All of these competitors to the 2009 Chevrolet Equinox feel considerably more refined.
The Saturn Vue has underpinnings that are related to those of the Equinox, but its 2008 redesign puts it on a higher plane than the Equinox.
The Ford Escape was reengineered for the 2008 model year, and it’s surprisingly responsive to drive.
Both are offered with hybrid powertrains, but neither has as much second-row seating room as the Equinox.
The best in the class of five-seaters is the Honda CR-V, which has controversial styling but still offers the best assembly quality in the class.
The top-rated Subaru Forester is another model to look at; it’s arguably the safety champ in this class and has the best handling.
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|2009 Chevrolet EquinoxBrowse Used Listings||2009 Ford EscapeBrowse Used Listings||2009 Saturn VUEBrowse Used Listings||2009 Subaru ForesterBrowse Used Listings||2008 Honda CR-VBrowse Used Listings|
|16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas Flat 4-Cyl||Gas I4|
|2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicles||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||4WD Sport Utility||2WD Sport Utility|
|FWD 4-Door LS||FWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLS||FWD 4-Door I4 XE||4-Door Manual X||2WD 5-Door LX|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door||4 Door||4 Door SUV||4 Door||5 Door|
|Automatic||Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Manual w/OD||Automatic|