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.
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|2009 Chevrolet EquinoxBrowse Used Listings||2009 Ford EscapeBrowse Used Listings||2009 Subaru ForesterBrowse Used Listings||2008 Honda CR-VBrowse Used Listings|
|16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas I4||Gas Flat 4-Cyl||Gas I4|
|2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicles||4WD Sport Utility||2WD Sport Utility|
|FWD 4-Door LS||FWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLS||4-Door Manual X||2WD 5-Door LX|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door||4 Door||4 Door||5 Door|
|Automatic||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Automatic|
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|2009 Chevrolet Equinox vs. 2009 Ford Escape||2009 Chevrolet Equinox vs. 2009 Subaru Forester||2009 Chevrolet Equinox vs. 2008 Honda CR-V|