Chevrolet claims that it listened to consumers when it came to just what went into creating the 2011 Equinox. As a result, owners of the vehicle get a ride that’s fuel efficient, stylish and on top of the latest technology.
A Chrome Appearance Package is available to gussy up the Equinox. This package includes bright chrome on the door handles inside the vehicle and chrome on the heated power-folding mirrors and inset into the roof rack side rails on the outside.
A power-programmable lift gate that adjusts to your height is also available. The 2011 Equinox is the first compact crossover to offer the feature. It can either be opened fully or programmed to not open as far to prevent hitting low garage ceilings or open out of reach of someone vertically challenged.
Buyers have three wheel choices with the purchase of a 2011 Chevrolet Equinox. A set of 17” aluminum wheels are the standard. Also available are 18” machined aluminum wheels and 19” chrome-clad aluminum wheels.
According to Chevrolet, testing was done to aid in giving drivers and passengers of the Equinox what they wanted when it came to the vehicle’s interior look and feel. Interior features on the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox include acoustic laminated glass and sound-deadening materials for a quieter ride.
Seating five, Chevrolet claims that its 2011 Equinox gives passengers the most rear-seat legroom of any compact crossover vehicle. With a MultiFlex sliding rear seat that has the ability to travel up to eight inches forward in back, backseat passengers enjoy up to 39.9 inches of legroom.
The driver of a 2011 Equinox gets a seat with power height and lumbar adjustability. Heated seating is also available.
The interior of the latest Equinox features 10 storage areas, including a center console that is deep enough to store the average laptop. Approximately 63.7 cu. ft. of cargo space is also available behind the back seat. Other storage conveniences include storage compartments behind the rear seat doors that are easily reachable by rear seat passengers.
Sound System And Other Technology
The tech savvy have a lot to get excited about inside the new Equinox. Chevrolet offers a GM-licensed accessory that’ll turn the vehicle into an Internet hotspot. When installed, Chevrolet Wi-Fi by Autonet Mobile turns the 2011 Equinox into a hotspot that provides Internet connectivity to areas within a 150-ft. radius of the vehicle.
XM Radio capabilities come standard and Chevrolet throws in a three-month trial for buyers of a new Equinox. XM also has available to Equinox owners who go with the available touch screen navigation system option the navigation service, XM NavTraffic. Like with regular XM Radio service, buyers of vehicles with the navigation option also get a three-month trial of XM NavTraffic.
Backseat passengers are by no means left out of the entertainment loop in the 2011 Chevy Equinox. Aside from the Wi-Fi access reaching the back seat, passengers back there have the option of taking in a movie or game on an optional rear-seat entertainment system that includes two screens and two wireless sets of headphones.
Several features onboard the newest Chevrolet Equinox are there to help drivers avoid collisions, including a StabiliTrak Electronix Stability Control System with Traction Control and four-wheel antilock brakes with Electronic Brake Force Distribution. A rearview camera system is also available — standard on the 2LT and LTZ models, but optional on the 1LT. But in case a collision can’t be prevented, several features protect you during impact, including a steel safety cage and six air bags equipped with rollover sensors.
Chevrolet lists the fuel economy for the 2011 Equinox at 32 MPG highway and 22 MPH city, allowing it to travel up to 600 miles on a tank of fuel. According to the manufacturer, that figure tops an equally equipped Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape Hybrid.
The impressive fuel mileage is thanks, at least in part, to a 2.4L ECOTEC four-cylinder engine with direct injection and its accompanying six-speed automatic transmission. An Equinox equipped with this power plant comes with that ECO button that has become commonplace among today’s newest vehicles. In case you haven’t heard, this button allows drivers to switch into fuel conservation mode.
A 3.0-liter direct injection V6 with E85 capabilities is also available.
The 2011 Equinox is available with in four different trims — the LS, 1LT, 2LT and LTZ. Any of the four trim packages are available in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is standard across all four, but the 3.0-lither V6 is an option with the LT and LTZ.
SALE DATE AND PRICING
The 2011 Chevrolet Equinox is already available for purchase at Chevrolet dealerships with a starting MSRP of $22,995. Depending on options, the price of a 2011 Equinox can reach $30,320.
As a compact crossover, the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox is in the company of the Toyota RAV4, the Ford Escape, and the Honda CRV. Chevrolet seems to be pushing the Equinox’s fuel mileage as a top selling point to potentially beat the competition. The manufacturer even boasts that its Equinox beats the leading hybrid in the class — the Ford Escape TIME: approximately 2.5 hours
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