The Chevrolet Equinox is a five-passenger crossover SUV that started production in 2004. The second generation came about in 2010 and addressed many issues from the first generation, including a less-then-mediocre interior. With the new generation, Chevrolet opted for textured plastics and soft leather to bump up quality and also added a wraparound dash, an upright center stack, and some cool blue lighting.
The Equinox is powered by a choice of two different engines: a 2.4L I-4 producing 182hp and 172 lb-ft of torque or a 3.0L V6 delivering 264hp and 222 lb-ft of torque. These engines are mated to a six-speed automatic. Fuel efficiency is top notch and rated 17-22 city and 24-32 highway.
Maybe Toyota should take a page out of these guys’ book.
In what can only be described as car abuse of the highest order, Chevrolet’s quirky Department 180 shows us just how far they would go to test the overall strength and stability of a 2010 Chevrolet Equinox. These guys really don’t know the whole concept of easing up on testing because they threw the Equinox pretty much everything it could handle - a "parade of punishment", as they’d like to call it - including a storm-simulated water intrusion test that tests how the vehicle can withstand a torrential hurricane.
On one hand, you gotta feel bad for the this particular Equinox that was pretty much beat up from bumper to bumper. But on the other hand, its extreme testing like this that ensures us the cars we drive are of the highest quality and not one that comes with a boatload of performance malfunctions.
Somewhere, a Toyota executive just got a massive migraine.
GM is working on leasing four retail spaces to open a “Test Drive Studio” that would offer consumers a chance to test drive cars from rival manufacturers, including three of rival Chevrolet’s vehicles before purchasing them, The test drive program will launch in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, and Philadelphia and will include the Equinox, Traverse, and Malibu as well as rival vehicles by Ford, Toyota, and Honda.
"You come in and drive any of these competitive products at your leisure," Steve Tihanyi, GM’s general director of marketing services, said during a conference in Chicago. "You don’t have to go running around town to go to a bunch of dealerships."
"It fits perfectly with ’May the best car win,” Tihanyi said of a slogan used by GM in recent advertising. "We’re going to see how it plays out."
And you thought that working for Chevrolet isn’t cool.
The folks from Chevy recently released their inaugural Department 180 video, a new ‘mini-series type video wherein the folks from Chevy put their cars to the test in a series wildly amusing tests. The first one vehicle that is being featured in the pilot episode is the 2010 Chevy Equinox.
In the video, Department 180 engineers try to show-off the Equinox’s improved quality and space through a smoke test and a ping-pong test. In the smoke test, the engineers fill up the Equinox’s cabin with a cloud of smoke to show just how sealed off the Equinox is.
After proving the Equinox’s worth with the smoke test, the engineers then decide to try their luck in figuring out just how many ping-pong balls can fit inside the mid-sized crossover’s cabin. We don’t know if the results were rigged or it was unintentionally bloated but according to the trustworthy folks of Chevy, the Equinox’s cabin space has room for over 70,000 ping-pong balls.
Check out the video and see how Chevy’s new ‘Department 180’ was able to achieve their results.
For those of you with a big family, but who want in the same time a sporty, compact crossover, GM has brought the Equinox. The crossover is offered with standard features like 6 speed automatic transmission, direct injected gasoline engines, XM satellite radio, an iPod input jack, power everything and OnStar roadside assistance.
The new Equinox draws its exterior design inspiration from the Chevrolet Malibu sedan and Traverse crossover. The 2010 Equinox goes on sale in mid-2009 with prices ranging from $22,615 to $29,970.
The Equinox is powered by a choice of two engines: a 2.4L Ecotec direct injected I-4 engine estimated at 182 hp and 30 mpg highway, 21 mpg city and a 3.0L DOHC direct injected V-6 engine estimated at 255 hp and 25 mpg highway, 18 mpg city.
The 2010 Equinox is available in LS, LT and LTZ trim, with available all-wheel-drive.
The Chevrolet Equinox is the car that ushered in the era of the utilitarian Crossover at General Motors, so it is only appropriate that the new model come equipped with certain features that make for a very functional automobile with standard features like a 6 speed automatic transmission, direct injected gasoline engines, XM satellite radio, an iPod input jack, power everything and OnStar roadside assistance. However there is more to the crossover segment than reliability, these are the cars that will take families down the street to soccer practice and across the country to Disney World, so they need to be comfortable, attractive and engaging; especially for the back seat passengers.
