2011 Chevrolet Equinox vs. Its Competition

2011 Chevrolet Equinox FWD 4-door LT w/1LT Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The 2011 Chevrolet Equinox competes against some of the strongest-selling crossover vehicles on the market.

In size and mission, it’s a lot like the Ford Escape, which also offers four- and six-cylinder engines, as well as a Hybrid version.

The Escape gets worse gas mileage and feels less substantial in some ways, but it’s a safe bargain.

The Honda CR-V is another best-seller with tried and true benefits like reliability and pert handling, though its sole engine is a four-cylinder that strains a little to perform.

The latest Subaru Forester is rounder in shape and wider in reach; it’s won some big awards and rightly so.

Its nimble performance is now equaled by a soft exterior and a high-quality interior, though it still falls behind in features.

The Hyundai Tucson is also now a formidable rival, also with great fuel economy, but its steering and ride aren’t quite as well-balanced as that of the Equinox.

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If you don’t need a third row, the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox is just right for small families; it’s refined, secure, and versatile, and gets very impressive fuel economy in four-cylinder form.
The boxy, old-school appearance might turn you off, but the 2011 Ford Escape still delivers solid crossover and SUV bona fides.
The 2011 Honda CR-V is homely, as well as unexciting to drive; yet it's a great minivan alternative on many counts—appealing to practical shoppers with a roomy, versatile interior and top safety ratings.
Much better than its predecessor, the 2011 Hyundai Tucson needs a touch more power and steering feel to top carlike utes like the Nissan Rogue.
The roomy, versatile 2011 Subaru Forester handles better than just about any other small crossover, though the need for a more modern transmission and a little more cabin refinement keep it from greatness.
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20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
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2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility4WD Sport Utility
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FWD 4-Door LSFWD 4-Door XLS2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door Manual GL4-Door Manual 2.5X
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
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4 Door4 DoorSport Utility Vehicle4 Door Sport Utility4 Door Sport Utility
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