2010 Chevy Equinox Review

August 28, 2009 by admin  
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Chevrolet Equinox Review. 2010 Chevrolet Equinox is redesigned, getting freshened styling, new engines, and some new features. The new Equinox looks good on the parking lot and on the street. Its grille gives it a family resemblance to just about everything else in the Chevrolet. The profile is clean and has a substantial heft to it with no looking too heavy or blocky. Around back, the look remains clean. Inside, the cabin has lots of dramatic shapes and a central control panel that looks strikingly like those in the 2010 Cadillac SRX-with vents flanking the radio and climate controls. It’s a look that will filter down to the 2011 Chevy Cruze and other vehicles, and it’s an attractive departure from the more traditional Chevy look.

The new Chevy Equinox 2010 is more roomy, fashionable and has all the resources to become the next SUV in vogue. Despite being a smaller SUV, the 2010 Equinox has the ability to accommodate 5 passengers. If somebody goes by the specification, then he or she will find its overall length being 187. But in terms of passenger and cargo capacity, it’s roomier than other SUVs in the market. Thanks to fold down front passenger seat and a split-folding rear seat, you can accommodate more cargo in the 2010 Equinox Chev if needed. Moreover, this awesome SUV has got height-adjusting cargo shelf than acts as a temporary desk or a luggage privacy screen. The 2010 Equinox Chevrolet is technologically most advanced among all the SUVs on road. That’s why driving this car always safer and enjoyable.

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The interior is comfortable with good visibility. Rear-seat room is considerably larger than the main rivals, and knee room is better than most competitors. The three-across rear seat moves fore and aft eight inches, and the seat-back reclines. The cargo area is pretty vast, with available trays and storage solutions that magnify its usefulness. While the new Equinox has clearly been upgraded, there’s still a stray piece of trim or two that seems too plasticky, even at this price point-but mostly it’s handsome and tightly constructed. Best of all is the four-cylinder’s noise cancellation system-it works like noise cancellation headphones, and helps eliminate sounds that tend to make four-cylinders engines feel cheap and coarse. Door openings with triple seals and glass with integral sound damping further quiet things down inside, helping create a driving experience that feels more Cadillac-like than bargain-basement.

The 2010 new Equinox is available with two engine choices, and both of them feature fuel-saving direct injection technology (normally good for a 3-percent gain just by itself). This Chevrolet Equinox comes standard with a new version of GM’s seemingly ubiquitous 2.4-liter Ecotec engine. The architecture has been in place for a few years, but this one is direct injected and manages 182-horsepower and 172 lb-ft. of torque while getting a class-leading 22-mpg city and 32-mpg highway in front-wheel-drive configuration. The EPA estimates 20 mpg city / 29 mpg highway for the AWD version. Chevrolet says to expect up to a 600-mile range of highway driving on a tank of gas. A more powerful V-6 engine is still available in the 2010 Equinox, and it’s the same one that Cadillac is using in their new mid-size crossover, the 2010 Cadillac SRX. This new V-6 displaces 3.0 liters and produces a healthy 264 horsepower. Fuel economy is 18 mpg city, 25 mph highway for front wheel drive, with the AWD drive version attaining 17 mpg city, 24 mpg highway.

Both engines will direct their power to six-speed automatic transmissions. The four-cylinder tends to up shift early for good fuel economy, but the engine has adequate torque to make this work. Chevy claims that 0-60 mph comes up in below nine seconds for the four-cylinder and under eight seconds for the V-6, but the bigger V-6 feels more than one second faster. Both engines are smooth, but clever tuning of the 2.4-liter and an interior noise-cancellation system help make the smaller engine feel amazingly so. Significant chassis upgrades make the 2010 Chevy Equinox steer better than any previous model. Engineers added body stiffing structure and used more premium bushings in key locations. It rides smoothly while still tracking around corners directly. The steering on four-cylinder models is electrically boosted, and unlike most electrically assisted systems, this one has great feel … better, in fact, than some hydraulically assisted systems.

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Some other great news about the Equinox 2010 Chevrolet consists of that the airbag count is now at six, with these being standard; dual frontal airbags; head curtain side airbags and pelvic/thorax seat-mounted side airbags. Those looking for safety will also like having standard four-wheel disc brakes with StabiliTrak electronic stability control and traction control. On-Star is also standard. While the vehicles haven’t been crash tested, Chevy expects full five star ratings from the federal government and a “good” rating (their highest) from the IIHS.

By providing new features, the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox matches or betters competitors like the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape, though lots of of those new features are optional. Standard equipment includes air conditioning, an AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 player with an auxiliary input jack, cruise control, power windows/locks/mirrors, and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. A rear-seat entertainment system, a navigation system, leather seating, theated seats, Blue-tooth, steering-wheel audio/phone controls, a sunroof, a rear-view camera, and remote start are options. On the other Equinox review also explain that on some models, the cargo hatch is power-driven, and can be easily programmed to different opening heights (helping prevent the hatch from opening into a garage door or other structure). With a base price of about $22,500, it’s not a long journey to a $30,000 new Equinox-which would also get you into a larger seven-passenger Chevy Traverse.

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