Inside, the cabin has lots of dramatic shapes and a central control panel that comes strikingly close to those in the Cadillac SRX—with vents flanking the radio and climate controls. It's an appearance that's also filtered down to the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze and other vehicles, and we like the new direction.
The Equinox was given an extensive refresh last year; the result is definitely crisper and sportier than its somewhat slab-sided predecessor. At first glance, its proportions look well done—sort of like a scaled-down version of the Chevrolet Traverse now—while up close its grille gives it a family resemblance to just about everything else in the Chevrolet lineup. The profile is clean and has a substantial heft without seeming too heavy or blocky. Though with a thicker rear pillar and shorter rear windows, the entire vehicle looks shorter. Around back, the look remains clean, and the rounded tail is a refreshing break from intentionally blocky designs.