The 2010 Chevrolet Equinox is a heavily revamped edition of the crossover vehicle sold by GM since early in the decade. A five-passenger crossover, it’s offered with either a four-cylinder or a six-cylinder engine, both coupled to a six-speed automatic. All-wheel drive is an option.
Chevrolet invited TheCarConnection.com to a Detroit-area preview and provided test cars for this review.
At first glance, the 2010 Chevy Equinox looks good on the parking lot and on the road. Its grille gives it a family resemblance to just about everything else in the Chevrolet. The profile is clean and has a substantial heft without seeming too heavy or blocky. Around back, the look remains clean. Inside, the cabin has lots of dramatic shapes and a central control panel that comes strikingly close to those in the 2010 Cadillac SRX—with vents flanking the radio and climate controls. It’s an appearance that will filter down to the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze and other vehicles, and it’s an attractive departure from the more traditional Chevrolet style.
Two new engines power the 2010 Equinox, and both feature fuel-saving direct injection technology (normally good for a 3 percent gain just by itself). The smaller is a four-cylinder that displaces 2.4 liters and produces 182 horsepower at a high 6,700 rpm. This engine is the first four-cylinder ever available in the Equinox and yet another member of the Ecotec engine family found in many GM vehicles. Fuel mileage is 22 mpg city and an impressive 32 mpg highway for a front-wheel-drive version—better than a Ford Escape Hybrid. Stepping up to AWD, mileage drops to 20 mpg city, 29 mpg highway, still good for a comfortably sized crossover. A more powerful V-6 engine is still available in the 2010 Equinox, and it's the same one Cadillac uses in its new mid-size crossover, the 2010 Cadillac SRX. This new V-6 displaces 3.0 liters and produces a healthy 264 horsepower. Fuel economy is 18 mpg city, 25 mph highway for front-wheel drive, with the AWD version attaining 17 mpg city, 24 mpg highway.