2005 Chevrolet Equinox Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2005 Chevrolet Equinox - Road Test Specs


Model year2005
StyleLT AWD 4dr SUV (3.4L 6cyl 5A)
Base MSRP$24,335.00
As-tested MSRP$27,310.00


Drive typeAWD
Engine typeV6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3.4
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)185@5200
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)210@3800
Transmission type5-speed automatic


Suspension, frontIndependent with stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent with stabilizer bar
Steering typePower rack and pinion
Tire brandBridgestone
Tire modelDueler H/T
Tire size, frontP235/60R17
Tire size, rearP235/60R17
Brakes, frontFour-wheel ABS, front disc rear drum

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)5.4
0-60 mph (sec.)8.7
0-75 mph (sec.)13.8
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.7@81.43
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)30.07
60-0 mph (ft.)123.39
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)62.0
Sound level @ idle (dB)Low
@ Full throttle (dB)75
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)72

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsAll-wheel drive makes launching the Equinox fairly easy, although there is a very slight amount of tire spin coming off the line during a regular street start. Shifts occur at 5,900 rpm when left in drive, and while we think that is close to redline we don't really know, since redline isn't marked on the tach. Shifts are solid and positive feeling, and wide spacing means that the SUV never gets out of third gear during a quarter-mile run. You can't control when this vehicle shifts, so it basically shifts when it wants to. The engine in the Equinox is a typical GM 3400 series V6, providing plenty of torque with a broad, flat power band. The engine whistles a little at higher rpm, as did the Malibu Maxx we recently tested with the same power plant.
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsAlthough we experienced a fair amount of ABS noise and vibration, the brakes on the Equinox were pretty good. Pedal feels good with a bit of sink. The SUV stops very straight with an average amount of front end dive. Strangely, the roof panel area over the passenger seat made some noise during panic stops. All three stops were very confident and straight, however, the numbers did go up about 10 feet, so there was some fade. Overall this vehicle did very well for a midsize SUV.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsTrying to manhandle the Equinox through the slalom was not pretty. It weighs a lot and has slow steering, but all that torque makes it easier to power through the final cones. While the handling wasn't exactly razor-sharp, it was predictable at the limit. The only way to get a respectable number was to toss it in there and push it through. Body roll wasn't excessive and the numbers were impressive considering it's an SUV. -- Karl Brauer

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)19 City 25 Highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)19.08
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)17

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)5070
Length (in.)188.8
Width (in.)71.4
Height (in.)69.3
Wheelbase (in.)112.5
Legroom, front (in.)41.2
Legroom, rear (in.)40.2
Headroom, front (in.)40.9
Headroom, rear (in.)40.1
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)35.2
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)69


Bumper-to-bumper3 years / 36,000 miles
Powertrain3 years / 36,000 miles
Corrosion6 years / 100,000 miles
Roadside assistance3 years / 36,000 miles


Front airbagsStandard
Head airbagsOptional
Antilock brakesStandard

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