2010 Chevrolet Equinox Photo
/ 10
TCC Rating
How does the
TCC Rating work?
The TCC Rating is a clear numeric rating value based on a 10-point scale that reflects the overall opinion of our automotive experts on any vehicle and rolls up ratings we give each vehicle across sub-categories you care about like performance, safety, styling and more.

Our rating also has simple color-coded “Stop” (red), “Caution” (orange),
or “Go” (green) messages along with the numerical score so you can easily understand where we stand at a glance.

Our automotive experts then also collect and show you what other websites say about these different aspects of any vehicle. We do this leg work for you to simplify your research process.

Learn more about how we rate and review cars here.

$7,998 - $19,999
Quick Take
The 2010 Chevrolet Equinox is all about evolution—and the most striking changes are almost invisible, except at the gas pump. Read more »
8.2 out of 10
Browse Chevrolet Equinox inventory in your area.

Editors at TheCarConnection.com drove the new 2010 Chevrolet Equinox and 2010 Chevrolet Equinox to bring you this hands-on review of its performance, styling, quality, comfort, and features. Editors also evaluate the Chevy Equinox against its competition, to provide you the best information to help with your shopping decision.


  • Updated styling
  • Big second-row legroom
  • Four-cylinder option


  • Four-cylinder upshifts a little quickly
  • Minor plasticky bits of trim
  • Tops $30,000 with the fun options

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.

Next: Interior / Exterior »
Other Choices Read More
/ 10
TCC Rating
/ 10
TCC Rating
/ 10
TCC Rating
Used Cars
Related Used Listings
Browse used listings in your area

© 2015 The Car Connection. All Rights Reserved. The Car Connection is published by High Gear Media. Stock photography by izmo, Inc. Read Our Cookie Policy.