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Chevrolet Equinox, SUV
#13 of 42 Re: Note [tidester]
Jun 16, 2009 (3:19 pm)
amen.. get rid of the politico's... it's bad enuff I have to listen to my two neighbors battle it out all the time.. stuff gets old...
anyone hear an updated launch date at dealers for the new Equinox... just turned in my wife's '06 Pilot.. now looking to see what the '10 Equinox rides like...
#14 of 42 Re: Article Comments - 2010 Chevrolet Equinox First Drive [roho1]
Jun 17, 2009 (11:52 am)
Funny you should say that because my feeling mirror yours exactly.
#20 of 42 Edit to Edited Post
Jun 19, 2009 (4:30 am)
Its very easy to sit on the sidelines and be critical of others particularly when you yourself are not expected to produce the perfect product for judgment by the community. Its like film critics that seem to know everything about making the perfect film yet none have dared to try it.
The criticism that falls on Chrysler and GM isnít much different. For several months now weíve been bombarded with the views of people that have no idea what it takes to run these companies but have the safety of anonymity to protect them from the challenge of explaining their themselves. Of the many statements on the topic of Government bail-outs; the idea that consumers should walk away from Chrysler and GM because they took tax payer funding to stay alive is laughably ridiculous.
How can I say such a thing? Well its quite simpleÖ.any person that makes a statement saying they donít support a company because it received federal funds is slapping themselves in the face! Fact isÖ.if consumers invest in Chrysler and GM again they gain a far better chance of getting their tax dollars back with interest. To do anything less speaks of complete and total hypocrisy because that action highlights the fact that you care nothing about your tax dollars because your true goal is getting as many consumers as possible to hate Chrysler and GM just as you do.
Anyone that thinks it takes just a few months to bring and automobile from an idea to a sellable product is uninformed. The average industry time that it takes to bring an auto from an idea, to research and development, testing, and manufacturing is three years. That means that the cars rolling out of factories now were planned in 2006.
#21 of 42 2010 Equinox 1LT AWD Test Drive
Jul 03, 2009 (5:12 pm)
I just got through test driving a new 2010 Chevy Equinox 1LT AWD. Sticker price was just over $27k. It had the in line 4 cylinder and was rated for 29 MPG on the highway.
1st impressions were a huge improvement over the 2009 and older versions of the Equinox! Not so much the outside, although I do like the new sheetmetal better as well. But, the interior, from the seats to the center stack and window and lock buttons being where they should be, on the door!
The seats are really nice to sit in. A lot more support and they actually look kind of expensive for cloth seats. The center stack has a much higher quality feel to it as well. The knobs and buttons feel very high quality and all in all a much better feel than the regular "slap a radio into the dash and call it good" that Chevy is typically used to doing. I actually liked the interior better than the new Traverse, and I thought that it was well put together.
As far as how well it drives...It was a nice firm, but yeilding, comfortable and really quiet ride! The 4 cylinder drove like a 4 cylinder engine drives. It didn't feel like I had to get out and push, but it wasn't setting me back in the seat either. I was impressed with the sounds from the 4 cylinder engine. Even at high RPM's it never felt like it was being thrashed. And, with the manual mode on the 6 speed automatic, I could hold the gear to higher RPM's before upshifting.
I am really impressed with the way this Equinox feels all the way around. Even at $27k it had some really nice features like a rear back up camera that shows up in the rear view mirror, and blue tooth that takes about 30 seconds to pair and automatically recognizes your cell phone is in the vehicle as soon as it starts up!
Oh yeah, and before I forget. I set the cruze control at 75 MPH while I was on the highway for about a 10 mile stretch, and set the computer to show the average fuel economy. I reset the computer after I set the cruze control to 75 and the average MPG over the extent of the highway ride was 29 MPG! And that is on a brand new Equinox with 9 miles on it when I started the trip...can you imagine what it will get once it is broken in?!
I have driven the Honda CRV, the Toyota Rav4, and the Ford Escape. None of them have the room of the new Equinox (as was the case with the older models) but now the new interior materials, fit and finish, look and feel of the interior, just Bang for your Buck and fuel economy to boot; I think this is going to be a home run for Chevrolet!
#22 of 42 i drove a 2LT and was very impressed.
Jul 03, 2009 (8:04 pm)
my dealer finally got one in. it was a 2LT pretty loaded. nav, backup camera, BT, rear assist, everything but sunroof i think. it was pretty nice. it was the mocha color with brownstone interior.
i really liked everything BUT, the seat bolsters. the seats were extremely comfy to sit in, but exiting the vehicle you had to raise up and over the bolster. that annoyed me. but again, sitting in the seat was great. the other thing was the v6 was sluggish. i had high hopes that since the i4 has the same HP as the previous model v6 and with the gas mileage differences between the new i4 (32 hwy) and the v6 (23 hwy) it would feel peppy, but it wasnít. however, for most buyers, im sure it will be fine. i would just like more. 285hp would be perfect.
the room was amazing. i have always been amazed that the equinox had more rear legroom than a tahoe (old model too) with the sliding rear seat. im a former equinox owner. i drove an 2006 model for a year and half, before getting a company car.
for any car i get in, i always sit in the drivers seat and adjust accordingly then see how much room is directly behind me to see what kinda comfort (or lack of) my passenger will have. for starters, i loved getting in and sliding the seat all the way back and realizing it went too far. i am only 6'00'' but usually i drive in as faaaaar back as the seat will allow. i left it back as far as it would go and tried the back seat thinking worst case scenario. i had plenty of room and my knees still didnít touch the drivers seat. i like!
the rear seats were also crazy comfy. as much as the drivers seat was bolstered the rear almost collapsed in squishy comfy unbolstered seats. the flip up DVD players were great too. they fold into the seat and donít take up any space. pretty awesome car for the price. $31k for all that? pretty good deal imo.