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#259 of 543 Test Drive 2010 Chevy Equinox LTZ 6 Cylinder AWD
Oct 03, 2009 (7:50 pm)
I went for a test drive in a new LTZ six cylinder AWD Chevy Equinox this morning. I was not impressed.
First of all, the car is grossly underpowered. The engine struggled to effect acceleration and was noisy to boot. The car felt ponderous to drive, too heavy, sluggish, tippy.
Much has been made of how quiet the Equinox is but I found it to be just average. As mentioned above, acceleration was punctuated by a noisy drone to the engine.
The switches and cabin controls did not feel smooth or solid. They felt cheap and flimsy. This is very surprising because my 2006 Chevy Impala SS has very solid switches and controls. You would never think the vehicles were made by the same car company! Is this the result of government control of GM??!
The center console controls are too busy, very confusing and not ergonomic at all.
Overall, I did not find the vehicle to be satisfactory in any respect except appearance. It is badly underpowered. I can't imagine what the four cylinder iteration feels like under acceleration!
#260 of 543 Re: Test Drive 2010 Chevy Equinox LTZ 6 Cylinder AWD [priggly]
Oct 03, 2009 (8:04 pm)
Definitely the minority opinion on this vehicle. It isn't a sports car, nor meant to be. We test drove all its direct competitors (Rav4, CRV, Escape, Tuscon, etc.) and the only one that was better in driving experience was the Rogue (Nox still has better accleration), but the Nox was better in many other regards so we went with it. With the govt. now having a majority stake, the vehicle itself had to be far superior to the competition. It is. With the new tranny cal., its a very nice vehicle, and larger than its competitors with better mileage. Still not sure how buttons are or are not ergonomic, ya just push em.
#261 of 543 Re: Test Drive 2010 Chevy Equinox LTZ 6 Cylinder AWD [wallyuwl]
Oct 03, 2009 (9:38 pm)
That would be Tucson! Having lived there, I might be a little oversensitive to the spelling.
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#262 of 543 Re: Test Drive 2010 Chevy Equinox LTZ 6 Cylinder AWD [priggly]
Oct 04, 2009 (5:22 am)
Wow, grossly, ponderous, and punctuated. I can't image GM ever selling another Equinox based on that opinion.
However, having checked one out myself it is on my short list. GM has a winner.
#263 of 543 Re: Test Drive 2010 Chevy Equinox LTZ 6 Cylinder AWD [priggly]
Oct 04, 2009 (9:31 am)
Coming from a V8 Impala, of course the Equinox will feel underpowered. You are driving a car that is grossly overpowered (I know, I have driven one).
Your complaints on noise are also surprising given the wind noise in the Impalas. I suspect you are talking about the engine and again, you are likely comparing a V8 to a V6.
If you want something more comparable, look at the Traverse.
#264 of 543 Re: Test Drive 2010 Chevy Equinox LTZ 6 Cylinder AWD [vanman1]
Oct 04, 2009 (11:02 am)
There is NO wind noise in my Impala. Zero.
#265 of 543 2010 Equinox Liftgate Height
Oct 04, 2009 (11:20 am)
Could someone with an Equinox (17" tires) take a second and measure the floor to fully-opened height of the Equinox liftgate for me? None of the dealers in my area have a 2010 on their lot and GM's specifications don't mention it.
With a programmable option offered, I'm wondering if the standard liftgate will hit my garage door/opening.
Thank you in advance.
#266 of 543 Re: Test Drive 2010 Chevy Equinox LTZ 6 Cylinder AWD [vanman1]
Oct 04, 2009 (11:55 am)
I am not comparing the power of the Equinox six cylinder to my V-8 Impala. I am, rather, comparing it to the power of my 1997 four-cylinder Subaru Outback. Not exactly a speed demon!
The Equinox has 222 lb.-ft. or torque powering an approximately 4,000 lb. vehicle. Yes, it IS underpowered by any reasonable estimate.
#267 of 543 Re: Test Drive 2010 Chevy Equinox LTZ 6 Cylinder AWD [priggly]
Oct 04, 2009 (1:06 pm)
Consumer Reports clocked the V6 Equinox 0-60 in 9.1 seconds, probably enough to keep up with traffic in normal driving situations but no stop light race car. As CR pointed out, it is not as fast as the 264 hp would suggest. I agree that problem is lack of torque in this relatively small 3 liter. GM would have been much better off offering their 3.6 liter engine in this vehicle, like they did in the later years of the previous generation.
#268 of 543 Re: 2010 Equinox Liftgate Height [dbreeze]
Oct 04, 2009 (1:42 pm)
You may be in luck as the rear hatch is programable to open to different heights just for that reason.