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2009 Chevrolet Equinox vs. Its Competition

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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.

2009 Chevrolet Equinox Sport2009 Chevrolet Equinox2009 Ford Escape2009 Ford Escape2009 Saturn VUE2009 Saturn VUE2009 Subaru Forester2009 Subaru Forester2008 Honda CR-V 2WD 5dr EX Side Exterior View2008 Honda CR-V
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With mediocre handling and fuel economy, the 2009 Chevrolet Equinox isn’t that appealing, but it still offers superior cabin space.
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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.
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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.
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It’s significantly improved this year, but the 2009 Subaru Forester remains a unique all-wheel-drive crossover with less power and fewer features, but better carlike handling, than its competition.
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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.
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Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas I4Gas I4Gas Flat 4-CylGas I4
EPA Class    
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility
Style Name    
FWD 4-Door LSFWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLSFWD 4-Door I4 XE4-Door Manual X2WD 5-Door LX
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door4 Door4 Door SUV4 Door5 Door
AutomaticManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic
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