Purchasing a new vehicle is always exciting. With so many vehicles available, it is important to take into consideration all of the pros and cons of each make and model. In this review of the Chevrolet Equinox, we will do just that.
The Equinox: A Quick Background Summary
In 2004 Chevrolet introduced the Equinox as a midsize crossover SUV. Later, a sportier version of the Equinox was introduced, as well as the Equinox LTZ. It actually comes in four trim levels: Premier, L, LS, and LT. Over the years, multiple generations have been introduced, and Chevy is still making innovations to the equinox today. However, no significant overhauls have ever been made to the vehicle. Still, the Chevrolet Equinox is very popular compact crossover SUV.
Pros of the Chevrolet Equinox
• Appealing Interior and Multiple Standardly Equipped Features
Interior styling within a vehicle is always an important aspect. In the case of the Chevrolet Equinox, we find it to have a pleasing interior aesthetic.
Additionally, it comes standardly equipped with a decent amount of handy features. Some of these include: heated adjustable mirrors with turn signal indicators, 8-way power seat adjustment with lumbar support, heated front and rear seats, all-wheel-drive, and LED headlights. Standard and interior features vary slightly depending on what year you are looking at.
• Decent Passenger and Cargo Space
This point may be more of a neutral one than a pro or con necessarily. This is because While the equinox is not the leader in cargo storage capacity, it still has a decent amount of interior and cargo space. The preference really would be up to the individual. It comfortably seats 5 passengers, and can also store a fair amount of their belongings. Still, it is not the leader in cargo storage among other similar SUV’s in it’s class.
• Mechanically Sound
A vehicle doesn’t count for much if it doesn’t run. Consumer reports show the Chevrolet Equinox to be in general a mechanically sound and well designed vehicle. Most models feature a 1.5L Turbo 4-cylinder engine with 203 lb-ft of torque attached to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Mechanical issues are definitely less common with the Equinox than they are with some of its competitors.
Cons of the Chevrolet Equinox
• Slow Acceleration Rate
Sadly, the acceleration rate of the Equinox is not particularly fantastic. Don’t get us wrong, it will still climb up to 75 MPH when heading up the interstate on-ramp, but don’t attempt to drive it like a performance vehicle. The low amount of torque can be very frustrating if one is used to zipping around in the afternoon traffic.
• No Remarkable Changes Over the Last Decade
You would think that after over 10 years, especially in this ever advancing technological world, Chevy would have done some significant overhauling of this very popular SUV. They have not. I suppose you could always say “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it,” though once again this is not the case of the Equinox. We feel it truly could use some updates.
• Dated Electronic Audio and Navigation Control Pannel
Once again, we would like to see some updating in this area. The look of the interior of the Equinox is not necessarily terrible, until you look at that garish dated control panel.
So all in all, though the Equinox does have a few disadvantages, it is still a very popular choice among midsize SUV’s. It’s considered by most consumers to be a reliable, aesthetically appealing, comfortable and spacious vehicle that is a good value as well. As long as one can overlook that slower acceleration rate and rather dated features. We hope this Review of the Chevrolet Equinox has been informative and helped to aide you in your purchasing process.