• (3.9) 64 reviews
  • MSRP: $2,466–$8,666
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 20-21
  • Engine: 185-hp, 3.4-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 5
2006 Chevrolet Equinox

Our Take on the Latest Model 2006 Chevrolet Equinox

What We Don't Like

  • Mediocre handling
  • Engine noise
  • Unappealing cockpit layout
  • Visibility
  • Uncertain construction quality

Notable Features

  • FWD or AWD
  • Five-speed automatic
  • Passenger- and cargo-area versatility
  • Electric power steering

2006 Chevrolet Equinox Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Chevrolet launched a brand-new midsize sport utility vehicle as an early 2005 model. The Canadian-built Equinox, which shares its architecture with the Saturn Vue, is Chevrolet's first crossover SUV; it combines SUV styling with a car-based, unibody design.

A 3.4-liter V-6 teams with a five-speed-automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. Electrically assisted rack-and-pinion steering is installed.

A body-colored front fascia is installed on the LS edition for 2006, while the LT model gains body-colored mirrors. Rear headrests are smaller in 2006 to improve visibility. The rear cargo panel will be removed midyear to boost cargo space.


Exterior
Chevrolet says the Equinox takes a fresh, memorable approach to SUV design, aimed at many types of customers. The Equinox rides a 112.5-inch wheelbase and features a wide stance: 71.4 inches overall, with a 61.6-inch front track width.

The Equinox stands 67 inches tall and measures 188.8 inches long overall. The unitized body incorporates full-length frame rails and a safety cage. Coil springs are used in the independent rear suspension. A power moonroof is offered. Standard wheels measure 16 inches in diameter, but 17-inch tires on alloy wheels are optional.


Interior
Multi-Flex rear seating promises flexibility for passengers and cargo; the split, folding rear seat slides nearly 8 inches. Combined with the flat-folding front passenger seat, the Equinox can carry extra-long cargo. A height-adjustable cargo shelf with plastic on one side and carpeting on the other serves as both a security cover and a picnic table. The front console contains hidden storage compartments, and integrated storage bins are installed in the rear.

General Motors' OnStar communication system, an in-dash six-CD changer, an MP3-capable single-CD player, XM Satellite Radio, heated front seats and leather-trimmed upholstery are optional.


Under the Hood
Chevrolet's 3.4-liter V-6 produces 185 horsepower and 210 pounds-feet of torque and drives a five-speed-automatic transmission. When equipped with an optional towing package, the Equinox can haul up to 3,500 pounds. Optional on-demand all-wheel drive delivers power to the front wheels during normal conditions but sends power to the rear wheels if front-wheel slippage is detected. Traction control is included on front-drive models with antilock brakes.

Safety
Antilock operation for the front-disc/rear-drum braking system is standard. Roof-rail curtain-type airbags are available. Daytime running lights are standard.

Driving Impressions
Even though the Equinox looks nicer than some SUVs, it's ordinary overall. The Equinox's two-tone interior is somewhat inviting but a little cheap looking. Small annoyances abound, too, including a parking brake lever that's not in a handy position.

Forward visibility is excellent due to a very low cowl, but large pillars and a headrest mar the over-right-shoulder view. The gauges are large, but the speedometer isn't easy to read. The radio is complicated. The seat bottoms are short, and the backseat isn't especially comfortable. The center spot is actually more pleasing by offering abundant leg space and good headroom.

Performance is simply satisfactory, though the automatic transmission is capable. Steering is imprecise and unsure, though the ride is relatively soft and cushiony.


Consumer Reviews

3.9

Average based on 64 reviews

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Excellent SUV

by Morgan from Vinton,Iowa on November 10, 2017

This car has met all my needs and then some. Highly recomended to anyone shopping for a good and safe reliable vehicle. It is very comfortable and roomy. Excellent power. Handles very nicely. Good fue... Read Full Review

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2006 Chevrolet Equinox Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Chevrolet Equinox LS

Head Restraints and Seats
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IIHS Ratings

Based on Chevrolet Equinox LS

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
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Overall Rear
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Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
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Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Chevrolet Equinox LS

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Chevrolet Equinox LS

Overall Rollover Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Service & Repair

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Warranty Coverage

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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