2011 Chevrolet Equinox Consumer Review: great so far and in snow too

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great so far and in snow too
By jtny1 on


2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT1 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A)


i had a 2010 subaru legacy which I loved very much, but missed having a suv and being higher up.
It was very dependable and got outstanding gas milleage for its size, etc.
The cvt transmission was great, pick up good, etc.
I got rid of it because of the want for an suv again and it was not as good in snow as old subarus.
They blamed the tires, I say if a new car with awd needs better tires then the manufacturer should be ashamed of themself.
Don't get me wrong it was ok in snow but not like it should be.
Now on to my new equinox.
It has been a llittle bull dog in the snow with the awd.
So far it has done little to none slipping in the snow, etc.
For this I am so very happy up in the north where I like the feel of a sure fitter awd vehicle.
So, high ratings for the awd and tires, etc.
Nice job gm!.
The 4 cly takes a little getting use to, it does whine when pushed but it gets up to speed quicker than you think it is.
I notice you feel like its not getting up to speed but then you look at the spped and its at 40 mph quick.
The shifting is smooth but between shifts it does like a leg as if engine just died for a half second, but it is something you just have to get use too and it actually is ok when you figure it out.
I like keeping it on economy mode it shifts faster than not having it on (so engine whines less)
So what I am saying is its nto a race car and engine feels a little diffrent but I am already getting use to it and am thiniing it will be fine.
Milleage so far is about 18 mixed dirving which is not good for a 4 banger but it is very cold here and that usually takes down milleage about 4 to 5 mpg.
As others have stated there are bling spots but most have them and it is just something you have to adjust to with any new vehicle.
The seats are very very comfortable, much more than the subaru.
Maybe its the being higher up but I feel they are nice.
The electronics and set up are superb.
The on star with turn by turn directions is fantastic, so much so I will continure to pay for it after the intrductory offer (some thing else I missed when I had the subaru) I like to have on star its that added saftey feel.
They are always nice when I have called and the direction not only talk to you but it displays on the radio or dash board which way to tuen and when-so cool, so advanced!!
The information system is awesome fantastic.
Tire pressure, mpg, etc. etc. etc. so nice.
It also has a compas and outside temp.
The standard radio is very nice to me.
Sounds nice and the xm radio is wonderful (something subaru did not offer and was 500 plus dollars to have installed into the radio)
It is very room inside with nice storage compartments and the middle consel is amazing how deep it goes, it could really fit a small laptop.
The heat is very hot and heats up quick I have not put it past 2 setting yet and its been 20 degrees of less here.
Like the remote start, and wanted heated seats but was not avaialbe on the 1 lt.
Funny thoughI dont miss it yet (sure i would like it) but the seats just feel warmer than the subaru so its ok so far.
The seating position is nice and easy to get set up to your liking.
Now if it is reliable and good I wil lgive it a 9.5 out of 10.
Really wanted to be up high again, got that, wanted good in snow, got that, wanted nice room in side got that, a decent look, got that, good milleage is to be determined.
If I had the choice to get this or the subaru again I would hand down get the equinox, subaru was a nice looking great car but I don't want a sedan and my equinox is doing better int he snow, hope this helps some readers

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