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2010 Chevrolet Equinox 1LT AWD

All new for 2010, the Equinox is now a serious crossover contender, with an serious image problem


1. All Equinox trim are available in either front-drive or drive.

2. The base engine is a 2.4L four-cylinder, with the of a 264-hp V6.

3. Fuel economy from 22/32 mpg (city/hwy) for the 4-cylinder, to 17/24 mpg for the AWD V6. Our AWD 4-cyl rates 20/29 mpg.

All new for the Equinox (in case you don’t is Chevy’s entry-level crossover, in below the Traverse and sporting of that big truck’s design If there is a flaw with the it’s that the truck has an problem, looking a size than its competitors. But we’ll get to later.

In many ways finally a serious rival for the cute utes to contend boasting excellent fuel passenger room, strong quality and first rate excellent safety equipment to top it all off, a great price.


So let’s under the hood. Eager to advancements in fuel economy, GM has two new engines that can be found in the There’s a 3.0L direct-injection V6 and a direct injection four-cylinder (as in our tester).

We decided to spend some behind the wheel first popping the hood and were to find the four-banger. With 182 horses and 172 ft-lbs of torque, more than adequate even with a few passengers and stuff and the six-speed automatic helps in both the fuel and power delivery departments. The is pretty noisy, but it’s got a growl to it, so the resulting noise has a coolness to it.

At first we noted our tester’s real world economy numbers didn’t up to Chevy’s EPA quoted numbers of mpg (city/highway). Those numbers, are for front-drive models, and with our being an AWD version; Chevy’s mpg rating was spot on. We registered an of around 24 mpg.

Comparatively, the AWD of the Escape, RAV4 and CR-V get 19/26 and 20/26 mpg respectively.

To get those numbers, all models with an ECO mode button, when pressed, upshifts and keeps the car in a higher gear to less fuel. Unlike similar buttons in hybrid ECO mode doesn’t dull pressure or made a drastic in performance.

Given the choice, we could see opting for the V6 if you need the extra capability. Four cylinder have a maximum tow rating of lbs, while V6 models more than double at 3,500 lbs.


Inside there’s lots to as well. Materials and build are first rate and are actually of a level than you would for this class of vehicle. The accents on the steering wheel and stack are nice, as is the ice blue and we certainly didn’t expect to get red on the steering wheel, center etc. As for the seats themselves, torn. The mesh-like material a light underlay just better suited to a sporty Civic Si or Subaru WRX, not a crossover.

We do have a few gripes the car’s ergonomics, however. The control buttons on the center are a bit confusing and locating the door button to this area seems counter-intuitive. We also like the fact that the wheel mounted audio (part of the $495 vehicle package), have the volume immediately next to the channel select. We know this is a gripe, but most other locate the two controls on either of the wheel and it just seems intuitive that way.

Also included in that interface package is a leather wheel with integrated controls, Bluetooth, USB and a remote starter. The only other on our 1LT tester was a $795 power

Standard equipment includes windows and locks with entry, power mirrors, a and telescopic steering wheel, seat height and lumbar, a information center for vehicle and fuel mileage data and air The 1LT package adds upgraded roof rack side and heated mirrors.

And in the safety there’s standard StabiliTrak, ABS brake assist and six airbags.

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The real up side to the size, is that interior is plentiful. While the rear area on many of the imports from adequate to snug, the has bountiful amounts of legroom. is due to GM’s MultiFlex seating that allows the rear to be moved forward or back by delivering best-in-class rear or optionally, 31.4 cubic or cargo room behind the Total cargo room is at 63.7. Now, despite seems like a hulking from the outside, that room stat isn’t all impressive, and is about three feet short of the Escape and and 10 cubic feet short of the

With less overall room, there are lots of areas throughout the cabin, a large glove box, a center armrest cubby and a shelf at the top the dash. One drawback we however, is that in the rear area you can’t lower the armrest (which houses cup with a baby seat

The small-for-its-class cargo room despite the fact that the is five-inches longer than the 9-inches longer than the and over a foot longer the Escape. In width, it’s on par with the rest (the being noticeably thinner), and relatively short in stature by standards too (although it doesn’t it), measuring 66-inches which matches the CR-V but is than the Escape or RAV4.

lower height is undeniably one of the factors to the Equinox’s excellent handling. Despite the Equinox’s it drives small. It almost silly to say so, but we did toss this CUV quite a bit and it responds with body lean than a lot of sedans and is actually reasonably at hustling around a corner.


All this talk size, however, brings us to one of our original points. For some the Equinox just looks And its more than partial to its larger Traverse sibling help matters.

A few years ago might have been a feature as people looked for the thing with four to fill up their driveway and their coffee, but tastes changed and while people want the same size, just don’t want to it. And with the Equinox’s full-sized SUV we fear than many hunting for a cute ute (like the CR-V, RAV4 or Escape) think to give the Equinox a look.

So while we do like the new, almost Mercedes styling, we have think GM be wise to use a bit more Hello and a little less GIJOE in the process. Then again, the manages to look masculine, but small.


The new 2010 Equinox has a lot for it. It has incredible fuel mileage, passenger room and delivers a driving experience, with factors like safety, and build quality on par with the And like most domestic it’s well-priced, starting $22,400 ($25,995 CAD), 1LT models like our tester at $25,110 ($29,335 CAD).

If interested in the Equinox you must already overcome the crossover’s image problem, leaving you just the question of how much room you need and if this has it.

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