An Unexpected Pleasant Surprise from Chevrolet

Chevrolet Equinox AWD 2LT (2010)

Watch out Toyota RAV-4 and Honda CR-V, there is a brand new Chevy breathing down your backs. Totally redesigned for 2010, Equinox is a stylish and comfortable small/midsized crossover that is an excellent alternative to the traditional Japanese brands…The Equinox is elegantly designed, offering the ride qualities and fuel economy of a sedan, with the better visibility and ease of entry of an SUV. The exterior is simply stunning, with a hint of the Japanese look of a Lexus RX series to it, yet it maintains the elegant Chevrolet angular lines that have become a standout design statement for sedans, as well as crossovers for the American bow-tie brand. There are three trim levels offered in the 2010 Equinox: These are the LS, LT and LTZ models, with two engine sizes; the inline 4 cylinder, 222 HP or the larger, 264 HP V6.
Interestingly enough, you have to keep reminding yourself this is a Chevrolet when seated in the driver’s seat. The main focal point is an elegant and futuristic-looking center dash and console that offers a full array of features, such as multi-function display with optional nav, as well as sound system controls. Additionally, there are HVAC controls, cup holders and a center arm rest with storage space. LED flood lights emanating from the ceiling, bathe the center console in cool, soothing, mood-lighting.
Once seated in the drivers’ seat, you instantly notice the comfortable and elegantly appointed seats, featuring double stitching, as well as a much better than expected fit and finish throughout the interior. The previous generation Equinox was competent, yet fairly forgettable; especially due to its disappointing interior quality. It’s a whole new ball game now and the 2010 Equinox has a much improved interior. With the optional rear-seat entertainment system, there are a chameleon-like front-seat-backrest individual flip up DVD monitors that become completely hidden from prying eyes when stowed. Rear cargo area is typical of a mid sized cross over, with average room with the seats up, increasing to a generous space when the rear seats are folded. There is a privacy cover that rolls up when not in use, keeping valuables safe and unseen. The rear hatch is programmable, making it easy for people of all heights to reach the power button for closing.
The V6, 264 HP engine feels adequate for the Equinox, offering compliant and smooth acceleration, quiet highway cruising and excellent fuel economy. Brakes and suspension feel more like a sedan than a crossover, with direct feedback even when you push the Equinox to the limit.
After spending a week with the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox, we came away pleasantly surprised with its versatility as well as its ease of use. With its striking good looks, excellent fuel economy and capable engine, the Equinox is definitely worth a look if plans call for a small to mid-sized SUV style vehicle, with the economy and ride comfort of a sedan.

The Essentials:

  • MSRP: $27,195.00
  • MSRP (As tested): $36,065.00
  • Fuel Economy (Observed): 19.9 MPG
  • Engine: 3.0 liter, V6, 264 HP
  • Popular Options: Nav. with hybrid flow display, Rearview camera system, sunroof, leather seating.
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