The Bad - Does not achieve expected mileage. We consistently average a little over 19 mpg in mixed driving conditions. Only about 24 mpg highway. Drivers seat uncomfortable... I have to put a rolled up towel in the bottom back to keep from getting back pains. The Ugly - It's a dog driving in the mountains or even getting up to highway speeds. The automatic transmission also seems a bit rough when accelerating hard.
Handling (with exception of acceleration).
Improved drivers seats (that don't feel like you're sitting in an acute angle canyon).
I would have purchased the 6cyl model if I had a do-over for more power.
The 4cyl model does not achieve expected gas mileage anyway.
Mileage: With cruise control set and "Eco" on, car averages 24.5 @ 75, 25.5 @ 70, 26.8 @ 62. Local driving about 21. Respectable, but a far cry from the advertised 32 Hwy.
Performance: What a Slug! From 45 up, it can't get out of its own way.
Handling/ride/brakes are good. Very roomy interior, reasonably comfortable. Exceptional back seat leg room. Lots of road noise at highway speeds. Driving controls are okay, but the big Heat/AC/Radio central display is confusing.
We traded a nice '06 Explorer with leather for this, based largely on the advertised mileage. I'd rather have the Ford back than the extra 4 mpg we actually got, it was twice the car
I don't like this car much.
It's not terrible and my wife is happier with it than I am, but I wouldn't buy another one.
It has been dependable, with no problems at all so far.
Fit and finish are very good, although a little plain looking inside.
Interior use of space is excellent.
The driver seating position is a bit odd but seems to work, even after 12 hour trips.
Styling is distinctive. My kids say it looks like an angry bug from the front.
Stop lying about the mileage.
The car gets 26 or 27, just like its competitors.
More sound insulation in the floor and doors.
Get the USB & Aux inputs out of the console storage bin and onto the dash where they belong.
HUGE blind spots behind the front pillars.
Slim them down somehow.
1) The placement of air conditioner vents on the dash is bad. If you are the driver, both of your vents are positioned where the air only hits your hands & the back of the steering wheel. I did not notice this when I bought the vehicle or I would not have purchased it. If they would have left out the little storage compartment & put the vents closer to the middle of the dash, you could feel the a/c but as it is, your face gets hot and your hands freeze. 2) Most importantly, this car DOES NOT get close to 32 MPH. I've driven it for nearly 2 years now and even on long trips, the best mileage I've ever gotten was 23.5. They need to be more realistic in advertising.
The seats are very comfortable and the room is amazing.
There is so much leg room in the back seat as well as in the cargo space.
Move air conditioner vents to middle of the dash and do something about the poor gas mileage.