2008 Chevrolet Equinox vs. Its Competition

2008 Chevrolet Equinox LS
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

There are plenty of compact crossovers competing for your dollar.

The best in the class of five-seaters is the Honda CR-V, which has controversial new styling but still offers the best dynamics and assembly quality in the class.

The Ford Escape and Saturn Vue have been reengineered for the 2008 model year, the Saturn much more heavily.

Both are offered with hybrid powertrains, but neither has as much second-row seating room as the Equinox.

All three feel considerably more refined than the Equinox, however.

2008 Chevrolet Equinox LS2008 Chevrolet Equinox
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Quick Specs
The 2008 Chevrolet Equinox still sports great interior room, but it needs better handling and a better interior.
The 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid is a viable and sturdy contender in the family crossover arena. Gas mileage is excellent for a compact SUV, and optional mechanical all-wheel drive sets it apart from softer competitors.
The 2008 Honda CR-V doesn't have hip style or performance on tap, but it has the security, utility, and frugality that many sensible moms want.
MSRP From  
Gas Mileage  
16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class  
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility
Style Name  
FWD 4-Door LSFWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLS2WD 5-Door LX
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
4 Door4 Door5 Door
AutomaticManual w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2008 Chevrolet Equinox vs. 2009 Ford Escape2008 Chevrolet Equinox vs. 2008 Honda CR-V