Our well equipped 2010 Chevrolet Equinox AWD 2LT also came with some of the more desirable features being offered by GM, like the back up camera with park assist, power tailgate, Vehicle Interface Package that includes Bluetooth, the Chrome Exterior Appearance Package to dress up the outside, the Cargo Management Package that makes storage a snap in the back of the truck and the Rear Seat Entertainment System that includes some of the best designed backrest monitors on any new car today. However our personal favorite was the 18 inch machined aluminum wheels, Chevrolet offers rims as big as 19 inches in diameter, but we didn’t want to be too flashy. Of course, because we are Top Speed, Chevy made sure we tested the 3.0 Liter direct injected V6 that makes 264 HP and 222 lb-ft of torque version that is still able to get 17 MPG in the city and 24 MPG on the highway.
We have just received an all new 2010 Chevrolet Equinox into our Top Speed test fleet and it will certainly be interesting to try out the crossover that started the trend at GM. Crossovers are interesting vehicles, they utilize many of the same construction techniques as smaller cars, like unit body construction, transverse mounted engines and independent rear suspensions that allows owners to have the practicality of a truck while paying the gas bill of a car. That is mainly in part to our Equinox’s direct injected 3.0 Liter V6 engine that makes 264 HP and 222 lb-ft of torque and is connected to a fuel efficient six speed automatic transmission. Our car was an all wheel drive model, so it gets an EPA estimated 17 MPG in the city and 24 MPG on the highway, not bad for almost 100 cubic feet of passenger room. However, this particular Equinox is not the most efficient of the bunch, a front wheel drive 2.4 Liter direct injected four cylinder making 182 HP will get as much as 32 MPG on the highway, that is not far off from the government mandated 35 MPG Corporate Average Fuel Economy regulations.
Don’t let the numbers fool you, the Equinox is more than just a boring old gas sipper, it is also a very fun people mover full of high tech creature comforts on the inside and a couple of stylish touches on the outside. Our Equinox rides on optional 18 inch ten spoke machined aluminum wheels that give the CUV a much more rugged look, everything from 17 to 19 inch rims are available. Chevrolet’s design team also took great care in applying just the right amount of shiny chrome trim around the grill opening, fog light surround and window frames. The interior is dressed up with two tone leather chairs held together by red stitching, a theme that continues onto the door cards and steering wheel. Just like the seats, the dash features contrasting tones that really make it an attractive interior.
With fuel prices on the rise and the upcoming CAFE requirement imposed by the U.S. government, fuel efficiency has become a very important aspect of automaker’s vehicle lineups. When it was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show, the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox was hailed as the 9th vehicle offered by Chevy to reach an EPA estimated 30 MPG. Just as we like manufacturers that underrate their engines, it is even better when the automakers don’t exaggerate fuel mileage.
The latest tests have revealed that the new Chevrolet Equinox returns an impressive 32 MPG on the highway. This best-in-segment fuel economy results in a range of up to 600 miles for the General Motors CUV. The Equinox’s front-wheel drive power train and direct-injected 2.4 Liter four cylinder engine showed an EPA estimated fuel mileage of 22 MPG in the city and 32 MPG while cruising at highway speeds.
The Equinox’s closest competitors from Japan are nowhere as efficient at speed. The Honda CR-V gets 20/27 MPG and Toyota’s Rav-4 returns an estimated 22/28 MPG (city/highway). American cars are looking better and better every day.
Revealed at the Detroit Auto Show, the 2010 Equinox will go on sale this June at a price starting from $23,185, including a $745 destination charge, for the FWD LS model.
The 2010 Equinox is being offered in LS, LT and LTZ trim, with available all-wheel-drive. It is powered by either a 2.4L Ecotec direct injected I-4 engine estimated at 182 hp or a 3.0L DOHC direct injected V-6 engine estimated at 264 hp.
This afternoon in front of the Los Angeles Convention center, we had a little presentation of GM Project Driveway. No, It’s not a new reality show on Bravo. It’s GM Hydrogen Fuel Cell Program. The program will offer to regular driver, a chance to test drive an Hydrogen Chevrolet Equinox for 3 months, in exchange for feedback about the vehicle.