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STYLING | 7 out of 10
Car and Driver
ill-fitting plastic, ho-hum cloth upholstery and a general lack of sophistication
Kelley Blue Book
overall quality still significantly trails most rivals
dowdy and utilitarian
The 2008 Chevrolet Equinox has been around for a few years, and while its crossover wedge shape isn't unattractive, it's starting to look its age.
Edmunds says the Chevy Equinox is “part of a growing segment of 'plus-sized' small crossover SUVs.” Kelley Blue Book describes the Equinox as "unmistakably a Chevy with big, gold bowtie badges front and rear, plus angular styling." Car and Driver considers it “handsomely styled,” while Cars.com calls it “an attractive, utilitarian vehicle.” Autoblog, though, deems it "dowdy and utilitarian," even though it’s been “spiffed up with body colored trim and fascias (no more chrome mustache!)..."
Inside, the Equinox has a “clean, industrial-looking design," according to Edmunds. The "large, clear gauges surrounded by faux aluminum accents" are "warmed up by imitation wood" on upscale models. At the top of the ladder, the "Equinox Sport is specially outfitted with exclusive blue-lit instrumentation and ebony accents." ConsumerGuide agrees that the "gauges are easy to read," and adds "climate controls are simple and handy." That said, they note the "power window switches [that] are inconveniently staggered around the center console shift lever." Cars.com says, “Instruments and controls are standard GM-issue, which is fine,” but adds “inside, the Equinox still has some interior trim that belongs on a less expensive model.” Reviewers at Kelley Blue Book are less complimentary. They characterize the Chevrolet "Equinox's well laid-out interior" as one that "begs for more in the way of color and contrast" and note its "ill-fitting plastic, ho-hum cloth upholstery and a general lack of sophistication."
Inoffensive at best, the 2008 Chevrolet Equinox crosses the boundary between butch SUV and softer-styled wagon.