2010 Chevrolet Equinox Expert Review

You'll Like The 2010 Chevrolet Equinox If...

If the newfound refinement, sharp styling or quiet and roomy interior don't grab you, perhaps the four-cylinder's 32-mpg highway fuel economy rating will.

You May Not Like The 2010 Chevrolet Equinox If...

Although the 2010 Chevy Equinox is one of the larger vehicles in the segment, it doesn't offer optional third-row seating like the Toyota RAV4 or Hyundai Santa Fe.

What's New

All new for 2010, the second-generation Chevy Equinox is more attractive, more refined, more powerful, more fuel efficient and more feature-filled than its predecessor. Overnight the Equinox has gone from outdated to outstanding.

Interior Features

The 2010 Chevy Equinox features the most stylish, most contemporary interior in the category. It's also the best-looking interior we've ever seen in a bow tie-badged car. There are some middling materials here and there, including some cheap-looking plastic-chrome accents, but they don't detract from the fact the Equinox has a luxury-grade interior. More than a looker, the new Equinox is also notably quiet and roomy. Four-cylinder versions include an active noise cancellation system (which counters sound waves with sound waves) as standard equipment. One of the roomiest rear seating areas also features seats that slide forward nearly eight inches to provide for even more cargo room in back.

Exterior Features

There's a lot we like about the new 2010 Chevy Equinox, but the bold exterior styling is particularly noteworthy. We're fans of the big, complex headlights, two-bar grille and clean but aggressive lower fascia. Moving around to the side, we're partial to the big fender flares, the sharp crease and the overall proportions (especially when outfitted with the optional 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels). Out back, our eyes are drawn to the perfectly sized, crisply styled tail lights. If you want to call it the best-looking vehicle in the segment, you won't hear any argument from us.

Driving Impressions

Quiet, comfort and luxury are the impressions you get from behind the wheel of the new Chevrolet Equinox. The V6-equipped version doesn't offer the sporty performance of the V6-equipped RAV4, the hot rod of the class, but it certainly delivers more than adequate acceleration and a comfortable ride reminiscent of a larger crossover. Those who opt for the four-cylinder-equipped version will find acceleration better than they might expect, aided by the innovative six-speed automatic transmission. The tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and power-adjustable seat height make finding a comfortable driving position simple, and rear-seat legroom benefits from the flexible seating configuration. Plus, the ice-blue ambient lighting, the surfeit of storage areas and the available perforated leather seats make you forget you're not in a luxury crossover.

Pricing Notes

The 2010 Chevy Equinox starts at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of just more than $23,000 and tops out at about $37,000. We expect our Fair Purchase Prices to reflect real-world transaction prices within a few hundred dollars of sticker price. Comparable base models of the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4 all start closer to $22,000 and top out around $30,000, $33,000 and $36,000, respectively. We haven't yet finished our residual value analysis on the 2010 Chevy Equinox, but we suspect it will outperform most of the vehicles in the category, if not the Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4.

Notable Equipment

All models have a six-speed automatic transmission, while an "eco" mode on models with the four-cylinder engine alters shift points to improve fuel economy. Standard safety equipment includes six airbags – dual frontal airbags, head curtain side airbags and pelvic/thorax seat-mounted side airbags - plus four-wheel disc brakes with electronic stability control and traction control. Safety and convenience are enhanced with standard OnStar, while XM Satellite Radio provides added entertainment value. The "smart" remote start feature, standard on 2LT and LTZ trims, also activates the heating and air conditioning.

Notable Options

The 2010 Chevy Equinox offers a rear-seat DVD entertainment system and a power liftgate, both of which are uncommon in the category. Other notable options include V6 power, all-wheel drive, a navigation system, comprehensive premium audio system, remote vehicle start (1LT), backup camera, leather seating, heated front seats and a memory-enabled driver's seat and mirror.

Favorite Features

Height-adjustable Tailgate

If you've got low garage clearance or limited vertical reach, you can program the tailgate to open only to a safe or reachable height.

Rear-seat Entertainment

This is an option we think more vehicles in the class should offer. In the 2010 Chevy Equinox, the system features two independent seat-back-mounted screens on which one rear passenger can watch a DVD movie while the other plays a (self-supplied) video game, for instance.

