The Equinox comes with a standard 3.4L overhead-valve V6 engine, making 185 horsepower and 210 lb-ft of torque. It's paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. The top Sport model gets an exclusive powertrain--a 264-horsepower, 3.6L DOHC V6 and six-speed automatic. Each of the four Equinox models--LS, LT, LTZ, and Sport--are available either with front-wheel drive or with an all-wheel-drive system that sends some of the power to the rear wheels when front slippage is detected.
The new 3.6L engine offered on the Sport, together with the six-speed transmission, which allows gains in both performance and efficiency, can bring the Equinox to 60 mph in less than seven seconds.
The Equinox has a roomy interior with seating for five adults. The Multiflex rear seat is split 60/40 and will fold forward to extend the cargo space; it can also slide nearly eight inches fore or aft, and the front passenger seat folds forward for long items. With the back seat all the way forward and the seatbacks still up, there's an impressive 67.1 cubic feet of cargo space.
The base Equinox LS includes many of the expected convenience features, including keyless entry, air conditioning, tilt steering, a rear wiper and defogger, the flexible seating arrangement, and power windows and locks.
The new, more luxurious LTZ model stands out with 17-inch bright chrome-clad alloy wheels, chrome door handles, and chrome luggage rack trim, plus a number of additional features inside including heated front seats, leather seat trim, and a sound system with six-disc changer.
The StabiliTrak stability control system--now with electronic trailer sway control, to help restore stability caused by improper weight balance or excessive speed while towing--is standard across the line. Head curtain air bags are standard on the LTZ and Sport but optional on the LS and LT.
At the top of the range, the Sport model gets new heated seats with firmer side bolsters and available perforated leather, plus a revised instrument panel, leather-wrapped sport steering wheel, and a special J-gate shifter design, which enables the driver to manually tap up or down to shift gears. On the outside, the Sport gets 18-inch polished forged-aluminum wheels, along with body-colored front and rear fascias and chrome trapezoidal exhaust outlets.
Noteworthy options for the Equinox include a power sunroof, Pioneer seven-speaker audio system, and heated leather seats.
Audio system, AM/FM stereo with CD player seek-and-scan, digital clock, auxiliary input jack for Ipod/MP3 player and 6 speakers
Seats, front reclining buckets
LS Interior Trim Package, with Manhattan Cloth
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 wheel, urethane
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
Tire Pressure Monitor
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
Cup holders, 3 front and 2 rear
Power outlets, 2 auxiliary with covers, 12-volt, includes 1 front and 1 rear
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
StabiliTrak, electronic stability control system
Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
OnStar, 1-year of Safe and Sound plan. Includes Automatic Notification of Air Bag Deployment, Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance, Emergency Services, Roadside Assistance, Remote Door Unlock, OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, Hands-Free Calling, AccidentAssist and Remote Horn & Lights (OnStar services require vehicle electrical system (including battery), wireless service and GPS satellite signals to be available and operating for features to function properly. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers. Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance and remote Door Unlock success varies with conditions. OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics available on most 2004 MY and newer GM vehicles. Diagnostic capability varies by model. Visit onstar.com for system limitations and details. Not available with a ship-to of Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.)
Air bags, dual-stage frontal, driver and 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