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2006 Chevrolet Equinox

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$1,820 — $8,284 USED
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Sport Utility
5 Seats
20-21 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Interior space and versatility
  • Ride comfort
  • Automatic-transmission response
  • Availability of AWD

The Bad

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

What to Know

about the 2006 Chevrolet Equinox
  • FWD or AWD
  • Five-speed automatic
  • Passenger- and cargo-area versatility
  • Electric power steering

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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 ca...
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

What drivers are saying

3.9
77 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.3)
Performance
(3.9)
Interior Design
(3.7)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(4.0)
Value For The Money
(4.0)

Read reviews that mention:

(2.0)

Lemon

by Ronni from Ohio Valley tried state on December 11, 2018

I found out at 20,000 miles these cars start to leak from the head gasket air into the coolant and burn up oil. Then they over heat and poof! You also hear a girgalling in the engine before you even ... Read full review

(4.0)

I love this car

by Mmarinho from Winter Garden, Florida on December 9, 2018

This car it’s not expensive, it’s simple and works. Can be used like second car, and the new car don’t spend miles. This is thr best. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2006 Chevrolet Equinox currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2006 Chevrolet Equinox LS

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
marginal
Overall Rear
marginal
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Equinox received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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