Under the Hood

Every 2010 Chevy Equinox includes a fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine as standard equipment, and all but the entry LS trim level offers a V6 upgrade for $1,500. The engines feature direct injection technology and are matched with six-speed automatic transmissions, both of which simultaneously increase power and efficiency. Four-cylinder versions offer an "Eco" button that sets the engine and transmission programming to mileage-maxing mode. The optional V6 offers manual shift control, although we felt it could be more responsive. The four- and six-cylinder versions feature tow ratings of 1,500 and 3,500 pounds respectively.

2.4-liter in-line 4

182 horsepower @ 6700 rpm

172 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4900 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/32 (FWD) 20/29 (AWD)

3.0-liter V6

264 horsepower @ 6950 rpm

222 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5100 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25 (FWD) 17/24 (AWD)

Editors' Notes

The second-generation Chevy Equinox is a strong new contender in one of our favorite vehicle categories. Compact crossovers like the Equinox offer the raised seating position and much of the flexibility of a larger crossover or SUV, but with lower sticker prices and better fuel economy. The segment has been dominated by the Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V, but the 2010 Chevy Equinox promises to shake up the category in much the same way the new-in-'08 Chevy Malibu impacted the mid-size sedan segment.

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The car is 7.8 inches off the ground, so I don't recommend you go over big bumps larger than a speed bump.

The second generation Equinox was announced by GM on December 21, 2008, and debuted at the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.[9][10] The 2010 Equinox went on sale in June 2009. It is built on a stiffened version of the same "Theta" platform used in the previous model. The second generation Equinox was built with a pair of upgraded gasoline direct injection engines, with better fuel economy claimed by GM. Earlier 2010 models had the GM badges on the front doors, but were later deleted.[11] Marketing of Chevrolet Equinox resumed in Mexico during late November 2009, for the 2010 model year after a year of absence. Sales of the Chevrolet Equinox to Mexico were stopped after the 2011 model year. However, in October 2015 the Equinox was reintroduced in Mexico to replace the Captiva Sport for the 2016 model year. The second generation Equinox is available standard with a 2.4-liter straight-4 engine produced in Tonawanda, New York and Spring Hill, Tennessee, with a 3.0-liter V6 engine is available as an option.[12] Both powertrains contain six-speed automatics and optional all-wheel-drive systems, with front-wheel-drive being standard.[13] The second generation Equinox is Chevrolet's third best-selling vehicle in North America, after the Silverado and Cruze, respectively.[14] -Wikipedia

- John G

2010 Chevrolet Equinox lt2- reliable and beautiful.

I own a 2010 Chevrolet Equinox lt2 in the color "cardinal red metallic". While my Equinox only has a four cylinder engine, it gets the job done when it comes to speeding up on the highways. Since it has a smaller engine, it has great gas mileage for its large size. I love that feature. Being the "lt2" model, my car has some extra features that the base models may not have, like a back-up camera, hands-free calling and Bluetooth, and chrome details on the exterior of the vehicle. The chrome is on my fog lamps, door handles, lining the windows, and on the side mirrors. It gives the car a more luxury look without the higher price. The interior is black, fabric seats, which is what I would always choose, even leather is available, so I am very happy with them. They still look beautiful and brand new, even 8 years later. Performance-wise the Equinox does everything I need it to. I do not do any off-roading nor do I live in a place where the weather is extreme, so the fact that it does not have 4-wheel drive, is irrelevant to me. I have not had any serious problems with my car except for it being called in for a recall a couple years ago. Of course, the dealership got me in as soon as they could and they fixed the problem. Overall, I adore my vehicle and I would recommend it to anybody.

- Kate D

We have done little to no maintenance on it even though it has 128, 000 miles.

We bought this vehicle brand new. It is by far the best car we have ever owned. We've had not big problems besides replacing tires and the battery a few times. It is roomy if your traveling or need to move big items. The lumbar drivers seat is great if you have back problems. However the driver's seat is uncomfortable on long rides. The backup mirror is wonderful and helps when backing out in parking lots. The only problem is if it has rained, it is hard to get a good view. The mirrors can be turned in when going through a drive thru. It gets approximately 27 miles on the highway. The roof rack is great if you need to carry extra luggage. However, we have never needs to use it. The air conditioner works ok but I wish the car had vents in the back since passengers have complained that it is warm back there. However, I would purchase an Equinox again.

