Go to any strip mall and you’re bound to find a sea of compact crossover SUVs in the parking lot. No one wants to be seen in a plain old minivan anymore – SUVs are all the rage. The Chevy Equinox is one such compact SUV, which has been popular from the moment it was released. Its’ good looks and excellent performance also help it stand out from the herd.
First Generation Chevy Equinox (2005-2009)
The Equinox was first released in 2004 alongside its fraternal twin, the Pontiac Torrent. Underneath, the Equinox was based on a unibody construction, unlike truck-like SUVs with a chassis on frame architecture. Front-wheel drive was standard with optional all-wheel drive available. Power came from a 3.4L 6-cylinder engine or a 3.6L 6-cylinder in the sport models. Depending on the model year, that power was transferred to either a 5-speed or 6-speed automatic. In 2008, OnStar with GPS became standard, as well as an electronic trailer sway controller.
Second Generation Chevy Equinox (2010-present)
Model year 2010 introduced the second generation Equinox. The new vehicle was larger overall, with a more modern appearance. Engine options the first year included a 2.4L 4-cylinder or 3.0L 6-cylinder, both with direct injection. The 6-speed automatic carried over, mated to either a front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive system. Trim levels included LS, 1LT, 2LT and LTZ.
In 2012, new forward collision alert and lane-departure warning systems were added to the list of option equipment. For 2013, the 3.0L 6-cylinder got replaced by a new 3.6L 6-cylinder. A new touch screen interface with app integration also became available.
Choosing a compact crossover SUV can be tedious nowadays due to the number of options available. The Equinox, however, is sure to please everyone in the family. And road trips are more enjoyable when everyone – including the kids – is happy.