On The Cover Review: 2010 Chevrolet Equinox
You’re probably thinking, “Why would they profile a boring snoozer like the Equinox?” Well, look at that picture again, because the Equinox is all-new for 2010, and the improvement is immeasurable. General Motors has really focused on their interiors lately, and the Equinox is no exception. There isn’t a more attractive, better-finished interior in any vehicle in this class from any company. The exterior is much-improved as well, with bold fender flares and big wheels pushed to the edges of the wheel wells. It’s like GM took everything people have been applauding for the past couple of years from the Malibu and the Tahoe, and combined it to make something even better with the Equinox. But as good as all that is, the main thing you hear about anymore is “gas mileage.” The Equinox does well there, too. A 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is offered for the first time ever on this vehicle, and Chevrolet claims a remarkable 22/32-mpg city/highway in two-wheel-drive guise, or 20/29-mpg on a four-wheel drive model. A 264-hp, 3.0-liter V6 is also available, and even it can achieve 18/25-mpg on a two-wheel-drive model, or 17/24-mpg on an all-wheel-drive. The Equinox has outgrown its lackluster package of yore, and if you’re in the market for a compact SUV, this one definitely should be on your short list.