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STYLING | 7 out of 10
“begs for more in the way of color and contrast
Kelley Blue Book
dowdy and utilitarian
overall quality still significantly trails most rivals
Car and Driver
The wedge shape of the 2009 Chevrolet Equinox isn’t necessarily unattractive, but the vehicle has been around long enough that it’s beginning to show its age.
Car and Driver considers the 2009 Chevrolet Equinox “handsomely styled,” while Cars.com calls it “an attractive, utilitarian vehicle.” Autoblog, though, deems it "dowdy and utilitarian," even though it’s been “spiffed up with body colored trim and fascias (no more chrome mustache!)." Edmunds says the Chevy Equinox is “part of a growing segment of 'plus-sized' small crossover SUVs.” Kelley Blue Book describes the Equinox as "unmistakably a Chevy with big, gold bowtie badges front and rear, plus angular styling."
Regarding the interior of the 2009 Chevy Equinox, Cars.com says, “Instruments and controls are standard GM-issue, which is fine,” but adds “inside, the Equinox still has some interior trim that belongs on a less expensive model.” Reviewers at Kelley Blue Book are less complimentary. They characterize the Chevrolet "Equinox's well laid-out interior" as one that "begs for more in the way of color and contrast" and note its "ill-fitting plastic, ho-hum cloth upholstery and a general lack of sophistication."
According to Edmunds, the Equinox has a “clean, industrial-looking design," and the "large, clear gauges surrounded by faux aluminum accents" are "warmed up by imitation wood" on upscale models. At the top of the ladder, the "Equinox Sport is specially outfitted with exclusive blue-lit instrumentation and ebony accents." ConsumerGuide agrees that the "gauges are easy to read" and adds "climate controls are simple and handy." That said, they note the "power window switches [that] are inconveniently staggered around the center console shift lever."
Style-wise, the 2009 Chevrolet Equinox is a bridge between macho SUVs and sport wagons.