Drove several mid-size SUV and cross-overs as rental car on 300-900 mile trips before buying my Equinox. Almost all rentals were FWD but I bought the AWD for Kansas City weather. Only drove the Escape one time, didn't like it at all; the older models were pretty nice but like most Fords, rough riding on a trip. Never rented a CR-V so test drove one. Seemed much smaller than the Equinox/Terrain. With seven rentals of GM's, I failed to get the published MPG only once, and got 37.4 over a 50 mile range coming home out of St. Louis. I have gotten 34.3 over 50 miles on my AWD. As for other reviews, seriously, its a 4 cylinder SUV; why even mention performance. It is almost as good as any regular V6 of a few years ago, merges fine and passes fine as well Really like the 8" front-back adjustment on the rear seat, really roomy when back all the way. Didn't know the rear seats reclined until i read other reviews! The 8 way driver seat with power lumbar is great for my 6', 260 frame. My 5'1" wife uses a small pillow behind her back on the manual seat and even in our late 60's can drive 650 miles a day with no problems. The Sirrius Radio is great, and reception locally is excellent on AM and FM. Radio is higher tech than I am; can't figure out how to use my phone charger in the USB port in the console without it searching out and playing some voice recordings off my phone! Just changed to a "lighter" power source. We got the ivory color after having a red Monte Carlo, and a blue Firebird. Seriously, I like the styling of the Terrain better, and most of the rentals we drove were Avis Terrains. But they drive the same and saved a couple thousand dollars. Like I said, you want a Hot Rod, get the V6. But for the mileage, I think the 4 is fine (this from a guy that owned 5 GTOs, 3 Firebirds, and a Dodge with a 440!)
Recently bought a 2015 LTZ V-6 with 22K miles from a local Thrifty Auto sales. for $27K. I'm very pleased with my purchase and like the features and the style. The mpg rating is higher than I've seen presented in other forums. Recently drove 223 miles at 70+mph and got 26.7 mpg. Typically we get 18-19 around town. The V6 3.6 VVT is responsive @ 0 to 60 under 7 seconds. 301 hp with 272 lbs torque. This engine is in the Camaro, Impala, etc. A smooth, quiet ride or with a 8 speaker Pioneer system , a baby boomer can rock out with oldies if you wish. I think this is a keeper for at least 4 years.
Have not owned a GM product for 20 years after being a die hard customer =switched to other brands due to poor quality. I purchased a used(15000mile) vehicle with AWD,Heated seats.rear with 2.4L engine. Car handles well and has a good ride but the fuel economy is well below stated range even with the eco. feature. GM ought to consider a super charged model for better mileage and acceleration.
Our family was downsizing due to kids getting older and getting their own vehicles, so we decided to replace our mini van that we owned for 11 years!! Obviously, the technology has changed and this upgrade was a huge improvement from what we had. We bought the Equinox brand new because we like the warranty and free 2 year scheduled maintenance that Chevy was offering (we're coming off a lot of repairs on the mini van, so this was nice). They gave us 2K for the van, and another 6K in rebates, so we financed right at 20K, great deal in my opinion. We love this vehicle!! It's very comfortable and easy to drive. The only thing that I would complain about would be the downshifting when coming to a stop. It downshifts a little harder than what I'm used to, but surprisingly, it shifts great and smooth when taking off from a stop. It does have this "Eco" option, but haven't really noticed a difference. Again, this vehicle was a huge improvement over what we had, so we really like it. If you're into buying newer vehicles all the time and expect the best in everything, then I'm sure you might find some flaws with this vehicle, but we love it!
Although I am no expert, I have owned several different cars, so I can speak from experience if you will.. The Equinox is a smooth ride, safe, sturdy, and sexy in my opinion :-) I had a Mazda cx5 temporarily, and if felt like I was in a tin can compared to the Equinox, and it was the same price, if not more...I have gone over most of the reviews, and it sounds like most of the negative comments are from people that are never satisfied, its pretty obvious..My parents are on their second Equinox, they love it!