The Chevy Equinox gets some serious upgrades for 2007, making it even more competitive in the small SUV market. Where some SUVs get by with a four-cylinder engine, the Equinox employs a 3.4L V6 built by General Motors. This motor makes 185 horsepower at 5,200 rpms, and 210 lb-ft of torque. It is backed up by a five speed automatic transmission.
The Equinox is available with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, and in LS or LT guises. The LS includes stability control, traction control, anti-lock disc brakes at all four wheels. A roof spoiler adds a jaunty note and helps to keep the back window cleaner. Air conditioning, power windows, power mirrors, keyless remote entry, automatic headlights, and a roof rack are all standard equipment, too.
The LT adds an upgraded AM/FM stereo that is MP3-compatible. There are remote audio controls on the LT's tiltable, leather-covered steering wheel. We found the upgraded cloth seats to be very comfortable. You also get floor mats and fog lights.
The interior is especially flexible regardless of the trim. In addition to the expected folding rear seat, the back seat also slides fore and aft. This allows you to extend the leg room for the rear seat passengers, or make room in the back for a few extra boxes.
Available options on the LS include side curtain air bags, 17-inch alloy wheels, and most of the LT equipment. The 17-inch wheels can be ordered on the LT, as well as a host of audio systems, a navigation system, a DVD entertainment system, leather seating, heated seats, a sunroof, remote start, and enhanced trailering ability. Loaded up, the top-of-the-line LT can become quite lavish.
Seats, front bucket, includes driver manual height seat adjuster
Seat, front passenger flat-folding seatback
Seats, rear Multi-Flex 60/40 split-seatback bench with 2-position recline
Console, center with armrest and concealed storage
Console, floor with storage bin
Armrest, front center console with concealed storage
Steering column, tilt
Instrumentation, electronic, with speedometer, single trip odometer, fuel level, engine temperature, and tachometer
Driver Information Center, monitors various systems
Warning tones, headlamp on and key-in-ignition
Windows, power with driver Express-Down and passenger lockout
Door locks, power programmable, includes remote keyless entry
Remote Keyless Entry, with 2 transmitters, panic button, content theft alarm, activation verification and illuminated entry
Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
Theft-deterrent system, content theft alarm
Air conditioning, single-zone manual
Defogger, rear-window electric
Audio system, AM/FM stereo with CD player, seek-and-scan, digital clock auto-tone control, Radio Data System (RDS), auxiliary input jack for Ipod/MP3 player and 6 speakers
Cupholders, 3 front and 2 rear
Power outlets, 3 auxiliary with covers, 12-volt, includes 1 front, 1 rear and 1 in the cargo area
Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
Visors, driver and front passenger vanity mirrors
Lighting, interior with theatre dimming, center-mounted dome and rear cargo area
EPA FUEL ECONOMY RATINGS
City 19/hwy 25 (3.4L engine/5-speed auto trans)
Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
Air bags, dual-stage frontal, driver and right-front passenger with Passenger Sensing System (Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your childs age and size. Even in vehicles equipped with air bags and the Passenger Sensing System, children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat. Never place a rear-facing infant restraint in the front seat of any vehicle equipped with an active frontal air bag. See the vehicles Owners Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
Safety belts, 3-point, driver and right-front passenger, height-adjustable includes pretensioners
Safety belts, 3-point, rear, all seating positions
Door locks, rear child security
LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren) for child safety seats