2010 Chevrolet Equinox
Next, the first new product we’ve tested from the “new” GM, the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox. This second gen two-row compact crossover is slightly shorter, has a much more comfortable and flexible interior, and the big story, is 33% more fuel efficiency than last year. With the standard 182-horsepower, direct-injected 2.4-liter I4, and 6-speed automatic, the front wheel drive Equinox has a Government Fuel Economy highway rating of 32 miles per gallon. That tops all other compact crossovers, including the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, and even the Ford Escape Hybrid.
Plus, it’s no slug. 0 to 60 is under 9 seconds, and less than a second behind the optional 264-horsepower 3.0-liter V6. On our first outing west of Plymouth, Michigan, we did note some typical 4-cylinder strain when pushed, but it was less than rivals. Indeed, with a low drag coefficient, and Active Noise Cancellation, its amazingly quiet. Road manners included a well controlled ride that handled both unexpected turns and broken pavement.
Interior design follows the twin-cockpit theme of the Malibu and Camaro. Fit and finish were excellent, with blue mood lighting, a floating center stack, and options like rear view camera, adding to its uplevel appeal. The front seats have 10 inches of fore-aft travel, and the split rear bench eight inches. That means rear seat legroom is class best. That goes for the twin-screen rear seat DVD entertainment system, too. As for cargo, the available power liftgate, with two height settings, one for low roof garages and one full open, is also a segment first.
The 2010 Chevrolet Equinox is on sale now, with a lower price than last year, starting at about $22,500.
direct-injected 2.4-liter I4
Starting at about $22,500