2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
Blind spots on driver's side make this a scary vehicle to drive. Don't expect passing gear to kick in and take right off when you are changing lanes on the freeway and really need it to kick in at that moment. It swallows one or two times first. Many driver seat combinations block the view of the speedometer in the 40-70 mph range. Driver's window up too high and leaning your arm out the window has your shoulder close to your ear or higher. Hardest riding, nosiest vehicle I have ever owned (I'm 56). Although the vehicle has deft steering, turning off the Traction Control seems to help with the stability or whatever that odd feeling is with the vehicle. Glad I only leased it for 3 years.
Very good steering. Remote start.
Too many to list in 300 words. See above, where I ran out of room also.
Made three trips to 2 dealers before purchasing my vehicle. Waited 10 weeks and picked it up the 1st week of January, 2010.(Present mileage-4,800) Forget any preconceived notions about this vehicle that you might have. Quite simply,it lives up to and beyond my expectations. The On-Star turn by turn nav is amazing and makes me wonder why anyone would spend $2K on the built-in nav. The blu-tooth feature is exceptional in sound quality and ease of use. The seats are way beyond the comfort of my previous Honda's. Styling, handling and engine performance are first rate. Mileage is avg, about 23 in mixed urban driving. Car is both quiet and smooth on the road. GM sent this one out of the park.
On-Star turn by turn nav(the operators are polite, friendly and very efficient), blu-tooth, seats, quiet and controlled ride, Pioneer sound system, XM radio, remote start.
Interior plastics are too hard. Some softening of the materials would be nice. Auto climate controls too busy and switch gear lacks the quality feel of the imports. Seat leather is not the greatest quality but then again, I could have paid 15 grand more for the Caddy SRX to get the better leather.
The LS model is one that does not have a lot of zip but that is not what I bought it for. It has sufficient power, good MPGs, and very well equipped for the money. Seats are comfortable, rides very quiet and fit and finish appear to be topnotch. I have been getting 25mpg in combined city/highway driving. Only had it for a few weeks, but it is growing on me more and more. Visibility in the back could be better. So far no buyer's remorse.
Picked up Equinox 12/23/2009 have driven 8K as of 4/1/2010 still love to drive it! No problems but disappointed in MPG as its only 2 wheel drive. Most fill ups are 22mpg 75% hwy 25% city the very best on flat ground with tail wind is 29mpg. If it got what onboard calculator said it would great but it reads 2 to 4 higher than actual. I like it better than a lexus RX 10.
Van like seat height plenty of room for 4 adults.
It would be nice if rear seat would lay flat when folded down.
2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT1 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
We have a loaded LT1 with the 6cyl engine and love it. Wanted AWD (snow), good mpg, room for cargo and for a baby seat. Drove Hyundais, Subarus & the 4cyl 'Nox to compare. We live in CO and the 4cyl just didn't have the guts at 6k feet. Maybe at sea level but not here. Closest rival was the new Outback (very close call). After 5 mos, hwy mpg runs mid/hi 20's at 70 mph and avg 21 mpg overall. Very smooth ride at all speeds, nimble and surprisingly quiet (except when sunroof is open). Great traction in light snow/slush/rain - no blizzards yet! Excellent value for the money.
Driver ergonomics are great - seats are very comfortable; exc rear seat and cargo room thanks to the sliding rear seat; XM radio and ipod interface; 6 cyl engine a must at altitude
Minor quibbles. Steering wheel audio controls only go through favorites. Blind spots on rear quarters could be an issue. Open sunroof can be noisy at hwy speed. Transmission can hunt gears until you learn how it shifts.