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$23,275
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$24,500
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With the base four-cylinder engine, the 2011 Equinox’s fuel economy figures are a major selling point.
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22 mpg city, 32 highway (FWD, four-cyl.); 20/29 (AWD, four-cyl.); 17/24 (FWD, V-6); 16/22 (AWD V-6)
U.S. EPA

there's an "Eco" button forward of the shifter on four-cylinder models…It’s good for 1 mpg and worth remembering to engage if you're on a long freeway run, although it could prove annoying in stop-and-go situations.
Edmunds’ Inside Line

Eco mode recovers nearly 1 mile per gallon, though drivers are likely to forgo the setting's increased vibration and harshness for incrementally lower fuel economy.
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The base 2.4-liter four-cylinder is the first four for a GMC crossover or SUV since the 1980s, and it makes an estimated 182 hp. GM predicts best-in-segment EPA fuel economy ratings of 21 mpg city, 30 highway. The available 3.0-liter V-6 is a downsized version of the Lambda crossover's 3.6-liter; it's estimated at 264 hp and 18/25.

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.

Conclusion

With the base four-cylinder engine, the 2011 Equinox’s fuel economy figures are a major selling point.

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