Getting firsthand information from an actual car owner is one sure way to get an idea of car performance once it leaves the lot. Autobytel features real consumer reviews that give the unbiased experience of a car.
Pros: The Look
Cons: The PRICE. Unbelievably overpriced.
Advice: DO NOT buy the LS models. Go for the LT or don't go at all. LS is bare bones.Test drove this car. Awesome ride and I really, really liked the look of this SUV. Fell in love with the styling. Only issue is that it is grossly overpriced and I doubt it will sell very well because of it. Why shell out 24 grand for a sub standard V-6 base model Chevy equinox LS, when you can get a Toyo Highlander fully loaded with leather for that price. Does not come with traction control or ABS AWD. You have to pay ridiculous cash to get it where it is standard in many other makes and models. Chevy Advertises this at $21,000 which is not worth getting because it has absolutely nothing in it. To get the full experience of this vehicle be prepared to spend more like $28,000. DO NOT get any of the LS line, they are bare to the bones and not worth the 20 grand at all, I am not kidding when I say this. LT is the only way to go. Overall, if you've got the cash the look and drive makes it worth it but if you go that high in price this vehicle starts to go up against superior models like the 4-runner, Highlander, or the Pacifica. Which unfortunatly this SUV does not even stand in the league of those models. Final assesment - Great look, great SUV, Overpriced out the wazoo.
Cons: limited cargo space
Advice: If you're in the market for small SUV, overall Equinox best deal for moneyI have had my Equinox a little over a month and so far no complaints drives smooth and handles great the interior is spacious and I love that the window controls are on the console because it keeps controls from getting wet when it rains, love this car.
Pros: The auto dimming rear view mirror. Simple man, simple pleasures!
Cons: Lack of trip computer, or at least more than one trip odometer.
Advice: Save money and go with FWD if you are used to driving a FWD vehicle.If our Equinox ages well, it will definately get an excellent rating in my book. My wife and I purchased a Salsa Red FWD Equinox with 17' wheels and a sunroof. The Equinox has a very comfortable driving position. During a trek to VT from CT the seats were very comfortable and were soft enough to help prevent fatigue, while not being so soft you sink into the seats. Even cruising somewhat(not tellin'!) over the speed limit the cabit was quieter than a Mercury Mountaineer. With the speed, and driving up and down the mountains we still averaged 20 miles per gallon for our first two tanks of gas; an indication that it will only get better! The engine is reasonably powerful, with the five speed transmission perfect for this application. Shifts were unnoticable and power was available for passing on demand. What surprised me the most was the transmissions ability to maintain speed while going down the mountainside without using the brakes constantly or putting the gear shift in the appropriate gear. The fabric of the seats seem very durable, hopefully it holds up well. The adjustable rear seat is a cool gimmick, and when we have kids I'm sure we will appreciate it. My wife loves the space under the center arm rest up front, she can put her purse there and with the arm rest down, it is hidden from view from outside the car. I have few complaints so far, and hope that it remains that way. Chevrolet has built itself a competitor for the now crowded small SUV world.
Pros: The sliding rear seat and the steering wheel controls
Cons: The rear cup holders and the 6 disk in dask cd changer which is so slow and has jammed 6 times already in the first week
Advice: Go with the LT model, more features for just a little more moneyThe 3.4 ltr does really well for the size of the vehicle. I think the steering / road feel is a bit light. I only got at 15 mpg on my first tank I hope that will increase as the motor gets more broken in. A great looking modern SUV. My wife loves the colors (sandstone metalic / beige interior). Overall we are highly pleased with the Equinox.
Advice: Shop around, you get what you pay for, and if you do buy this car, get leather seatsPoor turning radius, otherwise drives great,looks great, but very cheaply made. Had this SUV 3 months and has been in shop for repair 3 times. Interior's plastic hardware already coming apart and seats stain everytime water touches it. When it rains, your seats are ruined.
Pros: Nice exterior lines, with 17inch wheel base
Cons: Terrible cup holders?
Advice: Test drive and compare. Nice ride for moneyRoad test- good excelleration for a 185 horsepower. Handling and ride was nice. Important was comfort and not a oversize SUV. Using it for a mom car,fuel economics were also important. Leg room in the back was nice to have, especially the seat was higher from the floor board (not like some SUV's it feels like you are on the floor and your knee's ache.)Nice touch with the back seat adjustin
Cons: POOR FABRIC SEATS
Advice: IF YOU PURCHASE EQUINOX YOU MUST GET LEATHER SEATS!!!SEAT FABRIC STAINS UPON CONTACT WITH ANY WATER.CHEVY SENT OUT REP.HE SAID THERE WAS NOTHING CHEVY WOULD DO TO TAKE CARE OF THE PROBLEM.DEALER SENT VEH OUT AT OWN EXP. TO HAVE FABRIC CLEANED.EVERY TIME IT RAINS YOU WILL HAVE STAINED SEATS!!STRUTS REPLACED AT 1000MI. PARTS WERE ON ORDER 24 DAYS.HAVE OWNED CHEVYS 24 YRS AM VERY VERY DISAPOINTED WITH THIS VEH. I DOUBT I WILL BE BUYING ANOTHER CHEVY.