Car Review: 2010 Chevy Equinox by Lauren Fix, The Car Coach®
After all that’s happened at GM, I was pleasantly surprised to hear that this new product was being launched. Like you, I was afraid they might be showing us the newest Obama-mobile or the Pelosi Coupe. Thankfully, there are still some great cars in the pipe line.
The all-new, redesigned Equinox is literally all-new! The Equinox is a redesigned compact crossover that is not only fuel-efficient but comes packed with plenty of standard safety features and still meets a wide variety of lifestyles.
While driving the new Equinox through suburban Michigan I could really get a feel that Chevrolet wanted to make a statement. Many drivers believe that American car companies can’t compete but the 2010 Chevy Equinox seeks to prove GM can build a better CUV.
The 2010 Equinox comes with either a 3.0L V-6 direct injection or 4 cylinder 2.4L I-4 direct injected engine. Fuel economy is still one of the most important considerations when buying a car and the Equinox really sips the gas for a CUV which delivers 32 mpg highway, 22 mpg city for the FWD. AWD models are estimated at 20 city/29 highway. With the 6 cylinder engine you’re looking at 25 mpg highway, 18 mpg city. With these numbers, the Equinox beats out its main competition from Honda, Ford, and Toyota in all trim levels in both city and highway figures.
The 188 HP, 2.4-liter direct injection four-cylinder had good pick up although I felt it was under-powered. The 6 cylinder was more satisfying with a 264 HP 3.0-liter but, since fuel economy is this vehicle’s focus, it may have trouble hauling a trailer. If fuel economy is important then to you, take a good look at this CUV.
The ride on all different types of roads made us realize how quiet the cabin is compared to previous models. The car-like ride was pleasant in conjunction with smooth steering from the electronically boosted system.
Inside and out the Equinox gets thoroughly updated everything, an all-new body with a smart, clean, modern look, which is pleasing to the eye. The interior has a European flair and the two-tone leather really is pleasing.
The new interior style is very easy to use, easy to understand and there plenty of great options like navigation and backup camera with directional assistance too.
One of the best standard items included is the adjustable height rear deck lid, which can saves damage and clears all garages. I’m also a huge fan of the built in DVD’s in the headrests.
Looking at the plus and minus list you can see that Chevrolet is playing to win in the CUV segment.
The bottom line comes down the Equinox in base LS trim with the 2.4-Liter and front-wheel drive starts at $23,185, a full $1,825 cheaper than the last model. A fully loaded LTZ with all the toys and gadgets tops out at around $35,000. The Equinox offers more interior room, more standard equipment, higher fuel economy and better design and competitive pricing. If you haven’t looked at the Chevrolet Equinox lately, now is the time to take a look and a test drive.
Lauren’s PLUS and MINUS list : 2010 Chevy Equinox
Great fuel economy for a CUV
Tight steering and handling
Steering controls – easy to use
Solid ride and confident feel
Plenty storage and cup holders
Multiple power outlets
Standard XM Radio and OnStar
Nice fit and finish
All safety features included:
StabiliTrak electronic stability control
and traction control
Six standard air bags:
dual frontal air bags,
head curtain side air bags
pelvic/thorax seat-mounted side air bags
“Smart” remote starting system
Adjustable rear seats
LOVE the DVD system in headrests
Adjustable rear hatch height
Tilt and telescopic steering column
Seats could have better support
Engine performance – underpowered
Large turning radius
Minimal adjustments for passenger seat
No place for purse or briefcase in front
No Diesel or Hybrid available