I rented the 6 cylinder model (the review options didn't have the 6 cylinder option available to select) two weeks ago for my week long trip to Maine from Avis at Boston Logan airport. Had 10K miles on it so it's been used but I was really impressed with the throttle response and handling in Boston area traffic and going up and down East Coast highway 1. The car was tight and had no unusual or annoying squeaks or vibrations. -At home in the high mountains out West I drive a 1 ton Dodge 4x4 pickup and a Toyota FJ 4x4 equally off road and on pavement so I pay close attention to unusual noises, etc. This Equinox had the sunroof option - quiet operating and quick. Had plenty of room for two large rolling duffle bags and backpacks and was a pleasure to drive - with or without gear. I'm a fit 5'10" and the seats are very comfortable and adjusted perfectly to my liking. The interior was nicely appointed and not cheap looking. Really seems to be a great SUV with a peppy power plant. Yep, I'd buy one! 12/03/16 UPDATE: I bought a 2017 Equinox Premier Edition in the Patriot Blue color and remote start option for our cold climate!
We bought the Equinox because we needed a car that could be towed 4-wheels-down behind our RV and, happily, the Equinox fits the bill nicely. We bought the 2.4L 2WD because we were interested in fuel economy, but the mileage that we're getting doesn't really support our decision - it's much poorer than we figured it would be considering the relatively low vehicle weight (about 3700 lb). The acceleration likewise was surprisingly bad. That said, we're happy with the vehicle - the interior is nicely appointed with lots of conveniences, although we had to buy the LT version to get hands-free bluetooth and back-up camera. We wanted GPS as well but would have had to spend more to get the LTZ version. One surprise is that Chevy doesn't want you to maintain your own transmission fluid level, so there's no dipstick for the transmission.
Picking up a 2017 Equinox 2LT today. On the way home, I was constantly changing the seat positions and could not find a comfortable position. The seat is similar with the Chevy Cruze, the front of the seat does not tilt down far enough and feel like sitting in the bucket. I wish the seat has five more degrees of travel. I'm thinking of taking the vehicle back to have a 1/2 inch spacers added to the rear of the seat. All the money GM spent studying seats, and they still did not get it right. They need to improve is the driver's seat and provide more adjustment. Update: Dealer did not want to install the spacers so I did it myself. Used two lug nuts acting as the spacers and longer bolts, I had the rear of the driver's seat raised about 3/4". My gosh, it's so comfortable now. Simple thing like this can make driving more pleasurable.
I started with the Edmunds site and started to receive information from local dealership. I was able to negotiate via text with a dealership close to work. I stated what I wanted and how much I was willing to pay and got it all done within less then a week.
Believe it or not this is our first SUV. We have driven Impala's in the past and still have a 2013 Impala. This is why we decided to lease this Equinox to try it out. So far my husband (he and our 39 year old son) love it. They insisted on a 6 cyl. with AWD so it does handle great and is comfortable. We are all tall so having the extra leg room in the back seat is great when needed. Also, like the good size cargo area. After only 2 weeks I think we all agree this was a good choice for the price.