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Designer SUV
2005 Chevrolet Equinox FWD LT
By Alain Gayot


In short: A great looking start-up SUV.

The race to capture a share of the SUV market is very much on. Chevrolet adds to it an entry-level, simple but functional option with great styling. A base model hovers around $22,000 and for that, you get a lot of modular cargo space, a V6 engine and a comfortable ride.

From the exterior styling you might expect a much more sophisticated vehicle, but the brand with the bow tie has kept everything simple and functional. The center stack instrument panel remains clean and well organized, incorporating an armrest unit with storage for small items. On the steering wheel, you’ll find the basic functions for your radio etc. With seating for five adults and a 60/40 split folding Multi-Flex™ sliding rear seat, you can instantly decide on the adequate configuration for your mission. There is an eight inch adjustment run in total, so you may fit in that larger suitcase or get more leg room should the cargo area be clear.

The ride is based on a four-wheel independent suspension system using 16 inch wheels stopped by ABS with traction control. The car also comes in all-wheel drive.

As with all GM products, the vehicle is equipped to handle OnStar and XM Satellite Radio. Go ahead and test drive one. It’s so good-looking, who knows, you might fall in love.

Read a reviews of the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox

Warranty/Service:3-Year / 36,000 Mile Limited Warranty.


QUICK SHEET
Price as tested: $25,820

Technical Specifications

Performance Data

Engine: 3.4 Liter SFI V6, 185 HP

Transmission: 5-Speed Automatic Transmission

Safety: Dual Stage Front Airbags, OnStar System

Top Speed: n/a
Acceleration: n/a

Braking: 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes with Traction Control

EPA City: 19

EPA Highway: 25

Handling: Independent Front and Rear Suspension, 16-inch Alloy Wheels

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(Updated 05/12/10 NW)

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