2008 Chevrolet Equinox vs. Its Competition

2008 Chevrolet Equinox LS
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

There are plenty of compact crossovers competing for your dollar.

The best in the class of five-seaters is the Honda CR-V, which has controversial new styling but still offers the best dynamics and assembly quality in the class.

The Ford Escape and Saturn Vue have been reengineered for the 2008 model year, the Saturn much more heavily.

Both are offered with hybrid powertrains, but neither has as much second-row seating room as the Equinox.

All three feel considerably more refined than the Equinox, however.

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Quick Specs
7.8
The 2008 Chevrolet Equinox still sports great interior room, but it needs better handling and a better interior.
7.4
Though it looks decidedly old-school, the Ford Escape is a solid and stylish five-passenger, compact SUV that has been kept up-to-date.
8.0
With its available V-6 engine, the 2009 Saturn Vue is a bit more fun to drive than other compact SUVs; otherwise it’s not a standout.
7.8
The 2008 Honda CR-V doesn't have hip style or performance on tap, but it has the security, utility, and frugality that many sensible moms want.
MSRP From   
$23,035$20,435$23,280$20,700
Gas Mileage   
16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas V6Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class   
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility
Style Name   
FWD 4-Door LSFWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLSFWD 4-Door I4 XE2WD 5-Door LX
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door4 Door4 Door SUV5 Door
Transmission   
AutomaticManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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