- Mary E

Extra power in a smaller package.

My vehicle is not the ltz which is what chevrolet calls a premier now, but it has almost all of the same amenities without the price tag. . The v6 engine give me the little extra power I want in a smaller SUV. . The child locks are not located on the doors of the rear seats, but in the front under the radio. This is an absolute lifesaver if there is someone else in my vehicle besides my child. I do not have to jump out of the vehicle to let them out but only push a button. . I also enjoy the awd drive part of my vehicle. I do like that it is always in awd but I can also pull out of my driveway without worry of my tires spinning or not all gripping the ground. . I live on a hill and must cross both lanes of the main road to pull out all of the time. It is very nice not to have the worry.

- Laura P

Good car, not super spacious in the back row.

This is overall a wonderful car. It is more of a compact SUV in size, but functions nicely. It gets good gas mileage for the style car that it is, and seats 4 comfortably. The only reason I do not say 5 comfortably is because the back row is not super spacious so if you had 3 children it would be fine, but it would not be a comfortable ride for 3 adults in the back seat. Going off of the spaciousness of the back seat, it can be tricky fitting car seats in the back. We have one car seat behind the passenger side and there is not too much wiggle room for the passenger in the front seat to adjust their seat. Not sure how functional it would be with 2 car seats in the back, the driver would probably not have adequate space to drive safely. Overall it is a very nice car for the price.

- Brenda C

It drives as well as it looks. I feel safe in it and I am proud to drive it everywhere. It's a great car for singles or families.

I purchased my vehicle after having a sedan that gave me a lot of trouble. I was so excited to get the care I actually wanted. I searched online about Chevrolet and the reviews on Equinoxes were really good. It was important to me to drive a vehicle I felt was going to be safe and dependable since I had a baby at the time. Now my family loves the car. It's great the tinted windows for my daughter who often falls asleep on long drives. Its comfy because I am almost 6 feet tall and roomy for passengers. I have gotten some work and recalls fixed. My seatbelt recalls needs to be addressed but other than some new tires and other normal maintenance I have been very pleased.

- Grace M

Engines in these vehicles are junk. Test everything before buying.

My vehicle is great except for the issue of the motor. When we bought it the timing chain went out. Found out after paying to get it fixed that the car was known for that and that there was a recommended recall, but was not required and was only fixed if under certain amount of miles. My car would also randomly shut itself off. I would step on break and it would just die. Checked in with that and it again was a recall for a fuel pump but only if under so many miles. My car could kill me by turning itself off and gm would do nothing about it. Finally got so bad that we just had to put a whole new engine in it. Have not had any issues since new engine was put in.

- Elle F

Review of the Chevy Equinox.

Problems:. 1) sensors are constantly telling me the tires are low, even when they're not. 2) there are no vents in the back seat for air conditioning or heat. 3) for tall people, there is not a lot of leg room, especially if you are the driver. 4) there are not any cup holders in the back of the car, if you have to have the middle seat occupied. Perks: 1) it has Bluetooth technology, so you can talk handsfree on the phone. 2) there is a USB port so that you can play music from a USB or plug your phone in and play music from there. 3) you can remotely start the car. 4) there is a good amount of room in the back of the car.

- Emily S

The good and the bad.. equinox

I love all the room,you don't feel squished...it has a great factory radio that's a plus for me because I love to have my music loud and with some bass... seats are big and comfortable.. Now on the other hand we have had major timing chain issue with it and have been told by mechanic at dealership we bought it from that they have no idea what's wrong with it!!the car drives great when you are moving but if you aren't it putts and jumps and wants to die and sometime it does....but that issue I believe to be with the crappy dealership that refused to even work on it anymore...

- Kenna B

My roomie clever Chevy equinox.

I really enjoy driving my Chevy equinox it gets decent gas mileage and it truly is a joy to drive. I love the room it has I can carry my family and all their gear with no problem. I really like the way it handles. I enjoy the way the seat controls let you go forward and back and let you lift your seat up. I like the menu on the equinox that lets me know my air pressure in each tire. It alerts me when my oil life is getting ready to max out. It lets me know road conditions and lets me know approximately how far I can go until I must stop for gas.

- Mary J

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