A car that looks beautiful on the inside out must have some flaws hidden underneath, but that does not apply with the Chevrolet Equinox. Classified as one of the mid-size crossover sport utility vehicles in the market providing great on-road comfort and crashworthiness, the Equinox was celebrated for its good driving dynamics and fuel economy. The second-generation models were more commendable for the several improvements here and there, making the unit a great option for consumers looking to buy a small SUV with a carlike feel.
2005 – 2009: Strong body, soft suspension, and utilitarian features
Based from General Motors’ Theta platform, the Equinox had a four-wheel independent suspension. The models were mainly driven by the front wheels, but some could be had with an all-wheel drive. The steel body panels made the construction stronger. Initially, only a V6 engine was offered, but a more powerful version of this engine type came out in 2008. Two versions became available: the LTZ was geared toward luxury, while the Sport was designed for performance. All versions of the Equinox produced 185 horsepower and 210 pound-feet of torque, but the Sport version was even more powerful with its 3.6-liter V6 that yielded 264 horsepower. In 2006, anti-lock brakes became a standard feature for all trims, and the following year, an anti-skid system and rear disc brakes even improved safety. With the revision of the suspension and steering systems, ride quality and handling were greatly improved. Other standard features included an instrument panel, a remote engine start, a navigation system, a radio, and a climate control.
2010 – present: Stronger body, fuel efficiency, and more interior features
The Equinox models in this generation were made stiffer, but power was quite reduced. The base 2.4-liter engine produced 182 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque, while the better 3.0-liter V6 yielded 264 horsepower and 214 pound-feet of torque. Despite this downgrading in speed, fuel economy was still present; the V6 engine was able to run on E85 fuel. The units still had the same safety driving features, and in the interiors, there were a lot of additions: a wireless cell phone link, a hard drive for storage of digital files, DVD entertainment, a power tailgate, height-adjustable seats, sliding and reclining backseats, Bluetooth, an audio jack, and a rear-view camera. One unique addition was the use of a multi-flex technology for the rear seats, which allowed for more storage accommodation when necessary.