• DriverG Posted: 3/25/2011 11:37am PDT

    This is one of GM's top-selling cars for one reason - it's NOT a compact SUV. Stupid move, GM.

  • WSE Posted: 3/25/2011 11:57am PDT

    People tend to forget that every safety regulation that the government adds increases weight. The gov't is trying to have it both ways, but NHTSA isn't talking to the EPA.

  • larry300 avatar larry300 Posted: 3/25/2011 6:07pm PDT

    Is there a possibility that the downsizing move is an attempt to make the equinox a hybrid candidate? The idea of a hybrid crossover worked fairly well for Ford's Escape, plus there isn't much competition in that category. The Equinox already has good mpg and safety stats anyway.

  • Bob Posted: 3/26/2011 5:07am PDT

    At 6' 2" tall I bought the Equinox LTZ solely based on my comfort. Every other SUV, and I tried everyone of them, including the larger and more expensive ones, does not ofter the driver and pasenger comfort of the Equinox. I suggest that the V6, all wheel drive and towing options be limited to improve vehicle,mpg, they are not really needed in most vehicles. I have this type of vehicle and consistantly get 28 mpg without trying, and I can get the 32 mpg by driving the speed limit. Thses mps are obtained using gashol mixture of 90% gas and 10% alcohal as fuel.

  • Eliot Posted: 3/26/2011 9:03am PDT

    For the past month I have been researching and test driving the small to midsize SUVs (Kia Sorento, Hyundai Santa Fe, Honda CRV, Nissan CX7, Ford Edge and Chevy Equinox) and have settled on the Equinox LTZ based on a number of factors - best MPG, comfort, style, price, cargo area, and accessories. I don't know how making it smaller is going to make it better, but I'm glad I'm getting mine before they ruin it.

  • john_v avatar John Posted: 3/26/2011 10:08am PDT

    Another point of view on last year's Equinox, in a brief road test:
    http://www.greencarreports.com/blog/1037186_drive-report-26-mpg-in-2010-chevrolet-equinox-four-cylinder

  • Matt Posted: 3/26/2011 6:23pm PDT

    If GM wants to use to Equinox as a "Foreign Fighter" it has no choice but to down size/reduce the weight of this vehicle.
    GM is using the CHEAPEST stamp steal out there on the market to maximize profits rather than use the newer advance lighter weight steel by the way cost more to use.
    PS Always follow the money trail as to why things are done the way they are!!!

  • justjoe Posted: 3/27/2011 7:52am PDT

    Equinox has more room than most other compacyt SUVs, yet already beats them in mileage. The only way this makes any sense is if they are also downsizing the Traverse.
    And all manufacturers will have do go on a diet, using advanced techs like costly advanced light weight steel etc. that will add greatly to the price and cost of the next generation of vehilces in order to meet the new mileage standards. Get ready to pay more for less.