The 2011 Chevrolet Equinox has been presented to the sophomore season with some significant changes. This car still uses the concept of SUVs for model-year 2010 to replace the 2005-2009 Equinox. The first SUV model that looks plain with stunning speed. The New Equinox has upgraded and definitely a strong competitor in the automotive market this year.
The Equinox dimensions are smack dab in the middle of the field mid-sized SUV, but the 112.5-inch wheelbase is the longest in its competitive set. Wheelbase is the distance between the front and rear axles and the key to how much space to use on a vehicle passenger room. The long wheelbase gives the Equinox not only passengers with ample legroom, planting the wheels on the edge of the body. Cleavage of the ride quality and promotes an athletic position on the road.
Equinox offers the most rear-seat legroom of any compact crossover, plus other comfort and convenience features like:
- Available power-programmable liftgate that adjusts to your height
- Ten storage areas plus 63.7 cu. ft. of cargo space(9)
- Quiet interior through use of acoustic laminated glass and sound-deadening materials
- Standard power driver seat height and lumbar adjuster
New Equinox using V-6 engine with a 3.0-liter, 264 horsepower and 222 pound-feet of torque. That horsepower figure is solid, but most rivals use V-6s of 3.5- to 4.0-liters that furnish substantially more torque. For 2011, this V-6 becomes flex-fuel capable, meaning it can run on regular-grade unleaded gasoline, on E85, which is a mixture of 15 percent gas and 85 percent ethanol, or a combination of both. Ethanol produces fewer greenhouse gases when burned. And in some states, subsidies mean it’s less expensive than gasoline.
Prices for the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox barely budged from their model-year 2010 levels and remain very competitive among five-passenger crossovers. Expect Equinox to remain hot seller for Chevrolet throughout the 2011 model year, so don’t bank on manufacturer’s rebates until perhaps late in calendar-year 2011 to help clear any remaining model-year 2011 inventory.
Base-price range for the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox is $23,490-$30,815. That’s up modestly from the $23,360-$30,715 base-price range of the 2011 Equinox. (Base prices in this review include the manufacturer’s mandated destination fee; Chevrolet’s fee for the 2011 Equinox holds steady at $745.)