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“The driving position affords excellent forward views”
The 2010 Chevrolet Equinox debuts with an impressive array of standard safety features and Chevrolet expects the Equinox Chevrolet’s chassis will hold up well during crash tests. Visibility is also improved over the previous generation’s, with drivers now able to enjoy a wide field of view from within the cabin of the Chevy Equinox.
Neither the federal government nor the IIHS have begun testing the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox, but Chevrolet has indicated to the editors at TheCarConnection.com that they expect perfect five-star ratings from NHTSA, as well as the IIHS’s top designation, “good,” in all impact tests. Working in Chevrolet’s favor is the fact that the first-generation Equinox Chevrolet earned a mix of four- and five-star ratings from NHTSA, as well as a “good” designation from the IIHS. Stay tuned to TheCarConnection.com for the latest updates on the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox’s crash-test scores.
While you wait for the crash-test scores to come in, feel free to familiarize yourself with the Equinox Chevrolet’s list of standard safety features; it might take some time. According to Edmunds reviewers, the “2010 Chevy Equinox comes standard with antilock disc brakes (with brake assist), traction and stability control.” MyRide.com adds that the Chevy Equinox’s “safety equipment includes dual threshold front airbags, curtain side airbags, front side airbags, a tire-pressure monitor…hill start assist” and OnStar. The two major safety options for the Chevy Equinox are “a rearview camera and rear parking sensors,” according to Edmunds.
Along with its enviable list of standard and optional safety equipment, the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox boasts impressive driver visibility, especially for a mid-size crossover. Cars.com raves that “the driving position affords excellent forward views,” although reviewers there also caution that “taller drivers…might notice that the B-pillar blocks the view when checking their left-side blind spot.” Fortunately, Automobile Magazine notes that the available backup camera will provide blind-spot coverage by displaying its feed on the navigation system: “the optional back-up camera displays in the rearview mirror on cars without navigation.”
The 2010 Chevrolet Equinox builds on the safety reputation of the first-generation vehicle with additional features.