With the new direct-injected four-cylinder engine that was introduced last year, the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox has great fuel economy. At 22 mpg city, 32 highway for the base four with front-wheel drive, the Equinox is among the most frugal vehicles in this class, and the highway figure is better that a Ford Escape Hybrid, even. Stepping up to AWD, mileage drops to 20 mpg city, 29 mpg highway, still good for a comfortably sized crossover. With the V-6, fuel economy rates a less impressive 16/22 with all-wheel drive, or 17/24 with front-wheel drive.
Perhaps even more of interest in four-cylinder models is the new 'Eco' button which, when engaged, causes accessories like the air conditioning compressor to be a little more conservative, has the torque converter lock up a little earlier, and makes the transmission a little more reluctant to downshift.