For those in the market for a fuel-efficient compact SUV, the new 2011 Chevrolet Equinox is a top contender. Add in good interior comfort, an affordable price and upscale appearance, and the Equinox also emerges as a solid choice for those simply looking for a reliable SUV. Review mpgs, features and specs for the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox to determine if it is the right car for you.
What's New - 2011 Chevrolet Equinox
Chevrolet expands the available exterior color options for the 2011 Chevy Equinox. An updated wheel design is also new. Other than these minor cosmetic changes, the Equinox is the same well-liked vehicle from last year. As such, shoppers on a budget may consider shopping for a slightly used 2010 Chevrolet Equinox.
2011 Chevrolet Equinox Styling
Outwardly, the Chevy Equinox exudes a conservative, yet attractive persona. While the vehicle doesn't wholly stand out for style in the competitive compact SUV class, it is handsome enough to meet the needs of a broad audience.
Inside, drivers will find the same philosophy of reserved elegance. While some of the interior components are of the hard plastic variety, these transgressions can be forgiven in light of the competitive price tag ($22,745). Compared to top competitors such as the 2011 Honda CR-V and 2011 Toyota RAV4, the Equinox serves up a quieter and more pampered daily commute. Both front and rear seating is spacious and comfortable. However, at 63.7 cubic feet of maximum hauling space, the Equinox falls a bit short in the category of cargo.
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2011 Chevrolet Equinox Performance
The big advantage of this Chevy SUV's base four-cylinder powerplant is fuel efficiency. With an EPA rating of 22-mpg in the city and 32-mpg on the highway, the Equinox is one of the most fuel-efficient SUVs for the year. In terms of power, the Equinox is best described as "adequate." While not particularly impressive in the categories of acceleration and handling, the SUV manages road dynamics that are good enough for the average driver.
For a slight boost in acceleration, you might consider upgrading to the available 264-hp 3.0-liter V-6 engine. However, at 17-mpg in the city and 25-mpg on the highway, the added muscle may not be worth the fuel loss.
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2011 Chevrolet Equinox Safety
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) lists the Chevrolet Equinox as a "Top Safety Pick" for the year. Standard features for the 2011 Equinox include six airbags, anti-lock disc brakes, traction control, stability control and brake assist. Available add-ons include rear parking sensors and a rearview camera.
2011 Chevrolet Equinox Prices
Initial asking price for the 2011 Chevy Equinox comes in at $22,745. This price is competitive for the class. However, if you're looking to save a bit, then you might consider the fuel-efficient 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander or 2011 Kia Sportage. Standard features for the Equinox include air conditioning, full power accessories, cruise control, OnStar, sliding and reclining rear seat, satellite radio and six-speaker stereo with CD player and auxiliary input. Notable options include remote ignition, Bluetooth, premium stereo, automatic climate control, leather seats, rear entertainment system and touchscreen navigation. Top-of-the-line Equinox trims run as high as $30,300.
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