2009 Chevrolet Equinox vs. Its Competition

2009 Chevrolet Equinox Sport

If it's refinement you're after, the Equinox's competitors have it.

Even the Saturn Vue, which shares underpinnings related to those of the Equinox, is on a higher plane.

The recently redesigned Ford Escape is surprisingly responsive to drive.

Both the Vue and Escape offer hybrid powertrains.

But the Equinox trumps both in second-row seating space.

Still, the best-in-class Honda CR-V has the best build quality.

Meanwhile, buyers should additionally consider the top-rated Subaru Forester; it's arguably the safety champ in this class and has the best handling.

2009 Chevrolet Equinox Sport2009 Chevrolet Equinox
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Quick Specs
With mediocre handling and fuel economy, the 2009 Chevrolet Equinox isn’t that appealing, but it still offers superior cabin space.
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.
It’s significantly improved this year, but the 2009 Subaru Forester remains a unique all-wheel-drive crossover with less power and fewer features, but better carlike handling, than its competition.
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 Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas I4Gas Flat 4-CylGas I4
EPA Class   
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicles4WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility
Style Name   
FWD 4-Door LSFWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLS4-Door Manual X2WD 5-Door LX
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door4 Door4 Door5 Door
AutomaticManual w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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